The Ag Education Council was formed to assist the Agriculture community in and around Fauquier County. In 2014 this council provided the first in a series of ''Winter Learning Seasons''. These sessions are specifically tailored to the agriculture business in the area and covered topics from diversification to land leasing and farm lending.
Every year in early November the Chamber hold it's Annual Meeting and Awards Gala. This committee is responsible for planning the entire event from getting bids for venues to soliciting sponsorship and silent auction items from our members. This committee meets monthly starting at the beginning of the year.
The ED/LA Committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month in the Chamber's conference room at 4:00pm. This committee addresses issues facing the Fauquier County and Town of Warrenton business community. This committee is in strong and consistant communication with the Town Council, County Board of Supervisors, State Delegation and our Federal Representatives. This committee recently formed a broadband sub-committee to help the county work on a county wide broadband infrastructure plan. The ED/LA committee plans the annual Legislative Preview and State of the County and Towns in December, Chamber Day at the Capital in late January and the Legislative Wrap Up in late April or early May.
The Education Committee meets every month on the 3rd Monday at 4:00pm in the Chamber's conference room. This committee was formed to be the bridge between our public and private schools and our business community. This committee helps to plan visits for our public high schools to Lord Fairfax Community College. They also plan visits from Chamber members to our 7th graders to give them a first glimpse of varied industries. This committee also supports our local Fauqueir Excellence in Education Foundation with their annual charity golf outing and providing support for the new teacher dinner annually.
The FYPG assists the young professionals in our business community. They put on educational sessions called ''Business Building Basics or B3'' covering topics such as networking, partnering and leadership. The FYPG also coordinates and plans fun events throughout the year. In late winter they put on an annual indoor Putt Putt tournament. In May they have their annual Corn Hold Tournament and on the 2nd Thursday in September is the ever popular ''Tour of Warrenton''. The FYPG committee meets every month on the 1st Tuesday at 5:30pm and the location varies.
The Finance Committee is headed by our treasurer and is responsible for the consistent review of the chamber's financial status. This committee reviews the annual budget makes recommendations to the President in preparation for presentation of the new budget to the board of directors. This committee meets monthly and the date and time vary.
The Gov Con Business Council was formed to assist the government contractors in and around the Fauquier community. They launched in the fall of 2015 with a panel discussion with a prominent government contractor, a representative from SBA, our local economic development office and a representative from VEDP's department of international trade. In early 2016 they put on a very well attended symposium on how to do business with local government. They are currently planning an event focused on procurement processes with the state of Virginia followed by an event to focus on the procurement processes for our Federal Government.
The Governance and Nomination Committee is a committee of the Board of Directors, with responsibility for review of the efficient and effective practices of general governance. The GNC makes recommendations on matters to the by-laws of the organization, along with recommendations on the size, composition, members and the officers of the Board.
The Marketing Committee was formed in 2012 as the chamber was embarking on a new branding campaign. Today the Marketing committee assists the chamber in all of it's marketing endeavors. They assist in design of marketing materials (flyers, posters, ads) for the major events the chamber puts on. This committee also assist the chamber staff in website updates and marketing the chamber to non members.
The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting, engaging and mentoring new members to the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce. Members of this committee reach out and meet with new members to provide them their plaque and start up materials and go over the many ways they can get engaged with the Chamber. The members of this committee attend luncheons, After 5 and other networking events and identify guest at the event so they can share with them the benefits of membership.
The Old Town Spring Festival is entering it's 39th year in 2017. This committee assist in the planning of this all day event. They assist in acquiring vendors and sponsors for the event and help to coordinate the 40+ volunteers needed the day of the event. This committee also helps to recruit local entertainment for all day entertainment at the Courthouse steps.
The Piedmont Harvest Fest is a 3 yr old event that was designed to merge our business and agricultural communities. The committee members are tasked with helping to recruit business, agriculture and food vendors, sponsors, and demonstrations for this all day event. There are specific members that focus on finding local talent for the entertainment component of this event.
The Valor Awards is an annual signature event of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce. It was established in 2012 and serves to honor those individuals in the Fauquier County's Public Safety sector who have gone over and above the call of duty. The Valor Awards Committee works directly with the leaders of the Public Safety sector (Sheriff, Warrenton Police, Fire and Rescue and the State Police) to identify honoree for each year's awards. The committee members also reach out to our members and the community to solicit sponsorship to help cover the associated cost with this amazing event. This committee meets once a month starting 6 months prior to the event and the event is usually in mid to late April.
Formed in 2010, the Women's Business Council focuses on providing support to women in all facets of business - whether they are employees, entrepreneurs, mid-level administrators, or senior management.Â The Chamber, through the Women's Business Council, hosts educational programs and events to assist women's professional development with the ultimate goal of their success. The Executive Committee of the WBC meets quarterly to assist in the planing and review of the year's events. Membership of this committee is limited and inquiries should be directed to the Co-Chairs or Chamber staff.