Congratulations to new Chamber members nTelos Wireless and Optimum Impact LLC for successful grand openings! Join us in welcoming new member Ben’s Family Cuisine to the community with a ribbon cutting and grand opening this weekend as well. Ben’s Family Cuisine located at 654 W. 11th Street will hold their ribbon cutting and grand opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23rd with food, live entertainment, and family fun immediately following until 4 p.m.
CHAMBER NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
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, www.wceda.com, or at the Chamber’s web site, www.frontroyalchamber.com, 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.
Please join us at Crown Professional Mentoring Group (formerly known as Crown Behavior Services, Inc.) for a fantastic fiesta Business After 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
People Inc. will be sponsoring a FREE entrepreneurial business and management workshop with practical hands on lectures and exercises 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.
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
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…)