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Let’s Talk Business Roundtable

Join us on June 22nd aLets-Talkt 3 p.m. for the Let’s Talk Business Roundtable Discussion. Our initial topic will be feature Karen Lynn Poff, MPA, AFC®, Senior Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences with Virginia Cooperative Extension – Warren County Office discussing:

Strengthening Personal Finances in Your Community – How VCE Can Help! – Did you know that Virginia Cooperative Extension’s programs can help improve the financial well-being of your employees, clients, members, students, and friends? Come discover how unbiased information from Virginia’s land-grant universities can help the local people you know build better financial futures!

We will have open discussion time following this presentation so be sure to attend and bring along with you any questions or concerns you may have regarding your business.

Held the 4th Monday of every month at the Chamber office at 3 pm these open forum roundtable discussions provide our membership (and potential members) an excellent forum to meet, exchange ideas, share information and thoughts, obtain problem-solving advice, and generally learn from peers in the business community.


Rockland Park Ribbon Cutting – You’re Invited!!!

County ribbon cutting


The SoLoMo Connection: The Future of Small Business Marketing

Join the Town of Front Royal and Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center as they present “The SoLoMo Connection:  The Future of Small Business Marketing” on Tuesday, June 2nd from 6-8 p.m. at the Town Administration Building.  This seminar will feature Ray Sidney-Smith, Digital Business Strategist and President of W3 Consulting, presenting on the key aspects of the SoLoMo (Social-Location-Mobile) Connection.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding the SoLoMo Opportunity
  • Determine Use Causes
  • Identify the Strategy and Analytics for a Successful Campaign
  • Learn about the variety of SoLoMo services (tactics) available to help you execute your strategy!

Call Andy Gyurisin at 540-868-7093 or email to registeror for additional information.  Space is limited!


Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings

Congratulations to new Chamber members nTelos Wireless, Optimum Impact LLC and Ben’s Family Cuisines for successful grand openings!


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EDA & Chamber Announce 2015 Business Excellence: Business Appreciation Award Grants

The Economic Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce have launched the 2015 Business Excellence : Business Appreciation Awards applications as part of Virginia’s Business Appreciation Month of May 2015. The Award program was designed in 2011 in observance of Virginia’s Business Appreciation Week. There are three cash grants that will be made to local small businesses exhibiting excellence in business practices and community service.

 Small business owners or operators of businesses that are licensed in the Town of Front Royal or Warren County are eligible, and need to complete an application form that can be submitted online at EDA’s web site,, or at the Chamber’s web site,, or can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce offices and the EDA offices. Small businesses are those with less than 500 employees (as defined by the Commonwealth of Virginia). Applications are due at the EDA offices no later than June 1, 2015.

 A panel comprised of EDA staff and board members and President of the Chamber will judge the applications. Three prizes will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500. The presentation of awards will take place during the first week of June 2015.


Business After Hours – Fantastic Fiesta!

Please join us at Crown Professional Mentoring Group (formerly known as Crown Behavior Services, Inc.) for a fantastic fiesta Business AfterCrown Professional Mentoring Group Hours event on Tuesday, May 19th from 5:30-7 p.m. Taco bar, margaritas, door prizes, networking, and while you’re at it…. learn more about who we really are at Crown and the way we are revolutionizing behavioral health! You won’t want to miss this fun opportunity to develop and further solidify your relationships with each other and your business neighbors!

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.


May Brown Bag Luncheon

brown bag lunch series freeJoin us for our May Brown Bag Luncheon as Dr. Sherri Yoder with Crown Professional Mentoring Group and Optimum Impact LLC presents:

20 Ways to Set Yourself Apart (from being a jerk) at Work

This light-hearted and informative presentation will assist you in identifying ways to endear others to yourself at the workplace…and beyond. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls that make others dislike coworkers and supervisors and instead, learn to engage others and earn their admiration and respect!

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. RSVP to the Chamber at 540.635.3185 or


Entrepreneur Express – Moving Your Business Forward

People Inc. will be sponsoring a FREE entrepreneurial business and management workshop with practical hands on lectures and exercises11150462_1076380585712489_1823675144262930433_n covering key elements of business startup and expansion, presented by your Virginia business partners.

Segments will include:

  • How to get started in business
  • Marketing strategies and planning
  • Financing your business
  • Technology and resources for business
  • Local resources and opportunities for business

Advanced registration is required here or call Leslie Currle with People Inc. at 540.333.6704.


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

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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…)