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.


Community Prevention Conference: Culpeper Businesses Urged to Attend

By on November 16, 2015

I vividly recall the rather graphic anti-drug films shown during one of my middle school Phys Ed classes – the images of a heroin addict as he experienced withdrawals, the detailed pictures of needle tracks along a young woman’s arm, and the bizarre behavior of a teenager “tripping out”.  The films were usually followed up with stories of families being torn apart, imprisonments and suicides.  It gave me a glimpse into a dark world that I knew was to be avoided.  The awareness provided by those films certainly influenced my behavior – I was scared straight.

During the candidates’ forums recently hosted by the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce, the subject of our community’s heroin epidemic was echoed by many.  Not only was it a topic of concern for the law enforcement community – the Commonwealth’s Attorney and Sheriff’s candidates, but also discussed among those vying for seats on town council and the board of supervisors.  Clearly, warning flags were being raised that this is very a serious issue for our community.

According to Tom Murphy, Supervisory Special Agent with the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force, half of his team’s investigations are heroin related – a 30% increase over the same period last year.  He also stated that by mid-September of this year, the number of documented heroin overdoses had already surpassed the total for all of 2014.  Mr. Murphy emphasized this problem is not unique to Culpeper, but is reflective of a national epidemic.


Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services and the Blue Ridge Narcotics and Gang Task Force will be hosting a community prevention conference, “Addressing the Heroin Epidemic as a Community” on December 3rd, 8:30am – 4:00pm at Germanna’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper.  The event is free to attend and will host a speaker from the National Council for Behavioral Health along with law enforcement specialists discussing the prevalent usage of narcotics and its impact locally, regionally, and nationally.  You are asked to register by calling 540-547-2997.
Our law enforcement and community service agencies need our help – through citizen engagement, involvement, and awareness. In the 1970s, the drug abuse prevention programs I was exposed to increased my overall awareness of the inherent dangers of illicit drugs in general, and heroin in particular.  Let’s rally behind a 21st century approach and help fight the scourge of heroin in our community – it really does affect the entire fabric of our community.

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101st Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet: Celebrating the Best of Culpeper

By on November 9, 2015

Someone asked me how the chamber was going to top last year’s 100th anniversary celebration.  In jest, but yet in a somewhat smug tone, I replied, ‘Well, we’ll just have to hold the 101st Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet.’  I

The Chamber of Commerce: One Size Does Not Fit All

By on November 2, 2015

It was probably 9th grade Civics class where I first heard the term ‘chamber of commerce’.  My mind’s eye pictured a dark paneled meeting room filled with businessmen (yes, businessmen – remember this was the 1960’s!) dressed in suits sitting