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Please support the NOVA Chamber Foundation with a donation for Giving Tuesday

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During this season of thankfulness, we have a lot to be thankful for. The Northern Virginia Chamber Foundation is largely a start-up. In 2020 we rebranded and expanded the mission of what was the largely inactive Valor Scholarship Fund to become the Foundation. Our purpose is to build a stronger community by establishing programs that benefit the citizens and businesses …

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Supporting Our Veterans: A Q&A With Our DSA Service Finalists

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If there’s a truism that flows through both business and life, it’s that, at some stage, we will all need support and guidance from others to help us achieve our goals. While we all face obstacles in our daily lives, our nation’s veterans often find themselves overcoming significant challenges as they transition from the military to the civilian world. We …

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Hire a Vet. You Can’t Go Wrong. Advice on Helping Veterans Find Success Within the Business World

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“Veterans are special people. Duty, honor, integrity and loyalty are their hallmarks and they bring to each role a sense of leadership and responsibility. Within the business world they exemplify the best of what we want in employees. I tell everyone that when they give veterans a chance, they can’t go wrong.” So says W. Glenn Yarborough, Jr, a Colonel …

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Member Blog Post: Let’s Talk Leadership: Tackling a Challenging Workplace Statistic

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According to recent Gallup research on employee engagement, only 36% of U.S. employees are engaged in their work and workplace.  Gallup tracks employee engagement trends by surveying the working population about issues that affect organizational outcomes, including profitability, productivity, customer service, retention, safety and overall wellbeing. Research reflects that disengaged employees tend to be poorly managed. It is incumbent on organizational …

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The Future of our Regional Transportation: a Q&A with our 2022 State of Transportation Panelists

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On September 1st, the Chamber will host an exciting and dynamic group of top transportation leaders from around the region for our annual 2022 State of Transportation event. We asked our speakers to give us a sneak peek on the future of transportation ahead of this enlightening event. Read their answers below: 1. What are one or two things you see in the …

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On the Heels of the Pandemic: Inflation-Induced Hunger

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After two years of struggling through pandemic-related woes, our workforce now finds itself battling with a new daily challenge in inflation. And while the side effect of rising prices and the Fed’s defensive response to raise interest rates are presented in the news as threats to our housing market and daily coffee purchases, those living closer to the bone within …

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A Welcome Q&A With New Chamber Board of Directors Chairman, Matt McQueen

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Matt McQueen, Vice President and Chief Engagement & Communications Officer, Peraton, began his role as Chamber Board of Directors Chairman on July 1st. Our entire BOD can be found here. How has your background in national defense prepared you for this role? I’ve had the honor of serving in the national security contractor community for more than 20 years. Over …

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Navigating pandemic-era resume gaps: asking the right questions to build the best team

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For more than 50 years, a year-long resume gap was a clear red mark against a job applicant. Except for stay-at-home parents or applicants who went back to school, there really wasn’t much sympathy from an employer, even in recessions. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all that. One or two years out of work is the temporary new normal as …

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT, F. Kevin Reynolds: the Challenge to be the Best Never Ends

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An Interview with 2022 Greater Washington Good Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Honoree, F. Kevin Reynolds “I believe that to be successful in business and life, one has to be involved, show leadership, and give back.” These are more than words of wisdom from this year’s 2022 Greater Washington Good Business Awards Lifetime Achievement Honoree, F. Kevin Reynolds, Executive Vice President and …

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DEI Research: Introducing the Northern Virginia Champions of Accountability Project

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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 …