View Post

DEI Research: Introducing the Northern Virginia Champions of Accountability Project

In Chamber Blog, DE&I by admin

Recognizing and highlighting businesses that are developing and implementing inclusive practices is a priority of the Chamber as we seek to promote best practices for attracting and retaining a diverse workforce.  To advance this effort, we have partnered with the Northern Virginia Community Foundation to launch the Northern Virginia Champions of Accountability Project.  A groundbreaking initiative, the Champions of Accountability …

View Post

Why is innovation important to business?

In Chamber Blog by admin

“What does innovation mean to business?” It’s a question we posed to the finalists for our upcoming Mid-Atlantic Innovation Celebration Awards. While they come from different industries and have presented their own, unique innovations to us, each found innovation critical to their business models. Read their answers, presented in alphabetical order, below, and join us on May 12th for the …

View Post

What should businesses be doing now to prepare for the next big challenge in healthcare?

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

We are fortunate to have assembled a stellar group of experts for our upcoming Annual State of Healthcare in the Region event on May 4th. During the event, these leaders will cover a diverse set of region-related topics that impact your business, but we wanted to ask them ahead of time: “What should businesses be doing now to prepare for …

View Post

Poll Results: Is Northern Virginia ready for a 4-day workweek?

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Last week we shared information about two pending Bills, one Federal and one State, seeking to reduce the workweek to 32 hours and asked you to answer our poll, “is Virginia is ready for a 4-day workweek?” The results are in with 63.73% answering Yes, 30.39% answering No, and 5.88% answering Maybe. In addition, many people wrote comments, both for …

View Post

Workforce Innovation Highlighted in Key Regional Programs

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Expanding Northern Virginia’s workforce and the continual pursuit of a stronger, inclusive regional work environment, are key components of the Chamber’s strategic plan and initiatives. We actively seek out opportunities to support our region’s employers and engage them with new and exciting workforce development options. We know that a stronger workforce ecosystem not only benefits employees but also employers and …

View Post

4 Cybersecurity Must Haves for the Future of Hybrid Work

In Chamber Blog by admin

With the rise of remote work and hybrid work arrangements, executive leaders face unprecedented new cybersecurity challenges. Despite our best efforts to move quickly to accommodate the new cybersecurity landscape, we still see many high-profile breaches across sectors, such as the SolarWinds hack and the vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange Server that exposed millions of government records. Such breaches have …

View Post

Member Spotlight: Why aren’t more women in the C-Suite and what it takes to become a successful woman entrepreneur: a conversation with Lovey L. Hammel

In Chamber Blog by admin

“When I started my company with my mother 43 years ago, most women-owned businesses were home-based. The prevailing wisdom was that a woman-owned business was a small business. Thankfully, due to women leaders who pushed for change, today’s business world is much savvier and those beliefs have been largely relegated to the past. In our modern world, there is an …

View Post

Advocacy Update: That’s a wrap; our takeaways from the 2022 Virginia General Assembly

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

You have seen the news that the General Assembly adjourned this weekend, leaving only the budget incomplete. Once House and Senate negotiators reach a compromise (or perhaps sooner), Gov. Youngkin will need to call a Special Session to finalize the first budget in his first term. In the meantime, negotiators must continue to make efforts to close a $3 billion …

View Post

Apprentice programs are a business win

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Whether you call it the “Great Resignation” or simply a workforce shortage, the truth is there are simply not enough workers to go around, and that trend looks to be continuing well into 2022. Chamber member companies are innovating solutions to solve these workforce challenges by putting a modern spin on apprenticeship programs. Despite what you may think, apprenticeship isn’t …

View Post

In Praise of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

In Chamber Blog, DE&I by admin

When I was 17 years old, I told my high school English teacher that I was going to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, an all-female historically Black college.  “But you’ve got the grades for Dartmouth!” he said. I knew he meant well, but I also knew Spelman was right for me. It helped that my parents are both alums of …

See All Chamber Blog Posts
View Post

DEI Research: Introducing the Northern Virginia Champions of Accountability Project

In Chamber Blog, DE&I by admin

Recognizing and highlighting businesses that are developing and implementing inclusive practices is a priority of the Chamber as we seek to promote best practices for attracting and retaining a diverse workforce.  To advance this effort, we have partnered with the Northern Virginia Community Foundation to launch the Northern Virginia Champions of Accountability Project.  A groundbreaking initiative, the Champions of Accountability …

View Post

In Praise of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

In Chamber Blog, DE&I by admin

When I was 17 years old, I told my high school English teacher that I was going to Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, an all-female historically Black college.  “But you’ve got the grades for Dartmouth!” he said. I knew he meant well, but I also knew Spelman was right for me. It helped that my parents are both alums of …

View Post

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Talking DE&I in Northern Virginia with Jim Dyke

In Chamber Blog, DE&I by admin

“If we want to operate in a global economy, we must respect and work with all religions and people, be that by race, gender, culture, physical ability, or sexual preference. We must focus on who people are and what they can do rather than what they are. Without that respect, it will be difficult to advance our business environment.” So …

View Post

Apply These Four Levers to Workplace Inclusion and Diversity

In Chamber Blog, DE&I by admin

To some degree, the employee populations of most companies represent a microcosm of the larger world outside. And, as we all know, the world is facing some challenging times. In essence, we are repeating U.S. history. In the wake of ample socio-economic disparities, centuries-long suppressed anger, frustration, hurt, desperation, and fear is publicly visible to us all today. The corporate …

View Post

Supporting Northern Virginia’s Minority-Owned Businesses

In Chamber Blog, DE&I by admin

Northern Virginia is home to an estimated 128,000 minority-owned businesses—42 percent of all businesses in the region—that represent a diverse cross-section of residents; 56,000 (44 percent) are Asian-owned, 40,000 (31 percent) are Hispanic-owned, and 27,000 (21 percent) are Black-owned. Racial-Ethnic Composition of Northern Virginia Businesses Racial-Ethnic Composition of Northern Virginia Businesses | Source: Hughes, E. 2021. Supporting Northern Virginia’s Minority-Owned …

View Post

8(a) certification and the Potential for Success

In Chamber Blog, DE&I by admin

  The SBA developed the 8(a) program to level the playing field in federal contracting to offer minority and disadvantaged business owners access to contract opportunities formerly only available to bigger entities. But given this knowledge, did you know that there is a stipulation within the 8(a) certification process that requires you to prove your potential for success in order …

See All DE&I Posts
View Post

What should businesses be doing now to prepare for the next big challenge in healthcare?

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

We are fortunate to have assembled a stellar group of experts for our upcoming Annual State of Healthcare in the Region event on May 4th. During the event, these leaders will cover a diverse set of region-related topics that impact your business, but we wanted to ask them ahead of time: “What should businesses be doing now to prepare for …

View Post

Advocacy Update: That’s a wrap; our takeaways from the 2022 Virginia General Assembly

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

You have seen the news that the General Assembly adjourned this weekend, leaving only the budget incomplete. Once House and Senate negotiators reach a compromise (or perhaps sooner), Gov. Youngkin will need to call a Special Session to finalize the first budget in his first term. In the meantime, negotiators must continue to make efforts to close a $3 billion …

View Post

ADVOCACY UPDATE Kicking off this year’s General Assembly with changes within our Virginia Government

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

It has been a week of change in Virginia. Last Wednesday, Del. Todd Gilbert took the gavel as Speaker of the House of Delegates, marking a return to power for Republicans after two years of Democratic control. On Saturday, Gov. Glenn Youngkin was sworn in as the 74th Governor of Virginia. With promises of a more business-friendly Virginia, already the …

View Post

A Message From Our Board Chairman: A New Year’s Resolution for our Business Community

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

Looking for a New Year’s resolution that goes beyond the usual? Sure, I’ll no doubt resolve to lose weight and exercise more in 2022. And, as I reflect on the past year – eulogies of Senator Bob Dole praising his life while lamenting the demise of the bipartisanship he represented… public officials fearing for their personal safety…stories about the “anger …

View Post

A letter from Todd Gilbert, Speaker-Designee of the Virginia House of Delegates

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

Dear Members of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce: The 2022 General Assembly Session is a little over one month away, and our House Republican Caucus is eager to return to Richmond and begin the task of governing set before us by the people of Virginia. As Speaker-Designee, I am excited about the opportunity to work in a bi-partisan fashion …

View Post

Working for our Members toward a better Virginia

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

The Northern Virginia Chamber’s Policy Committee is wrapping up our annual Legislative Agenda drafting process next week. You will see many familiar principles included in the 2022 Agenda like urging leaders to focus on growing and improving Virginia’s workforce development ecosystem, expressing support for continued investment in major transportation projects like the American Legion Bridge replacement, and calling for a …

View Post

Highlighting Business Wins at the 2021 VA General Assembly

In Chamber Blog, Government Advocacy by admin

The Virginia General Assembly formally ended its 2021 session on Monday and the Chamber was (virtually) front and center for the entire process that began on January 13th. Each year the General Assembly gathers in Richmond and makes decisions that impact how we do business in Virginia. The Northern Virginia Chamber is one of the most influential, pro-business voices engaged …

See All Government Advocacy Posts
View Post

Poll Results: Is Northern Virginia ready for a 4-day workweek?

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Last week we shared information about two pending Bills, one Federal and one State, seeking to reduce the workweek to 32 hours and asked you to answer our poll, “is Virginia is ready for a 4-day workweek?” The results are in with 63.73% answering Yes, 30.39% answering No, and 5.88% answering Maybe. In addition, many people wrote comments, both for …

View Post

Workforce Innovation Highlighted in Key Regional Programs

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Expanding Northern Virginia’s workforce and the continual pursuit of a stronger, inclusive regional work environment, are key components of the Chamber’s strategic plan and initiatives. We actively seek out opportunities to support our region’s employers and engage them with new and exciting workforce development options. We know that a stronger workforce ecosystem not only benefits employees but also employers and …

View Post

Apprentice programs are a business win

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Whether you call it the “Great Resignation” or simply a workforce shortage, the truth is there are simply not enough workers to go around, and that trend looks to be continuing well into 2022. Chamber member companies are innovating solutions to solve these workforce challenges by putting a modern spin on apprenticeship programs. Despite what you may think, apprenticeship isn’t …

View Post

WORKFORCE UPDATE Bringing Apprenticeship Programs to the Government Contracting and Banking Industries: New GWAN Cohorts Announced

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Workforce challenges is hardly a new topic these days, but sizzling negative headlines don’t tell the whole story, such as the many positive actions taken to attract and retain quality employees while improving diversity within our region. One such action that is brimming over with positive force is The Greater Washington Apprentice Network. In fact, the work of this program …

View Post

WORKFORCE UPDATE: Season of Thankfulness

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the spirit of thankfulness, gratitude, and friendship. I’ve witnessed this same generous spirit within our membership and business community in the way they give back, lend a hand, and support one another. This year I am feeling particularly grateful to be doing impactful and meaningful work within this same amazing community, including the …

View Post

WORKFORCE UPDATE: Apprentice programs are a workforce boon benefiting both employers and employees

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Throughout history, the workforce has benefited from apprentice programs, business relationships that have been proven to benefit employers and employees alike. Apprenticeships offer an opportunity to “earn and learn,” meaning that employees receive needed on-the-job training while still earning a living. Through apprentice programs, Employers can impart key skills and train workers in their own methods and techniques, the cost …

View Post

WORKFORCE UPDATE: The results are in on our Northern Virginia Workforce Index study

In Chamber Blog, Workforce by admin

Workforce. It’s what drives our business community and can be a make or break factor in supply chains and corporate growth. Workforce is so vital to business that it is used as a barometer to determine a community’s health and potential, which is what first inspired us to conduct our Northern Virginia Workforce Index. After an intensive few months, we’re …

See All Workforce Posts