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Annual Dinner & Awards

preview 2 previewHave you registered to attend?  The deadline to RSVP is Thursday, April 28th.
Cost: $60 per person or $440 for table of 8.
RSVP to 540-635-3185, info@frontroyalchamber.com or here.
 
 

Legislative Breakfast

legislative coverThe Chamber will present a Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, May 12th at 8 a.m.  This event will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites located at 111 Hospitality Drive, Front Royal.  Join us as we hear from the Senator and Delegates about issues of importance to the business community from the 2016 Legislative Session. We are very pleased to announce that all of our legislators including Senator Obeshain, Delegate Collins, Delegate Gilbert and Delegate Webert have confirmed their attendance. Cost to attend is $15 members/$25 non-members.  RSVP here , email info@frontroyalchamber.com or call 540-635-3185.  RSVP’s are  required.  Sponsored by:  Aire Serv Heating & Cooling, Clear Channel Communications, Northern Virginia Daily, Rappahannock Electric CooperativeThe River 95.3, Shenandoah Ford and Warren Memorial Hospital.

 

 
 

Anytime Fitness Front Royal Open House

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Community Excellence Award Nominations Sought

Roy and DougThe search is on for Front Royal-Warren County’s outstanding businesses, organizations and community leaders whose ingenuity; hard work and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures.  The Chamber will present the following awards at our Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 5th:

  • Business of the Year
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Education Contributor of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Non-Profit Organization of the Year
  • Public Safety Contributor of the Year
We all know a business, organization or individual who is deserving of one of these honors – nominate them here.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 15th.
 
 

March Business After Hours & Team Waller Open House

Team Waller logoJoin Team Waller Real Estate for Chamber Business After Hours on March 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m.! Get a “sneak peak” of their new office space on 213 E. Main Street! Be the first to learn how Team Waller’s “Open House” will serve as a resource to our local community. Offering a wealth of real estate and community information, as well as cutting edge technology to learn more about real estate listings, the buying process, and our local community resources, Team Waller’s “Open House” isn’t just for Team Waller; it is for the entire community. They will open our doors to community groups to assist in educating the public about the causes that are close to their hearts. Helping the community grow and to serve as a resource to our neighbors is “What Matters” to Team Waller.  Don’t forget your business cards!  RSVP here.

 
 

LFSBDC Small Business Training

LFSBDCLord Fairfax Small Business Development Center will present “Developing a Highly Effective Employee Base for your Small Business” in conjunction with FRIBA, the Chamber and the Town of Front Royal on Tuesday, March 16 from 8-10 a.m.  Get complete information here.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Give ‘Em The Pickle Brown Bag Luncheon

untitledMark you calendar and join us for – Give ‘em The Pickle brought to you by People Incorporated of Virginia and Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
Business is not what we sell or make, it’s who we serve. Find a pickle and give it away! Customers expect good service: it has become the standard. Giving away pickles is part of offering excellent, unmatched service that hopefully will set us apart from other similar businesses. So, what’s your pickle? This entertaining presentation is designed to help you create or discover yours and about instilling great customer service habits in your employees. Come learn how to provide your customers a little extra something that keeps them coming back.
Established in 1964 to help low to moderate income Virginian’s attain the American dream with a second chance at life. People Incorporated has grown to become Virginia’s most effective nonprofit community action agency. With nearly 30 innovative public service programs and 8 regional offices, People Incorporated offers a wide range of community and economic development opportunities. In 2015 alone, People incorporated helped nearly 6,400 men, women and children enrich their lives, build their futures and realize their dreams.
Held the third Wednesday of every month, this complimentary educational lunch series offers a wide variety of topics presented by Chamber member experts. Lunch is provided and there is no fee for members ($15 for future members) Luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and a networking session, speaker begins at noon. Sponsored by Main Street Daily Grind.  RSVP here.
 
 

Join us for February Business After Hours

Commonwealth Assisted LivingJoin us on Monday, February 29th for Business After Hours hosted by Commonwealth Assisted Living at 5:30 p.m.  This event features great networking opportunities, fabulous refreshments and fellowship.

Spend a couple of hours catching up with friends, making new business contacts, and enjoying good food and drink at Business After Hours – one of the Chamber’s most popular and successful, on-going networking events! This monthly networking event hosted by a Chamber member business, offer attendees a relaxed but purposeful networking atmosphere. Business After Hours is held on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
 
 

February Brown Bag Luncheon – Growth Wheel

Join us for an informative Brown Bag Luncheon on February 17th as Jim Kraft, Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center presents “GrowthWheel”. GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox for decision-making and action-planning for start-up and growth companies.

Every business, from pre-venture to start-up to established enterprise, must address four key challenges. You need an attractive business concept, lasting customer relations, profitable operations, and a strong organization.

GrowthWheel helps you build or expand your business through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. The flexibility of the GrowthWheel toolbox allows us to choose and adapt just what is needed to meet your needs.

Held the third Wednesday of every month, this complimentary educational lunch series offers a wide variety of topics presented by Chamber member experts. Lunch is provided by Main Street Daily Grind and there is no fee for members ($15 for future members) Luncheons begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and a networking session, speaker begins at noon.

 

 
 

Regional Entrepreneur Café – Where Bright Ideas are Nurtured

Regional Entrepreneur Cafe LogoThe Northern Shenandoah Valley will play host to a new, innovative form of business funding when it holds the first regional Entrepreneur Café on April 19, 2016 at The Corron Center at Lord Fairfax Community College at 6pm.

The Entrepreneur Café provides a forum where small businesses can gain exposure while addressing funding needs. Entrepreneurs seeking financial support present their project through a 5-minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions/answers from the audience & local judges regarding their goals, experience and business plan; when all the presentations are complete, a panel of judges will determine which project receives a cash prize of up to $5000 and a marketing package valued at over $3500. Members of the community are invited to participate for a $10 admission fee. This fee is their “investment” in their business community. A second cash award will be presented to the audience favorite based on their votes. The Entrepreneur Café is very similar to the popular television show Shark Tank.

In order for a business to compete:

• submit a completed application with the $50 entry fee

• must have been in business for at least one year with a valid EIN number

• complete the required education modules;

• be licensed in City of Winchester, the Town of Front Royal or the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah & Warren

The educational components of the program include topics about business plan development & modification, cash flow management & financing options, business operations and marketing. Registration is currently open through February 15 to apply for the competition.

The Entrepreneur Cafe idea is based on a successful model from Front Royal. The original steering committee for this project consisted of representatives from Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center – Jim Kraft, Dale Maza & Andy Gyurisin; Marla Jones with the Warren County Economic Development Authority; Leslie Currle with People, Inc. and Janet Michael with Java Media. The committee has since expanded to include representatives from local chambers of commerce, tourism departments & economic development agents from across the Shenandoah Valley.

For more information, access to the application and a description of the education modules, please visit www.EntreCafe.org or send an email to info@entrecafe.org.