The Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Undergoes Metamorphosis in 2017

The Greater Warrenton Chamber, known for supporting the development of Fauquier’s small, start-up, and agriculture business interests, is undergoing a significant reorganization of the services it provides. The new GWCC will benefit members in several significant ways.

In the latter part of 2009, the nation’s economic downturn was in full-effect. The town and county were not viewed as “business friendly”, and there was practically no support or resources for businesses that were either new or struggling. This was especially true for small and micro-businesses. A passionate group of local business leaders chose to address these challenges head-on, founding the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. The “Triage Team” was created: a volunteer group of industry professionals providing confidential consultation and guidance to our community’s many struggling businesses. Thus, nearly 30 businesses and non-profit organizations were supported and saved. The Triage Team is now known as the Business Assistance Team (BAT).

Over time, as needs have changed, the GWCC responded. The GWCC has offered educational programs, networking opportunities, and community event sponsorships, all at levels designed to be useful and affordable. The GWCC also took a very active role in helping our local officials pass business-friendly legislation. The result: the GWCC has contributed to building a thriving and collaborative community of small businesses. Fast-forward to 2016, and the economic climate is quite different. Our town and county have strong business representation and our Department of Economic Development is thriving. Many additional resources serve our local businesses, providing affordable opportunities for them to grow.,

Now, the new GWCC is making several significant changes that will help our businesses and non-profits in new and exciting ways. The new GWCC is expanding our Business Assistance Team concept to serve all our small business members; improving how we help our community succeed. Going forward the new GWCC will:

  1. Connect members at no additional fee with local industry professionals whose core business services are critical to every successful small business. Through the offices of the new GWCC, these attorneys, bankers, insurance agents, marketing consultants and others) will provide free consultations to our small, start-up, and struggling business owners.
  2. Provide step-by-step guides for starting a business in the town or county, including introductions to the appropriate government agencies.
  3. Offer a consolidated calendar of business-related events (educational and networking) in the area.
  4. Partner with both governmental and educational institutions to provide easy-to-use, detailed educational resources online at our website, for use at the convenience of our members.

Simply put, the new GWCC will put the things that every business needs at their fingertips; effectively and efficiently connecting businesses to the resources needed by making them accessible and convenient.

The GWCC is itself comprised of small business owners, and we are very excited to give our members what they’ve wanted some time; a central place to find everything they need to successfully run their businesses. While these changes will take some time to implement, many are already under way. We will bring you up to date at our January luncheon! Find out all the details and register here:

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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

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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

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:

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

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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).

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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.

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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
Branding Michelle Coe Blue Sky Phoenix seminar

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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Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Vint Hill HGBA mixer

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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Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Walker Jones PC Barbara Marmet

Walker Jones, PC Welcomes Barbara J. Marmet

Walker Jones, PC, a law firm established in 1978 with offices in Old Town Warrenton and Washington, Virginia, is pleased to announce that Barbara J. Marmet has joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Marmet’s practice areas include probate, wills, trusts, and estate planning and administration.

Originally from Centerville, South Dakota, Ms. Marmet graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She earned her J.D. from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg where she graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Ms. Marmet is located in Walker Jones’ Warrenton office and can be reached at 540.347.9223 or

Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Luncheon June 9 2015

Summer 2015 Quarterly Luncheon: June 9

Join us from 11:30am until 1:30pm on June 9, 2015, at the Airlie Center Pavilion for our summer 2015 Quarterly Luncheon. 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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Give Local Piedmont - Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce

Give Local Piedmont 2015 on Tuesday May 5th

This is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on our nonprofit partners and to make it fun and easy for individuals to support their local nonprofits and their community. Give Local Piedmont is a community-wide online giving challenge. We seek to inspire as many people as possible to learn about and support their local nonprofit organizations during this 24-hour period, and for many years to come.


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Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce New Executive Director Deanna Hammer

GWCC Announces New Executive Director

The Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is pleased to announce their new Executive Director, Deanna M. Hammer. Ms. Hammer will assume her position as Executive Director immediately.

Deanna, a resident of Warrenton for almost 22 years, has been an active volunteer and small business owner within Fauquier County and surrounding communities. Ms. Hammer has extensive experience as a Director of Conventions and Meetings for a national education association. She also has over 12 years of experience in sales with Marriott International, Inc. and Westin Hotels in the corporate and nonprofit markets segments.

Amelia Stansell, President of the Greater Warrenton Chamber said, “We are happy to welcome Deanna to the GWCC, and we are certain with her experience and expertise that we will continue to serve our membership well, help them prosper and grow their businesses, and meet our overall goal to build business and have a positive impact on the quality of life in Warrenton and Fauquier County.” Deanna lives in Warrenton with her husband, Scott, and daughter, Lauren.

Fact vs. Fiction Immigration

Fact vs. Fiction – Unmasking the Truth about Immigration in Virginia’s Work Force

Entrepreneurs, investors, medical professionals, engineers, permanent residents, productive seasonal and year-round employees…these are just a few of the many faces of Virginia’s immigrant population. Many are your friends, neighbors and co-workers. They go to your church. You see them in schools and in your civic clubs. Immigrants are a vibrant part of Virginia’s economic landscape but often suffer from common public misconceptions.

Meet Jon Baselice, Director of Immigration Policy with the U.S. Chamber of Com-merce in DC who will talk about the current levels of immigration in Virginia and how it might impact the future of the Commonwealth. You may be surprised at his findings. You’ll also hear stories from people who live and work in our community, but were born in another country.

• Hear from representatives from your local chamber of commerce, BB&T bank, faith community leaders, Lord Fairfax Community College and more
• Question and answer period to follow

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The Great Warrenton Chamber of Commerce is one of many co-sponsors who are supporting this event.

Drum and Strum Youth Orchestra

Drum & Strum Forms New Fauquier County Youth Orchestra

Drum & Strum Music Center in Old Town Warrenton proudly announces the formation of the new Fauquier County Youth Orchestra (FCYO). Beginning in September the FCYO will provide the students and youth of Fauquier County with an opportunity to learn and perform with others in a professional setting. This will enhance their musical learning experience while supporting enrollment in Fauquier County’s school music programs.

All ability levels from beginners through advanced youth musicians are welcome. The FCYO will have weekly hour-long rehearsals at Drum & Strum. Registration is now open. Please visit Drum & Strum at 102 Main Street in Warrenton to register or call (540) 347-7484.

The FCYO will be under the direction and instruction of Drum & Strum’s Phyllis Delello, Lauren Hair, Kathy Mullen, and Diana Traietta.

Phyllis Delello—Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass

Phyllis Delello has more than 21 years of private and public school strings instruction experience.  She has taught beginners through advanced students.  Phyllis has conducted numerous honors orchestras and youth symphonies and worked with students in music camps and small ensembles.  Throughout her career Phyllis has performed in community and professional symphonies.  She was the founder, manager, and violist of the Encore String Quartet. 

Lauren Hair—Cello

Lauren Hair has been playing cello for 14 years and teaching for six years.  She is pursuing a degree in Music Therapy at Shenandoah University.  She has assisted young musicians in her position with Crossroads Youth Orchestra based in Culpeper. 

Kathy Mullen—Violin

Kathy Mullen started playing violin at age 12 in the Fauquier County Public School System.  From 1994 to 2002 Kathy played first and second violin with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra of Leesburg, Virginia. Currently she plays with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra as co-principal second violinist.   

Diana Traietta—Violin, Cello & Viola

Diana Traietta studied Music Education and Violin Performance at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. During her time at Marywood, she served as an organizer and conductor for the National String Project Consortium. Mrs. Traietta has performed with the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra of Newburgh, New York and the Marywood University Symphony Orchestra. Currently Mrs. Traietta performs with the Piedmont Symphony in Warrenton, Virginia.

Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce 2015 Kickoff Quarterly Luncheon

Please Join the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce for its Kick Off Quarterly Luncheon on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Airlie Center with speakers: Miles Friedman and Rita McClenny.

Your $39 admission covers:

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

2. Introduction of the 2015 GWCC Events Calendar.

3. Miles Friedman, Fauquier County Director of Economic Development, and Rita McClenny, President of the Virginia Tourism Corporation will discuss the local impact, capture and multiplier effect of tourism revenues: opportunities, challenges, and State Support and Programs.

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. More prizes to be announced!

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

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SPONSORS NEEDED: If you are interested in putting your company or services in front of the Fauquier County business community, please contact us about sponsoring this event.

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Appleton Campbell Earns 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Appleton Campbell earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award in Heating & Air Conditioning for the fourth consecutive year. This award reflects Appleton Campbell’s exemplary year of service to the local and regional marketplace and members of Angie’s List.

Mike Appleton, president of Appleton Campbell, said, “We are honored to receive this award. Exceptional service is the cornerstone of Appleton Campbell’s business and what the Appleton Campbell team strives for every day.”

“Only about five percent of the heating and air conditioning companies in the Greater Piedmont and Northern Virginia Region perform consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements that include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

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Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce 2015 Kickoff Quarterly Luncheon

March 31, 2015 | 11:30am – 1:30pm @ The Airlie Center – Federal Room

Your $39 admission covers:

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

2. Introduction of the 2015 GWCC Events Calendar.

3. Miles Friedman, Fauquier County Director of Economic Development, and Rita McClenny, President of the Virginia Tourism Corporation will discuss the local impact, capture and multiplier effect of tourism revenues: opportunities, challenges, and State Support and Programs.

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. More prizes to be announced!

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

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The enormous and exhaustive efforts of dedicated individuals from Fauquier County’s government, business and non-profit communities have come to fruition. Leadership Fauquier has obtained their 501(c)3 status, hired an Executive Director and will officially launch the program at a celebration being held March 12th at Fauquier Springs Country Club. The theme of the launch event is “Luck or Leadership” where do we place Fauquier’s future?

Leadership Fauquier is a community initiative designed to engage, equip and connect existing and emerging leaders in Fauquier County.

Daphne Latimore has been hired as Leadership Fauquier’s Executive Director. Daphne is a certified Executive Coach, Senior Professional in Human Resources and Human Capital Strategist. Her passion and commitment is in assisting leaders at all levels to improve workforce productivity and community involvement.

The 501(c)3 status enables Leadership Fauquier to apply for grants and obtain funding to further implement and enhance the program.

Prepared, informed and inclusive leadership is critical to the health and vitality of our County. The goal of Leadership Fauquier is to impact the future of Fauquier by increasing volunteerism, civic participation and upward career mobility.

For further information on the program or the launch event visit www.leadershipfauquier or contact us at or (540) 316-6500.

A Bittersweet Official Announcement: The Departure of GWCC Executive Director Michele Flores

It is with both great excitement and heavy heartedness that the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce announces the departure of our Executive Director, Michele Flores after three years of service to the organization.  During her tenure, Flores guided the Chamber’s growth as it serves our nearly 300 members and leaves a positive impact on our community.  Flores, age 25, stated that her decision to exit was motivated only by the desire to do, learn, see, and be more.  “The board and our members are grateful for her contribution to the success of this organization, and we look forward to cheering her on as she continues her career path,” said Chamber President, Amelia Stansell.    She will work for the organization through the end of April, having graciously agreed to assist with the transition of her successor.

Moving forward, the board of directors has assembled a hiring committee to handle the task of recruiting, interviewing, and hiring our next Executive Director.  Inquiries about the position may be directed to  The GWCC is setting in motion a number of new initiatives to continue promoting, supporting, and furthering the success of businesses in the greater Warrenton area, and we look forward to working with a new intelligent, passionate, and talented colleague who will enthusiastically help us effectuate them.

Workshop: Whole Heart Wellness

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Workshop: Whole Heart Wellness

A 4 session series focusing on:  Healthy Habits for Purposeful Living!

4th Wednesday of each month beginning January 28, 2015 at 7pm

Email: for more information

Session 1: Reestablishing Boundaries of your Health: Discover self-boundaries and wellness goals!

Session 2: Raiding the Kitchen: Building new food habits!

Session 3: Being active everyday includes rest: What does it mean to play!

Session 4: True communication with self and others: Love self and release doubts! It is time for you!


Sign up today:


15th Annual Winter Dinner Dance at Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center

Dust off your leather jacket, find your poodle skirt, and bring your best guy or gal……..

February 21, 2015 7:00-11:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall
9290 Stonewall Rd
Manassas, VA

Admission Includes Dinner and Soft Drinks – Cash Bar for Beer & Wine

Featuring a Silent Auction Benefitting
Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center

Dance the night away to Live Music provided by the band Type “A”!!!

Grand Event Sponsor: George Brent Council
Knights of Columbus

For more information contact
Rainbow Center
Phone: 703.754.6159 or

Individual Ticket $40.00 each

Sponsor a table of 8 $350.00

Event Sponsor w/Table for 8 (includes 2 golfers for May 7th Golf Tournament) $1000

Tickets may be purchased at the door; however, last year we ran out of tables!

Fauquier County Wine Tasting & Competition at Airlie

Fauquier County

Wine Tasting & Competition at Airlie

Saturday, February 7, 2015


Join us for this first-time event, held at beautiful Airlie,
in Warrenton on the outskirts of Northern Virginia!

Taste local Virginia wines, presented by
ten Fauquier County wineries, and paired with delicious small appetizers.

Taste your way through the afternoon,
and then you be the judge and cast your vote for your favorite wines!

Wine Tasting & Competition
($15/person pre-registrants;  $20/person at the door)
2:00pm – 4:30pm

Social with Winery Owners
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Wine Dinner
Five courses paired with Fauquier wines


Purchase your tickets online at the following link, or call Airlie at (540) 347-1300:

Make it an extended getaway and purchase an all-inclusive Overnight Package:
Airlie is located at
6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton, VA
(on the outskirts of Northern Virginia)
For more information about Airlie:

Congratulations to our 2014 Raffle Winner, Shari Jaeger Goodwin!

For Immediate Release

Shari Jaeger Goodwin, a member of the GWCC purchased her winning ticket at Barrel Oak Winery the day of the drawing!

The GWCC, unfortunately, did not sell enough tickets to give away the 2014 Chevy Camaro from County Chevrolet, but she did win $9,050!

The GWCC will also be donating $1,086 to the LFCC Les Nichols Scholarship which honors one of our Founding Members.


Michele Flores