Welcome to the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce

BoardMembersThe Culpeper County Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit, membership-driven organization comprised of over 550 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals. Our mission is to be the voice of the business community working to promote, build, and support the most effective climate for economic development.

Since it was chartered in 1749, Culpeper County has been an important crossroads for business.  Culpeper’s economy is multifaceted and changing with the times. The County and Town governments along with various agencies and local representatives are working hard to bring and retain business in Culpeper and nurture long-term relationships with local businesses and industries.

Programs and Training will Prove Key to Culpeper’s Next Generation

By on August 24, 2015

 

Last week, Delegates Michael Webert and Ed Scott presented the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce a resolution commending the organization for a century of service to the businesses and community of Culpeper.  As we all gathered in the chamber’s conference room, conversation turned to the many individuals that helped lead this organization to this milestone celebration.  A large plaque containing the names of these individuals adorns the wall of our conference room.  One by one, someone on that plaque accepted the responsibility of a senior leadership role to help guide this organization forward.

It is easy to assume there will always be someone available and ready to step up and fill a leadership position. Yet, without training, effective mentoring, or programs designed to assist in the development of an individual’s skills, a business or organization could be left with an empty seat at the head of the table.  The Culpeper Chamber of Commerce has two valuable programs designed to help individuals acquire or hone leadership and managerial skill-sets as they prepare to step into community, organizational, or business positions of increasing responsibility.

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“Lead Culpeper” is a 10-month program designed to provide participants with a close-up view of our local and regional governance and economic models, and their supporting leadership strategies and policies. Participants have the opportunity to meet with executives and senior leaders from business, government, and the education system in both formal, and relaxed settings to share ideas, thoughts, and best-practices. This in-depth access to interesting and diverse leadership styles and proven managerial approaches to problem solving in the community and marketplace is the foundation of this very popular program. This biennial program will once again be offered in early spring 2016.  Applications are being accepted now.  

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“Culpeper’s Young Professionals (YPs)” is a networking group of dedicated professionals ranging in age from 21 – 40. Various events are designed and held so group members can build their networks, develop leadership attributes, and contribute their talents to Culpeper. They also have fun! The “YPs”  will be hosting their 7th Annual Crab Feast on Saturday, September 12th at Beer Hound Brewery in downtown Culpeper.  What began as a small party in the backyard of one of the members, has now grown to be their signature event.  Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the chamber office, Beer Hound Brewery or online at www.culpeperchamber.com.

The Culpeper Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer these relevant and important programs to our community.  Both contribute to the overall quality of life and economic vitality of Culpeper.  Now I need to buy another plaque so we can honor your chamber’s next century of leaders.

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Lessons from the Mushroom

By on August 17, 2015

This summer I have been spending a lot of time outdoors with my family.  I’ve really enjoyed watching the grandchildren experience the magic of a simple walk through the forest. Guided by some information from the National Park Service, my

School – An Important Component of Community Vitality

By on August 10, 2015

The school buses are back on the road this morning!  Today begins the 2015-2016 school year for Culpeper County Public Schools!  As we all probably do, I have memories of many ‘first days of school’; my own and more vividly