More and more people are leaving their 9 to 5 jobs and taking an entrepreneurial approach to life.
In Virginia, business is booming and businesses can count on local Chambers of Commerce to
help support them in their growth. If you’re a business owner, you should seriously consider
joining your local chamber of commerce. Leverage the knowledge of other business owners
while you make new contacts and get exposure for your business.
Benefits to Joining a Chamber of Commerce
*Build relationships with other business owners and community leaders. People do
business with people they know, like and trust. Joining a Chamber of Commerce can help
you build the relationships that you need to grow your business. You can share your ideas
with one another and form a mutually beneficial relationship where you can help others
build their businesses, too.
*Get better visibility for your business. Chambers of Commerce can provide you with
business listings and marketing directly to targeted audiences of business decision
makers. Participating in Chamber events can help get your name out in the community
*Gain knowledge. Learn about industry trends and local business news first to help you
stay ahead of your competition. Many Chambers of Commerce provide business
communications and resources to keep you in the know.
Local Chambers of Commerce and Their Events
*Government Contracting Breakfast: Local Procurement – On July 28 at the Holiday Inn-
Quantico Center, the Chamber will hold a breakfast. Members and guests will hear from
directors of procurement for Prince William and Fairfax Counties about how to get a
company on their radar.
*Ribbon Cutting: ImagiNation Learning Center – On July 28 from 4 to 5 p.m., celebrate
the new location of ImagiNation Learning Center in Gainesville with the Chamber.
*Business Connection Luncheon – On July 28, Chamber members can enjoy joint
networking with the Marshall Business and Residents Association.
*Piedmont Harvest Fest – On September 10 at the Fauquier Fair Grounds, business owners
can connect with potential customers by offering fun and educational events. This event
is free and open to the public, so there will be networking opportunities abound.
*The GWCC TechTeam – This group meets August 4 and the first Thursday of every
month at the Inn, Spa and Manor House in Warrenton. They have a shared interest and
networking group with a focus on technology. You can network with others as you learn
about mobile devices, applications, tools, emerging technologies, security, social media,
marketing tools and other technological aides for your business.
*Friday Networking Group – This group meets August 5 and every first and third Friday at
the Bistro on the Hill in Warrenton. This is a traditional style networking group that
allows one participant per business category. They are actively seeking new members.
This is only a small sampling of what local Chambers of Commerce have to offer. For more
information, visit your local Chamber’s website.
Would you like more information on local businesses and communities? Contact The Colgan
Team. We’d be happy to share our extensive knowledge so you can make an informed decision
when it’s time for your next move!
Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was
born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member
of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all
Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500
Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.