Small businesses have long been the driving force of Virginia’s economy. In fact, in 2014, small businesses in Virginia were responsible for creating over 30,000 new jobs. The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has long been a champion for small businesses, offering valuable educational resources, opportunities to make valuable connections, and an advocate for all businesses.
While many Virginia Chamber events are held in the Richmond area, such as the Virginia Health Care Conference, there are several notable event held here in Northern Virginia. Most recently, the Virginia Chamber hosted its Fantastic 50 Awards Program in Chantilly, which recognized Virginia’s 50 fastest growing companies. Not only has our Chamber’s partnership with the Virginia Chamber created additional opportunities for members, but the Virginia Chamber has also supported our advocacy efforts. In fact, the Virginia Chamber was an integral partner in securing dedicated funding for Metro, which serves as an integral part of the transportation network in Northern Virginia.
The best benefit of this partnership for Arlington Chamber members is there is no extra paperwork, application, or additional investment. Arlington Chamber staff regularly sends our updated membership roster to our liaison at the Virginia Chamber. For more information regarding the Virginia Chamber’s Small Business Alliance or upcoming opportunities, visit: www.vachamber.com.