CHAMBER NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Please join everyone at CBM Mortgage to celebrate the opening of their newly renovated office space.
When: Thursday, October 27th
Time: 3 pm – 7 pm
Location: 912 Hometown Way, Front Royal, VA 22630
The Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Warren-Page NAACP and Front Royal Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA) will host a Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 4th at 7 p.m. This event is open to the public. Doors will open at 6:40 p.m. and the forum will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
Candidates running in opposed races including Front Royal Town Council and House of Representatives – District 6 have been invited to attend. Candidates who are running without opposition have been invited to make a brief statement to the public. Forums involving opening statements, questions, and closing statements will be held for candidates seeking election for Town Council and House of Representatives. Candidates will answer questions submitted by the public.
Forum organizers are asking that the public submit questions for potential use at the forum. Questions from the audience will not be allowed at the event. A panel comprised of representatives from each of the sponsoring organizations will screen questions submitted by the public in advance of the event.
Questions for consideration may be submitted to the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 540.635.3185. The deadline to submit questions is Monday, October 3rd at noon. This event will be recorded for broadcast on Government Access Channel 15.
The Chamber welcomes and encourages all members of the community to attend. Questions regarding the event may be directed to the Chamber office at 540.635.3185.
Join us for the October Brown Bag Luncheon!
Location: Samuels Public Library
In this session learn how Information Technology Strategist, Richie Crim from Lord Fairfax Community College uses and delivers Open Source and Cloud based tools to the office, daily life, and beyond. Create your own digital toolbox to quickly perform the most routine to advance office tasks The best part is most of these tools are free to use and most are completely Cloud-Based. Many of the tools shown in this session leave the intended use up to the creativity of the user making for excellent resources in and out of the office. These tools require little to no budget to get operational and most can be setup by a single user with the simple desire to expand their current tool set.
Richie Crim is the Information Technology Strategist and Chief Information Officer for Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). In his current role, Mr. Crim advises the College on key Information Strategies across the organization. He utilizes his hands-on experience deploying enterprise-wide solutions to drive growth across the organization. Also an Adjunct Faculty member at LFCC, Professor Crim enjoys bringing his career to the classroom. He began his post secondary education at LFCC, where he earned an associate’s degree in Network Engineering. He also holds undergraduate degrees in Information Technology from Shepherd University and West Virginia University and a postgraduate degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. Since 1999, Mr. Crim has also led the technical division for a leading software automation company where his roles included Director of Client Services, Technical Division Manager, and Support Lead. Richie has over 12 years experience in business and technology leadership roles. He has participated in various Information Technology conferences as a keynote speaker and led Technical Focus Groups with emphasis on Technology Infrastructures improvements and considerations.
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. Sponsored by: Main Street Daily Grind.
This month’s Business After Hours is hosted by The Vine and Leaf at 124 E Main Street in Downtown Front Royal on September 20th from 5:30-7 p.m. Formerly known as Shenandoah Confections, this eclectic café features artisan chocolates and fudges, over 70 loose-leaf teas, International and Local wines for drinking in our sipping room or taking home, and a comfortable food menu that includes the Apple House Pulled Pork Barbeque. Come join Craig Laird, owner, and his staff for a fun time and check out all that we have to offer! Like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/thevineandleaf. The evening will feature great networking opportunities, delicious food, and beverages! So grab your business cards and 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. RSVP here.
Are you ready for your BIGGEST retail season of the year? Marc Wilson, retail consultant for Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, will educate you on how to increase your holiday sales with 7 simple strategies: Create a holiday strategy, Merchandise for the Holidays, Build Community Awareness, Retain Customers, Market your Brand, Focus on Customer Service, and Decorate Festive Windows.
Marc Wilson is a Retail Consultant working for the Virginia Small Business Development Center (VSBDC) Network and brings 35 years of retail experience to bear in helping retail, restaurants, and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public. In his role working with the VSBDC, Marc meets personally with small businesses throughout Virginia as part of the Small Town and Merchant Program, providing confidential one-on-one counseling in partnership with the local SBDC office. He is known as an operation’s expert and has counseled countless retailers in best practices, financials and cash flow, marketing and customer service, customer loyalty, merchandising, window dressing, buying, social media and just plain old how to treat customers. In an attempt to keep small retailers relevant during this turbulent economic time, we focus on why their offering is unique, who are their customers and how to reach to them. His client’s revere his honesty, delivered with the genteel manner of a southern gentleman.
This is a FREE event brought to you in partnership with the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center, the Town of Front Royal, Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce, People Inc., and the Front Royal Independent Business Association. When: Monday, September 12, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM Where: Samuels Public Library – 330 East Criser Road, Front Royal, VA 22630. Click here to register!
Applications are currently available for the Chamber’s Community Leadership Program. The Leadership program is open to any individual living or working in Front Royal-Warren County. The program runs October through May with participants studying a different aspect of the community each month. Topics include: Local Government, Education, Health and Human Needs and Services, Community Organizations, Local Economy/Business & Industry, Justice and Law Enforcement, News Media and Art, Culture, History, Tourism and Recreation. Click here for the complete schedule and download the application here.