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.
The Gala Committee plans the entire Annual Meeting & Awards Gala. This event is held in November every year to both meet & vote in new Board members; and to recognize community Business Award winners.
This Economic Development Committee addresses issues facing Fauquier County and the Town of Warrenton business communities. This committee is in consistent communication with the Town Council, County Board of Supervisors, and State Delegation. The EDL committee plans the annual Legislative Preview and State of the County and Town in December, and the Legislative Wrap Up in the Spring. A Delegation from this committee attends the annual Chamber Day at the Capital in January. In 2018 the Committee focus will be on Work Force Housing; Infra-Structure in the service districts; and a Spring Economic Development Event. The EDL Committee meets the 2nd Monday of every month in the Chamber's conference room at 4:00pm.
The Education Council was formed to be the bridge between our public and private schools and our business community. Our Goals for 2018 are to strengthen our FCPS/LFCC Partnership; and promote local business involvement with the FCPS ''Portrait of a Graduate'' programs. The Committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 4:00pm in the Chamber Office.
The Fauquier Young Professionals Council offers networking, and professional development to those seeking to expand their network in the county. FYPC coordinates and plans social events throughout the year, which are typically held on the 4th Thursday of each month. The FYPC Committee meets monthly on the first Friday at 10:00am at the Bohler Engineering offices. We welcome anyone, regardless of experience, who is passionate about the growth of this group to attend these meetings and events. Feel free to bring a friend!
Headed by the Treasurer of the Chamber's Board of Directors, the Finance Committee is responsible for the consistent review of the Chamber's financial status. The committee reviews the annual budget, and makes recommendations to the President in preparation for the presentation of the new annual budget to the Board of Directors.
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. Currently, they have completed work unifying all the Chamber logos thus improving Chamber 'branding' in advertising. They ensure consistent branding, meet ad deadlines and design: Marketing Strategy; Chamber Branding Guidelines; Chamber Event Ads & Flyers; Chamber Sales Materials; Website Strategy; Social Media Strategy.
The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting, and engaging new members to the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce. Members of this committee reach out and meet with new members to provide them mentorship and start up materials, They review the many ways the new member can get engaged with the Chamber. The members of this committee attend luncheons, After 5 and other networking events and identify guests at the event so they can share with them the benefits of membership. The Membership committee meets the 4th Friday of the month at 8:00am in the Chamber office.
The Spring Festival Committee oversees the planning of the annual all-day street fair in May. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival. The committee assists in acquiring vendors and sponsors for the event; helps coordinate the 40+ volunteers needed the day of the event; and helps recruit entertainers for all day entertainment. The committee meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9:30am in the Chamber offices.
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 honorees. The committee members also assist in securing sponsorships for the event. This committee meets once a month starting 6 months prior to the event. The event is held the last Thursday in April.
The Women's Business Council was formed in 2010 with the goal of helping to accelerate the advancement of women in business. This encompasses employees or entrepeneurs, mid-level administrators or senior management. The WBC hosts educational programs and events to assist women with the ultimate goal of their success. Men and women are invited to attend all events.