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LFSBDC Small Business Training

LFSBDCLord Fairfax Small Business Development Center will present “Developing a Highly Effective Employee Base for your Small Business” in conjunction with FRIBA, the Chamber and the Town of Front Royal on Tuesday, March 16 from 8-10 a.m.  Get complete information here.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Give ‘Em The Pickle Brown Bag Luncheon

untitledMark you calendar and join us for – Give ‘em The Pickle brought to you by People Incorporated of Virginia and Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
Business is not what we sell or make, it’s who we serve. Find a pickle and give it away! Customers expect good service: it has become the standard. Giving away pickles is part of offering excellent, unmatched service that hopefully will set us apart from other similar businesses. So, what’s your pickle? This entertaining presentation is designed to help you create or discover yours and about instilling great customer service habits in your employees. Come learn how to provide your customers a little extra something that keeps them coming back.
Established in 1964 to help low to moderate income Virginian’s attain the American dream with a second chance at life. People Incorporated has grown to become Virginia’s most effective nonprofit community action agency. With nearly 30 innovative public service programs and 8 regional offices, People Incorporated offers a wide range of community and economic development opportunities. In 2015 alone, People incorporated helped nearly 6,400 men, women and children enrich their lives, build their futures and realize their dreams.
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. Sponsored by Main Street Daily Grind.  RSVP here.
 
 

Join us for February Business After Hours

Commonwealth Assisted LivingJoin 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.

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. Business After Hours is held on the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
 
 

February Brown Bag Luncheon – Growth Wheel

Join us for an informative Brown Bag Luncheon on February 17th as Jim Kraft, Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center presents “GrowthWheel”. GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox for decision-making and action-planning for start-up and growth companies.

Every business, from pre-venture to start-up to established enterprise, must address four key challenges. You need an attractive business concept, lasting customer relations, profitable operations, and a strong organization.

GrowthWheel helps you build or expand your business through a simple action-oriented process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work. The flexibility of the GrowthWheel toolbox allows us to choose and adapt just what is needed to meet your needs.

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 by Main Street Daily Grind 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.

 

 
 

Regional Entrepreneur Café – Where Bright Ideas are Nurtured

Regional Entrepreneur Cafe LogoThe 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 info@entrecafe.org.

 
 

Join us for January Business After Hours

It’s a new year and we are ready to kick-off 2016 with a Business After Hours hosted by Loving Arms Assisted Living on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:30 p.m.  Please join us for great networking, delicious food and fellowship.
Loving Arms Assisted Living is a 78 bed community offering an age in place program.  Located at 103 Lee Burke Road in Front Royal, Virginia, we offer independent living to end of life.  Loving Arms has apartments, semi-private rooms and private rooms with 24 hour assistance.  Skyline Drive is our backyard.  Come visit Loving Arms Assisted Living and enjoy the view.
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.
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Leach Run Parkway Groundbreaking

The Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Leach Run Parkway – a 1.3-mile, four-lane highway, divided by a median, designed to connect Happy Creek Road to John Marshall Highway.

The authority spearheaded the $13.18 million project, working with engineers and other agencies such as the Virginia Department of Transportation along with the town and county. The EDA also worked to acquire the land needed for the highway that will provide access to the new middle school. The route also runs along property planned for development by HEPTAD and land owned by Valley Health.

Town and county representatives as well as some former Front Royal mayors participated in the groundbreaking. Patricia Wines, chairwoman of the EDA board of directors, led the event and noted that the project has been a long time coming.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Traczyk commented on the collaborative effort it took to reach this point.

“This is another example of what we can do when we put our efforts together, put politics aside and do what’s right for our people,” Traczyk said, reading from a statement. “Working together with the town, the EDA and the county, this project and others recently really have come to fruition.”

Leach Run Parkway Groundbreaking

 
 

A message from WCPS Superintendent Greg Drescher

Greetings to all,

I hope the day finds you well and all of your holiday plans are coming together.

These times while enjoyable can bring their own brand of stress.  I remind you of what you already know, take care of yourself, breathe, and relax as much as you can.

During these last six months I’ve spoken with many of you as well as other community members about our schools.

I published a survey asking for feedback about our schools.

The link below is a seven minute video I have put together on what I learned from my conversations and from the survey.

If there was any doubt, after watching this video you will understand why my acting career has never taken off.

Hopefully the content will be of enough interest that viewers can overlook the flaws of the production.

I am using this information to guide our planning, especially as we begin looking at next year’s budget.

The video will also be posted on our WCPS website.

https://youtu.be/_R3MlzIjAvo

I wish all of you a peaceful, relaxing winter break.

Enjoy your family and friends.

I look forward to the rest of our school year helping all of our students meet success.

Take care,

Greg

 
 

Advantageous Sponsorship Opportunities Available for 2016

An investment in Chamber programs or events provides a key component to a company’s marketing strategy. Sponsorships allow organizations to promote their brand and image through targeted exposure – helping accomplish their annual goals.  Our Chamber has a number of sponsorship opportunities available to help you promote and market your business.  Chamber sponsorship also provide funding for a variety of events and programs, both old and new that make a difference in our community. It’s a great way to show community spirit to both your customers and potential customers by investing in Front Royal-Warren County’s future.  Chamber sponsorship information can be found here.   There are also event sponsorships available, find the Wine & Craft opportunities here.

 
 

Recent Ribbon Cuttings

Welcome to a couple of our newest Chamber members who recently celebrated their business opening with Ribbon Cuttings.

Maid 2 Party Ribbon Cutting

Maid 2 Party Specialities Cleaning Service

 

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Greg Demski – Edward Jones Advisor