Virginia Chamber of Commerce Dual Membership Now Included for Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Member Enterprises with 10 or Less Employees

Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce small businesses and non-profit organizations now have dual membership in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce thanks to an agreement between the Virginia and Charlottesville Regional Chambers of Commerce. An agreement among the Virginia Chamber and 30 regional chambers within the Commonwealth allows qualified small businesses in Virginia to have a dual membership in both their regional chamber and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce through the Virginia Chamber Small Business Alliance.  The Virginia Chamber Small Business Alliance initiative and the agreement were started earlier this past summer by Virginia Chamber President & CEO Barry DuVal in his efforts to form a stronger partnership with Chambers throughout the Commonwealth as well as to strengthen the Virginia Chamber.  �Small business is the driving force of the economy and jobs in Virginia,� Mr. DuVal stated. �The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is committed to a partnership with regional chambers to ensure the voice of small business is heard with minimal investment and maximum impact.� All member enterprises with ten or less employees of regional Chambers in Virginia are eligible for this added Chamber benefit.  In August, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber qualified more than 500 of its Chamber member enterprises for the dual membership in the Virginia Chamber Small Business Alliance. To date, the Virginia Chamber has added over 9,000 new members and they anticipate adding an additional 5,000 within the next twelve months.  This growth will strengthen the Virginia Chamber as they continue their role as the Voice of Virginia Business on issues that affect Virginia�s business competitiveness. Chamber member enterprises in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce will receive:

  • Chamber Briefings, the Government Relations monthly e-newsletter
  • Chamber Action Alerts
  • Virginia Chamber Prosperity Project
  • Creating opportunities to engage for member employees in legislative and electoral processes.
  • Invitations to regional policy events and surveys
  • Opportunities to participate in building Virginia�s 2020 Vision Plan
  • Access to statewide coalitions & initiatives
  • Participation in �Chamber Day at the Capitol � (January)
  • Full-time, professional government relations staff
  • Access to professional Virginia Chamber Staff and Resources
  • Aggressive, proactive General Assembly representation
  • Chamber �Clout� to oppose initiatives harmful and support initiatives to member enterprises
  • Information through Chamber updates
  • Increased visibility in the marketplace, and in the Virginia General Assembly
  • Discounted rates for members at statewide Signature Chamber Events
  • Online Chamber Membership Directory

The program is free to enterprises (businesses and non-profit organizations) with 10 Full Time Employees or fewer and which are dues-paying members of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce.  To qualify as a small business, the business must be at least 51% independently owned and controlled by one or more individuals, together with affiliates, has 10 or fewer employees.  One or more of the individual owners shall control both the management and daily business operations of the small business. �We are pleased to work closely with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in bringing additional membership value to our members,� stated Robert P. Hodous, of Payne & Hodous, who serves as 2011 Chairman of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  �The Virginia Chamber initiative in highlighting the voice of local small business in the Commonwealth is significant and exciting. �

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The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.