Programs & Events
Annual Dinner & Awards – Held annually in April, this event offers the opportunity for the Chamber to report back to its members in the form of an Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet. Serving as the official annual meeting of the membership, this event is also a major networking opportunity offering the opportunity to meet new contacts, catch up with old ones and see what the Chamber has been up to for the past year. It is also the first look into the new initiatives and programs the Chamber will be working on in the coming year. Awards presented include Citizen of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, Education Contributor of the Year, Business of the Year, Public Safety and in partnership with the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Entrepreneur of the year. These awards recognize businesses individuals and non-profits who have exhibited leadership, innovation, character and excellence in the community.
Brew & Blues Festival – Established in 2008 the Brew & Blues Festival is held on the last Saturday in September in the Village Commons Area (Gazebo) of historic downtown Front Royal. This event includes beer tastings of nearly 50 varieties, outstanding live entertainment, fine crafters and artisans and delicious foods. Festival goers also have the opportunity to stroll the beautiful downtown area and peruse lovely shops, get a great cup of coffee or tea, sample some delicious chocolates, or experience a wonderful dining experience at one of the many great downtown restaurants. Visit here for full details.
Brown Bag Luncheons – 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.
Business After Hours – 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.
Candidates Forum – The Chamber hosts Candidate Forums for local and some state elections. These forums typically held in mid-October offer an opportunity for the voting public to hear from each candidate in order to make an informed decision on Election Day. The forums are also recorded for play back on the local government access channel.
Ethics Workshop – The Chamber in partnership with Warren County Public Schools coordinates the Ethics Workshop each year for high school seniors at Randolph-Macon Academy, Skyline and Warren County High Schools. This event offers volunteers from the community the opportunity to work with a group of 8-10 seniors. The students are presented with a series of ethical dilemmas and must discuss these dilemmas at their tables and come to consensus as a group. This is event is sponsored by the Front Royal Rotary Club.
GOLFtoberfest – Held on Columbus Day each year our spin on the golf tournament features great networking opportunities along the course, ample food & drink, the future of golf – the 15 inch hole.
Leadership Front Royal-Warren County – An innovative program designed to give participants an in-depth overview of Front Royal-Warren County, encourage volunteerism and participation in molding the future of our community. Participants in the 8-month program study a different aspect of the community for one full day a month. Topics include: Local Government, Education, Public Safety, News Media, Local Economy, Health & Human Services, Art/Culture/History/Tourism, and Community Organizations. Click here for Leadership Schedule Participation and Support 2015-2016 and Leadership Application 2015.
Legislative Preview – State legislators are invited to a luncheon prior to the start of the legislative session in January to outline their plans for the session, address comments and concerns from the business community and answer questions.
Legislative Wrap-Up – State legislators are invited to a luncheon in April after the legislative session has ended to give a report to our members on the session and our members have the opportunity to ask questions or share comments and concerns.
Let’s Talk Business Roundtables – Held the 4th Monday of every month 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.
New Teacher Reception – The Chamber’s Education Committee and sponsors welcome new teachers to the community each year in mid-August.
Reality Store – The Chamber’s Education Committee partners with Warren County Public Schools each year to bring the Reality Store to sophomores at both Skyline and Warren County High Schools. This 3 hour interactive program provides students with a realistic look at life after high school and includes lessons in higher education, finance and budgeting, family life, and much more. This event is held in late February of each year over two days and volunteers are welcome.
State of the Community Luncheons -Held at Holiday Inn & Suites these luncheons will feature a different aspect of the community each quarter including county, state, public safety, education and EDA. These events will provide and opportunity for members to be updated on the state of each aspect of our community. Cost to attend is $15 (future members $25).
Virginia Wine & Craft Festival – Held every third Saturday in May on Main & Chester Streets, the Virginia Wine & Craft festival began in 1986 as the Mushroom Festival and has seen many changes over the years. Now boasting 30 participating wineries from all over Virginia, over 150 fine artisans and crafters, a plethora of delicious foods to choose from and fantastic live entertainment on 2 stages this event has grown to attract ten thousand attendees each year. Click here to visit the website.
Women in the KNOW (Knowledgeable Network of Women) – An initiative of the Small Business Committee of the Chamber designed to enhance the personal and professional growth of businesswomen in our region by providing networking, education and business opportunities.