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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Chamber Insights: April 2024

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce kicked off March with the Women’s Business Council’s Power of Women keynote! We were honored to have the dynamic Connie Matthews Harshaw, President of the Let Freedom Ring Foundation as our keynote speaker for the event. Connie spoke to the sold-out crowd about her life, lessons she learned from it, and imparted wisdom that she gained by being an international trailblazer.

President of the Let Freedom Ring Foundation, Connie Matthews Harshaw was the keynote speaker for our sold-out Power of Women Keynote that kicked off Women’s History Month.

The GWCC’s education program Pathways2Careers traveled to the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown in March. Students were given a guided tour of the base to learn about the different career paths the Coast Guard offers. They were also able to engage in activities, like participating in a virtual training simulation.

Students enrolled in the Pathways2Careers, took part in a training simulation while in the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown.

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

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce celebrated the graduation of the 2024 Community Leadership Service class at the James City County Library! These 19 graduates spent the nine weeks learning about the greater Williamsburg area, and meeting with community leaders from a diverse range of industries. Congratulations to our newest CLS grads!

The Community Leader Service class of 2024 are, from left standing, Kathy Howell, Eileen Murray, Patti Ralabate, Terry Weisz, Bob Mirel, Jill Ramsaur, Ric Zakour, Wendy Ruffle, Griff Steel, Steve Jasper, Joe Moore, Robin Price Sanford, Tanya Fisher, and Linda Bedker. Sitting, Connie Matthews Harshaw, Leisa Schultz, Carolyn Campbel , Cindy Sherwood, and David Martin.

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce held the second session of its training series, The Learning Table, with guest speaker Jocelyn Van Coney, Founder & CEO of Van Coney Business Strategies LLC. She discussed two essential laws of teamwork, from the book, “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork,” by John C. Maxwell.

Jocelyn Van Coney, Founder & CEO of Van Coney Business Strategies LLC speaks on the Law of Significance during our training series, The Learning Table.

Coming up at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber

April 18: Women’s Business Council High Tea

April 23: National Civics Bee Local Level Competition presented by Jamestown Settlement

April 23: The Learning Table with Dr. Douglas Brown: “Keeping a Business Ready to Sell”

April 24: ASPIRE Symposium, presented by the William & Mary School of Business

April 25: Business After Hours at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore

May 10: 2024 Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament

May 28: The Learning Table with Michael Kimball: “Influencing with Social Influencers”

New Local Businesses in the Greater Williamsburg Chamber

Join us in welcoming the newest members of the Chamber:

Budget Blinds of Williamsburg
Budget Blinds of Williamsburg is the premiere destination for high-quality and stylish window treatments that elevate any space. With a wide range of customizable options, including blinds, shades, shutters, and drapery, selected during in-home consultations with seasoned professionals, they offer options tailored to your unique style and needs. Backed by exceptional customer service and a dedication to excellence, they are committed to transforming windows into stunning focal points of your home or business.

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg
DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg is the closest hotel to Busch Gardens, boasting 295 sleeping rooms with 42,000+sq feet of conference space with 3 food & beverage outlets, gaming area, billiards and an indoor/outdoor heated pool.

Pinto Innovation Health & Wellness
Pinto Innovative Health & Wellness is an integrated healthcare practice focused on providing Regenerative Medicine to their patients in combination with more traditional treatments as they are seeing these protocols consistently outperform many currently accepted standards of care. Their mission is to deliver exceptional health care that embraces the well-being of every individual they serve and elevates the quality of life in our community. Guided by compassion and a commitment to excellence, Pinto Innovation Health & Wellness fosters a secure and respectful environment that nurtures both our dedicated employees and cherished patients.

Logue & Associates, PLLC
JLogue & Associates is a leading primary care specialty clinic that specializes in veteran compensation and pension exams.

Rise Elevator Services
Rise Elevator Services is a highly qualified company with expert elevator services such as maintenance, repair, modernization and installation. They are your local pros elevating expectations, one floor at a time.

TRAFFIX is a cooperative public service designed to promote and implement transportation alternatives. TRAFFIX was established in 1995 as a state funded Transportation Demand Management Program (TDM) designed to assist with the states’ effort to decrease traffic congestion during peak travel times.

Bookkeeping Boutique
Bookkeeping Boutique helps small businesses and nonprofits grow from a place of financial confidence and understanding, so they can focus on their mission. They chose the name “Boutique” because their clients are varied and creative, and they are committed to providing the highest quality service.

Southern Pancake & Waffle House
Southern Pancake and Waffle House is one of the top five pancake houses in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is a family-owned restaurant located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg and minutes away from Busch Gardens and Water County serves delicious southern breakfast and lunch entrees every day.

Juicing Life Bar & Cafe
Juicing Life Bar & Cafe is changing how you drink juice and eat foods with products that cleanse, nourish, and revitalize your body in exciting new ways. Sip or eat your way to your wellness goals and bring your juice and super foods wherever life takes you.

Eclipse Holsters
Eclipse Holsters embraces innovation and continuously refine their processes to stay ahead of the curve. They understand that the world of holsters is constantly evolving, and are committed to staying at the forefront of the industry. They invite you to explore their wide range of holsters, each thoughtfully designed to cater to various needs and preferences. From concealed carry holsters to duty holsters and everything in between, they have the perfect solution for you. If you have specific requirements or need assistance in selecting the right holster, their knowledgeable customer support team is always ready to assist you.

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 cut the ribbon at the Grand Re-Opening of BikeWalk Williamsburg! BikeWalk Williamsburg is a non-profit that features the Bicycle Co-Op of Williamsburg, a community outreach program that helps people seeking affordable alternative transportation for work, school, appointments, recreation and socializing, exercise, and fulfilling everyday needs in their lives.

Co-Op volunteers refurbish donated bikes to be reliable and safe transportation. The area bicycle cooperative grew from BikeWalk Williamsburg’s mission to create a community environment encouraging “everyone to bike or walk everywhere.”

  • Last week the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce got to cut the ribbon at the Remix Market Williamsburg ! Remix Market is a furniture and home décor resale store with a mission to keep reusable items out of landfills. The market works hand-in-hand with The Junkluggers to rescue quality pieces and resell them at a low price.

“The most exciting thing about being a part of this business community is being able to serve and give back to the community where I grew up, “said General Manager Zach Kirkpatrick, “I’ve always loved it here and I thoroughly enjoy being able to support those in our community through the efforts of Junkluggers and Remix Market.”

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

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