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A Message From Our Outgoing Chairman of the Board, Kathryn Falk

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This message was originally presented during our 2021 Good Business Awards Show. Watch the recording here. Chamber members: 2020 was the most challenging year in every respect possible. Unprecedented is almost an understatement. I am so pleased to report that your Chamber team demonstrated tremendous leadership over the past 12 months. During this stormy year when other groups lost large …

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May Is Older Americans’ Month and a Great Time to Engage This Savvy and Vibrant Demographic

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This May marks the 58th anniversary of Older American’s Month and the launch of this year’s theme: Communities of Strength. Those age 60 and better are a vibrant, engaged demographic that has built strength and resilience through successes, failures, joys, and challenges. They are active, valued leaders and mentors within our business community and a force within society. And even as …

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Facing Today’s Leadership Challenges: Do You Have the Skills Needed?

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In these challenging times and virtual work environments, it is more important than ever that those in charge fully understand the fundamentals of becoming a successful leader. As many of us have learned in the last year, “leadership” must ever evolve alongside its workforce and business environment–or suffer the consequences of a stagnant style. The following are a few techniques …

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Dear Business Leaders, Please Hire My Professors as Interns

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If you completed a business degree in the 1980s or 1990s, you could confidently assume that the skills you learned would be relevant for your entire career. That’s just not true anymore. According to research by the World Economic Forum, many of today’s business school skills are out of date in less than five years.  Right now, machine learning is …

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A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Message From Our Board of Directors Chairman, Kathryn Falk

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The NOVA Chamber’s Legislative Agenda included new goals this year which focus on supporting greater opportunity for all Virginians through a renewed focus on equity. This was done with the support and input from our leadership and the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Board of Advisors because support for these areas is good for business and the right thing to do. …

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Highlighting Business Wins at the 2021 VA General Assembly

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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 …

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From PPP Tax Updates to Workforce & Education Programs, Virginia’s 2021 Legislative Session is Moving Full Steam Ahead

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As the General Assembly approached the midpoint of the 2021 session last week, the Chamber continued its hard work on our members’ behalf. True, the Assembly’s virtual platform has made for an unusual session, but it has not inhibited our work to defeat business mandates like paid sick leave, a prohibition on the use of polystyrene to-go containers, and a …

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A Message From Our CEO: Looking Ahead With Hope For the Future

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Every four years our Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region plays host to one of the most visible and impressive events in the world: our nation’s Presidential Inauguration. Traditionally this has been a peaceful, respectful day highlighted by a parade, tens of thousands of cheering people, and a series of celebrations. Tomorrow’s day promises to be a radically different event. Yes, there …

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A Message From Our Board of Directors Chairman, Kathryn Falk

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Dear Members, While this has been a year full of challenges, there have been silver linings including a universal movement toward a more inclusive and equitable business community. Our Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce has long held a welcome approach toward those who wish to join our membership. We’ve prided ourselves on our values of promoting businesses of all sizes and types within our region. What …