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FredTech presents Educator of the Year awards, annual scholarship during special event
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Member News New Members.......................5
The Fredericksburg Regional Technology Council (FredTech) recently honored outstanding science and math educators and presented the 2014 FredTech-SimVentions scholarship. The presentations took place during “An Evening With Gary Klein,” a special event held May 12 at the Inn at the Old Silk Mill. Atlantic Builders, Ltd. served as Bronze Sponsor. Joshua Rehm, a senior at James Monroe High School, won the $1,000 scholarship, which goes to a graduating senior or junior who has successfully completed a minimum of two Information Technology or Technology Education/Engineering classes and plans to pursue postsecondary education or training in the area of Information Technology or one of the Science, Technology and Math (STEM) fields. Mr. Rehm has maintained a 4.32 GPA and plans to pursue an engineering degree at Virginia Tech. He took first place in the SkillsUSA Regional Internetworking Competition in 2013, and second place in 2014, as well as placing sixth in the State Internetworking Competition. SimVentions and FredTech also Continued on page 3
Clockwise from top left: FredTech Board Chair George Hughes presented the annual FredTech-SimVentions Scholarship to Joshua Rehm, a graduating senior at James Monroe High School. Mr. Rehm plans to study engineering at Virginia Tech. Lisa Lewis with Hugh Mercer Elementary School won FredTech’s Elementary School Educator of the Year Award. The Middle School Educator of the Year Award went to Stephanie Ennis with Battlefield Middle School. Stephanie Ellis with North Stafford High School took home the High School Educator of the Year Award.
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Financial Corner Financial Corner....... page 8 Business Briefs................. pages 13-16 Roundtables............ page 17
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CNEW Presents Wine, Women and Wardrobe Fashion Show Haven’t had time this year to find out about the classy fashions offered by some of the Chamber’s retailers? Well here is your chance. Join us on June 3 as CNEW presents its first ever Wine, Women and Wardrobe Fashion Show. Come to The Inn at the Old Silk Mill for an evening of fun and high fashion. Watch as some of the loveliest ladies in the Fredericksburg Region hit the catwalk sporting fashions from The Boutique on Caroline Street, Belk, and Cose Belle Boutique. Marvel at the hairstyles and makeup created by Salon 730 and Career Training Solutions. Wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Come out for an evening you won’t forget!
What CNEW Presents: Wine, Women & Wardrobe When 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 3 Where The Inn at the Old Silk Mill 1707 Princess Anne St. Fashions Supplied By: Cose Belle Boutique Belk The Boutique on Caroline Street Hair & Make-Up Provided By: Career Training Solutions Salon 730
Event Sponsors Apple Music Pro Sound Community Bank of the Chesapeake Cost $25 for Chamber members To Register Go to www. frederickssburgchamber. org or e-mail stacey@ fredericksburgchamber.org
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BOARD AND STAFF FREDERICKSBURG REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
OFFICERS Michael Fidgeon, Chair, Providence Service Corporation Greg Calvert, Vice Chair, Kloke Mayflower Kathryn “Kathy” Wall, Immediate Past Chair, Mary Washington Healthcare Shawn Sloan, Treasurer, The Media Partners, LLC
President’s Perspective Midpoint of year offers chance to reflect, re-charge and re-tool By Susan Spears
Susan Spears, President & CEO, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
elected directors Mona Albertine, Jabberwocky Inc. Gene Bailey, Fredericksburg Regional Alliance Nick Cadwallender, The Free Lance-Star Publishing Cos. Dr. J.R. Flatter, Flatter & Associates Maria Franklin, Union First Market Bank Adam Fried, Atlantic Builders, Ltd. Bill Hession, Lockheed Martin Ron Holmes, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Kathy Hoffman, Mary Kay Cosmetics Richard Hurley, University of Mary Washington Regis Keddie II, Davenport & Co. Dr. David Sam, Germanna Community College Woody Van Valkenburgh, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Eric Watkins, Infinity Technologies Deirdre Powell White, DPW Training & Associates Joe Wilson, PermaTreat Pest Control
legal counsel Margaret Hardy, Sands Anderson PC
chamber staff Michele Renee Dooling, Director of Finance & Human Resources, email@example.com Katie Hansen, Executive Assistant & Member Services Support, firstname.lastname@example.org Dale Hendon, Government & Military Affairs Mgr., email@example.com Stacey Hicks, Administrative Support, firstname.lastname@example.org Tricia Benson Matthews, Membership Account Executive, email@example.com Susan Spears, President & CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org Whitney Watts, Director of Member Services, email@example.com George Whitehurst, Communications Director, firstname.lastname@example.org Sheri Wikert, Member Services Coordinator, email@example.com
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It’s hard to believe we’ve hit the midpoint of 2014. How did the first half of the year fly by so quickly? Looking back on all of the events and meetings the Chamber has run in the past five months is simply mindboggling. It’s helpful at midyear to pause, catch one’s breath and reflect. This is an excellent time for anyone to revisit the professional and personal goals they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. Perhaps it’s time to review whether you’ve implemented that new business plan you wrote for your company back in December. Have you put in place all those innovations you were dreaming of six months ago? Are your company’s sales as strong as you projected them to be? If not, now is the time to revise your plans and make corrections so that your business has a fantastic run for the last half of 2014. Maybe the goals you set were more personal. It’s never too late to start that exercise regimen, continue your education or take action to make a difference in
the community. I also encourage all of you to take some time this month or later this summer to rejuvenate yourselves. We’re all incredibly busy, but everyone needs some down time. Take a few days away from the office and leave the cares of work behind. Spend time with your family, take a trip, read a book. You’ll be amazed how much more productive you’ll be after spending a few days regenerating your mind and spirit. A quote attributed to Leonardo DaVinci sums it up very nicely. “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” Now is the time for all of us to reflect on what we’ve done, retool our plans and then move forward confidently. The first half of 2014 has been fabulous. Let’s all commit ourselves to making the second half of the year even more outstanding. Susan Spears is president and CEO of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Production under way of 2015 Community Profile The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with CommunityLink to produce our 2015 Community Profile/Membership Directory. This beautiful four-color book will provide an overview of the Fredericksburg Region. Most importantly, it will provide maximum exposure for your company. Our new book will be
mailed to our membership and placed in the common areas of professional offices, hotels and other high-traffic areas. In addition, it will be included in: • Chamber new-member packets • Online in a high-tech version available to every visitor to the Chamber website • Realtors throughout the region • Business and industrial human
resource departments servicing new hires • Advertisers and sponsors (in varying quantities) for further disbursement We hope you will take advantage of this great Chamber of Commerce program. Contact Sales Rep Kimberly Campos at (800) 4555600, ext. 2008 or Kim.Campos@ CommunityLink.com.
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“Paying it forward” key to building happy life, strong community
By Michael Fidgeon I can hardly believe that five years have passed since 21 of my peers and I walked across the stage for graduation of Leadership Fredericksburg’s Class of 2009. Leadership Fredericksburg was, without a doubt, one of the more enriching leadership experiences of my professional career. Space doesn’t permit me to share all that our class learned during the nine months we worked together, but I was deeply influenced by the emphasis in our studies that good leaders are true servants. Xavier Richardson, President of the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation and a good friend of the Chamber, summed it up well by quoting Luke 12:48 – “From everyone who has Michael Fidgeon been given much, much will be required…” All of us, I believe, have an innate need to be involved in something bigger than ourselves; to make a difference in society and for those around us. Otherwise, life might be reduced to work and an ongoing series of related obligations. Among our greatest challenges is making time in our hectic schedules to stop, look around, spot a need and take action to meet it. All of us, even those who have reached the pinnacle of success, have endured periods when we felt ourselves at an impasse. So often someone close by – a work colleague, a supervisor, a mentor, a friend – gave us the push we needed to move forward. Those who helped us invested time and inspired greatness. We have an obligation to return the favor by helping others through times of challenge and growth. This idea was popularized in the film “Pay It Forward,” in which a middleschool student launched a program of “good deeds networking.” The recipient of a favor would repay it by doing favors to help three other people. The Leadership alumni of Classes 2007-09 used the “pay it forward” tagline to underscore the importance of returning the investments made in each class participant by contributing to the community at large through volunteer leadership. As we reach the mid-point of 2014, I urge all of you to “pay it forward.” You’ll help build a stronger community and a happier life for you, your family and your friends. Michael Fidgeon is Chief Operating Officer of Providence Services Corporation
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FredTech presents scholarships Continued from page 1 recognized two scholarship finalists, who each received a Certificate of Merit for Scholastic Excellence and funds to further their studies. The winners are: • Morgan LaRowe, a senior at Stafford County’s Mountain View High School, maintained a 4.1 GPA. She plans to pursue a degree in Engineering or Mathematics at the University of Mary Washington. • Saleena Jawad, a senior at Spotsylvania County’s Chancellor High School, maintained a 4.1 GPA and plans to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. Three area educators were lauded for their use of 21st Century teaching practices to prepare their students for a productive future. These best practices include encouraging critical thinking and creativity, readying students to enter the workforce, and participating in collaborative teaching and learning. The winners are: • Lisa Lewis with Hugh Mercer Elementary School in the City of Fredericksburg was honored for her efforts to integrate her students’ interests into her curriculum, including using divergent and convergent thinking exercises in her STEM class. • Stephanie Ennis with Battlefield Middle School in Spotsylvania County was recognized for promoting STEM Education by
Dr. Gary Klein, one of the leading authorities on cognitive science, gave FredTech members a special presentation on his work. using programs in her classroom such as N-STAR Robotics, SeaPerch, MakerSpaces and the Mad About STEM afterschool program. • Stephanie Ellis with North Stafford High School was lauded for her tireless promotion of STEM programs, for stressing the connection between science and mathematics and for having students
in her Biomedical Sciences classes collect and analyze data using the LabView system. Each educator received a certificate and a $250 check to further her teaching programs. The evening concluded with a presentation by Dr. Gary Klein, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on cognitive science.
Chamber taps Hendon for government/military affairs post The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber is pleased to introduce Dale Hendon, its Government and Military Affairs Manager. Mr. Hendon hails from northwest Tennessee, where he began his working career at nine, delivering newspapers to the local hospital. Fast-forward a few years and over a million newspapers later, he had attained the rank of Eagle Scout, was elected University of Tennessee Martin’s Student Body Vice President and Vice President of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, and received several leadership awards while attending UTM. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both History and Political Science from UTM. In 2010 Mr. Hendon signed on as field representative for
the congressional campaign of Stephen Fincher in Tennessee’s Eighth District. Following Mr. Fincher’s victory, Mr. Hendon was named the congressman’s field representative, to provide economic development support and maintain intergovernmental relations. M r. H e n d o n m ove d t o Fredericksburg in 2012 to serve as legislative assistant to then-Del. Mark Dudenhefer. Mr. Hendon has consulted and volunteered with more than 25 political campaigns and remains active in the grassroots level of politics in both Virginia and Tennessee. He was selected for the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Emerging Leaders program in 2013.
Dale Hendon Mr. Hendon volunteers with child abuse prevention programs and with the Boy Scouts of America. He is an avid outdoorsman with special interest in waterfowl hunting, fishing, and water recreation.
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Trailblazers PBMares: Firm dedicated to serving Fredericksburg Region PBMares is a Virginia-based, regional accounting and business consulting firm serving the Mid Atlantic. We offer a broad range of business services in the areas of audit and accounting, tax planning and preparation, pension plan design and administration, merger and acquisition consulting and investment management. The firm provides specialized services through its two affiliates, Artifice Forensic Financial Services, LLC – a financial consulting division specializing in fraud prevention and investigations and forensic accounting – and PBMares Wealth Management, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm. Within the accounting industry, a national firm’s strengths differ from those of a regional firm. PBMares provides clients the best of both worlds. Through our national affiliations, PBMares brings the depth and breadth of resources typically only available through a national firm, along with the service-oriented perspective of a
local firm. PBMares’ clients have confidence that they are receiving the highest levels of service, based on years of advanced technical training, extensive hands-on experience and accumulated financial acumen. PBMares’ team members are dedicated to achieving the highest professional standards, as illustrated by the continual investments in professional education and use of state-of-the-art technology. The firm’s accounting professionals are well-respected within the industry, frequently speaking at conferences and authoring articles for industry publications. PBMares is comprised of nearly 200 professionals in eight locations, including Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Warrenton and Williamsburg. We have a long-standing history of active involvement in the communities in which we practice. As such, many of the firm’s staff serve on boards and volunteer with civic and nonprofit
Stafford Roundtable When 8 a.m., Tuesday, June 3 Where Hampton Inn Stafford/Quantico 2925 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Cost $12 prepaid for Chamber members $15 paid at door for Chamber members $20 for general public Speaker Paul Milde Stafford County Supervisor To Register Go to www.fredericksburgchamber.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) has released for The Fredericksburg Metropolitan Planning (FAMPO) has released for public reviewArea and comment the draft FiscalOrganization Years 2015-2018 Transportation public review and comment the draft Fiscal Years 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The comment period will begin on May 22, 2014 and will Improvement Program Theofcomment period will begin on May 22,and 2014 and will end on June 20, 2014. (TIP). The intent the comment period is to solicit input comments end on June 20, 2014. The intent of the comment period is to solicit input and comments from the public. from the public. FAMPO is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan planning FAMPO responsible for conducting the federally metropolitan process inisthe greater Fredericksburg Region. Federalrequired regulations require anplanning MPO to process in athe Region. Federal regulations require to anreceive MPO to develop TIPgreater whichFredericksburg contains a listing of projects in their region expected developfunding a TIP which listing of projects in their region to receive Federal over a contains four-yearaperiod. Federal regulations requireexpected the inclusion of any Federal funding a four-year Region period.onFederal inclusion project in theover Fredericksburg which regulations federal fundsrequire will bethe expended to of be any included in the federal TIP. funds will be expended to be project in the Fredericksburg Region on which included in the TIP. This document is available for review by visiting the FAMPO website, the regional libraries and city/county offices and thethe FAMPO office. A copy be This document is availableplanning for review by visiting FAMPO website, the can regional requested contacting the planning FAMPO offices office by email email@example.com, by fax librariesby and city/county and the at FAMPO office. A copy can be at (540) 899-4808 or by calling the office at (540) 373-2890. requested by contacting the FAMPO office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at (540) 899-4808 or by calling the office at (540) 373-2890. Comments can be submitted via the online form on FAMPO website at www.fampo.gwregion.org, by an email to email@example.com, by fax to (540) Comments can be submitted via the online form on FAMPO website at 8994808, by USPS to FAMPO, by 406anPrincess Street, Fredericksburg, VAto22401 by www.fampo.gwregion.org, email toAnne firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax (540)or 899attending the public hearing to be held during the FAMPO Policy Committee Meeting 4808, by USPS to FAMPO, 406 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 oron by June 16, 2014. This meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. and will be held at the FAMPO office attending the public hearing to be held during the FAMPO Policy Committee Meeting on located at 406 Princess Annebegins Street in Virginia andatisthe ADA accessible. June 16, 2014. This meeting at Fredericksburg, 7:15 p.m. and will be held FAMPO office Directions can be obtained by calling the office at (540) 373-2890 or by visiting the located at 406 Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg, Virginia and is ADA accessible. FAMPO website. Directions can be obtained by calling the office at (540) 373-2890 or by visiting the website. All comments must FAMPO be received by Friday, June 20, 2014.
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Please extend a warm hand of welcome to the following companies that have submitted applications to join the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. Be a good partner: remember these companies when you do business. Anchor TotalHR Jeffrey Wade 1320 Central Park Blvd. Suite 410 Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Phone: (540) 223-4451 email@example.com www.anchortotalhr.com H u m a n R eso u r c e Ma n a g e m e n t / Consulting
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Chamber Calendar JUNE 3 STAFFORD ROUNDTABLE Tuesday, 8 a.m., at Hampton Inn & Suites Stafford-Quantico
JUNE 3 CNEW PRESENTS: WOMEN, WINE & WARDROBE Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., at The Old Silk Mill JUNE 4 MID-WEEK MOTIVATION Wednesday, noon, at Ristorante Renato JUNE 5 RIBBON CUTTING Thursday, 4 p.m., at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Simpson, Realtors JUNE 11 WORKFORCE NOW WORKSHOP: EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION Wednesday, 8 a.m., at Chamber office JUNE 12 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at The Thrasher Group JUNE 18 RIBBON CUTTING Wednesday, 4 p.m., at Pratt Medical Stafford JUNE 20 BUSINESS 101 SERIES Friday, 8 a.m., at the Chamber office
Seminar Corner First Steps to Starting a Business Date(s): June 9, 6-8:30 p.m. Location: University of Mary Washington’s Small Business Development Center at Eagle Village, 1125 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Suite 400, Fredericksburg Cost: $30 non-refundable materials fee To Register: Call (540)654-1096, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.SBDC-UMW.com. Registration deadline: June 6 This seminar will provide the basics of self-evaluation, the idea, entrepreneurship, defining the need, determining the feasibility, and what actions are necessary. Topics within these areas will include analytical methods; research sources; the legal forms of businesses; record keeping; laws, regulations, and policies; and a discussion on the value and importance of business plans and financial analyses.
JUNE 26 SMALL BUSINESS BUILDER Thursday, noon, at the Chamber office
FRSHRM Meeting: Building Connections Date(s): June 12, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Location: Fredericksburg Country Club, 11031 Tidewater Tr. Cost: $16 for National SHRM members by May 9; $25 walk-in for National SHRM members; $25 for non-National SHRM members by May 9; $30 late registration; $35 non-member walk-in. Make checks payable to FRSHRM. To Register: Go to http:// frshrm.shrm.org/events.
JUNE 26 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Randy Sparks, Jr. of Kaufman 7 Canoles, PC will give an update on
JUNE 24 NON-PROFIT BUSINESS BUILDER Tuesday, noon, at the Chamber office JUNE 24 RIBBON CUTTING Tuesday, 4 p.m., at Valley Crest Landscaping JUNE 25 NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION Thursday, 3 p.m., at the Chamber office
the latest developments in human resources law. How to Get Started in Social Media Marketing Date(s): June 12, 9-11 a.m. Location: University of Mary Washington’s Small Business Development Center at Eagle Village, 1125 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Suite 400, Fredericksburg Cost: $20 non-refundable materials fee To Register: Call (540)654-1096, e-mail to email@example.com or go to www.SBDC-UMW.com. Registration deadline: June 9 This seminar will answer the questions, “Where do I begin?” and “Which social media options are appropriate for my business?” It is designed for small business owners who are not currently using social media to market their businesses. It will demonstrate step-by-step how to get started in social media and help business owners navigate the many options available to determine which are the most useful for their businesses. First Steps to Starting a Business Date(s): June 23, 9-11:30 a.m. Location: University of Mary Washington’s Small Business Development Center at Eagle Village, 1125 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Suite 400, Fredericksburg Cost: $30 non-refundable materials fee To Register: Call (540) 654-1096, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.SBDC-UMW.com. Registration deadline: June 20
JUNE 27 RIBBON CUTTING Friday, noon, at Dogtopia
Business 101 Series
JULY 1 FREDERICKSBURG ROUNDTABLE Tuesday, 8 a.m., at Courtyard by Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District
Kashef Majid, Ph.D., offered tips on how businesses can harness the power of facebook, Twitter and Google Analytics to reach customers during Social Media 101, the May installment of the Business 101 Series cosponsored by the Chamber and University of Mary Washington. The next seminar will take place at 8 a.m., June 20 at the Chamber office. Chris Garcia, Ph.D., will discuss using data to find new business insights, answer key questions and make smarter decisions. Attendees will learn how to formulate problems, develop key metrics and use basic data analysis to drive decision making. On the third Friday of most months, a faculty member from UMW’s College of Business facilitates a two-hour session on a specific business topic, providing specific takeaways for each attendee that can easily be implemented in today’s fast-paced business environment. The price for attending a single session is $15. Go to www.fredericksburgchamber.org or call (540) 3739400 to register. Seating is limited to 25 participants per session.
JULY 4 CHAMBER OFFICE CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY 9 RIBBON CUTTING Wednesday, 4 p.m., at Premier Eyecare - Angel Tsai, OD & Assoc., P.C. JULY 10 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Thursday, 5:30 p.m., at Clubs at Quantico JULY 15 CNEW LUNCHEON Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., at the Fredericksburg Country Club JULY 18 BUSINESS 101 SERIES Friday, 8 a.m., at the Chamber office
This seminar will provide the basics of self-evaluation, the idea, entrepreneurship, defining the need, determining the feasibility, and what actions are necessary. Topics within these areas will include analytical methods; research sources; the legal forms of businesses; record keeping; laws, regulations, and policies; and a discussion on the value and importance of business plans and financial analyses. Chamber Non-Profit Business Builder Date(s): June 24, noon-1 p.m. Location: Chamber office, 2300 Fall Hill Ave., Suite 240 Cost: No charge to attend. Seating limited to 25 people. To Register: Go to www. fredericksburgchamber.org This one-hour brown-bag session focuses on the unique needs of non-profit organizations in the Fredericksburg Region. Come meet with other non-profit leaders to share business tips and best practices. Chamber Small Business Builder Date(s): June 26, noon-1 p.m. Location: Chamber office, 2300 Fall Hill Ave., Suite 240 Cost: No charge to attend. Seating limited to 25 people. To Register: Go to www. fredericksburgchamber.org This one-hour brown-bag session offers a chance to get practical business tips and to network with other small business owners and managers.
Kashef Majid, Ph.D., offered insight on the business uses of social media at the May installment of Business 101.
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Non-Profit Corner CVHC builds affordable houses in Mayfield The Central Virginia Housing Coalition (CVHC) is dedicated to affordable housing options. CVHC owns fair-market rental property, participates in home-ownership incentive programs, and builds economical single-family homes to sell. Allied with Virginia Partners Bank, the most recent project has been the construction of two single-family homes. These homes are located in Fredericksburg’s Mayfield neighborhood. The project was overseen by Lou Barnett, CVHC’s community outreach director. Ms. Barnett described building in Mayfield as a privilege. “It is a historic neighborhood that residents take pride in, as they should,” she said, adding that the level of community interest and involvement has been inspiring. Ms. Barnett worked in conjunction with TightLines Designs, a North Carolina-based architectural firm that is dedicated to creating quality, ecofriendly homes for an affordable price. TightLines Designs created and revised the housing plans for these two narrow lots. Ms. Barnett hired local contractor John Latham, owner of JNK Remodeling, to oversee construction and hired local sub-contractors to build the homes. The two-story prairie-style homes each offer 1,169 square feet of living space. They are listed for $174,900 apiece and feature front and back porches, open living and dining areas, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, a laundry room, and still leave room for a backyard. The Myrick Street homes are eco-friendly and meet Energy Star requirements, which can help alleviate the cost of energy and electricity bills. CVHC is always seeking to create and improve housing opportunities. Anyone interested in donating to or volunteering should call or e-mail Lou Barnett (540) 604-9943, ext. 232 or email@example.com. On June 14, Virginia Gentlemen will host a fundraising golf tournament for CVHC at Lee’s Hill Golf Course. The shotgun start will take place at 1 p.m. Go to www.centralvahousing.org for more information or sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds from this event will benefit CVHC’s “Hotels to Homes” and “Lend a Hand” programs. Homeownership Education at CVHC CVHC offers the VHDA sponsored Homeownership Education Class. This is a free class that de-mystifies the home-buying process, and is required for some loan products. To register, call Sara Alemany at (540) 604-9943, ext. 226. Upcoming Classes June 10 & 12 – 6-9p.m. July 8 & 10 – 6-9p.m. Aug. 12 & 14 – 6-9p.m.
Workforce NOW workshop
Germanna Community College’s Veronica Curry discussed achieving goals at the May 5 workshop hosted by Workforce NOW.
Westwood Clubhouse helping those with brain injuries lead independent lives In the late 1990’s, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognized a growing need to support brain injury survivors in the Fredericksburg Region. In 2002, Brain Injury Services received funds to create the Westwood Clubhouse to help the local community. In the past 12 years, the clubhouse has become the go-to community support for brain injury survivors. With a client-centered approach, the team at Westwood Clubhouse has worked with families and individuals through case management and clubhouse day programming. The BIS mission is to help children and adults build the skills and confidence they need to live fulfilling and productive lives. Our core values include partnerships, respect, integrity and cost-effective service. Today the Westwood Clubhouse assists members in finding a meaningful life and possible employment. There is a supportive environment in which members work together and encourage each other. Westwood helps members gain vocational skills, social skills and increase their levels of independence. For example, members relearn or gain skills such as planning, shopping for and preparing meals. They share responsibility in keeping the clubhouse
clean and well maintained. There are opportunities for community outreach and volunteering. Westwood ser ves members in the City of Fredericksburg, as well as Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, Culpeper, King George and Fauquier counties. The clubhouse has an exciting vision for ways to reach more survivors of brain injury and to improve the programs BIS offers. To make the dream come true, we are looking for reasonably priced larger space, with a garden for members to tend and enjoy. Westwood’s manager, Zach Daniel, is in the process of creating a community board to guide the future of the clubhouse, form collaborations with other organizations and help generate diverse sources of support. Westwood Clubhouse also hopes to foster greater collaboration among clients’ families and professional service providers. The Westwood team would like to thank the Chamber for keeping us apprised of local events, providing education and networking opportunities and providing guidance and support with local resources, fundraising, program development and advocacy.
Executive Series Luncheon
David Corderman, senior partner with Academy Leadership Associates, discusses the importance of self-discovery when leading others.
The Chamber’s Executive Series offers allows participants to hear and learn from other leaders’ experiences on pertinent business topics, as well as how they successfully turned problems into solutions. On May 19, David Corderman, Ph.D., a senior partner with Academy Leadership Associates, LLC, spoke about self-discovery as a key to successfully leading others. Dr. Corderman is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and spent 24 years as a Special Agent with the FBI, which included eight years on the Bureau’s Hostage Rescue Team. He ser ves on the board of the National Executive Institute Associates and the Richmond, Virginia Families of the Wounded Fund. He chairs the board of the Greater Fredericksburg Region Families of the Wounded Fund. Ribbon Cutting Where Pratt Medical Stafford 95 Dunn Dr. When 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 18 Cost No charge to attend To RSVP Go to www. fredericksburgchamber.org or e-mail stacey@ fredericksburgchamber.org
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Starting or growing your business: Creating success using local resources By Jonathan Reimer Whether you are starting a new business or experiencing significant growth, you face a myriad of decisions and ongoing challenges that ultimately will affect the level of success your business achieves. Careful planning is crucial to your success and, fortunately, there are organizations right here in our community ready to assist and support you every step of the way. By using the expertise and resources offered through the local Small Business Development Center, your local banker, the Small Business Administration, and the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority, you will find a wealth of information and assistance to help forge your path to effective business ownership. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) The local SBDC is a great one-stop shop that acts as your link to a local bank and the Small Business Administration as well as providing general counseling on every issue your business faces: marketing, social networking, insurance, and tax concerns to name a few. The center’s services include seminars, training programs, workshops and resources that prepare you to start, expand, or perhaps just improve the overall management of your business. Consider it your go-to source for nearly every question or challenge you face – from determining the feasibility of your business idea to structuring the sale or purchase of an existing enterprise. Its individualized counseling services will help you develop long and short-term business plans, such as choosing an appropriate business structure. The center can also aid with business plan development, financial projections, marketing plans, personnel concerns, demographics; accounting/ bookkeeping concerns; as well as determining your financing needs. The center also will help you conquer more complex issues, such as buy/sell agreements or export/import regulatory compliance. Further, the SBDC has available – via print and electronic media – a wealth of contacts and information specific to your industry and trade. The local SBDC is the University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center, located in the Executive Offices at Eagle Village. The center can be contacted at (540) 654-1383. To locate other centers throughout the region, visit virginiasbdc.org. Small Business Administration (SBA) Recognizing the tremendous economic value small enterprises provide to our nation, the SBA exists to offer financial assistance, advocacy, management, and procurement services. The SBA’s offerings include SBAbacked loans, government contracting opportunities, and training. While the organization supports nearly all for-profit small businesses, it also has specific public
policy initiatives to support special audiences – including woman-owned, veteran-owned, and other minority and historically disadvantaged businesses. The SBA’s website offers extensive resources such as a Small Business Planner link that will help you with any aspect of your business. The site also includes links to organizations like the SBDC, as well as contact information for local banks that participate in the SBA program. The Stafford and Fredericksburg areas are served by the SBA’s Richmond District Office. You will find invaluable information and resources on its website, www.sba.gov. Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) This local g over nment depar tment offers entrepreneurial assistance programs through training and financing options. Similar to the SBA, the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority partners with bank lenders to provide capital solutions to small business borrowers. The difference is added agility in structure, ability to support non-profit entities and reduced fees. Use www.vdba.virginia.gov as a resource to connect with partner banks, business start and expansion guides, and connections to other local resources. Local Banks Never underestimate the power of your local community bank and its ability to fully serve your financial, deposit and investment needs. Look for a bank with expertise in small business lending, and one that has a commercial loan officer available locally. If you have a financing need, look for one that participates under the SBA’s Preferred Lender Program. This distinction lets you know you are dealing with a bank that supports small business, has demonstrated a proficiency in processing and servicing SBA-guaranteed loans, and can streamline the process for you. Finally, partner with a banker that can connect you with not only the SBDC and SBA, but can introduce you to local attorneys and accountants that can provide additional professional advice and expertise. Consider these organizations your unofficial advisory board, or perhaps just the folks you rely on from time to time for research and assistance. Establishing these relationships will help you to make the right decisions based on sound research and expert advice and also will help ensure that you can take advantage of the many programs, products and services available to you. Jonathan Reimer is Assistant Vice President of Business Banking with Cardinal Bank and can be contacted at (703) 584-6042 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cardinal Bank is a locally-headquartered financial services organization committed to providing businesses and consumers with individual attention and professional financial solutions. Cardinal is a Preferred Lender with the Small Business Administration and provides service through 30 branch locations, including two in Stafford and Fredericksburg.
Ribbon Cutting Where Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Simpson, Realtors 77 Cambridge St., 22405 When 4 p.m., Thursday, June 5
Cost No charge to attend To RSVP Go to www.fredericksburgchamber.org
The have and have not of Group Disability Insurance Provided by Robert T Billingsley If you are one of the lucky workers covered by an employer-sponsored Group Long Term Disability Income (LTD) insurance policy, you are more fortunate than most. Even if you are covered, it is extremely important to make sure you are adequately protected. Becoming disabled due to accident or illness is a very real risk. While the likelihoods vary with age, during your income producing years, you are nearly twice as likely to become disabled as you are to die before reaching age 65. Yet, few American workers are financially prepared to weather a disability. In fact, the Council for Disability Awareness reports that 65 percent of working Americans say they could not cover their normal living expenses for a year if their employment income was lost; 38 percent could not pay their bills for longer than three months. The question to ask yourself is whether your family could meet expenses for three or four months if the primary wage earner lost his or her income due to a disability. Given the current economic conditions, now would be an excellent time to review your assets and consider how long your family could make ends meet if the primary wage earner suffers from cancer, a heart attack, an accident or some other disabling event. Even if you have employer provided group LTD coverage, such coverage alone seldom provides families with enough benefits to meet all their financial obligations. Limitations of employerprovided LTD policies Here are some typical limitations of group LTD policies provided through an employer: Most group LTD policies only cover 60 percent of base salary, which leaves you to meet your financial obligations on a 40 percent drop in income. Typically, group LTD polices do not cover incentive compensation such as profit-sharing contributions, deferred compensation or regular incentive bonuses. When the employer pays the premium for group LTD coverage, any benefits received are considered taxable income to the employee. Group LTD benefits are often
reduced dollar for dollar with any Social Security benefits, workers compensation benefits, or auto no-fault benefits received by the disabled employee. Group LTD policies often have low monthly benefit maximums which can reduce the amount of income replaced for higher paid employees. For example, if the group LTD policy replaces 60 percent of salary with a maximum monthly benefit of $5,000, anyone making more than $100,000 per year receives less than 60 percent when faced with a disability. Calculating your income post disability Clearly, everyone who relies on a paycheck needs to assess how long he or she could continue to meet their financial obligations in the event of a disability, including any ongoing savings for education and retirement. As a first step, it’s important to consult with an experienced financial professional. Look for someone who is both knowledgeable and trustworthy. Make sure the insurance company is reputable, and has financial strength and stability and commitment for the future. A financial professional can help you assess whether you would have the financial resources to meet your obligations in the event of a disability and for how long. If additional disability income coverage is needed, he or she can advise what types of supplemental coverage would be appropriate. Underwriting rules by insurance companies often dictate how much coverage is available to an individual, but the wide variety of policies on the market today can suit many different income levels and budget requirements. What’s most important is to have a solid, complete plan in place to get you through the “have not” periods of life. Article prepared by Northwestern Mutual with the cooperation of Robert T Billingsley. Robert T Billingsley is a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (NM), Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. To contact him, please call (540) 370-1886, e-mail at robert. email@example.com or visit the www. robert-billingsley.com.
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Business After Hours – Businets The weather and temperatures were perfect for the May 8 Business After Hours hosted by Businets. Attendees visited expo tables showcasing area businesses, networked and enjoyed some great refreshments. The evening included a giveaway from BB&T Mortgage, won by Michelle Hardy with Hyatt Place.
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Leadership Fredericksburg alumni ready to help region tackle challenges By Chris Muldrow It seems like we’re everywhere. Anytime I’m out at a Fredericksburg community event or gathering, I can pretty much bet on seeing an alumnus of Leadership Fredericksburg. And the odds are good that person will be really busy because they helped organize or are helping run the event. It’s been two years since I graduated from the program, and the encounters with my own classmates and with folks from other classes continue to be a highlight of life in our region. The Leadership Fredericksburg program attracts and enhances good people, and those people continue to build our community long after their class sessions draw to a close. One of the huge benefits I see in being an alumnus of the program is the continued opportunity to work through leadership challenges with fellow alumni. Formally, we have regular Leadership Builder gatherings, which serve as a sort of continuing education program for
leaders. These sessions bring together people from all of the classes to dig through issues and bring perspectives from lots of different angles. Informally, I find myself gravitating toward other alumni when I’ve got tough problems to tackle. We have a shared language and experience about how to deal with issues and challenges, and that makes conversations proceed without having to struggle through a lot of “common ground identification.” Whether it’s a conversation with my mentor or with an LFAA member I’m meeting for the first time, I feel like our conversations get into substance and action territory quickly and effectively. T hat action is really what Leadership Fredericksburg is fostering in our region. Just as each class executes a set of service projects every year, our alumni go back out into the community and make things happen in their own companies, organizations and programs. The Leadership Fredericksburg network is able to muster resources and skill sets in a very powerful way.
Chris Muldrow(left), LF ‘12, with speakers Janel Donohue, Fred Rankin and LF Executive Director Susan Spears at the March 2014 session. Increasingly, the core of leaders we are developing and this shared ability to tackle problems are going to be important in our region. Many of our local non-profit organizations are looking for board members to lead them through a changing landscape. Regional challeng es like
transportation and population growth are going to require leaders who can make tough choices, have crucial conversations and find consensus and compromise. Our political system needs leaders from every ideological direction who can break through gridlock and find common ground.
I feel certain Leadership Fredericksburg is fostering the leaders who can meet these challenges. Chris Muldrow is a member of the Leadership Fredericksburg 2012 Class and immediate past president of the Leadership Fredericksburg Alumni Association. He is the founder of Rambletype, LLC.
Leadership Fredericksburg shows doors open to those determined to lead By Brian C. Morgan For me, Leadership Fredericksburg will be remembered as a moment when - after knocking patiently for quite some time – I realized that the door had already been opened to me. T he leaders we have been surrounded with throughout this program have made us all better leaders. The discussions and interactions with my fellows and mentor have revealed more to me than I could have ever imagined. I believe that we in the 2014 Class have had the door opened to us, and we are all now consciously engaged in our own personal leadership journeys. From the very beginning my eyes were opened by the insight given to me from the Leadership Multirater Assessment of Personality (LMAP 360). My results had both an immediate and lasting impact. The LMAP was a great way to gain perspective of who I am through the eyes of others. I often
think of the analogy of looking in the mirror (myself) instead of out the window (to others) for the final answer. While this is good for taking responsibility or accepting blame, self-reflection can only take you so far in becoming a better leader. The 360 is like a “mirror, mirror on the wall” capability. The process can be intimidating because your employees, peers, clients and leaders might let it be known that sometimes you are not the fairest of them all. T he non-profit experience helped me understand an entirely new element of team dynamics. I have worked on the same type of teams for a long time. Working with professionals from different industries providing diverse services showed me how different types of leaders contribute. There are many leaders that do not fit into the traditional stereotype of what a leader should be, know, and do. This program highlighted those sometimes silent contributors and gave me a newfound respect and understanding of just how much
Brian Morgan(left) with Barry Waldman, LF ’13; Jeh Hicks, LF ’14; and Jeff Covino, LF ’13. everyone can impact an organization a wealth of knowledge that is because of my involvement in continuing to allow me to think and the program and look forward to as a leader. My experience with my mentor grow in abundance while maintaining expanding that community as part gave me more than advice and the humility and understanding of the Leadership Fredericksburg guidance about leading; it gave me needed to truly lead others. Thank Alumni Association. you, David! The entire Leadership a lifelong friend. The one thing I hope my classmates Fredericksburg program is an outT here is often a thin line between professional and personal feel they have gained from our standing asset to the Fredericksburg relationships. The mentoring experience is a sense of community Region, and I am excited about being p r o g r a m w i t h i n L e a d e r s h i p among us – A community of part of the great things it will do for Fr e d e r i ck s b u r g g ave m e a n professionals who can reach out to our community in the future. opportunity to reflect on balancing each other for advice on a critical Brian C. Morgan is senior program my life and work in a neutral and issue or as a sounding board in a manager with Flatter & Associates, objective environment. time of uncertainty. Inc. and president of Leadership My mentor provided me with I know I have gained that community Fredericksburg’s Class of 2014.
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Leadership Fredericksburg graduates 2014 Class The Chamber’s Leadership Fredericksburg program graduated its seventh class of “Fellows” during a May 16 ceremony at University of Mary Washington’s Stafford Campus. Outgoing Leadership Fredericksburg Alumni Association President Chris Muldrow recounted his experiences in the program and invited the newly minted graduates to join the association. Leadership Fredericksburg 2014 Class President Brian Morgan also spoke at the ceremony. The 28 Fellows in the 2014 Class began their Leadership Fredericksburg journey in September with a personality profile assessment and an individual Executive Coaching session. Each month, community, business, nonprofit, political, and educational leaders offered them insights about their personal leadership journeys. In addition, Leadership Fredericksburg would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2014 commencement: Bar Sponsor United Bank Silver Sponsors CTI Real Estate DLR Contracting Mike Catell LF ‘10 Susan Knick LF ‘09 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Individual Sponsor Sara Branner LF’11
each Fellow was paired with a trained mentor from the business community who supported their progress throughout the program. The participants also divided into four teams, each of which partnered with an area non-profit on a service project. Each team presented “deliverables” – concrete results – to its partner. Participating nonprofits were The Fairy Godmother Project, Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging, Rappahannock Legal Services, and Step Forward. Leadership Fredericksburg is now accepting applications for its 2015 class. A selection committee will screen the applications in July and announce the new class in August. An application can be obtained online at www.fredericksburgchamber.org or by calling the Chamber office at (540) 373-9400. The cost is $1,900 for businesses, $1,550 for nonprofits and $2,600 for non-Chamber members. There is a $25 application fee. Applications must be received at the Chamber office by 5 p.m., Monday, July 1. The Chamber would like to thanks the following sponsors that make possible Leadership Fredericksburg: Title Sponsor Mary Washington Healthcare Gold Sponsors Atlantic Builders, Ltd. Flatter & Associates Stafford County Government Union First Market Bank
Leadership Fredericksburg 2014 Class Linda Alsop, The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co. Barb Bacon, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries Katrina Bovone, Providence Service Corporation Tasha Browne, LifeCare Medical Transports Nichole Cox, Stafford County Jessica Dederer Joe DiStefano, Cardinal Bank Denise Guest, Germanna Community College Jeh Hicks, Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC
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Pam Hicks, Fidelity Bank Mortgage Mark Howard, Mary Washington Healthcare Steve Hubble, Stafford County Joey King, LifeCare Medical Transports Karen Koudelka, Virginia Home Care Partners Janet Krebs, Quarles Kim Lewis, Basic Commerce & Industries Alex Mabin, Agency MABU Randy McNulty, DLR Contracting Derrick Mestler, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
FL ‘14 graduate Tasha Browne celebrated with Dan Wildman(left), LF ‘13, and Lifecare Medical Transports President Kevin Dillard.
Chamber President Susan Spears and Leadership Fredericksburg Mentor John Brining were all smiles after graduation.
Brian Morgan, Flatter & Associates Wanda Parrish, Spotsylvania County Rachael Poor, Friends of the Rappahannock Lynne Riggleman, Union First Market Bank Tom Schoedel, Atlantic Builders, Ltd. Carolyn Schoonover, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Randy Sparks, Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. Charles Tate, University of Mary Washington Lori Yelverton, Micah Ministries
Leadership Fredericksburg Mentor Amanda Talbert and Kevin Fastabend of United Bank joined the group honoring the Class of 2014.
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Business BRIEFS Judges praise U.S. Navymentored STEM students
U.S. Navy photo by Emanuel Pacheco
What do Dancing with the Stars and American Idol competitors have in common with hundreds of rival middle and high school students vying to win a place at recently concluded FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis? Fascination, social significance – and the thrill of competition – keep contestants coming back for more. But while celebrity reality TV judges are famous for their entertainment, judges at FIRST Robotics Competitions are known for their scientific and low-key style. That is, until the recent 2014 Greater Washington D.C. Regional. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) judges added a new dimension to their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) personas. The judges creatively – and poetically – heaped praise on the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD)mentored FIRST Team 339 Kilroy at George Mason University’s Patriot Center. In honor of Kilroy’s Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors, the judges wrote a poem to recognize the team. There once was a team that came from multiple places, Inventing a clean and elegant robot from distributed bases. In the D.C. Regional with confidence they came, But alas, they were pushed around looking so tame. Some changes were needed as they were
Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division-mentored Commonwealth Virginia Governor’s School students – members of FIRST Team 339, also known as Kilroy – are pictured at the FIRST Robotics Competition 2014 Greater Washington D.C. Regional. The team won the event’s “Industrial Design Award,” which came close behind its win of the “Innovation in Control Award” at the North Carolina Regional two weeks earlier. bent out of shape, But low and behold, their modular design worked better than duct tape. Rod and wheel swapping was simple and done with such joy. The winner of Industrial Design – here is Kilroy! The Industrial Design Award celebrates form and function in an efficiently designed machine that effectively addresses the game challenge. The team’s product and process reflected the mission of FIRST, by demonstrating sound technology development from start to finish, according to the judges. Kilroy – sponsored by the National Defense Education Prog ram (NDEP) – includes high school students from Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties
REC CEO elected to NRUCFC board Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) president and CEO, Kent D. Farmer, has been elected to serve as the District 1 board representative for the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). CFC’s District 1 represents the following states: Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Virginia. Mr. Farmer will serve a three-year term on the board. He tenure term began in March at the CFC annual membership meeting. “I have a comprehensive knowledge of the cooperative
who competed against 49 teams at the regional event. Within six weeks, students designed and built a robot for the competition. This year’s game was called “Aerial Assist,” and required the robots to shoot exercise balls through goals. “Aerial Assist is more than just a game,” said Jim Smith, an NSWCDD computer engineer and one of the team’s mentors. “The FIRST Robotics Competition gives students the support they need to start a STEM career.” Mr. Smith is among scores of NSWCDD scientist and engineer volunteers who work with teachers to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting STEM programs such as FIRST.
Kilroy finished fifth in qualification matches and par ticipated in elimination matches as captain of the fourth-seeded alliance. Judges also recognized Kilroy as one of the top three “Safe Teams” with the Hard Hat Pin Award. “We are proud of our students’ efforts,” Mr. Smith said. “It’s important to remember that their awards are only the beginning. The skills students developed on a FIRST team will empower them to begin STEM careers that may include contributions to the nation and the warfighter, possibly at NSWC Dahlgren Division or similar commands throughout the Department of Defense.” NSWCDD mentors are also proud of FIRST Team 2402 – better
business model and practice the fundamental values which make a successful organization,” said Mr. Farmer, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the electric cooperative industry and has served as president and CEO for REC since 2004. “My varying management experience in member services, finance, and accounting has proven invaluable while working to balance members’ needs and ensure strong financial results at REC.” In addition to his experience with REC, Mr. Farmer serves on other cooperative boards, including the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. He serves as treasurer/secretary of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative. He also volunteers his time in his community by serving as a director for several organizations. CFC is governed by a democratically elected, 23-member board of directors. The board represents 11 districts, with one at-large position. Directors are elected for a three-year term and
known as the RoboJackets – who competed at the FIRST Robotics Virginia Regional Competition. “FIRST robotics brings science and engineering to life,” said Sen. Timothy K aine, D-VA., who attended the Virginia Regional, calling it “one of the best spectator events in town.” The RoboJackets – representing James Monroe High School and Walker-Grant Middle School competed against 64 teams at the event, held in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Siegel Center. The RoboJackets hosted FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League off-season event at James Monroe High School, May 10.
can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) is a nonprofit finance cooperative created and owned by America’s electric cooperative network. With more than $22 billion in assets, CFC is committed to providing unparalleled industry expertise, flexibility and responsiveness to serve the needs of its member-owners. Visit CFC online at www.nrucfc. coop. REC provides electric service to more than 158,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, REC operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For information about REC, please visit us on Facebook or go to www.myrec.coop.
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Our community gave! Exciting results of The Community Give
Months of training and preparation led to a 24-hour marathon of giving for local nonprofits from donors across the region. Throughout the day on May 6, 4,877 gifts were received and $544,481 was raised, inclusive of cash prizes. All donations received through www.TheCommunityGive.org will provide unrestricted support to the 115 participating non-profits. The Community Foundation, in partnership with several individual donors and business sponsors, provided $100,000 to support 33 g rant prizes. Competition proved strong from the moment
The Community Give began at 12 a.m., May 6. During the initial hour, organizations competed to claim the four Robert Cullen O’Neill “Midnight Shift” prizes of $2,500 each. Honeywell Charitable Fund $1,000 “Golden Tickets” were awarded each hour. Perhaps the most exciting part of The Community Give occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight when non-profits aimed for the Union First Market Bank “Home Stretch” prizes – four awards at $2,500 each and the “Grand Prizes” of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 based on total dollars raised. Contest results and prize winners are available at www.
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TheCommunityGive.org. “So much depends upon people working together on behalf of our community. It makes sense that local non-profits significantly benefit from the awareness and online giving tools that large national non-profits enjoy. We created The Community Give to increase and expand charitable giving in our region and we could not be more pleased with the results,” said Community Foundation Board President John McManus. “We are grateful to the non-profits that mobilized social media and grassroots communications to make this event a great success and to the many, many individuals who supported them by clicking and giving online. Each of the 115 participating non-profits received multiple donations and many were awarded grant prizes. We are grateful for our event sponsors.” The sponsors include: • The Honeywell Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation • The Robert Cullen O’Neill Memorial Fund of The Community Foundation • The Community Enrichment
Members of Team Empowerhouse enjoy a light moment during The Community Give. Empowerhouse led the way among area non-profits, raising the most money during the 24-hour fundraiser. Fund of T he Community Foundation • The Sullivan Family Legacy Fund of The Community Foundation • Union First Market Bank • The Star Radio Group / The Free Lance-Star • Wack General Contractor • Reacht • Dynovis • Sharon and John Fick • Sandy and Bruce Davis Based on the total amount raised during the event, “Grand Prizes” were awarded to the following
organizations: • 1 s t P l a c e o f $ 1 0 , 0 0 0 – Empowerhouse, 324 gifts, $80,068 raised • 2nd Place of $5,000 – SERVE, 49 total gifts, $29,908 raised • 3 r d P l a c e o f $ 2 , 5 0 0 – Rappahannock Area YMCA, 348 total gifts, $24,541 raised. For more information on The Community Foundation’s grants and scholarships, as well as how the foundation can assist donors in creating charitable funds, call (540) 373-9292 or visit www.cfrrr.org.
Chamber members offer summer camps for kids Summer is here, and the kids will soon be out of school. A number of Chamber members are offering inspirational and entertaining summer camps for area school children. Contact these organizations for more information. American Family Fitness (540) 898-6111 www.amfamfit.com firstname.lastname@example.org Artistry Dance Center Summer Dance Camp (540) 370-4866 www.ArtistryDanceCenter.com Boys & Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region (540) 368-9531 email@example.com Caroline County Parks & Recreation (804) 633-7277 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitcaroline.com CYT Fredericksburg (540) 604-5156 www.cytfredericksburg.org/camps/areas
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Germanna Community College Summer Credit Course offerings – all ages (540) 891-3000 www.germanna.edu
The Doctor Yum Project (540) 834-6306 doctoryum.com www.doctoryum.com/kids-cooking-class/
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Parrish Learning Zone, LLC, Summer Tutoring (540) 999-8759 www.parrishlearningzone.com
Inspire Dance (540) 373-7700 Info@InspireDance.com www.InspireDance.com/summer-camps
Pediatric Partners for Attention & Learning, Inc. (540) 628-4145 www.PrismPotential.org
Lee’s Hill Golf Club Junior Golf Tab (540) 891-0111 www.leeshillgc.com
Rappahannock Area YMCA Massad Branch – (540) 371-9622 Ron Rosner Branch – (540) 736-9622 www.family-ymca.org/Camp.html
Mathnasium of Stafford (540) 602-7786 www.Mathnasium.com/Stafford Stafford@Mathnasium.com
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James Monroe Museum (540) 654-1123 http://jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu/ exhibitions/calendar-of-events/
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Business BRIEFS Plumb Magic snags national honors
Plumb Magic has earned a series of national awards due to its outstanding customer service. The company won the 2014 Award for Excellence from Home Advisor, Inc., which commends a plumbing business for consistently providing high-quality service. Plumb Magic employees also received top honors at the Success Group International’s National Scoreboard. Employees Kevin Locke and Andrew Miglaccio both rank in the Top 20 nationwide for quality home service, while Roscoe
Jones won top honors for Home Remodeling and Remodeling Sales. “They work exceedingly hard to provide the absolute best service in the area,” said Michael Taggert, Plumb Magic’s owner. “Now they have recognition for their work.” Plumb Magic is based in the City of Fredericksburg and specializes in home plumbing service. All of its technicians have qualified for the national ranking of Preferred Plumber and carry the Tech Seal of Safety.
Capital Caring hosts grand opening, honors area physician On May 13, Capital Caring, the Fredericksburg Region’s newest hospice service, held a grand opening event. One of the highlights of the event was an award presented to retired oncologist Dr. Angus Muir for his contribution to advancing hospice and palliative care in the Fredericksburg Region. The award was presented by his son Dr. Cameron Muir, VP for Quality and Access at Capital Caring.
Sands Anderson honored as LINC’s Volunteer Law Firm of the Year Sands Anderson, PC was honored as Volunteer Law Firm of the Year by the Legal Information Network of Cancer at its spring awards luncheon. “We are very honored to receive this recognition from LINC. Sands Anderson’s attorneys have a long history of working with LINC’s clients, and we are committed to continuing to support its mission by serving the legal needs of cancer patients,” said L. Lee Byrd, Esq., president of Sands Anderson. Sands Anderson shareholder, Phyllis C. Katz, Esq., is a co-founder of LINC. Since its creation in 1996, LINC’s mission is to ease the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources. Founded in 1842, Sands Anderson has more than 65 lawyers practicing in its five offices in Richmond, Christiansburg, Fredericksburg and McLean, and Raleigh, NC. Sands Anderson provides a full range of legal services to corporations and businesses, healthcare providers, financial institutions, state and local governments, the insurance industry, and individuals. For more information, visit www.sandsanderson.com.
Mary Washington Healthcare recognized for volunteer excellence program Mary Washington Healthcare’s Stroke Connect Volunteer Program was recently named a finalist in the national Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE), recognizing an initiative that involves stroke survivors sharing their experiences and knowledge to help newly-diagnosed stroke patients on the path to recovery. Located at Mary Washington Hospital, which is the only Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center in its primary service area, the Stroke Connect Volunteer Program strives to educate new stroke survivors and family members to recognize risk factors, signs and symptoms, and to invite survivors and families to MWHC’s monthly Stroke Support Group. The Stroke Connect volunteers are Stroke Support Group members who are trained at MWH to offer a unique perspective to stroke patients undergoing treatment. The volunteers work side-by-side with clinicians to help address issues and concerns stroke patients and their families face. These stroke volunteers are living examples of how one’s life can be successfully managed following a stroke. While the volunteers do not provide medical advice, they do offer education resources and share personal experiences. Stroke Connect volunteers also serve the community by speaking at events and educating Emergency Medical Service personnel on stroke signs and symptoms, as well as regional guidelines on triage of stroke patients taken to Primary Stroke Centers. “We’re honored that our volunteers and their extraordinary impact on our patients and community is recognized by the American Hospital Association,” said Charles Scercy, MWHC Corporate Director of Emergency Services and Neurosciences. “Mary Washington Healthcare is fortunate and grateful to
have such dedicated volunteers. They’re examples of giving and kindness. Our community is that much richer for their selfless service.” The HAVE program was established by the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees to help hospitals recognize the valuable contributions of volunteers enlisted in organized service programs. The HAVE program’s four primary goals are: • to encourage exceptional service • to promote visibility and goodwill toward the hospital or health care system • to increase allegiance and collegiality among volunteers • to promote collaboration among provider org anizations and community ser vice organizations Mary Washington Healthcare is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides emergency, inpatient, and outpatient care through more than 40 facilities and services, including Mary Washington Hospital, a 437-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community hospital. Mary Washington Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system and has a long-standing commitment to provide care regardless of ability to pay. Visit www. MaryWashingtonHealthcare.com. The American Hospital Association is a not-forprofit association of healthcare provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its nearly 5,000 member hospitals, healthcare systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. Visit www.aha.org.
95 Express Lanes construction advances, lane closures on tap for summer The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced at a recent Orange Cones. No Phones. safe-driving event held on the 95 Express Lanes construction corridor that drivers traveling on I-95 in Northern Virginia should prepare for more lane closures and traffic impacts this summer. Drivers will face continued closures of the existing HOV and regular lanes on I-395/95 during overnight hours and weekends, as well as on weekdays during non-rush hours, as crews work to complete the Express Lanes. The 95 Express Lanes project is more than 75 percent complete, and remains on-schedule to be substantially finished by late 2014 and open to traffic in early 2015. “As the public prepares for summer road trips and commutes, construction will be in full force along I-95 in Northern Virginia,” said Helen Cuervo, VDOT’s Northern Virginia Administrator. “The Orange Cones. No Phones. message of putting your phone down and staying alert is even more important this summer as crews will be working day and night to keep the nearly $1 billion 95 Express Lanes project on-schedule.” During the remainder of 2014, nearly 1,500 workers will continue to construct the new Express Lanes in
the median of I-95. In addition to putting down final pavement on new lanes and bridges, crews will install and test new overhead signs, tolling gantries and other traffic management equipment. Other critical work scheduled for this year includes constructing new sound walls to provide noise reductions to nearby communities; building storm water management ponds; and completing final work on barriers, guardrails, paving and roadways. The 95 Express Lanes will be reversible lanes with dynamic tolls designed to keep traffic flowing and provide a more predictable travel option on I-95 between Route 610 in Stafford County to just north of I-495. The project is being delivered through a publicprivate partnership between VDOT and TransurbanFluor. For the latest information about specific closures and construction activities, visit www.vamegaprojects. com or www.95expresslanes.com The 95 Express Lanes will provide new choices, added capacity and extend and improve the performance of the existing HOV system. The 95 Express Lanes will extend from the Edsall Road area in Fairfax County to Garrisonville Road in Stafford County. For more information, please visit 95ExpressLanes.com.
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CNEW members got to know more about the Fredericksburg Region’s civic and charitable organizations at the annual NonProfit Expo, held May 20 at the Fredericksburg Country Club. A large number of non-profits set up display tables to show off information about their work to improve the regional quality of life. The CNEW Luncheon will take a break in June to make way for the “Wine, Women and Wardrobe” fashion show, which will take place June 3. The CNEW Luncheon will return at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 15 at the Fredericksburg Country Club.
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Stafford Roundtable Stafford County Supervisor Paul Milde will give an update on the county at the June 3 Stafford Roundtable. The 8 a.m. breakfast meeting will take place at Hampton Inn & Suites Stafford-Quantico, 2925 Jefferson Davis Hwy. The cost of attending is $12 for Chamber members who pre-pay and $15 for members who pay at the door. Non-members may attend one time for $20. The cost includes breakfast. To register, go to www. fredericksburgchamber.org. Any Chamber member is welcome to attend the quarterly Stafford Roundtable meeting, especially those businesses that are located in Stafford or those that have business interests in that part of the region. Attending the Stafford Roundtable is one of the best ways to network with the Stafford business community.
Fredericksburg Roundtable Michael McGurk with Transurban spoke to the Spotsylvania Roundtable about construction of the I-95 Express Lanes. Joining him were Kelley Raetzsch with Vibrant Life Nutrition, which sponsored the meeting, and roundtable Chair Dorrie Chason.
Spotsylvania Roundtable Michael McGurk with Transurban gave an update on the ongoing Interstate 95 Express Lanes project at the May 6 Spotsylvania Roundtable. Vibrant Life Nutrition sponsored the event. The next Spotsylvania Roundtable will take place at 8 a.m., Aug. 5 at Hampton Inn and Suites South, 4800
Market St. The cost of attending is $12 for Chamber members who pre-pay and $15 for members who pay at the door. The cost includes breakfast. Non-member guests may attend one time for $20. To register, go to www. fredericksburgchamber.org. Any Chamber member is welcome
to attend the quarterly Spotsylvania Roundtable meeting, especially those businesses located in Spotsylvania or that have business interests in that part of the region. Attending the Spotsylvania Roundtable is one of the best ways to network with the Spotsylvania business community.
Jeffrey Scott, president of Advantage Business Advisors, will speak at the July 1 Fredericksburg Roundtable. The 8 a.m. breakfast meeting will take place at Courtyard by Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District, 620 Caroline St. The Fredericksburg Roundtable takes place quarterly – usually on the first Tuesday in the first month of the quarter. The cost is $12 for Chamber members who pre-pay and $15 for members who pay at the door. The price includes breakfast. Non-member guests may attend one time for $20. To register and pay, go to www.fredericksburgchamber.org. Any Chamber member is welcome to attend the Fredericksburg Roundtable, especially those businesses located in Fredericksburg or those that have business interests in that part of the region. Attending the Fredericksburg Roundtable is one of the best ways to network with the Fredericksburg business community.
Adam Fried(left), owner of Atlantic Builders, Ltd., spoke at the May 7 Mid-week Motivation. Joining him was Adam Janney, vice chair of the Next Generation. Adam Fried, CEO of Atlantic Builders, Ltd., spoke at the May 7 Mid-week Motivation about surviving and thriving during the fluctuations in the construction industry over the past few years. The next Mid-week Motivation will take place at noon, June 4 at Ristorante Renato, 422 William St. The cost is $18 for Next Generation members, $24 for the general public. Please call (540) 373-9400 to register or go to www. fredericksburgchamber.org.
Mid-week Motivation is a monthly professional development luncheon featuring local business leaders who share business tips and life insights with the Next Generation of Business Leaders. The Next Generation provides opportunities for the Fredericksburg Region’s young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 to engage with the community through professional development, civic outreach and social/business networking.
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Ribbon Cutting – Wendy’s at Harrison Crossing There’s a new grill in town! Chamber members gathered May 9 for ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Wendy’s at Harrison Crossing. Located at 5801 Plank Rd., Wendy’s offers delights ranging from hot-n-juicy hamburgers to salads to cool Frosty™ desserts.
Ribbon Cutting – Infinity Technologies The Infinity Technologies team celebrated the opening of its new headquarters at 4530 Plank Rd. with a May 15 ribbon cutting. Founded in 1996, Infinity Technologies is the Fredericksburg Region’s premier source for IT solutions, including technology security issues, HIPAA consulting, IT support and data backup.
Ribbon Cutting – Farmers Insurance The sun was smiling on Farmers Insurance team members as they celebrated the opening of their new office at 1938 William St. during a May 20 ribbon cutting. Since 1928, Farmers Insurance has been providing high-quality service to its clients while helping them protect their homes, businesses and vehicles. Business After Hours Come to a hopping evening of networking hosted by The Thrasher Group! Where Highlights Entertainment Center 454 Cambridge St., 22405 When 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12 Cost No charge to attend To RSVP Go to www. fredericksburgchamber.org or e-mail stacey@ fredericksburgchamber.org
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Listen to Business Link, Saturdays at 9 a.m. on WNTX 1350 AM & 96.5 FM GUESTS AND TOPICS FOR BUSINESS LINK Date/Time: June 7 – 9 a.m. Topic: Setting goals for your business & life Guest(s): Dwayne Baptist, president of Dwayne Baptist & Associates Date/Time: June 14 – 9 a.m. Topic: Keeping your home & business pest free Guest(s): Joe Wilson, CEO of PermaTreat Pest Control
Greg Madsen, CEO of Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, discussed the everchanging healthcare industry on the May 3 edition of Business Link.
Paul Grossman with Virginia Economic Development – International Trade offered insights on how trade boosts Virginia’s economy during the May 10 program.
Date/Time: June 21 – 9 a.m. Topic: Helping America’s wounded warriors Guest(s): Robin Kelleher, CEO of Hope for the Warriors Date/Time: June 28 – 9 a.m. Topic: Forensic accounting Guest(s): Brad Jones of PBMares & John Hanson of Artifice Forensic Financial Services
Michael McGurk with Transurban appeared on the May 17 show to update listeners on construction of the Interstate 95 Express Lanes.
Helping homeless mothers and their children was the topic of the May 24 edition of Business Link. Lisa Crittenden and Anna Billingsley with Hope House discussed the organization’s mission and the people it has helped.
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