CHAMBER NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
The Chamber will present a Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, May 12th at 8 a.m. This event will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites located at 111 Hospitality Drive, Front Royal. Join us as we hear from the Senator and Delegates about issues of importance to the business community from the 2016 Legislative Session. We are very pleased to announce that all of our legislators including Senator Obeshain, Delegate Collins, Delegate Gilbert and Delegate Webert have confirmed their attendance. Cost to attend is $15 members/$25 non-members. RSVP here , email email@example.com or call 540-635-3185. RSVP’s are required. Sponsored by: Aire Serv Heating & Cooling, Clear Channel Communications, Northern Virginia Daily, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, The River 95.3, Shenandoah Ford and Warren Memorial Hospital.
The search is on for Front Royal-Warren County’s outstanding businesses, organizations and community leaders whose ingenuity; hard work and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures. The Chamber will present the following awards at our Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 5th:
- Business of the Year
- Citizen of the Year
- Education Contributor of the Year
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Non-Profit Organization of the Year
- Public Safety Contributor of the Year
Join Team Waller Real Estate for Chamber Business After Hours on March 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m.! Get a “sneak peak” of their new office space on 213 E. Main Street! Be the first to learn how Team Waller’s “Open House” will serve as a resource to our local community. Offering a wealth of real estate and community information, as well as cutting edge technology to learn more about real estate listings, the buying process, and our local community resources, Team Waller’s “Open House” isn’t just for Team Waller; it is for the entire community. They will open our doors to community groups to assist in educating the public about the causes that are close to their hearts. Helping the community grow and to serve as a resource to our neighbors is “What Matters” to Team Waller. Don’t forget your business cards! RSVP here.
Join us on Monday, February 29th for Business After Hours hosted by Commonwealth Assisted Living at 5:30 p.m. This event features great networking opportunities, fabulous refreshments and fellowship.
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The Northern Shenandoah Valley will play host to a new, innovative form of business funding when it holds the first regional Entrepreneur Café on April 19, 2016 at The Corron Center at Lord Fairfax Community College at 6pm.
The Entrepreneur Café provides a forum where small businesses can gain exposure while addressing funding needs. Entrepreneurs seeking financial support present their project through a 5-minute presentation with 5 minutes for questions/answers from the audience & local judges regarding their goals, experience and business plan; when all the presentations are complete, a panel of judges will determine which project receives a cash prize of up to $5000 and a marketing package valued at over $3500. Members of the community are invited to participate for a $10 admission fee. This fee is their “investment” in their business community. A second cash award will be presented to the audience favorite based on their votes. The Entrepreneur Café is very similar to the popular television show Shark Tank.
In order for a business to compete:
• submit a completed application with the $50 entry fee
• must have been in business for at least one year with a valid EIN number
• complete the required education modules;
• be licensed in City of Winchester, the Town of Front Royal or the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah & Warren
The educational components of the program include topics about business plan development & modification, cash flow management & financing options, business operations and marketing. Registration is currently open through February 15 to apply for the competition.
The Entrepreneur Cafe idea is based on a successful model from Front Royal. The original steering committee for this project consisted of representatives from Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center – Jim Kraft, Dale Maza & Andy Gyurisin; Marla Jones with the Warren County Economic Development Authority; Leslie Currle with People, Inc. and Janet Michael with Java Media. The committee has since expanded to include representatives from local chambers of commerce, tourism departments & economic development agents from across the Shenandoah Valley.
For more information, access to the application and a description of the education modules, please visit www.EntreCafe.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.