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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 LogoIf you own a business and would like the opportunity to win a substantial award package… the Entrepreneur Café Competition could be the vehicle to take you to the next level.  The Café will be held on Tuesday, April 19th at 6 p.m. at The Corron Center @Lord Fairfax Community College.  The Regional Entrepreneur Café is brought to you by:  Bright Box and the Small Business Development Center, along with regional economic development agencies, Chambers of Commerce, and companies serving the small business sector of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  You’ll fine complete Café details here.


Join us for January Business After Hours

It’s a new year and we are ready to kick-off 2016 with a Business After Hours hosted by Loving Arms Assisted Living on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:30 p.m.  Please join us for great networking, delicious food and fellowship.
Loving Arms Assisted Living is a 78 bed community offering an age in place program.  Located at 103 Lee Burke Road in Front Royal, Virginia, we offer independent living to end of life.  Loving Arms has apartments, semi-private rooms and private rooms with 24 hour assistance.  Skyline Drive is our backyard.  Come visit Loving Arms Assisted Living and enjoy the view.
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.
loving arms

First ever First Night Front Royal

Come and enjoy a free, family-friendly First Night! Entertainment, food, family, friends……what a wonderful celebration!  Visit here for a complete list of activities.

First Night


Leach Run Parkway Groundbreaking

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Leach Run Parkway – a 1.3-mile, four-lane highway, divided by a median, designed to connect Happy Creek Road to John Marshall Highway.

The authority spearheaded the $13.18 million project, working with engineers and other agencies such as the Virginia Department of Transportation along with the town and county. The EDA also worked to acquire the land needed for the highway that will provide access to the new middle school. The route also runs along property planned for development by HEPTAD and land owned by Valley Health.

Town and county representatives as well as some former Front Royal mayors participated in the groundbreaking. Patricia Wines, chairwoman of the EDA board of directors, led the event and noted that the project has been a long time coming.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Traczyk commented on the collaborative effort it took to reach this point.

“This is another example of what we can do when we put our efforts together, put politics aside and do what’s right for our people,” Traczyk said, reading from a statement. “Working together with the town, the EDA and the county, this project and others recently really have come to fruition.”

Leach Run Parkway Groundbreaking


A message from WCPS Superintendent Greg Drescher

Greetings to all,

I hope the day finds you well and all of your holiday plans are coming together.

These times while enjoyable can bring their own brand of stress.  I remind you of what you already know, take care of yourself, breathe, and relax as much as you can.

During these last six months I’ve spoken with many of you as well as other community members about our schools.

I published a survey asking for feedback about our schools.

The link below is a seven minute video I have put together on what I learned from my conversations and from the survey.

If there was any doubt, after watching this video you will understand why my acting career has never taken off.

Hopefully the content will be of enough interest that viewers can overlook the flaws of the production.

I am using this information to guide our planning, especially as we begin looking at next year’s budget.

The video will also be posted on our WCPS website.

I wish all of you a peaceful, relaxing winter break.

Enjoy your family and friends.

I look forward to the rest of our school year helping all of our students meet success.

Take care,



Advantageous Sponsorship Opportunities Available for 2016

An investment in Chamber programs or events provides a key component to a company’s marketing strategy. Sponsorships allow organizations to promote their brand and image through targeted exposure – helping accomplish their annual goals.  Our Chamber has a number of sponsorship opportunities available to help you promote and market your business.  Chamber sponsorship also provide funding for a variety of events and programs, both old and new that make a difference in our community. It’s a great way to show community spirit to both your customers and potential customers by investing in Front Royal-Warren County’s future.  Chamber sponsorship information can be found here.   There are also event sponsorships available, find the Wine & Craft opportunities here.


Recent Ribbon Cuttings

Welcome to a couple of our newest Chamber members who recently celebrated their business opening with Ribbon Cuttings.

Maid 2 Party Ribbon Cutting

Maid 2 Party Specialities Cleaning Service



Greg Demski – Edward Jones Advisor



Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas


December Business After Hours

Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows did a fabulous job hosting our December Business After Hours. The crowd was large, the food and drink were tasty, and the holiday spirit was abundant. As in previous years, we collected $5 or a new toy at the door to be donated to Warren County Department of Social Services. After initially collecting a little over $200 at the door and a number of toys, Mayor Tim Darr and his wife Tammy offered to match any additonal donations up to $500. We ended up collected nearly $1300 for the Foster Care program in Warren County!!! Thanks to our many members who donated money to help give these kids a brighter Christmas.

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