Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Spotlight: Business Council Briefs, October 2020 [Free Read]

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

Terry Banez, CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Business Council

The mission of the Business Council is to advocate, collaborate and create an environment in which businesses can grow and succeed. Throughout the pandemic we have been focused on supporting the Greater Williamsburg business community; we have dedicated the month of October to educational programming.

As we strive to advocate for our members and local business community, we partnered with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the York County Chamber of Commerce to host the 2020 Candidate Forum.

Our interviews featured candidates Mark Warner and Daniel Gade for U.S. Senate, Rob Wittman and Qasim Rashid for the House of Representatives District 1, Elaine Luria and Scott Taylor for the House of Representatives District 2, and Bobby Scott and John Collick for the House of Representatives District 3.

All candidates who participated were asked to touch upon important issues for our local business community, such as the military, economy, healthcare, transportation, and workforce. You can watch the interviews on our website.

Our Women’s Business Council partnered with the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association for a virtual event to celebrate the first 100 years of women’s suffrage. Pat Wirth, Executive Director and CEO of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association, covered a history of the movement, important figures and milestones, and a reflection on the first 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. You can watch a replay of this presentation on our blog.

We hope you’ll join us for a socially-distant Business After Hours at Kingsmill’s James Landing Grille on Thursday, October 29th. Tickets are $10, and you’ll be able to attend either the first wave of networking at 5 PM or the second wave at 6 PM. All attendees will be required to wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and sign a health waiver.

You can purchase tickets and read about our health and safety guidelines here.

As we move into this new fall season, please remember to support your local businesses and restaurants. Each time we shop local we make a tremendous difference in our great community. Stay well and feel free to reach out your Business Council if we can be of support.

Help us welcome the following businesses to the Business Council family:
Providence Classical School | Find them on Facebook
Located at 6000 Easter Circle in Williamsburg, Providence Classical School is a JK-12 private Christian school. You can learn more about PCS by calling 757-565-2900.

Hampton Roads Workforce Council | Find them on LinkedIn
Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, the HRWC develops workforce policy and oversees federally-funded workforce development programs, which assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in finding suitable job openings and bolstering their earning power through training.

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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