Face time with the Legislators at the Regional Legislative Reception, January 7th, 2016

The 2016 General Assembly will begin January 13, which means that legislators from around the Commonwealth will arrive in town. Many of them – as well as a slew of local officials – will be attending our annual Regional Legislative Reception Thursday night, January 7, 2016 at UNOS.

A few representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Kaine and U.S. Senator Warner have already signed up to be present!

This is exactly where you want to be if you would like to get in front of some lawmakers. If you don’t yet have your ticket, advance registration will be open until 11:59 p.m. January 6, 2016. There will also be an opportunity for you to register on-site the day of the event, so if you miss the deadline, don’t worry!


Here’s the full list of officials who have RSVP’d to date.

U.S. Senate

Tyee-Mallory Davenport – Regional Director, Office of Senator Timothy Kaine
Eldon Burton – Outreach Representative, Office of Senator Mark Warner

Commonwealth of Virginia

Anne Holton
Carlos Hopkins
Brian Moran
Nancy Rodrigues
Levar Stoney

Virginia Senate

Amanda F. Chase
Rosalyn Dance
Siobhan S. Dunnavant
Donald McEachin
Glen H. Sturtevant

Virginia House of Delegates

Laschrecse D. Aird
Lamont Bagby
Betsy Carr
Peter Farrell
Buddy Fowler
Riley Ingram
Manoli Loupassi
James Massie
John O’Bannon

Chesterfield County

Carrie E. Coyner
Mary Ann Curtin
Steve Elswick
John M. Erbach
Leslie Haley
Dorothy Jaeckle
Marcus Newsome
James Stegmaier
Christopher Winslow

City of Richmond

Parker Agelasto
Jonathan Baliles
Kathy Graziano
Selena Cuffee-Glenn
Chris Hilbert
Grant Neely
Ellen Robertson
Charles Samuels
Reva Trammell

Goochland County

Kevin Hazzard
James Lane
John Lumpkins

Hanover County

Roger Bourassa
Cecile “Rhu” Harris
Wayne Hazzard
Robert Hundley
Henry Lowry
Canova Peterson
Norman Sulser
Angela Kelly-Wiecek

Henrico County

Patrick Kinlaw
Tyrone Nelson
Patricia O’Bannon
Mike Schnurman
Frank Thornton
John Vithoulkas

New Kent County

Sarah Grier-Barber

Powhatan County

Larry Nordvig
David Williams

Town of Ashland

George Spagna
Steve Trivett


Bob Clark, President of Baskervill and 2014 winner, shares his thoughts on the IMPACT awards

By Robert Clark, President, Baskervill.  www.baskervill.com

“To say we had butterflies was an understatement.  Sitting at our table, our entire team all agreed: we didn’t expect to be so nervous!  Being a finalist for the IMPACT Award was a significant achievement on its own; the thought of winning had us on the edge of our seat.  Really, companies considered as a finalist for this award are already victors.  They’ve demonstrated commitment to their staff, their business, and their community and they are all, without a doubt, making an impact.

On the night of the awards dinner, the atmosphere is truly one of honoring those accomplishments that make a difference.  The environment is such a celebration; everyone comes together to truly support each and every finalist.  The way the Chamber and this event bring the city together is by far one of the best parts of the Richmond business community.”

Baskervill was the 2014 IMPACT Awards – Large Business category winner.

Real Conversations about Success and Partnerships

By: Ann Bayliss, Greater Richmond Chamber

Fall is here. With it comes cooler, darker days spent indoors,  which likely means more time for introspection.  Now we start to ask ourselves the questions we were happy to push far from our minds all summer. 

Am I successful? Am I doing justice to the partnerships in my life?  Am I a leader?  Do I hit the right balance between work and family?

Just in time, The Chamber offers a wonderful program to address those perennial head-scratchers. The Extraordinary Women’s Exchange is featuring successful joint efforts of women AND men, in sports, business management, and wedding planning.

Our first ever male moderator, Kym Grinnage, will lead a discussion sure to leave you feeling (if not satisfied that you’ve answered those existential questions once and for all) like you’ve got company in your search for answers.

Join us for “Real Conversations” this October 28th, at the Hilton Short Pump, and start the discussion about making your partnerships excel this winter and beyond.


Free Parking and “Day of” Registration Available.


Budget season has ended and the summer heat has begun, so loose that tie or those heels and join the SummerFest fun!

SummerfestHow many events have you attended that are referred to as a “laidback networking soirée”? If your answer is zero then you haven’t been to SummerFest, the annual casual legislative reception hosted by the Chesterfield Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber. Held at the Boathouse at Sunday Park overlooking the beautiful Swift Creek Reservoir, this indoor/outdoor event is not your typical corporate reception. Our gracious host pulls out the stops, and this year’s food menu has a Southern flair. You can expect a sweet & savory biscuit bar, gourmet deviled eggs (think chive, bacon and blue cheese) and an open bar that includes a signature cocktail.

A live jazz band croons as business and government leaders mix at a summer tradition that’s anything but stuffy. Don’t be surprised if you see bright and patterned linen, seersucker and khaki – perhaps even a pair of Bermuda shorts or two. So who has said he or she is ready to mingle? Check out the guest list:

General Assembly
Senator Steve Martin
Senator John Watkins
Delegate Riley Ingram

Board of Supervisors
Jim Holland
Dan Gecker
Dorothy Jaeckle

School Board
Carrie Coyner, Chair
Debi Girvin

County Administration
Jay Stegmaier – County Administrator
Sheryl Bailey – Deputy County Administrator of Management Services
Bill Dupler – Deputy County Administrator of Community Development
Sarah Snead – Deputy County Administrator of Human Services
Lou Lassiter – Assistant County Administrator, Administration & Government Relations
Susan Pollard – Director of Public Affairs
Mary Martin Selby – Director of HR Services
Scott Zaremba – Director of HR Programs

School Administration
Marcus Newsome, Superintendent

Economic Development
Will Davis – Executive Director (retiring)
Karen Aylward, Assistant Director

U.S. Senate
Eldon Burton – Outreach Representative, Office of Senator Mark Warner
Tyee Mallory – Regional Director for Central Virginia, Office of Senator Tim Kaine

U.S. House of Representatives
Lloyd Lenhart – Deputy District Director, Office of Congressman Dave Brat
Ronald White – District Director, Office of Congressman J. Randy Forbes

Spring is in the (Innsbrook) air. Schmooza heads west again in 2015.

They say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and we’re living that quote with Schmooza Palooza. Based on positive feedback in 2014, we’ve decided once again to hold our annual spring picnic at Dominion’s Picnic Area at Innsbrook on May 7th.

Reeling in some big fish at Schmooza 2014

We also heard you loud and clear about lighting. You wanted more of it. So BAM! Schmooza will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. this year, allowing for more daylight for our exhibitors as they close up shop (and allowing you to leave work early).

“We are not opposed to more daylight and/or leaving work early.”

The list of exhibitors is growing, so get your tabletop before they sell out. (How does an outdoor event “sell out?” Well, it does.) Early bird deadline is April 10th, after that, the rate goes up. And remember, only Chamber members can purchase tabletops.

Exhibiting the night away

The sun will shine, music will play, and beer will flow. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and catch up with some of the coolest business types around RVA all while playing corn hole. Where else can you exchange a card and toss a bean bag at the same time?

Do you have what it takes to win our cutthroat corn hole tournament?

In addition to all of this, you can bid on some fantastic local prizes in the silent auction. It all depends on what you’re into. You can walk away with some gift cards, a few original paintings, hard cider, t-shirts or all of the above if you’re a savvy bidder. Place some bids, walk away, have some food, and we’ll let you know if you’ve won. If you’d like to donate an item to the auction, now is the time to let us know.

So many Silent Auction items from which to choose.

None of this would be possible without our sponsors, who are local companies just like you. If you see one, please say thank you.

“Thank you, generous sponsors!”

I’ve talked about it, and now it’s time for you to be about it. Get tickets for your team, your clients and your friends, then grab your hats and umbrella drinks, and we’ll see you at Schmooza on May 7th.

– IW

What is the deal with Business After Hours?

We used to do an all-day trade show called Biz Link, which was basically a business-to-business networking blitzkrieg that occurred once a year. I mean, it was mega. There were businesses. There were links. Everyone went home exhausted, pockets bulging with business cards, heads swimming with ideas.

But a few years and a recession later, our members told us that they could no longer spare the manpower for an eight hour event and couldn’t we make it more compact and more frequent?

“Yes!,” was our answer, and thus, Business After Hours was born.


Now, as the name implies, the networking occurs after 5:00 p.m. (saw that coming, didn’t you?), at a cool place like The Torque Club at RIR, with wine and beer. It’s less of a time commitment, and, frankly, meeting people is easier with beer-in-hand, amiright?

I’m always impressed with the diverse mix of companies that exhibit at these things. We now have 50 Chamber member companies exhibiting at next week’s Business After Hours, on March 5th. That list includes hotels, colleges and universities, business advisors, website designers, nonprofits, social services, insurance, bowling alleys, banks, something called TapSnap, etc. In no other RVA universe will this mix of companies and people be in the same room at the same time.

We even have a new sponsor this time, 7-11, which joins Holiday Barn Pet Resorts, Richmond International Raceway, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond.com, Airrosti and WoodForest National Bank.

BAH also is inexpensive ($15 for Chamber members in advance, $30 for non-members). It would cost you way more than that in time and effort to contact all 50 companies, or even half that amount, on your own time.

To sum up: BAH is painless and inexpensive, food and bev are involved, and you get to walk around and meet all sorts of interesting and helpful people who provide a good or service that you just might need. We do this twice a year, once now and once in September, and you don’t have to be a Chamber member to attend.

Check it out and get registered in advance. Walk-ins are welcome, but you’ll pay a higher rate and that makes no sense.

See you on the 5th!

– LB

If “impactful” isn’t a word, then it should be.

Impactful is one of our seven core values here at the Chamber, even though technically we don’t think it’s an actual word. But “Making an Impact” didn’t match our other one-word values, so we bent the rules.

But why isn’t “impactful” a word? It’s an economical way to say that one thing has an effect on another thing. In our case, we want to have an impact on the Richmond Region’s future.

On what and/or whom does your organization want to have an impact? Your clients? Your community? Your industry? Your employees? And how is that going for you?

For the past 15 years, we’ve been recognizing local businesses for not only answering this question but following through with it. Could your business be next on the list?

2014 | Baskervill – Large business
2014 | Free Agents Marketing – Small business
2013 | Saxon Shoes – Large business
2013 | Holiday Barn – Small business
2012 | Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. – Large business
2012 | Midas of Richmond – Small business
2011 | Container First Services
2010 | Th e Pediatric Connection
2009 | Uppy’s Convenience Stores, Inc.
2008 | American Family Fitness
2007 | SnagAJob.com
2006 | Intercept Youth Services
2005 | HeloAir, Inc.
2004 | CapTech Ventures, Inc.
2003 | Glass & Powder Board Shop, Inc.**
2003 | Payerpath, Inc.**
2002 | Premier Pets, LLC
2001 | East Coast Fire Protection, Inc.
2000 | Xperts, Inc.
*Since 2000 **Dual Recipients