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REV3 ADVENTURE RACE OFFERS LOCAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

On April 17-19, 2015, REV3 Adventure, a local events company, will be holding the 5th Annual Shenandoah Epic Adventure race weekend in Bentonville, Virginia. It consists of a 26-hour adventure race, a sprint adventure race, a canoe and trail running race, and a family adventure race, with about 500 total competitors. Teams will bike, paddle, and hike their way around different length courses in Shenandoah River State Park and George Washington National Forest.

For 2015 the course for the 26-hour race will be passing through Front Royal and we would like to have teams visit checkpoints at various locations throughout the town to highlight local history and businesses. A checkpoint consists of a small orange flag with a digital control that teams “punch” in to verify they have visited that location. Having a checkpoint inside your business or outside its door brings awareness of your product and often leads to purchases from the racers.  We are also looking for local businesses to provide sponsorship through prizes or cash. In return your business will be featured on race T-shirts, in the racer guide, in promotional materials and emails, and during the award ceremonies.

REV3The weekend brings more than 500 participants to the area, who in turn bring families. They are all looking for places to stay, eat, and be entertained. Having your business involved will help ensure this captive audience will know where to come while passing through Front Royal both before and after the event.  If you are interested in being part of this event either by having a checkpoint placed at your business or through in-kind sponsorship, please contact Mark Harris at mark@rev3adventure.com. We’d love to partner with you.

 
 

COME NETWORK WITH US AT BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

performance  sport and spinePerformance Sport & Spine cordially invites you to Business After Hours on Tuesday April 21st from 5:30-7:30 pm. We pride our office on community healing. We are the preferred providers for the Front Royal Cardinals and local community sport teams. Some of our services include chiropractic care, sports medicine, pregnancy care, acupuncture, massage therapy, and so much more. Performance Sport and Spine is located in the Front Royal Business Park at 840 John Marshall Highway, Suite E. For  more information or you need an appointment give us a call at (540)635-4440.  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, capped off with some great drawings and giveaways.  Business After Hours is held on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

 
 

BROWN BAG LUNCHEON PRESENTED BY LFSBDC

LFSBDCJoin us  Wednesday, April 15th at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber office for “An Honest Approach to Social Media:  A 2015 Talk” presented by Andy Gyurisin, Program Manager with Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center. The LFSBDC is often approached by the small business owner about the types of social media they should be using to help their marketing strategy.  This conversation will dive into the current social media trends, discuss marketing for YOUR small business, and focus on the quality of social media.  This will not be a “how to”, but instead a “best practices” when it comes to using any/all the big platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.  The key for this conversation will be, social media is a tool to assist in marketing your business or product, with that said, are you using the tool correctly? 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 and questions & answers at 12:45 until 1 p.m.  Brown Bag Luncheons are sponsored by:  Java Media and Main Street Daily GrindPlease RSVP to info@frontroyalchamber.com if you plan to attend.

 
 

75th Diamond Anniversary Gala A Success!

Many thanks to those who attended the 75th Anniversary Diamond Gala on Friday evening at Holiday Inn & Suites – A good time was certainly had by all!

Congratulations to the 2015 Award winners:

Business of the Year – CBM Mortgage

Citizen of the Year – Doug Stanley

Community Impact Award – Roy Boyles

Education Contributor of the Year – Lord Fairfax Community College

Entrepreneur of the Year – Billie Clifton

Non-Profit of the Year – Samuels Public Library

Public Safety Contributor of the Year – Kevin Catlett

Event Photogprahy Winchester

 

 
 

A NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that the holidays are over and another year has passed. It’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

We’re excited here at the Chamber because 2015 marks our 75th year of serving as the voice of business in our community. Many things have happened along the way and we are planning to celebrate all of those wonderful accomplishments and challenges throughout the year in various ways as we move forward and continue to work towards our mission of promoting and supporting our membership by serving as its voice, providing relevant programs, encouraging leadership and creating a strong business climate and a vibrant community. (more…)

 
 

FR-WC EDA IS WORKING FOR FRONT ROYAL & WARREN COUNTY

Front Royal/Warren County EDAEDA has recently announced: the opening of the Dulles/Schnabel manufacturing facility on Strasburg Road with the completion of a 55,000 square foot renovation and the creation of 5 new highly-skilled jobs with 25 more in the next two years;

The arrival of Nature’s Touch frozen foods packaging and distribution center with an investment of $1.8 million and the creation of 25 new jobs;

The expansion of InterChange Port Services to an additional 126,000 square foot facility!

The purchase of the Afton Inn (Main Street Gateway) and ensuing discussions with an experienced re-developer. The purchase of Stokes Mart (Main & Water Streets) and subsequent lease for upscale seasonal goods and products store.