This month’s Business After Hours is hosted by The Vine and Leaf at 124 E Main Street in Downtown Front Royal on September 20th from 5:30-7 p.m. Formerly known as Shenandoah Confections, this eclectic café features artisan chocolates and fudges, over 70 loose-leaf teas, International and Local wines for drinking in our sipping room or taking home, and a comfortable food menu that includes the Apple House Pulled Pork Barbeque. Come join Craig Laird, owner, and his staff for a fun time and check out all that we have to offer! Like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/thevineandleaf. The evening will feature great networking opportunities, delicious food, and beverages! So grab your business cards and 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. RSVP here.
Are you ready for your BIGGEST retail season of the year? Marc Wilson, retail consultant for Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, will educate you on how to increase your holiday sales with 7 simple strategies: Create a holiday strategy, Merchandise for the Holidays, Build Community Awareness, Retain Customers, Market your Brand, Focus on Customer Service, and Decorate Festive Windows.
Marc Wilson is a Retail Consultant working for the Virginia Small Business Development Center (VSBDC) Network and brings 35 years of retail experience to bear in helping retail, restaurants, and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public. In his role working with the VSBDC, Marc meets personally with small businesses throughout Virginia as part of the Small Town and Merchant Program, providing confidential one-on-one counseling in partnership with the local SBDC office. He is known as an operation’s expert and has counseled countless retailers in best practices, financials and cash flow, marketing and customer service, customer loyalty, merchandising, window dressing, buying, social media and just plain old how to treat customers. In an attempt to keep small retailers relevant during this turbulent economic time, we focus on why their offering is unique, who are their customers and how to reach to them. His client’s revere his honesty, delivered with the genteel manner of a southern gentleman.
This is a FREE event brought to you in partnership with the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, the Town of Front Royal, Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce, People Inc., and the Front Royal Independent Business Association. When: Monday, September 12, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Where: Samuels Public Library – 330 East Criser Road, Front Royal, VA 22630. Click here to register!
Applications are currently available for the Chamber’s Community Leadership Program. The Leadership program is open to any individual living or working in Front Royal-Warren County. The program runs October through May with participants studying a different aspect of the community each month. Topics include: Local Government, Education, Health and Human Needs and Services, Community Organizations, Local Economy/Business & Industry, Justice and Law Enforcement, News Media and Art, Culture, History, Tourism and Recreation. Click here for the complete schedule and download the application here.
Loving Arms Assisted Living is now Shenandoah Senior Living and they celebrated their grand re-opening with a ribbon cutting complete with live entertainment, food and fun. For more information call Tara Barnes at 540-635-7923.
New members Blue Ink had an unveiling at their 425 N. Royal Ave. location recently. Blue Ink offers title, settlement and escrow services. Wondering where they came up with the name? Visit their website to find out.
Approximately 70 new teachers and staff will join Warren County Public Schools, Randolph-Macon Academy, and other local schools for the 2016-2017 school year. Each year, the Chamber coordinates a reception to welcome them to the community. This event will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd at Skyline High School, 11:30-1 p.m. There are many opportunities to participate in this event. Click here for information.
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission is conducting a survey for the Front Royal Trolley in hopes of expanding the service the service on the Route 522 corridor in Warren County. Please take a moment and complete the survey here. Beginning Sunday, May 15, 2016 and operating through Friday, July 15, 2016, the Front Royal Trolley will be picking up at the Appalachian Trailhead located on Route 522 South. The fare for the passengers will be the same as current rider, $0.50 per person/per trip. Visit here for complete details.
The Front Royal-Warren County EDA and Chamber have announced the 2016 Business Excellence : Business Appreciation awards. Cash grants in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500 will be awarded to small businesses licensed in Front Royal or Warren County that embody best practices and community service. The Business Excellence Awards were launched in 2011 and have awarded grants to local small businesses totaling over $10,000. If you’d like to apply, go to wceda.com, front page right column or frontroyalchamber.com to access the online application. Be a part of celebrating our small business community!