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.


What’s your Profile of a CCPS Graduate?

By on March 28, 2016

It’s a nice change of pace when I get to be on the “attendee” side of an event rather than the “organizing” side!  Last week I traveled to Staunton to participate in a conference hosted by the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  I always look forward to this annual event as it offers the opportunity to network with my peers from chambers of commerce – large and small – throughout Virginia.  Discussions typically center around the chamber “world of work” with regards to differing approaches, programs, and initiatives used by each organization to help build economic stability and strong communities.  There was a recurring theme in almost every conversation – the importance of a chamber’s involvement in workforce development and having a strong partnership with the school system.  I couldn’t agree more!

We are very fortunate here in Culpeper.  The Culpeper County Public School (CCPS) system eagerly embraces their organizational responsibilities and remains very cognizant of their vital role and contributions to the overall health of our community and its economic vitality.  Our educators are aware that in addition to developing curricula and delivering instruction that teaches well beyond what was once called the “three Rs”, they are also responsible for ensuring that the next generation is prepared to enter the workforce.


Curricula is designed to ensure students achieve a requisite level of competency in a particular area that can be demonstrated or measured.  Typically, curricula is based on certain requirements and/or established methods of instruction.  A variety of inputs are used to help validate what is ultimately presented in the classroom.  In partnership with CCPS, the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve as the communications conduit between business and educators to help tailor curricula to better meet the needs of our business community and our students – the future workforce.

CCPS has developed a survey in order to capture information from the business community to help our educators design, improve, and provide high quality, dynamic programs that will meet current, emerging and projected workforce needs.  This survey – “Profile of a CCPS Graduate” can be easily accessed through the chamber’s website – www.culpeperchamber.com.  A quick link button is on the home page for your convenience! Please take a few moments of your time to share your input.  Your insight is needed and most welcomed.

Now back to the “organizing” side of events…..CulpeperFest 2016 is right around the corner!

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A Deeper Appreciation for our Local Agribusinesses

By on March 21, 2016

You may remember my recent “bucket list” adventure of milking a cow – what fun that was! That memory still brings a smile to my face. In fact, that little interaction with agribusiness has resulted in another personal yearning –

Downton Abbey and Culpeper Chamber Appreciates School Board!

By on February 1, 2016

Downton Abbey, the PBS Masterpiece Theater series, is one of my guilty pleasures.  I eagerly await Sunday evenings so I can shamelessly sit in front of the television to watch the latest episode to learn how the previous week’s “crisis”