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Northern Virginia Reopening, Guidelines For Now and Questions About the Future

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by Clayton Medford, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President, Government Relations The Chamber has been heavily engaged in COVID-19 rescue and response advocacy since mid-March when our community went into lockdown. Those first few weeks were a chaotic sprint, with everyone working tirelessly to identify what needed to be done to keep the economy from collapsing and then to …

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Keeping Employees Motivated, Engaged, and Supported During COVID-19

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From a two-week original slowdown to the current over two-month shutdown, employers and managers are trying new and innovative things to keep employees engaged as their teams assume more responsibilities and fears about what will happen next. Working from home is not a new concept, of course; but being forced into this situation very quickly and to have massive numbers …

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A Message From Our Chamber CEO

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Dear Chamber Members,   As the pandemic’s weeks have settled into months and what was once odd has become our new work and life normal, you can rely on the stability of your Chamber and our ongoing work on your behalf. I’m proud to boast that we have not missed a beat and continue our member advocacy work, including leading …

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Tough Times Call For Innovation: 5 Steps to Help You Kickstart the Process

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It may be difficult to recall in today’s environment, but pre-pandemic business was far from simple. Almost all organizations faced myriad challenges in terms of fierce competition, discriminating customers, longer sales cycles, and difficulty in differentiating their offerings, which were all compounded by tremendous advances in technology and a demand for greater transparency. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, these business …

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Preparing your business for post-pandemic growth: steps you can take now

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For most, recent weeks have been a fog where awkward distancing, conference calls, and decisions-on-the-fly have run together with seemingly no end in sight. As business leaders, we’ve reacted quickly to challenges and made decisions in a period of hours or days that, in pre-pandemic days, we would have analyzed and deliberated for weeks or months before making a move. …

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Employee Retention Payroll Tax Credit Under the Cares Act: Who Is Eligible and How It Works

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It’s difficult to imagine a topic more top-of-mind with business owners and executives today than revenue and, more specifically, capitalizing on credits provided by our Federal and State governments. Chief among these opportunities is the CARES Act that provides assistance to employers who have experienced significant declines in revenue due to COVID-19. On its surface the CARES Act seems straight-forward, yet …

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Virginia Economy Well Position To Rebound

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While it remains unclear how quickly the U.S. economy will recover, Virginia should bounce back from the economic storm faster than most. Even as projections vary as to when the COVID-19 virus will peak in the commonwealth, time could be on the state’s side. In recent days the virus peak infection and death models have widely differed on when the …

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How Can One Work From Home… Without a Home?

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52% of our area’s adult homeless population were working members of our community before the pandemic hit. Today’s shelter-in-place environment has found many of our region’s workforce dealing with aggravating obstacles driven by their unexpectedly working from home. Our new 2020 work fixtures include children home from school, spotty internet, and barking dogs. While these are mere nuisances for many of us, some members of …

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Discovering Diversity’s Competitive Advantage

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Diversity, inclusion and belonging are no longer just something your politically correct friend talks about, they have become increasingly important in today’s workplace. Turns out that diversity in belief systems, sexual orientation, gender expression, race, and ethnicity translate into diversity in thought, skills, and approach providing a competitive advantage Numerous studies have proven that organizations with a more diverse workforce …

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Achieving Business Continuity Amidst Coronavirus

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A message from our Chamber CEO and President, Julie Coons Dear Chamber Members,   These days we’re all experiencing an onslaught of news and change surrounding the COVID-19 / Coronavirus as positive cases have now been confirmed in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.  I’d like to take this moment to reassure you that your Chamber is concerned with your safety and is …