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.

Building a Demand Driven Workforce Pipeline

By on October 12, 2015

Following a nice relaxing vacation, a dear friend of mine came home to find water flowing freely and deeply in her kitchen. While she was away, the water supply line to her refrigerator’s ice maker burst allowing water to run without interruption for quite a while.  Besides a tremendous water bill, she was left with a huge mess which required an entire kitchen renovation.  Ever since my husband heard this story, he has developed the habit of turning our home’s main water supply off whenever we are away for an extended period of time.  This little habit of his is one of my pet peeves because when we get home and turn the water back on, all my faucets spit, spray, and splash water everywhere. His reply to my complaints, “it takes a while for the water to displace the air and get back into the pipeline, just give it some time.”

Recently, Dr. Tony Brads, Superintendent, Culpeper County Public Schools, Randi Richards-Lutz, Career and Technical Administrator, and I attended the Virginia Workforce conference in Richmond which was presented by the Virginia Chamber Foundation Center for Education and Workforce. The conference served to bring together leaders in business, industry and education to facilitate conversation on building a demand driven talent pipeline.  The impressive lineup of speakers, including Governor Terry McAuliffe, echoed the importance of filling the Commonwealth’s workforce pipeline with the constant flow of a skilled and ready workforce.

Also speaking was Mr. Mike Petters, President and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding.  He issued a challenge for us to view the workforce pipeline from its source, and then on through to its outputs.  He went on to say, “I believe early childhood education in America is a national security issue and one that we, as Americans, need to be concerned with.  Much of the skills gap that some employers say prevents them from hiring for available skilled jobs can actually be traced back to children falling behind before they even start kindergarten’, he added.

There are many possible causal factors for restrictions and disruptions in Virginia’s workforce pipeline that could result in hiring barriers.  Identification and validation of them is well beyond the intent of this column and clearly beyond my professional expertise.  My goal this week is twofold and strategic in nature; primarily, raise awareness by providing visibility for this issue, and secondly, report that the Culpeper County Schools and the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce are committed to working in partnership to ensure Culpeper’s children are adequately prepared to enter the workforce.

This is one pipeline we want to run freely, deeply and without interruption.

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The Piedmont Downhill: A Fun, New Way to Celebrate a Company’s Most Valuable Asset

By on September 28, 2015

A company’s balance sheet is one of the accounting tools used by business to generate a “snapshot” of the company’s financial position for any given time period. This “snapshot” captures a company’s assets such as capital, inventory, or real estate,

Culpeper Wellness Foundation Seeking Ideas to Promote Health & Wellness in Our Community

By on September 21, 2015

It was exciting news when I learned that Jerry Lewis would soon be appearing at the State Theatre right here in Culpeper! His work on the stage, in movies, or behind the scenes directing and producing is legendary.  For many,