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  • There is new optimism and a new direction at The Fauquier Chamber for our 100th Year Anniversary.

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    December 29, 2020

    Press Release, for immediate release
    Fauquier Chamber of Commerce
    Contact: Carlton W. Shutt, Interim Executive Director

    carlton@fauquierchamber.org OR 540-347-4414
    There is new optimism and a new direction at The Fauquier Chamber for our 100th Year Anniversary.
    There’s new optimism about the direction of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce. You could hear it in the remarks of Chris Coutts, who becomes the Immediate Past Chair on Dec. 31, 2020. Chris commented, “Despite an incredibly challenging year, the Chamber is in better shape than before! We have walked together with our members through difficult times. We’ve developed close partnerships with many valuable groups, including Fauquier County Economic Development, The Town of Warrenton, the PATH Foundation, Experience Old Town Warrenton, the Mason Enterprise Center, and the SBDC, and together we’ve fought for more resources and support for businesses in our community. We are proud of the work we have done so far, and we will maintain our focus on helping the community thrive through our support of business in the region.”
    “The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce means Business,” says Marianne Clyde, the new Chair of the Board for 2021. Our Board of Directors and staff have come up with an updated mission, vision, and strategic plan to better meet the needs of our members and community. It states “The Fauquier Chamber helps the community do business, so that we all can thrive. We are focused on promoting business in Fauquier County through Relationships, Resources and Revitalization,” Clyde explains. 
    “We will offer educational opportunities and inspiring speakers that will give our members solid tools to move their businesses forward. We have been through the most difficult year that any of us can remember,” said Clyde, “but the leadership we received from Chris Coutts and our Executive Committee through 2020 has set us up to make some solid changes in our events, our offerings, and our direction. Businesses have had a very difficult year and we have a solid plan to show them the way to prosper and grow, and have fun doing it!” she added. The goal is to help get Fauquier County back to business as quickly as possible. The Chamber will continue to collaborate with our partners to support businesses large and small. 
    Besides offering plenty of business resources, the Chamber will be holding events that encourage community participation, so everyone can benefit. There will be a One Hundred Mile Challenge, for walkers, runners, bikers, and swimmers. Each category will allow registrants to keep track of their miles and self-report their progress. This will culminate in an outdoor event this summer, if COVID cooperates. Other events that will include the public will be the Valor Awards, Economic Summit, Micro Enterprise Symposium, and our reimagined Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival, which are all being planned for late summer and fall. Registration for all upcoming chamber events can be found at 
    The year will begin with a One Hundred New Engagements Challenge encouraging members to like and follow each other’s social media accounts, giving each business a much-needed boost from the very first week, a new twice monthly Chamber Chat broadcast from the Fauquier Chamber Facebook page, and an appreciation event, Business Heroes of 2020 Awards, honoring members that have been nominated by their peers for going above and beyond during a very difficult last year. “So gratitude will begin our year and end it, with a 100 Bits of Gratitude Challenge, written by our members and published to celebrate our 100th Year Anniversary Gala in November,” Clyde shares. “While we will be having a great time, we will also be focused on the needs of our local businesses and creating strong advocacy for them at the local and state levels, building a bigger, stronger Chamber and a stronger more resourceful community.”
    The Fauquier Chamber helps the community do business so that we all can thrive, through relationships, resources, and revitalization. 
    www.fauquierchamber.org 321 Walker Drive, Warrenton, VA 20186

    Carlton W. Shutt, Interim Executive Director
    carlton@fauquerchamber.org, (540)-347-4414