MAY 15, 2017
Watch the 'Trash Talkers' video on disposing of old computers.
Leadership Fredericksburg Project Presentations

The Leadership Fredericksburg 2017 class presented their Action Learning Team Projects on Thursday, May 11 at Germanna Community College. The class was divided into four teams. For the past six months, each group worked closely with an assigned nonprofit on a specific project.  The team members utilized their leadership skills to provide a tangible end product. The class graduation will be held on Friday, May 19 at the Jepson Alumni Center.

'Hope House Heroes'
 Loisann’s Hope House
Rod Aweina, Flatter & Associates
Nicole Cole, Nicole Cole Financial Services Group, LLC
Matt Giese, Dependable Global Solutions
Eric Healey, Rainbow International Restoration
Nathaniel Hvizdos, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
Cheri Maea, Germanna Community College
Brooke Miller, Long & Foster Realtors
T.J. Walding, Walding & Associates

'Habitat Heroes'
Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity
Chris Barker, PermaTreat Pest Control
Aaron Dobynes, Shiloh Baptist Church Old Site
Devin Fedor, Mary Washington Healthcare
Charlotte Horne, Rappahannock Insurance Services
Martha Hutzel, Central Rappahannock Reg. Library
Erin Rogalla, Quarles Petroleum
Troy Thompson, CTI Real Estate
'Top Guns'
 Dahlgren Heritage Foundation
Justin Box, Mary Washington Healthcare
Michelle Hedrich, Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters
Robin Hughart, DLR Contracting
Jason Koch, Hilldrup Moving & Storage
Jake Marshall, Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
Lisa Marvashti, University of Mary Washington
Jason Satterwhite, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Sonia Thomas, Union Bank & Trust

'Trash Talkers'
 Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
Stephanie Beamer, Stafford County
Denise Carpenter, Pathways Human Services
Taunya Gardner, Atlantic Builders
Kim McClellan, Fredericksburg Area Assoc. of Realtors
Wesley Melson, LifeCare Medical Transports
Jeremy Pickwell, Lifepoint Church
John Wood, Spotsylvania County
Welcome New Chamber Members Joining in April

Jason Campbell
Fredericksburg, 22408
(850) 287-4173
Call Center

Closet Interiors Plus
Paul Milde

Stafford, 22554
(540) 657-1420
Construction Management

Crazy 4 Gaming Video Game Theater
Crystal King
Fredericksburg, 22408
(703) 946-5340

Fawn Lake Country Club
Robert Stumpf
11305 Longstreet Drive
Spotsylvania, 22551
(540) 872-8658
Country Club-Private

FXBG Marketing Group LLC
Anne Pates
Fredericksburg, 22404
(540) 836-5700
Marketing and Advertising

J. Brian's Tap Room
Karen Marie Hyland
200 Hanover Street
Fredericksburg, 22401
(540) 373-0738

Long Farmers Market
Robin Long
121 University Boulevard
Fredericksburg, 22406
Fairs, Festivals & Events

Malawis Pizza
Rebecca Church
1 Towne Centre Boulevard
Fredericksburg, 22407
(540) 842-0977

North Stafford Farmers Market
Robin Long
125 Hospital Center Blvd
Stafford, 22405
(570) 886-0822

Recovery in Motion
Maryclaire Osegueda
4701 Market St. Suite C
Fredericksburg, 22408
(540) 645-6042
Non Profit

Universal Dynamics
Jose Diaz
13600 Dabney Road
Woodbridge, 22191
(703) 490-7000

Virginia Harbor Touch
Robert Nelson
Spotsylvania, 22551
(540) 582-2297
Payment Services 

CTI celebrates business anniversary with scholarships
(Fredericksburg Today) CTI Real Estate celebrated its 13th anniversary in business by giving away scholarships to 13 students preparing to graduate from high school.
Michelle Caldwell Thompson, founder of CTI, said the company has added a scholarship for each year they have been around ever since the program started ten years ago.
“We are determined to give back to the communities we serve in a tangible way,” Thompson said.
Thompson said their scholarship program is unusual because they do not limit recipients to those applying for a four-year degree.

'It's About Your Image' event is May 24
(FL-S)  A Fredericksburg senior loan officer noticed that many small business owners wanted an updated headshot, but put off getting one due to the cost. Scott Livingston, who works for Movement Mortgage, decided to team up with a local professional photographer last year to hold a one-day “It’s About Your Image” event where owners of small businesses could get a headshot at a reduced rate. It proved so successful that he’s partnered with people from several other businesses to hold an expanded version from 2 to 7 p.m. May 24 at Catalyst Media Center, 3451 Jefferson Davis Highway in Spotsylvania County.
The celebration on May 20 starts at noon to 10 p.m. The day will include live music, rotating taps, several food trucks, 6 local breweries, local vendors, cider and wine vendors.  Adventure Brewery will also release their third-year anniversary Triple IPA, Bourbon Barrel Stonewall Stout, and long-awaited Temporary Insanity.
Music on the Steps returns to downtown library in June

The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library  and JumpStart! Fredericksburg present the 32nd annual Music on the StepsThe  music series returns to Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street, this June. These free performances take place from 7-8 p.m. every Monday this summer except July 3. Schedule here.
Kelly Services® Recruiting for 100 Open Positions in Food Production 
Kelly Services, a leader in providing workforce solutions, has recently opened a new location to serve job seekers throughout Fredericksburg, VA.
The company will host two events at the new site that include:
A ribbon cutting ceremony performed by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and a job fair to fill 100 available positions. Interested job seekers are invited to attend to learn more about the advantages of employment through Kelly Services and should bring two forms of government issued identification and a resume. 
Wegmans, top list of favorite grocers in America
Wegmans is popular in the Fredericksburg area, and it was named America’s favorite grocery store for a second year in a row, according to an annual survey.
Customer insights firm Market Force Information published its annual grocery list Tuesday, and while Wegman’s remained at the top spot, the chain will soon have a similarly favorite store to compete with in Fredericksburg. Publix, number two on the list for the past four years and soon to open in Spotsylvania County, tied for first place. Trader Joe’s was a close second, having been knocked out of first place by Wegman’s in the 2016 ranking.
Real estate prices increase on the dwindling supply of houses

The local real estate market continues to see rising prices along with a lack of supply.  April posted a ten percent increase in sold dollar volume going from $138,267,056 in April of 2016 to $152,095,477 in April of 2017.  Median sold price increased nearly 14 percent, rising from $268,500 in April of 2016 to $305,950 in  2017. FAAR Board Member Arlene Mason commented, “The area's real estate market proved to be very brisk and robust in April.  As inventory remained low, sellers saw their homes go under contract very quickly and often with multiple offers.”

VDOT to hold "Pardon Our Dust" meeting on Courthouse Road widening in Stafford

The public is invited to attend a “Pardon Our Dust” meeting on Wednesday, May 17, to learn more about upcoming construction to widen Route 630 (Courthouse Road) in Stafford County west of I-95, and to reconstruct the Exit 140 interchange on Interstate 95 as a diverging diamond.
The meeting will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Colonial Forge High School Cafeteria located 550 Courthouse Road. A brief presentation on the project will be delivered at 6:15 p.m. and again at 7:15 p.m. 

Regional landfill will take hazardous waste, recycle electronics for free May 20
(FL-S) Fredericksburg and Stafford County residents can dispose of their household hazardous wastes and recycle electronics for free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at Stafford Middle School, 101 Spartan Lane, Stafford.“This is a free service that we provide to residents of both Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg, and I am pleased Goodwill is joining us this year,” said Matt Kelly, a City Council member and chairman of the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board).

There’s a saying that behind every successful man is a woman.For Coins For Anything Inc. founder Jeff Morin, that woman is his mother.Ellen Morin not only didn’t hesitate to provide him with his first business loan, but quit her job as an auditor for a bank to become his first employee after the Fredericksburg-based business took off. 

6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Co. opens restaurant in Stafford
(FL-S) A new Stafford County brewery has added a restaurant and full bar to go along with its craft beers.6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Co. (6B&G) opened both last weekend at 1140 International Parkway off U.S. 17. The restaurant is a partnership with Joy Crump and Beth Black, who own Foode and Mercantile in downtown Fredericksburg.

  The Thrasher Group Inc., of Fredericksburg, was ranked No. 361 on the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firm list. This is the fifth consecutive year that Thrasher has made the cut. (FL-S)

Hilldrup announced that  Robert J. McKillips has been hired as vice president of global business development. McKillips is a 25-year veteran of the relocation and moving & storage industry.
MAY 16: Ribbon Cutting for Kelly Services, 10 a.m.,  560 Celebrate Virginia Parkway Unit 103 Fredericksburg, 22406.

MAY 17: Ribbon Cutting for Fleming Therapy Services, 12 p.m., 1955 Jeff Davis Hwy., Suite 100, Fredericksburg 22407.

MAY 19: Leadership Fredericksburg Graduation , 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Jepson Alumni Center.

MAY 22: Next Gen Monday Motivation, noon, Foode Restaurant, Speaker Mike Adams

MAY 23: CNEW Women's Leadership Panel, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Fredericksburg Country Club

MAY 25: ShrimpFest, Gates open at 4 p.m., Fredericksburg Fairgrounds

MAY 31: Ribbon Cutting Long Farmers Market, 4 p.m., UMW Stafford Campus, 121 University Blvd. 

JUNE 1: Transportation Crisis- Community Conversations , 8:30 a.m..-10:30 a.m. LifeCare Medical Transports, 1170 International Parkway Fredericksburg, 22406

JUNE 6: Stafford Business Roundtable, 8 a.m., Cannon Ridge Golf Club, 9000 Celebrate Va. Pkwy.

JUNE 7: Ribbon Cutting for Abberly at Southpoint Apartments, 4 p.m.,  10500 Abberly Village Dr. Fredericksburg, VA  22407

JUNE 13: CNEW Summer Luau, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Massad Family YMCA, 212 Butler Rd, Falmouth

JUNE 13: Ribbon Cutting for Experimac, 4 p.m.,  1865-106 Carl D. Silver Parkway Fredericksburg.

JUNE 14: Quantico Base Tour, 8 a.m., Meet at  The National Museum of the Marine Corps: 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway Triangle, VA 22172.

JUNE 16: Cybersecurity Forum & Job Fair, 8 a.m., Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center.
Upcoming Non-Profit Events
Embrace Treatment Foster Care celebrates Foster Care Month
Embrace is planning an Open House on May 23 at their office on 10705 Spotsylvania Ave., Suite 101 in Fredericksburg. There will be raffles throughout the day and light refreshments will be available.
This is a great opportunity to meet and ask questions to the members of the Embrace team and learn about foster care and becoming a foster parent.  The event will be held from 4 - 6:30 p.m.    

Saturday, June 10
  Fur Ball - 7:00-10:00 pm,
VIP Reception - 6:00-7:00 pm
  A. Smith Bowman Distillery,
One Bowman Drive, Fredericksburg
  Tickets:  Party Tickets: $75, VIP Tickets: $125
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