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Spotlight: Business Council Brief, September 2020 [Free Read]

A message from Terry Banez, CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Business Council

Terry Banez, CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Business Council

August was a busy month for the Greater Williamsburg Business Council.

We launched our brand new website, which features our COVID-19 Recovery Center and an interactive Community Calendar.

We also partnered with the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association, the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County to offer a free printable “Masks Required” sign to support our local businesses.

As we press forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, health has been a top priority.

We have recently partnered with William & Mary to support the Healthy Together Community Commitment, which sets the standard for living, learning, and working on campus and in the community. We encourage everyone to make the commitment with us!

The Business Council’s Health Committee selected Master Police Officer Ben Woodhouse as the recipient of the 2020 Health Promoter of the Year Award. Officer Woodhouse has dedicated his law enforcement career to raising awareness for marginalized and overlooked individuals in our community.

Notably, he spearheaded the James City County Police Department Autism Awareness Project, which uses stickers to alert public safety personnel that they may need to communicate differently with an individual during an emergency situation.

Looking ahead to September, we are excited to collect nominations for the annual 15 Under 50 Award, which recognizes 15 local leaders under the age of 50.

Consider nominating those deserving individuals in your professional network to show your appreciation for their hard work.”

Help us welcome the following businesses to the Business Council family:

The Spice & Tea Exchange of Williamsburg | Find them on Facebook
Located on Prince George Street in Williamsburg, The Spice & Tea Exchange offers a variety of fine spices, handcrafted seasonings, loose-leaf teas, specialty salts, flavored sugars, gifts, and more. Stop by the store to check out limited edition seasonal tea blends for the fall.

Papa Murphy’s Pizza | Find them on Facebook
Conveniently located in Monticello Marketplace, Papa Murphy’s offers take-and-bake pizzas that are ready for dinner when you are. They are currently offering online ordering with contactless pick-up and delivery. Check out their menu online and give them a call to place an order.

PCI Publishing (Best Version Media) | Find them on Facebook
Currently, PCI Publishing works with Best Version Media to publish James River Living, an exclusive community magazine delivered monthly to Governor’s Land, Greensprings Plantation, and neighborhoods along Greensprings Road. You can learn more about the publication on their website.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill | Find them on Facebook
Carrabba’s is located at 2500 Richmond Road, and they are open for in-person dining with limited capacity and hours. You can also place an order online using their website. Give them a call to learn more about a Business Council promotion on catering through the end of September.

501 Bar & Grill | Find them on Facebook and Instagram
Located in Stonehouse, 501 Bar & Grill offers a fresh take on American cuisine. They serve an eclectic Sunday brunch, signature cocktails, and an extensive wine list. 501 also features weekly specials and hosts a variety of 501 Live events. You can check out their full menu online.

You can learn more about the Business Council and sign up for events at For membership inquiries, please contact Courtney Driscoll, Membership Manager.

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