Friday, March 31, 2023

Chamber Insights – February 2023

To begin the New Year, the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce focused on creating engaging events for the business community and new opportunities for professional connection.

The 2023 Pre-Session Legislative Forum took place at the Williamsburg Regional Library, featuring Senator Tommy Norment, Senator Monty Mason, Delegate Mike Mullin, Delegate Amanda Batten, and Delegate A.C. Cordoza. The forum discussed the outlook of the 2023 Virginia General Assembly Session and policy matters relating to the Chamber’s Legislative Priorities.

The ASPIRE Young Professionals hosted the annual Showcase at Copper Fox Distillery. Designed to help local young professionals expand their professional networks and learn more about ASPIRE, the event displayed the full portfolio of young professional programming offered by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber with early registration for upcoming events.

The Women’s Business Council hosted the annual Power of Women Keynote, featuring Rear Admiral Ann Phillips, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Administrator of the Maritime Administration. Attendees enjoyed a thoughtful discussion on the impact of women’s leadership, a delicious plated lunch, and a flag ceremony with the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast.

Coming up, the Chamber is thrilled to present the Annual Gala on Saturday, March 25th at the William & Mary Alumni House. Join us at 6:30 PM for An Evening in Old Hollywood, fit with a walk down the red carpet, a welcome reception with cocktails and live music, dinner, and dancing. The Gala will also showcase a silent auction to benefit the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which supports Pathways2Careers and educational programming. Sponsorships, tickets, and tables are currently available online for Chamber members and the community

Join us in welcoming the following to the Chamber family:

The Elegant Pen & Ribbon – Based in Williamsburg, The Elegant Pen & Ribbon offers exquisite wrapping, luscious bows, flowing ribbons, and hand-lettered calligraphy for your wedding or event. View services and book a consultation online.

Embassy Suites Williamsburg – Located on Mooretown Road, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Williamsburg offers complimentary parking, made-to-order breakfast, and Wi-Fi. The property also offers pet-friendly rooms, meeting space, a fitness center, digital key access, and an on-site restaurant.

Staffic Hiring, LLC – Staffic Hiring is a boutique staffing and human resources consulting company providing direct-hire placements to organizations nationwide with an emphasis on veteran hiring and transition. The team also provides human resources support through training and development programs, onboarding, and benefits consultation.

HRSD – HRSD’s mission since its inception in 1940 has been to protect public health and waters of Hampton Roads through effective wastewater treatment. HRSD’s workforce of scientists, engineers, water quality professionals, and other staff diligently work together to fulfill the HRSD vision that future generations will inherit clean waterways and be able to keep them clean.

Infinity Building Company – Infinity Building Company is located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Contact Jill Thibault by phone or email for more information.

One Stop Carpet Care & Specialty Services – One Stop Carpet Care & Specialty Service is a family-owned and locally operated business serving the Hampton Roads area. One Stop Care specializes in full residential and commercial building maintenance services, including carpet care, hardwood refinishing and rejuvenating, tile and grout cleaning, commercial janitorial cleaning, and move-in/move-out cleaning. Book online to save $15!

Newport News Public Schools Adult Education – The Newport News Public School Adult and Continuing Education program offers a variety of classes, including classes for those seeking a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED), and the External Diploma Program for adults 21 and older. They also offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at various levels.

Dominion Dogs Hot Dogs & Catering – Dominion Dogs is a mobile gourmet hot dog cart serving up classic American fare in the Williamsburg area. A brick-and-mortar location will open soon!

Colonial Cleaning Company – Colonial Cleaning Company is a full service residential cleaning business for homes and small offices. Between scheduled service, move-out cleaning, floor cleaning, construction cleaning, and more, Colonial Cleaning Company
has the tools and experience to tackle your cleaning project. Refer a friend for $15 off your name cleaning service!

Constantly Clean Power Washing – Constantly Clean Power Washing specializes in safe and effective soft and power washing services in Williamsburg and the surrounding areas. They utilize the latest pressure washing and soft washing techniques for house washing, deck cleaning, driveway cleaning, roof cleaning, gutter cleaning, rust removal, fence cleaning, and more.

Girls Sports Academy – Girls Sports Academy is a multi-sport organization focusing on building the girl through sports. They offer girls an opportunity to learn between five and seven sports in a given season. With a partnership with William & Mary Athletics, GSA attends games, meets players, and offers personal development opportunities to build confidence, strength, and resilience.

Ie Wellness Center – Ie Wellness Center is a group of eclectic wellness providers with a mission to create healthier, happier, and more productive societies. Ie Wellness Center provides counseling to children, play therapy, counseling to adults, functional medicine, hormone testing, and more.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – The Virginia–West Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS and raise funds for critical MS research. Whether you or a loved one are newly diagnosed or have had MS for many years, the MS Society has the resources, events, and community to connect you.

Upward Construction – Located in Williamsburg, Upward Roofing & Construction is a Class A General Contractor providing all facets of turn-key residential construction services. Upward Construction specializes in roof replacement, interior and exterior finish, decks, patios, driveways, painting, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, and new construction.

Pathway Therapy Specialists – Pathway Therapy Specialists provides family-centered and effective speech, language, feeding, and orofacial myofunctional therapy services to the New Kent community and surrounding areas. Individualized services celebrate strengths, build upon areas of need, and address underlying factors impacting skill development.

Edward Jones Financial Advisor: Antonija Simpson – Edward Jones is a different kind of investment firm, meeting with you to learn your individual needs to develop a strategy to help you achieve your long-term financial goals. Whether you want to plan for retirement, save for college, reduce your tax bills, or ensure you have income to cover your expenses, you can expect personalized service and long-term investing strategies instead of the latest investment fads.

Planet Fitness – No matter what you’re looking for in a gym, Planet Fitness has a membership option for you. All members enjoy unlimited access to their home club and the support of friendly, knowledgeable staff anytime you need it. Planet Fitness members can also take advantage of free fitness training in a clean, safe, and welcoming environment.

To learn more about the Chamber, or to join as an individual or business, contact Courtney Thompson, Director of Membership & Development.

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