Fauquier County Economic Development Tourism & Technology Matching Grant Programs

The Fauquier County Department of Economic Development is now accepting applications for two matching grant programs administered by the Department; the Tourism Matching Grant and the Technology Matching Grant.

The programs are part of the Department’s initiatives designed to assist the County’s existing business community by encouraging improvements that contribute to growth in business revenues.  Both grant programs provide up to $2,000 with a 1:1 match required.  The Tourism Grants apply to county tourism businesses, while the Technology Grants apply to any county business making technology improvements such as website development, database development, and other e-commerce innovations.

The deadline for submission of grant applications is by EOD on Friday, May 26th, 2017.  Grantees will receive notification in June, and funded projects must be completed, within 12 months from award notification.

These grant programs are funded by the Economic Development Authority and administered by the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development.  No taxpayer funds were used to fund these grant programs.  To view Grant Guidelines, go to www.FauquierBusiness.com and look under the ‘News‘ section.

The grant application and program guidelines can be requested by:

Phone:   (540) 422-8270
e-mail:   catherine.payne@fauquiercounty.gov   (Tourism Grant Administrator)

e-mail:   laura.torpy@fauquiercounty.gov   (Technology Grant Administrator)

Print/Download Online…

Tourism Grant Guidelines & Application:  https://goo.gl/3G73wS

Technology Grant Guidelines & Application:  https://goo.gl/tx6l8X

Welcome and Welcome Back! January and February 2017 New Members and Renewals

We’d like to extend our warmest welcome to the newest members of the Warrenton Regional Chamber:

We’d also like to thank our most recently renewed members for their continued support and engagement:

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LFCC Receives $144,000 Grant to Expand Healthcare Career Pathways for High School Students

The LFCC Educational Foundation has received a $144,000 grant from the Fairfax, Virginia-based Claude Moore Charitable Foundation (CMCF). With this funding, LFCC will:

• Work with Rappahannock County schools to initiate a certified nursing assistant program (CNA). Rappahannock is the only county in LFCC’s service region that lacks a CNA program.

• Partner with Shenandoah County schools to start a career studies certificate program in medical office administration. Once they earn this certificate, Shenandoah County students may choose to go right into the healthcare workforce, or continue at LFCC and pursue a certificate in medical administration assistant, a certificate in medical billing and coding, or an associate degree in health information management.

• Create a program for high school students who have already received certification as a CNA to go on to earn a healthcare technician career studies certificate as a medication aide.

LFCC leads the College and Career Pathways Consortium, which includes the directors of career and technical education (CTE) in each school division served by LFCC. Many of these CTE directors have asked for a pathway for high school juniors who have earned their CNA certification to be able to earn additional healthcare credentials during their senior year.

There is an immediate and growing need for a skilled workforce in the healthcare sector. Between now and 2022, healthcare support jobs are expected to grow by 33 percent, as Baby Boomers continue to retire.

The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation’s funding strategy has emerged as a model to “pipeline” qualified high school students into the healthcare sector. Upon graduation, students will have the necessary credentials to enter the workforce immediately, or to continue their studies at the local community college.

The effectiveness of CMCF’s model is its regional focus, involving a partnership with the K-12 system, the local community college and a healthcare organization.

Brenda Byard is LFCC’s dean of academic student affairs and outreach, and serves on the consortium

“This generous grant will have a ripple effect in our community,” she said. “Our students will benefit by being able to access high-quality, affordable education and training for in-demand, well-paying jobs, which will in turn help the regional economy. Additionally, it will ensure a strong healthcare workforce is in place to properly care for everyone in our community, not least of which is our ever-increasing aging population.”

This is the second grant that the LFCC Educational Foundation has received from CMCF. In 2016, LFCC received $200,000 to start a medical laboratory technician program. The college also worked with Page and Frederick counties to enhance their allied health program offerings and increase the availability of courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, which is a pre-requisite for most of LFCC’s health professions programs.

Competition Winners of the 3rd Annual Fauquier County Wine Tasting & Competition

Fauquier County’s Third Annual Wine Tasting & Competition attracted 500 wine connoisseurs and 14 local wineries to Airlie on Saturday, February 25th, creating a festive atmosphere that spotlighted and recognized some of the region’s best wines.

The event, sponsored by the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development and hosted by Airlie, featured two competitions: a professional tasting by three certified wine judges, and a “People’s Choice” competition that determined winners by popular vote.  Each competition had four categories, and seven different wineries took home awards.

Following are the official results of the competition:


    Chateau O’Brien Winery
    2012 Limited Reserve Tannat
    Blue Valley Vineyards
    2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
    Blue Valley Vineyards
    (What does this mean?… From 11:30am – 12:30pm, we had an hour of B2B networking.  Attendees primarily included restaurants, wine shops, inns, and other distribution points for selling wines.  Blue Valley received the most votes by industry professionals.)
    Chateau O’Brien Winery

2012 Limited Reserve Tannat
(What does this mean?…  This winery received the most votes in total – red, white & industry votes.)



Chateau O’Brien Winery

2012 Chateau O’Brien Limited Reserve Tannat
(What does this mean?…  This winery received the most votes for overall favorite.)



Desert Rose Ranch Winery

2016 Desert Rose “Uncork the Cure” Cancer



Vint Hill Craft Winery

2015 Vint Hill Traminette



Chateau O’Brien Winery

2012 Chateau O’Brien Limited Reserve Tannat



Aspen Dale Winery

Non-vintage Parris Country Blend Merlot



Blue Valley Vineyard

2015 Blue Valley Rose’


“This year marked the third time for the County’s Wine Tasting and Competition and it was the best one yet! The turnout was the largest so far, with 500 people participating in various segments of the event with attendees coming from all over Virginia and Maryland to taste our local Virginia wines.  We expect that this event, and our partnership with the local wine industry will continue to grow!” said Fauquier County Department of Economic Development Director, Miles Friedman.

One competition wine at each winery table was paired with a featured hors d’oeuvre, prepared by Airlie’s world-class chefs, during the tastings and competitions. The wine/food pairings were accented with cheese boards and fresh bread & fruit around the tasting room. The evening concluded with a sold-out wine dinner, featuring a five-course meal prepared by Airlie and paired with wines from event participants. The Elizabeth Lawrence Band and Leon Rector provided live music throughout the day.

‘RESILIENCE’ Film to be Shown Followed by Community Discussion

The movie “Resilience” will be shown on Wednesday, March 29, at 6 p.m. in the Fauquier High School auditorium at an event co-hosted by Fauquier County Public Schools and the Greater Piedmont Trauma Informed Community Network. The 75-minute movie will be followed by a 30-minute community discussion on “What’s Next: Opportunities to Engage in Building Resilience in Our Community.”
Centering on the biology of stress and the science of hope, “Resilience” looks at the birth of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study and how it has spawned a far-reaching movement across the United States. The film focuses on the work of pediatricians, mental health professionals, educators and community leaders and their plans to address the needs of families by “meeting families where they are” – emotionally, medically and academically. “Resilience” features interviews with several leaders in the ACES movement nationally and in communities, including Drs. Robert Anda, Vincent Felitti, Nadine Burke Harris, Victor Carrion, Jack Shonkoff and David Johnson.
Admission is free and open to the public. Please bring your family, neighbors, and friends to start an important conversation about how to foster and build resilience in our community, one person, one family, one school, one neighborhood, one agency, one business, at a time.
RSVP to contact@gpticn.org and preview “Resilience” at www.vimeo.com/137282528.

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George Mason Mortgage Opens Office in Tysons Corner

Fairfax, Virginia – GEORGE MASON MORTGAGE, LLC, a subsidiary of Cardinal Bank (NASDAQ: CFNL), is pleased to announce the opening of a new mortgage office in McLean, Virginia. The Tysons Corner office, located at 1750 Tysons Boulevard, opened in December 2016, and marks the 17th branch opening for George Mason Mortgage, as the company continues to expand. As a leading lender, George Mason Mortgage provides in-house processing, underwriting and closing, as well as offers a wide-range of loan products and competitive pricing.

Ben Fox will lead the new Tysons Corner Office as the Branch Manager. Ben has over 20 years of mortgage lending and 12 years of branch management experience in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

“Opening an office in one of the premier areas of Washington, DC is very exciting for the Company. With Ben’s leadership, we are looking forward to providing George Mason’s unparalleled customer service to the clients of this new office,” said Bill Landon, Chief Production Officer and Executive Vice President of George Mason Mortgage.

About George Mason Mortgage, LLC: George Mason Mortgage, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cardinal Bank, was founded in 1980. Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, George Mason Mortgage currently operates 17 branches throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. George Mason Mortgage is consistently ranked as one of the Washington Metropolitan area’s Top Lenders, closing over $21.2 Billion in mortgages in the last decade. George Mason Mortgage offers in-house underwriting, processing and closing and can close loans in a matter of days (not months). George Mason Mortgage has a full menu of loan products including but not limited to FHA, VA, Conforming, Non-conforming, VHDA, USDA, Grant Money, 203k renovation loans, Construction/Renovation Loans, Second Trusts and more. For additional information, visit our website at www.gmmllc.com. Engage with us on Twitter @GMMllc, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Cardinal Financial Corporation: Cardinal Financial Corporation, a financial holding company headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, serves the Washington Metropolitan region through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cardinal Bank, with 29 conveniently located banking offices. Cardinal also operates George Mason Mortgage. The Company’s stock is traded on NASDAQ (CFNL). For additional information, visit our Web site at www.cardinalbank.com or call 703.584.3400. Engage with us on Twitter@cardinalbank, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram

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Local Attorney Amy Totten Joins Walker Jones

Amy Totten, current president of the Fauquier County Bar Association, joined Walker Jones as a partner. She will continue to focus on family law including divorce, custody, visitation, support, protective orders, and adoption at the Warrenton law firm.

Ms. Totten has almost two decades of litigation and trial experience. In addition to her family law experience, she served as a prosecutor in Fauquier and Loudoun counties as well as a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Henrico County. Ms. Totten has litigated complex divorce/child custody matters, homicide/violent felony cases, and special grand jury investigations.

In 1997, Ms. Totten received her Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago in 1994.

Amy Totten can be reached at 540.347.9223 or amytotten@walkerjoneslaw.com. For information about Walker Jones, please visit www.walkerjoneslaw.com.

RISE Program at LFSBDC: Contest and Classes for Entrepreneurs (early 2017)

Join us for our RISE (Regional Initiative Supporting Entrepreneurship) program, designed to encourage the development of a regional entrepreneurial economy.

RISE is a series of six classes and a contest where entrepreneurs can gain education, exposure, business development support, networking opportunities, sales rehearsals, competition and awards. Entrepreneurs seeking education and financial support for their businesses apply, attend classes and then compete for the Judges’ Choice Award by presenting their business to a select panel of judges comprised of business development professionals. Competitors have up to five minutes to present and up to five minutes for Q&A from judges and the audience.

The 2017 winner will receive a one-year office lease with the Fauquier Enterprise Center-Vint Hill or Marshall, marketing and promotions packages and other valuable in-kind services. The second award, People’s Choice Award, will be determined by audience ballot. There is an entry fee at the door for all audience members. At the completion of the presentations, the audience will vote on their favorite finalist, and that winner will then be awarded the fees collected at the door.

Win Free Rent for One Year at a Fauquier Enterprise Center. Classes start February 22nd. Register at http://lfsbdc.org/programs/rise-fauquier/

Biotrek Adventure Travels seeks administrative assistant

Warrenton based international travel company (biotrekadventuretravels.com) is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant.

Job duties are diversified, but include:

  1. Coordinate travel schedules and itineraries with international fixed- based ground operators.
  2. Design bi-monthly newsletters and distribute via Constant Contact to client base; utilize social media for advertising and new lead development; manage website content. Marketing skills are a plus.
  3. Draft press releases or short travel articles for promotional purposes. Writing skills are important.
  4. Process financial transactions and administer contracts with clients, via Excel spread sheets.
  5. A friendly and professional personality is a must.

Position is part time, approximately 20 hours a week; work hours are flexible. Salary is $15.00 an hour to start and negotiable depending on job skills.

Travel opportunities if interested; commissions are possible, based on sales.

Please send resume and cover letter to sunny@biotrekadventuretravels.com
Contacts concerning resumes received will begin November 1, 2016

Broadband Advisory Committee: Your input needed!

In February 2016, Fauquier County appointed a Broadband Advisory Committee to serve as an advisory board on broadband/internet-related matters. The Committee has been meeting since May and has been actively engaged in exploring options and solutions to improve access for citizens and businesses.

In June, the Board of Supervisors appropriated $60,000 to contract with a consultant, Design Nine, to assist the County in preparing a Strategic Plan. The first step in the plan will be to conduct a comprehensive survey of residents and businesses as to their current access to and need for broadband.

The survey will be disseminated via the County cable channel, website, the internet, distribution lists, the Chambers of Commerce and business groups, and will be available in paper form for citizens without internet access at County libraries and community centers. All residents and businesses are encouraged to complete the survey either on paper or via the links below. The survey will be conducted through the end of August and responses will be utilized in the preparation of the Broadband Strategic Plan.

Broadband Survey: Business

Broadband Survey: Residence

Leadership Fauquier Accepting Applications for 2016-2017

Leadership Fauquier is established to engage, equip and connect a community of leaders. We foster a collaborative learning environment that empowers leaders to serve our community.

Our signature program begins September 2016. Twenty applicants will be accepted for the class of 2016-2017. Applications are available via the Leadership Fauquier website (here) and will be accepted April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016.

For more information contact us:

Parklets: What you need to know

The Town of Warrenton is exploring the possibility of a limited number of parklet projects on Main Street in Old Town. Per a memo provided by Town Manager Brannon Godfrey, “Parklets are curb extensions that provide room for public seating, plantings, art and other leisure activities. They are created from the temporary conversion of on-street parking spaces into 160+s.f. of parklet space.”

Residents and businesses have had mixed opinions on the matter. The GWCC Board will remain neutral on this topic, but would like you to be informed. Mr. Godfrey has been kind enough to share documentation on this topic with Amelia Stansell, our Legislative Committee chair, and you can review these documents (links below). Included are memos from the Town Manager; Chief Battle (WPD); Chief Myers (WVFD); Sarah Sitterle, Director, Planning & Community Development; Heather Stinson, Economic Development Manager; Margaret Rice, Director, Parks and Recreation; Bo Tucker, Director of Public Works/Utilities, and other documentation related to this proposed project.

According to the documentation, two locations on Main Street will be permitted in 2016. Depending on the outcome, there will be a maximum of four parklets permitted in future years.

The Committee on Health, Parks and Recreation will meet on this and other topics on April 6th at 1pm in the Council chambers, located at 18 Court Street, Warrenton. If this matter is of interest to you, we invite you to attend the meeting.

Parklet Report

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CGI Communications Inc.: Make an Informed Decision

In the interest of educating our members so they can make informed decisions with regard to their business, the GWCC would like to provide additional information on solicitations you may have received from CGI Communications, Inc. or Next! Ad Agency either by phone, or mail, or both.

The GWCC has received reports that calls being made by CGI representatives may mislead a business owner to think that they are representing the Town of Warrenton in soliciting your business. They are not representing the Town of Warrenton. CGI Communications Inc. is a privately owned company from Rochester, NY that is soliciting your business.

The GWCC is not in any way affiliated with CGI, and we do not endorse this project. It is our opinion that projects such as these should be contracted to local businesses, rather than to contractors out of state. Furthermore, as advocates of small business here in the town and county, we believe that the pricing structure presented by CGI disadvantages those businesses in our community who would benefit most from a project such as this. Finally, although the video is not hosted on the municipal website itself (it is hosted by CGI Communications), we are concerned that ads shown on the same page as the community video may imply endorsement by the Town of Warrenton.

You can see examples of their videos here and here. Below you will find a PDF provided to GWCC by Town Manager Brannon Godfrey, along with the Media Kit provided by CGI Communications. We encourage you to read through and compare the two documents carefully.

We also strongly suggest that you do independent research on the organization. This link to the Better Business Bureau may be helpful to you.

If you choose to enter into a contract with CGI Communications, please read your contract carefully before making a commitment. Find out your rights to ownership of the material you have paid for, and read the small print.

As always, we encourage our members to shop local whenever possible. By supporting one another, we grow stronger as a community.

If you have further questions or would like to express your opinion on this matter, please do so via the Town of Warrenton website.

Q&A for CGI Comm Inc

Media Kit

Walker Jones Receives National and Regional Awards

Walker Jones, PC, an AV-rated law firm located in Warrenton and Washington, Virginia, announced that six of their attorneys received national and regional awards.

Susan Pierce was selected one of the 2015 Women Leaders in Law by Fortune Magazine. In addition, Pierce was chosen a Top Rated Lawyer for the Washington, D.C. area in December 2015 by The Wall Street Journal. She was named a Virginia Super Lawyer 2015. A graduate of Mary Washington College and George Mason University Law School, Pierce has more than 25 years of legal experience. Her practice areas include Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Medical and Nursing Home Negligence, and General Litigation.

Robert deT. Lawrence, IV was named a 2015 Top Lawyer in Estate Planning/Trusts & Wills by Northern Virginia Magazine. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia’s School of Law, he brings more than 45 years of legal expertise to his clients. His practice areas include Probate, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning & Administration, Real Estate Settlements, and Title Problems.

Julia S. Savage and Catherine M. Bowers were named 2015 Top Lawyers in Family Law by Northern Virginia Magazine. In addition, Savage has been chosen a D.C. Metropolitan Area Top Divorce Lawyer by Washingtonian Magazine from 2009 through the present and a Virginia Super Lawyer 2015. Savage has more than 30 years of legal experience. She graduated from Saint Bonaventure and New England School of Law. Her practice areas include Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Property Division, Wills, and Trusts. Bowers received the 2015 Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubble. A graduate of the University of Virginia and George Washington University School of Law, Bowers has more than 20 years of legal expertise. Her practice areas include Family Law, Divorce, Child Advocacy, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Adoption, International Child Abduction, and Equine Law. She is a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem for Children.

Powell Lawson Duggan and Mark F. Hyson were chosen 2015 Top Lawyers in Real Estate Law by Northern Virginia Magazine. Duggan brings more than 30 years of legal experience to his clients. He graduated from George Mason University and Washington & Lee University Law School. He focuses his practice on Real Estate Law, Civil & Commercial Litigation, Business Law, and Creditors’ Rights. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and Pennsylvania State University School of Law, Hyson has more than ten years of legal expertise. His practice areas include Real Estate Law, Business Law, Estate Planning, Conservation Easements, and Real Property.

For more information about Walker Jones, please contact Lora Goff, Office Administrator, at 540.347.9223 or loragoff@walkerjoneslaw.com .

A New Year… A New Name: PATH Foundation

path-logoFauquier Health Foundation has a new name – the PATH Foundation. PATH stands for Piedmont Action to Health. The board and staff are happy to have selected PATH Foundation, as it represents what we do and the area we serve – taking action to improve health and vitality on a broad scale in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper Counties in Virginia.

In 2015, we were excited to make our first grants to local non-profits. In total, we granted over $550,000 to more than 40 projects. In 2016, we anticipate these funds to exceed $2.5 million, for projects both small and large. This video shares a bit of information about our new name and projects we have supported. Built on the support of the community, and created by the joint venture of Fauquier Health with LifePoint Health, the PATH Foundation has an endowment of $200 million to serve our area for generations to come.

Visit our new website at www.pathforyou.org for more information.

Fauquier County Matching Grant Programs Currently Accepting Applications

The Fauquier County Department of Economic Development is again offering two Matching Grant Programs for Technology Development and Tourism Development. The Programs are part of the Department’s initiatives designed to assist the County’s existing business community.

The grant programs are administered by the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development and funded by the Economic Development Authority. The purpose of these grant programs is to assist local businesses in developments and improvements which contribute to growth in business revenues.

Technology Development Matching Grant

Assists county for-profit businesses in technology development and enhancement, which will improve efficiency of operations and/or expand business operations in a way that contributes to growth in business revenues.  Eligible activities include, but are not limited to Website Development, e-Commerce Solutions, Database Development, and other e-commerce innovations as approved.  For more info:  laura.torpy@fauquiercounty.gov

Tourism Development Matching Grant

Assists local tourism businesses in developments and improvements which contribute to growth in tourism business revenues.  Eligible activities include, but are not limited to website development, marketing, and other initiatives as approved.

Both programs offer grants up to $2,000 with a 1:1 match required. The deadline for submission of grant applications is EOB on Monday, February 29, 2016. Applications can be downloaded at: www.FauquierBusiness.com (under FCDED News)

For further information or clarification on the programs, contact the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development at www.fauquierbusiness.com or (540) 422-8270.

Download the Grant Guidelines below:
FCDED_Tourism Grant Guidelines AND Application_2016

Georgia Fischel - Dragonfly Native American Jewelry

Dragonfly Native American Jewelry – Special Honor

Dragonfly Native American Jewelry is pleased to announce that owner, Georgia Fischel, has been elected Vice-President of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association for 2016. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the IACA is a not-for-profit organization established to support the ethical promotion and protection of authentic Native American art and culture. Additionally, Dragonfly was recently selected to be a Member of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating. The shop is located at 24 Ashby Street, Warrenton, VA just off Main Street behind the Historic Fauquier General District Courthouse. Shopping is also available online at www.dragonflynativejewelry.com.

Volunteer of the Month – January 2016

The third week of each month, the Board of Directors will recognize volunteers whose efforts have been outstanding.  To get us started, we’d like to recognize the following volunteers from 2015 whose contributions to the GWCC’s mission and programs went above and beyond.


Michelle Coe –  Blue Sky Phoenix, LLC
Jennifer Goldman –  Resonance, LLC
Diane Markva – Fauquier Hearing Services

All of last year’s great education programs were organized by these three hard workers. Be sure to thank them!


Bob Rust – White Horse Auto Wash

When the town’s water rate hike hit the table, Bob was quick to get involved, and was a tremendous help in the Chamber’s efforts to seek a fair handling of the situation.

Volunteer Opportunities:

There are many more people who deserve recognition as well, which is why we’ll be doing this monthly moving forward.  And there are PLENTY of opportunities to volunteer!  Below are some of our committees who need help right now.

  • Business Assistance Team – (Industry experts assist businesses who need help)
  • Car Show Committee – (Plans and organizes our Father’s Day Car Show)
  • Education Events Team – (Schedules and organizes our educational programs)
  • Events Committee – (Schedules and organizes our signature events)
  • Legislative Committee – (Gets involved in local government to represent the business community)
  • Marketing Committee – (Produces / manages our blog, social media, print materials, E-Blasts, Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine features, and more)
  • Membership Committee – (Works to improve member experience and grow the membership)

If you’re interested in helping out the chamber with one of its committees, please contact us at info@warrentonchamber.org, and let us know what you have in mind!  We’d love to have you involved!

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Email Marketing Seminar – Tuesday 8:30am

January 12, 2016 | 8:30 am – 10:15 am

Fauquier Enterprise Center – Vint Hill
4137 Weeks Drive
Warrenton, VA 20187

First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This seminar will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact! You’ll learn:

· Branding beyond the logo – how placement, pictures, even colors can re-inforce recognition & engagement

· Readability – including fonts, white space and single-column design

· Images – including sizing, placement, links and more

· Sharability – are you going social with your email? Easy tips to encourage more cross-platform engagement

Join us for this fast, info-packed seminar packed with tips, techniques and tools to help you navigate the dos and the don’ts for your own email marketing!


April Keating, a military spouse entrepreneur and mom of two young boys, is the owner & founder of Cre8ve Content Co. This is an engagement marketing firm that believes in the power of relationships. We are in an exciting age! Technology allows us to create and continue conversations in a way we weren’t able to just a few years ago. April at Cre8ve Content Co. takes the time to talk with small business owners, understand their goals, and then works with them one-on-one to create a straightforward marketing strategy that aligns with their unique vision. Cre8ve clients appreciate focused effort to increase their social and email engagement, resulting in raving fans and rising sales.

April is an expert with Constant Contact products and holds a Master Certification as a Solution Partner. She also is a member of the Washington, DC metro area Constant Contact Authorized Local Experts team.

April is also the co-founder of the Milimompreneer Meetup group, a volunteer with the Military Spouse Business Association, and a member of the Prince William (Virginia) Chamber of Commerce.


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Proposed Business Incentives in the Town of Warrenton

From the GWCC Legislative Committee: Proposed Business Incentives for the Town of Warrenton

Your Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committee is committed to representing the business community at the Town of Warrenton town council meetings.  We invite you to participate both in the committee and as an individual by attending Town Council work sessions and meetings regularly.

Please mark your calendars:
Council Work Sessions: First Thursdays, 7pm
(1/7, 2/4, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5, 6/2, 7/7, 8/4, 9/1, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1)

Town Council Meetings: Second Tuesdays, 7pm
(1/12, 2/9, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13)

Both meetings take place in the Council Chambers located at 18 Court Street, Warrenton, VA 20186

A link to the Town Council meeting and work session agendas:

January 7th Topic of Interest:  Business Incentives!!

Town of Warrenton Economic Development Manager, Heather Stinson, will be presenting the proposed business incentive programs to Town Council.  The incentives are the first step in developing a suite of incentive programs to attract, retain and grow businesses within the Town of Warrenton with a focus on Tourism, Technology and Defense and the impact those industries can have on our local economy.  The incentives will target new investment and jobs to both new and existing businesses.  Heather is very open to discussing the programs with our members and welcomes phone calls and/or emails with any questions, concerns and feedback prior to the council work session on Thursday.  She can be reached at 540-422-8270 or hstinson@warrentonva.gov.

How does the process work?  The council will have the opportunity to preview and discuss the incentive programs with Ms. Stinson Thursday night during the work session (while open to the public to attend, it is not necessarily the forum for public feedback, however Ms. Stinson can cover any questions, concerns, feedback provided to her prior to the meeting (see above) during her time.  There will be Public Hearing on the proposed business incentives at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, January 12th.  This is the time for open discussion, questions for council to consider, etc.  Please plan to limit your discussion to less than five minutes.  Council will likely close the hearing and vote on the question to adopt the proposed incentives that evening – or it may be delayed for further discussion and discovery if necessary.

If you would like to contact your Ward’s council representative regarding this, or other topics, here is a link to their contact information: http://www.warrentonva.gov/Government/TownCouncil/TownCouncilAppointedOfficials.aspx

If you are interested in serving on the legislative committee, we would love to have your help!  Please contact Amelia Stansell at 540-878-2810 or astansell@middleburgbank.com.

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Best regards,
The GWCC Legislative Committee

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Warrenton Shopping Center the Subject of a Design Competition at Catholic University

Friday, December 04, 2015 The team of graduate students Alexander Collich and John Berrios won first prize in the Rethink the Traditional Shopping Center challenge funded by Kalis Holdings LLC. Two Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars in prizes were awarded to participants in Catholic University’s Real Estate Development Graduate Studio. Their winning design consists of eight buildings totaling nearly 700,000 square feet of leasable space.

Second Prize of $ 300 went to Dylan Beato.

Third Place was shared by Daniel Hinchcliff and the team of Pedro Gomide and Luis Sotelo.

Andy Blackmore won $ 50 for honorable mention.

The subject of this design project was the Warrenton Towne Centre located in the 500 and 600 block of Frost Avenue – often called “the Food Lion Center” by locals.

The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America is dedicated to the professional education of those who will plan, design, build, and conserve the built environment. Utilizing its remarkable location in the nation’s capital but also other international cities as learning laboratories, the school provides an enriching educational climate in which students investigate the realms of planning, design, theory, building, and sustainability within the context of the world in which we live.

Below is one of the drawings and data submitted by the first place winners (additional illustrations are available upon request).

Click on images to enlarge.

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warrenton shopping center catholic university redesign

warrenton shopping center catholic university redesign

URGENT NOTIFICATION: Public Hearing on Town Water & Sewer Rates

September 8 | 7pm
Town Council Meeting @ Town Hall

18 Court Street
Warrenton, VA 20186

On Tuesday, September 8, the Town Council will hold a public hearing and vote on proposed increases to water and sewer rates. The average residential bill will increase by 37%, the average commercial bill (restaurant, hotel, etc.,) will increase by 90%. The new rates would go into effect October 1.

Rate increases are undoubtedly necessary (they have not been raised in nearly 20 years and do not even cover operating costs). However, we believe the business community may take issue with the timing of the increases, lack of notice, and the proportional increase for business versus that of residential.

Your participation in this hearing could help dictate a different course of action that would reduce the negative impact to our local businesses. The recommendation being made is to develop an implementation plan, which could include:

  • Advance notice to allow all customers time to prepare for the increase (e.g. effective date of January 1, 2016 rather than October 1, 2015).
  • Outreach to residents and businesses to ensure customers are aware of the change (i.e. notices in bills, paper advertisements, etc.).
  • Develop assistance programs for customers in hardship (i.e. budget plans, grants for needy families, and emergency assistance).
  • Phasing options for the increases (e.g.½ the increase effective January 1, 2016, and the full new rate July 1, 2016)

Effected businesses can express their opinions and concerns at this public hearing.

They can also contact council members directly (contact info available HERE).

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THE LONG RIDE HOME – Healing Heroes One Mile at a Time

Combat veteran and daughter on 10,000-mile motorcycle ride to support injured U.S. veterans and their families.

The Long Ride Home Arrives in Warrenton, VA
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
2:00 p.m. – Media Availability – Holiday Inn Express Conference Room, 410 Holiday Ct, Warrenton, VA 20186
3:00 p.m. – Last Leg of the Long Ride Home, down Main Street, Warrenton, VA

Many weeks ago, on Memorial Day, 2015, and thousands of miles ago, mom and daughter team Laurie Enright and Molly Michael set out on a 10,000+ mile cross-country motorcycle ride from Tempe, AZ, to Warrenton, VA, to raise awareness and funds for injured U.S. veterans. Laurie is a combat veteran who recently retired from the Air National Guard after 29 years of service.

The 10,000 mile ride benefits Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness in Bluemont, Virginia, a rural sanctuary that provides free accommodations, recreational and therapeutic activities/programs to help U.S. military and veteran personnel (and their families) recover and reconnect during their long journey of healing from physical and invisible wounds of war. The retreat is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is entirely funded through private donations from individuals, foundations and corporations.

United States Senator John McCain said, “I applaud Laurie and Molly’s efforts to help our wounded heroes recover from their wounds.”

“Fourteen years of combat has put many veterans in some very low places. We’ve had a lot of warriors come here saying it’s their last chance. I don’t believe that – whether it’s the first place they come, or the last, I am confident we can provide positive change in their lives,” says Ken Falke, Co-Founder of Boulder Crest Retreat and Navy veteran.

The Long Ride Home metaphorically reflects the long and often painful journeys veterans face from deployment, reintegration, physical and mental therapies, and challenges readapting to civilian life. “More than 30% of our veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Over 52,000 have been wounded in action,” said Laurie Enright. “We are losing 22 veterans a day to suicide. These men and women and their families are a national treasure – they need and deserve our help.”

The goal is to raise $292,000 for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness. Contributions to the non-profit will cover the expenses to operate four cabin facilities for military and veteran families for an entire year. To date, the mom and daughter team has raised over $30,000 for the retreat. The Medal of Honor sponsor is Veterans Services Management.

The 10,000 mile route wound through the United States, including Alaska, and portions of Canada, numerous U.S. Veterans hospitals and centers, sixteen National Parks, military and public safety memorials, finally concluding in Warrenton, Virginia. Over 400 flags have been donated to display along Main Street in honor of U.S. Military Veterans, and the ride will culminate at Molly’s Irish Pub in Warrenton at 3:10 pm via Warrenton Town Police escorts.
Donations, route, blog, photos, sponsorships:

Vintage Piedmont Wine Festival 2015 + GWCC Golf Putt Contest

GWCC Golf Putt Contest at Vintage Piedmont Wine Festival 2015

Five local wineries: Barrel Oak Winery, Rappanhannock Cellars, Philip Carter Winery, Desert Rose, and Naked Mountain offering tastings. Fun, food, and music for the whole family; bring the family for an afternoon of wine tastings, an acoustic guitarist, food available for purchase, plus moon bounces and Sno Cones for children to enjoy! Golfers: participate in a putting contest with the opportunity to wine $10,000 if you are in the final round!

Early bird $30 per person, day of event $35 per person for wine tasting.
$20 to participate in a qualifying putting contest with 3 golf balls, with the opportunity to win $10,000 in the final. Contest sponsored by GWCC.

Contact Chelsea Barb to pre-purchase / register for tastings (contact information below).

Golf putt contest entries sold on site.

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GWCC Seminar: Drive Your Business Results

July 14 – Seminar: Drive Your Business Results

DRIVE YOUR BUSINESS RESULTS: Get focused on what matters

8:30am – 10:00am | Stoneridge Events Center | $10 GWCC Members, $15 Non-Members

Lois Pfeiffer, Owner and CEO of The NorthStar Group, LLC, will share tools business owners can use to get clear on their direction and the tactics they can use to drive their businesses forward.

Are you running your business or is your business running you? To have a successful business requires focus and discipline on more than just managing limited resources of people and money. It requires clarity on your mission and vision, and alignment with your goals and actions to stay on course.

During this seminar, we will discuss essential questions that you must ask yourself about your business which will challenge your thinking, the way you work and help you lead yourself and your organization to the next level.

Lois Pfeiffer is an executive coach and organizational development consultant focused on helping individuals, teams and organizations develop the leadership qualities they need to perform with greater skill, purpose and resilience, resulting in sustainable personal, professional and organizational success.

Lois has more than 25 years of corporate leadership experience where she successfully served in internal senior roles and external consulting roles with leading government contractors. She has applied her expertise in business operations, business and organizational development, strategic planning, change management and team facilitation to improve organizational and operational efficiencies within a wide variety of government and industry organizations. In addition, she is a certified coach with a decade of professional experience coaching leaders and executives, as well as peer coaching at staff levels, to improve individual and team effectiveness.

Lois holds a BBA in Management from Dowling College and an MS in Organizational Leadership and Innovation from Marymount University. She is an ICF-certified coach and earned the designations of Certified Professional Co-Active (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute and Certified Master Somatic Coach (MSC) from the Strozzi Institute.

Learn more at http://www.the-northstar-group.com.

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Contact Michelle Coe with questions about this event.

We are seeking cash and door sponsors for this event. Please contact Diane Markva if you are interested in sponsoring this event with cash and door prizes, or need more information about sponsoring.

Special thanks to our venue and refreshement sponsors:

Savory Fare Catering GWCC Sponsor
Stoneridge Events Center GWCC Sponsor
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GWCC Education Events Branding Seminar – June 16, 2015

Branding: Creating a Brand that Works for You

June 16 @ 8:30am – 10am

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
410 Holiday Court
Warrenton, VA 20186

What is a brand and how do you leverage it to your advantage? Michelle Coe, owner of BlueSkyPhoenix LLC, will discuss how you can make your brand work for you at this interactive educational workshop. Roll up your sleeves and bring your business ideas – we’re going to craft your brand!

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Sponsored by Fauquier Hearing Services, PLLC – thank you!
We are looking for additional sponsors (door prize, cash sponsors, etc.).
Please contact Diane Markva about sponsorship opportunities for the branding seminar or other GWCC Education Events.

Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon June 9 2015

Special Invitation and Last Chance: GWCC Quarterly Luncheon June 9!

We are very lucky to have Bill Shelton, Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development speaking at our GWCC Quarterly Luncheon this Tuesday, June 9. With 35 years in the housing and community development field, and as a founding board member of Virginia Community Capital and Community Capital Bank of Virginia (the Commonwealth’s first community development bank), he’ll be able to offer tremendous insight to our business and community representatives and leaders.

From the Virginia DHCD website:

“The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is committed to creating safe, affordable, and prosperous communities to live, work and do business in Virginia. DHCD partners with Virginia’s communities to develop their economic potential, regulates Virginia’s building and fire codes, provides training and certification for building officials, and invests more than $100 million each year into housing and community development projects throughout the state – the majority of which are designed to help low- to moderate-income citizens. By partnering with local governments, nonprofit groups, state and federal agencies, and others, DHCD is working to improve the quality of life for Virginians.”

Your $39 admission to the summer 2015 Quarterly Luncheon covers:

1. Delicious and fulfilling salad and buffet lunch with refreshments.

2. Presentation by Bill Shelton, Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. The Virginia DHCD is committed to creating safe, affordable, and prosperous communities to live, work and do business in Virginia. Learn more HERE.

3. Launch of our 2015 Car Raffle!

4. Spot Auction of two cases of Barrel Oak Wines.

5. Prepaid attendees will be enrolled in a drawing worth $5 per participant, up to $500 for the winner!

6. Other prizes and more!

$39 advance, $45 entry the day of the event.

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Special thanks to fauquier health foundation supports greater warrenton chamber of commerce for their support of this event.

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One Year Anniversary Celebration of Vint Hill Leadership – May 28

May 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Inn at Vint Hill

In honor of their one-year anniversary as owners of the mixed-use, work/life destination community, the Vint Hill leadership invites members from the Fauquier Chamber or Commerce, the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and the Haymarket/Gainesville Business Association to celebrate success in business and access to opportunities.

Since becoming stewards of the property, Vint Hill’s leadership has worked diligently to revitalize the former Army base, creating a vibrant and charming community hub in the Piedmont region. From small improvements, such as road painting, to instrumental steps like building restoration that bring in new businesses and help existing establishments thrive, Vint Hill has accomplished a lot in a short time.

Among the organizations that are new to Vint Hill, or have expanded their presence in the past year, are Lord Fairfax Community College, Vintage Hill, Green Maple Market, Iva Bella Salon, Triumph Baptist Church, and Allen Wayne, LTD. Other improvements include enhanced telecommunication services within the property, aesthetic details, such as the addition of over 3,000 linear feet of 3-board black fencing, and the sale of vacant land to prominent buyers who share the vision of creating a small-town hub. And this is just the beginning.

Join regional business colleagues, chamber leadership, and Vint Hill principals in celebration of Vint Hill’s first year under new leadership, and learn about how you can take part in the vision.

If you plan to join us, please RSVP:

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