Hampton Roads Chamber Chats - RVA757 Connects with guest, John Martin.
Five Key Actions for Your Business In 2021
Now that 2020 is in our rearview mirror and now, with the start of the New Year, it appears that things will slowly, yet gradually, improve. Small business owners need to look forward and plan ahead for their future operations in the upcoming year. While many aspects of business practices have changed and, in some instances rather dramatically, there are two constants on which you must rely; the need for information and the need to communicate.
Hampton Roads Chamber Chats Premiere!
Welcome to Episode 1 of the Hampton Roads Chamber Chats featuring Bryan Stephens and Steve Romine
The Hampton Roads Chamber works to be a powerful economic partner, impactful advocate, inspiring ignitor, and regional collaborator.
Twice a month we will chat with a member of our Executive Committee or a regional business leader to highlight how we are living our mission and setting the conditions for businesses to succeed.
Good Trouble - A Business Perspective
It’s time for good leaders to take good actions.
As the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Hampton Roads Chamber, it is my responsibility to view everything we do through an equitable and inclusive lens for the business community. The recent passing of the Honorable Congressman John Lewis left our nation with an essay that asked for togetherness and hope. John Lewis shared the concept of getting into “good trouble” and standing up for what is right. As leaders in the business community we should be asking ourselves, how we can take Congressman Lewis’s message and change the current narrative? How do we examine our personal values and the values we have instilled in our organizations? In these current times of our Nation, it is imperative for us to look at methods for getting into good trouble and how it relates to inclusivity and success.
The Hampton Roads Chamber is a premier pro-business organization serving the 757 business community. We are unapologetic about our pro-business advocacy efforts that target policies that strengthen free enterprise and set the conditions for businesses to succeed. Maintaining the “right-to-work” law is a policy we emphatically support because it strengthens our business community.
This Veterans Day, we urge you to pause to recognize the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. And then truly honor our nation’s veterans by hiring them.
Honor Our Veterans by Hiring Them
The nation will pause at 11:11 on 11/11 to honor the men and women who served in the United States military. Parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, the playing of taps are all traditional on Veterans Day. The Hampton Roads Chamber and the Hampton Roads Workforce Council urges the business community to go further, honor our veterans by hiring them.
In response to economic devastation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal government created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help small business owners remain open.
This program’s funds were to be used to pay employees and cover costs associated with remaining in business. A unique feature of this program was the ability to have some or all of the debt forgiven as long as the borrower provided their lender and the SBA with proof the proceeds were used as required in the approval guidelines.
The title of this song, written by Paul McCartney in 1968, is an apt metaphor that describes the challenges facing the region and its small businesses as we start to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Unlike a hurricane or flood which primarily causes physical damage to a relatively limited geographic area and time, this pandemic has wreaked incredible damage to the region’s entire population and as of now, has no real end in sight. Many people’s lives, habits and outlook have been forever changed by this singular event.
The Hampton Roads Chamber and the entire Hampton Roads business community wants to thank and recognize Ira Agricola for dedicating 39 years of loyal service to being "The Voice of Business in Hampton Roads." Agricola began his career with the Chamber in 1981 as the Executive Director in Portsmouth. In 1984, the five-city Chambers merged to create the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Agricola became the Vice President to oversee the Executive Directors for each of the five divisions.
Agricola grew in his position throughout his many years with the Chamber. He retires this month as the Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs. In this position he covered the General Assembly every year, living in Richmond for the Sessions.
As the CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber, my daily mission, and my constant focus, is to look for every means possible to set the conditions for businesses to succeed and bring good jobs and economic growth to our region. That means ensuring we have a well-trained and job-ready workforce, supporting policies that will improve our transportation system, and advocating for investments in infrastructure projects that are crucial to attracting new employers and helping existing businesses expand. Infrastructure projects that increase our access to reliable, affordable supplies of energy are among the most critical that the Chamber supports. That’s why I am pleased by a recent common-sense ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States that will allow our region to take a major step forward in that effort.
The Supreme Court found that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, like more than 50 other pipelines already do, can run more than 600 feet below a one-tenth of a mile section of the Appalachian Trail with Forest Service approval. The pipeline will be installed a half-mile away from the trail on each side. No one walking on that path will even know that one of the most important economic development projects in the history of Commonwealth runs beneath the trail. Just like they don’t realize they walk or drive over dozens of pipelines every day.