Two Steps Forward … One Step Back After Pandemic
As the year progresses, many of us are starting to see COVID in our rearview mirror. The percentage of people receiving at least one vaccination is approaching 70%; herd immunity is increasing; masks are disappearing; restrictions on crowd sizes are easing; even New York state, after 474 days, has finally declared an end to its state of emergency. Locally, the latest survey from the Retail Alliance shows signs of increasing optimism in our local business community. Europe has even reopened to outside visitors. The only thing left to do, start singing a resounding rendition of “Happy Days Are Here Again!”
It's Never Too Late to Start Planning for Disasters
With the formation of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Elsa in the Atlantic Ocean, the annual "will it or won't it" speculation begins. Small-business owners must begin, if they have not already done so, to look at how a tropical storm or hurricane might affect their business and what options are available to them.
Chamber Chats: Ron Lewis, Retired General and Vice-Chair of Hampton Roads Chamber Military Affairs
In this next episode of Chamber Chats, President & CEO Bryan Stephens sits with Ron Lewis, Retired General and Vice-Chair of Hampton Roads Chamber Military Affairs. Various topics were discussed including continued love and recognition for military families; and ways to increase that recognition. Ron has 30 years of senior executive experience in Defense, Aerospace, Acquisition, Global Security, and Public Affairs. He spent most of his career working as a strategist, leader, manager, and director. The organizations he led ranged in size from 30 to 20,000 personnel. Much of his recent experience was at the cabinet-level in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific regions. Ron is a proven strategic planner, team builder, change manager, and communicator and the Hampton Roads Chamber is gracious for his service to our country and our Executive Committee.
Chamber Chats: Leadership Exchange: Guest: Dorcas Helfant-Browning, Bob Pizzini, and Steve Romine
In this next episode of Chamber Chats, President & CEO Bryan Stephens and Vice President of Programs and Communications Priscilla Monti reminisce about past Inter-Regional trips and talk about the Upcoming Denver, Colorado Inter-Regional Leadership Exchange Conference. Special Guest Panelist includes Real Estate Executive Dorcas Helfant-Browning, CEO & Vice Chair of iFLY Virginia Beach Bob Pizzini, and Chairman of the Board Steve Romine.
PRO Act Would Hurt Virginia Jobs, Economic Development
By Bryan K. Stephens Hampton Roads Chamber Of Commerce
Legislation is working its way through the U.S. Congress, and if it passes, would have grave ramifications for Virginia’s business climate, economic development, and job creation efforts. The bill is called the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. But despite its name, it is anything but positive. It is a union wish list of anti-business policies that ultimately harm businesses and workers alike.
In this episode of Chamber Chats , President and CEO Bryan Stephens sits with Admiral Craig R. Quigley, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
Chamber Chats with Shawn Avery, President & CEO Hampton Roads Workforce Council
In this next episode of Chamber Chats, President & CEO Bryan Stephens sits down with Shawn Avery, President & CEO Hampton Roads Workforce Council.
Time For Virginia To Reject The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits
By Bryan K. Stephens Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and Bob McKenna Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
After 15 months of varying levels of shutdown and mandated restrictions on our businesses, our economy is ready to boom once again, and we’re all ready to get back to living a normal life heading into the summer. That obviously includes reconnecting with friends and family at restaurants and bars and heading to the beach or mountains for well-deserved breaks and missed celebrations of life’s events.
Civic leadership Development Is Invaluable
Everyone is interested in personal and professional growth. One major way to achieve that growth is through participation in civic leadership development courses. There are several in Hampton Roads, including the Hampton Roads Chamber’s signature course, LEAD757. All civic leadership programs are designed to do two primary things: build your social capital and educate you about the assets and challenges of your community. Combined, these will help propel you in your career.
A Call to Arms – Our 757 Recovery & Resilience Action Framework Needs You!
There is no doubt that 2020 was one of the most challenging years most of us will ever experience. However, there is a silver lining as tough times often make one tougher, stronger, and more successful in recovery and beyond. This is true for resilient communities like the 757.