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Chamber Insights: February 2024

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce’s new year started with a Pre-General Assembly Session Forum featuring the elected officials of the Greater Williamsburg area. The event was presented by Principle Advantage Government Relations Group and saw our elected officials answering questions submitted by our members. During the General Assembly sessions the GWCC will have weekly updates available online at https://www.businesswilliamsburg.com/advocacy and in its newsletter.

From left, Delegate Chad Green, Delegate A.C. Cardoza, Senator Ryan McDougle, Senator Danny Diggs, Delegate Amanda Batten, Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce CEO Terry Banez, Mindy Carlin of Access Point Public Affairs, Committee Chair, Angie Bezik of Principle Advantage Government Relations Group, and GWCC Board of Directors Chairman Ben Ellington of Southern Bank.

The GWCC’s educational program, Pathways2Careers saw students take a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge. The students were given a guided tour throughout the lodge’s facilities to learn what it takes to make Great Wolf Lodge the ultimate family getaway. Students also competed in a competitive bed making race after being shown the level of detail that goes into preparing rooms for guests.

Students enrolled in the Pathways2Careers, were given a guided tour of the Great Wolf Lodge to learn the ins and outs of the hospitality industry.

Pathways2Careers is free to all public, private, and homeschool students grade 9-12 in the Williamsburg, James City County, and York County area. Learn more at  businesswilliamsburg.com/pathways-2-careers.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce continued its Commonwealth Conversations series on Jan. 10th with guest speaker BK Fulton, CEO and Chairman of Soulidifly Productions. Fulton is a producer of nearly 20 films, author of 16 books and producer of two number-one Broadway shows. His most recent projects include the 2023 movie, The Kill Room starring Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson and the Broadway revival of The Wiz.

“I work while you sleep, so I can live how you dream,” said Fulton.

CEO and Chairman of Soulidifly Productions BK Fulton during his interview with Colonial Williamsburg President Cliff Fleet. Photo by Consociate Media.

Coming up at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber

New Local Businesses in the Greater Williamsburg Chamber

Join us in welcoming the newest members of the Chamber:

Montage at Marquis Hills
Join us in welcoming Montage at Marquis Hills to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce! Montage at Marquis Hill is Williamsburg, Virginia’s newest luxury apartment community. Their newly built exclusive location features conditioned corridors, elevators, and pet-friendly bedroom homes offering a flawless blend of style, space, and trendsetting vibes. Their all-new address provides quick and easy commutes throughout Williamsburg, Newport News, York County, and greater Tidewater area.

VetCor of Hampton Roads
Join us in welcoming VetCor Of Hampton Roads to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce! VetCor of Hampton Roads is a restoration services company that handles water and mold damage for residential and commercial customers. VetCor is an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration certified firm. They provide services throughout Hampton Roads and pride themselves on deploying technicians to provide exceptionally great service to our customers and at their time of need. As a company, they are staffed primarily by U.S. veterans and the brand operates according to the same culture, norms and values embodied in military service.

Way Law
Join us in welcoming Way Law to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber Of Commerce! Way Law is a business transaction and strategy focused on doing law differently. They emphasize using legal strategy to accomplish business strategy. To do this they spend time learning and understanding your business and then spend time making sure you understand the tools they have crafted to achieve your business goals.

Allison Niccole Creatives
Join us in welcoming Allison Niccole Creatives to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber Of Commerce! Allison Niccole is a photographer who has a passion for capturing the beauty in her clients that they often overlook in themselves.  With over 10 years of experience, Allison has developed a keen eye for detail and a creative approach to photography.  She specializes in a variety of areas such as boudoir, senior, maternity, newborn, engagement and family photography.

Unwind Williamsburg
Join us in welcoming Unwind Williamsburg to the Greater Williamsburg Chamber Of Commerce! Alexandria McKenzie of Unwind Williamsburg is more than a massage therapist; she’s a dedicated Navy veteran, military spouse, and mom who excels in providing personalized therapeutic massage experiences. Praised for her attentive assessments, skilled techniques, and understanding of anatomy, Alexandria ensures each session is tailored to individual needs, focusing on stress relief, better sleep, and muscle relaxation. With rave reviews for her inclusive approach and effective treatments, she’s the go-to for a transformative massage experience in Williamsburg.

Hummingbird Digital Solutions
Join us in welcoming Hummingbird Digital Solutions to The Greater Williamsburg Chamber Of Commerce! Hummingbird Digital Solutions is an award-winning Search Engine Optimization firm specializing in blending strategy and skill into a marketing campaign that aims to increase your online visibility. Their creative solutions will help your business grow and connect to your target audience.

Ribbon Cuttings & Celebrations

We have several ribbon cuttings coming up in our community, which the general public is usually invited to attend.

Ribbon cuttings are unique networking events. Unlike other events, you’re more likely to meet the owners, decision makers, and other key people you usually wouldn’t have access to! Check out the chamber calendar for upcoming events to attend.

Thank you for helping us celebrate these organizations (click for event photos on Facebook):

  • The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce and James City County Economic Development got to cut the ribbon at the newly renamed Riverside Martha W. Goodson Training Center! Riverside has renamed the center to honor the caregiver’s journey, and an individual living with dementia, Martha Goodson. Through the generous donation of Royden Goodson, Riverside is expanding the Center’s offerings to now include a Caregiver Training Center for professional and non-professional caregivers, and those looking to develop their caregiving skills.
  • Colonial CPA Group recently opened its third location in Williamsburg. Owners Courtney and Ryan Johnson opened their first location in Chesapeake 10 years ago and second in Yorktown 8 years ago. They provide a wide variety of accounting, tax, and financial management services tailored to meet the needs of their clients. Their CPA services are designed to make your job easier and provide you with more time to focus on building your business.
  • Little Angel’s Day Spa. Little Angels Day Spa and Parties celebrated its opening with the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce and James City County Economic Development. Little Angel’s Day Spa is a faith based business that offers children’s parties in a salon setting. Owner Carleen Molnar believes in celebrating the joys of innocence and wonder only a child can show. Little Angel’s is a place to create memories in a safe environment with friends.

Looking to increase brand awareness? Flip through our 2023-2024 Greater Williamsburg Chamber Investment Opportunities & Program Calendar booklet.


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