CHAMBER COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Week Ending 1/27/2024
The Culpeper Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to participate in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Day at the Capitol.
This event included insightful speeches from notable figures such as:
-Barry Duval, President and CEO, Virginia Chamber of Commerce
-The Honorable Winsome Earle-Sears, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
-The Honorable Don Scott and Honorable Todd Gilbert, Virginia House of Delegates
-The Honorable Ryan McDougle and Honorable Scott Surovell, Senate of Virginia
-The Honorable Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia
We take pride in being a member of both the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, actively advocating for businesses across the Commonwealth.
Virginia is buzzing with activity, and both your state and local Chambers are dedicated to propelling business forward!
The Culpeper Chamber of Commerce kicked off Lead Culpeper 2024!
Lead Culpeper is a yearlong Leadership Development program that the Chamber runs every 2 years. Participants meet on the 3rd Friday of every month to dive into Culpeper and learn more about themselves, meet key stakeholders in the community and get in depth knowledge of the offerings and interworking’s of the county!
The mission and goals of Lead Culpeper are:
- Provide participants a unique perspective on Culpeper County and the region.
- Educate participants about the opportunities and challenges in Culpeper and the region.
- Bring these leaders into contact with other community leaders.
- Develop a spirit of working together for the benefit of Culpeper and the region.
- Establish an alumni association to continue leadership development in Culpeper and the region and to provide a forum for ongoing contact and discussion.
This year, our cohort boasts 18 participants, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to embark on a year of learning and leadership growth with them!
In a groundbreaking initiative to combat human trafficking, Attorney General Jason Miyares visited Culpeper, Virginia, on January 18, 2024, to recognize Human Trafficking Prevention Month and announce a transformative partnership with the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce—the 100% Business Alliance Against Trafficking.
At a press conference held at The Culpeper Police Department, Attorney General Miyares addressed the critical issue of human trafficking, emphasizing the need for collaborative efforts to prevent and eliminate this heinous crime. The event brought together community leaders, members of the press, and concerned citizens, all united in the commitment to creating a safer and more resilient Culpeper.
WATCH: The trailer for Virginia’s 100% BAAT
WATCH: Virginia’ 100% Club: Business Alliance Against Trafficking (WJLA)
WATCH: Miyares Announces New Program to Help Stop Human Trafficking (WTTG)
WATCH: A.G. Miyares: 100% Business Alliance Against Trafficking (WRC)
Companies that train 100% of their employees using this program will be officially recognized by the Office of Attorney General. Miyares’ office will make this training video available to any
Here is the link you can use to sign up to receive the training: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=vMOJRFAb1UKHuubWeZG-ta5thm-2bfBFopzBDMcz4-VUQjc2Mk9VSEUyMjMwWjZWMk5RN09QUDVSNy4u
The Young Professionals are thrilled to reveal our chosen charity for 2024! This year, all proceeds from our programming will go to support Aging Together, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors in our community. Aging Together is a partnership-driven agency that helps our region prepare for an unprecedented growth in the older population, assuring local residents will have the services and supports they need as they age. Through partnerships, Aging Together has championed a senior services collaborative to support: meal delivery programs, resource guide for older adults, mobility outreach and more. They have also worked with the Chamber & Business community to support Dementia Friendly Culpeper.
Join us in making a positive impact and fostering an age friendly community that actively engages, values and supports young professionals, older adults and everyone in between!
Their first FUN-draiser of the year will be a paint for a cause with Wine and Design! Voting is now open on their Facebook Page to the public to vote for which artwork the community wants to paint!
Amy participated as an E Squared Coach in Career Partners’ signature program, “Entrepreneurial Energy” (E Squared)! 🚀
E Squared is a semester-long competition that brings together high school students and business leaders. Our mission? To develop innovative business ventures that will shape the future!
Throughout the program, teams of talented students work alongside their coaches to create, refine, and pitch their business ideas. The culmination? A real-life experience where they present their projects to hypothetical investors, gaining invaluable insights into the world of entrepreneurship.
The best part? Each winning team member walks away with $10,000 in scholarship funds!
It’s inspiring to witness the incredible ideas and energy these young minds bring to the table. As a coach, Amy is eager to guide, mentor, and witness the growth of these future leaders.
Stay tuned for updates on her AMAZING Teams!
We would like to extend our congratulations to the winners of the Kid Central Touch-a-Trolley art contest! The winning students artwork will be displayed on the trolleys that will be driving around town for the next month!
We would also like to congratulate Virginia Regional Transit on the expansion of our communities trolley system, as well as the introduction of the new express route.
This is truly a milestone in the connectivity of our community and we extend our gratitude to the Tow of Culpeper, County of Culpeper, Public Transportation Board, VRT staff and all of the partners who made this possible!
Amy had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Culpeper Orange 16-Week Entrepreneur Workshop, graciously hosted by Community Investment Collaborative. Observing the unwavering dedication and passion of these emerging entrepreneurs was genuinely inspiring.
These individuals committed three hours every week, along with numerous hours of homework, to successfully navigate through a comprehensive curriculum. The coursework covered a diverse range of topics, including market validation, customer identification, personal finance, recordkeeping, cash flow projections, time management, brand development, prospecting, creating a marketing plan, hiring employees, and more!
Congratulations to the graduates on reaching this milestone! Looking forward to seeing your future successes unfold.
Attending Culpeper Habitat for Humanity’s New Home Open House
We wanted to share some incredible news with you – We had the privilege of attending the Culpeper Habitat for Humanity’s New Home Open House, and it was an absolute heartwarming experience!
Over 9,000 volunteer hours have been poured into this project, a testament to the dedication and generosity of our amazing community. For the past 14 months, volunteers have dedicated about 2 1/2 days per week to bring this dream to life.
And the result is nothing short of spectacular! The new home features 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a spacious 2180 square feet. This is not only the largest house in Culpeper Habitat for Humanity’s history, but it’s also their very first 2-story home – a true milestone!
Walking through the rooms, you can feel the love and effort that went into every detail. It’s more than just a house; it’s a symbol of unity, compassion, and the incredible things that can happen when a community comes together.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in making this dream a reality! Let’s continue to support and uplift each other in our shared journey of building a better community.