December 7, 2021
Did you see last week’s members-only Bulletin? Virginia House Speaker-Designee Todd Gilbert laid out his priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session. It’s the first time the Republican party has had control of the body since 2019, and Speaker-Designee Gilbert said business issues will be front-and-center. “As Speaker-Designee, I am excited about the opportunity to work in a bi-partisan fashion with my colleagues in the General Assembly and Governor-elect Youngkin to advance an agenda which keeps Virginia a welcoming state for both families and businesses and addresses key issues which diminish Virginia’s true status as a top state to do business. To that end, the core of our focus this session will be issues that impact the day-to-day lives of Virginia families and the operation of businesses.”

Be sure you get the Bulletin – upcoming issues will have Q&As with a number of freshman Delegates as we close in on the 2022 session of the Virginia General Assembly. 
Send us your goodwill stories by December 10th and we'll tell the world this December!
Calling all members! Has your business recently participated in a food drive? Has your team volunteered for a non-profit work day? Are you preparing meals or goods for donation to those in need this holiday season? We want to bring a little holiday spirit to the world by sharing our members' positive news stories!

Now through December 10th, we'll be collecting member goodwill stories for our upcoming Positively NOVA, Holiday Edition publication. Your business's good work will be featured--individually!--on our NOVA Member Connector website and on the Chamber's social channels. All we'll need from you is a short blurb about your good work (1-3 paragraphs), a photo (or photos!) from the effort, and your logo.

For inclusion in this year's Positively NOVA, Holiday Edition, email your information by December 10th to

Vaccination Requirement: The safety of our members and guests is always of the utmost importance. The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce requires all staff, members and guests who attend our events to be fully vaccinated. All attendees will be asked to provide their physical COVID-19 vaccine card, a photo of vaccination card, or Health Pass by CLEAR. For additional details see our individual registration pages.
Greater Washington Apprentice Network – December Employer Briefing, Holiday Mixer
December 7th | 2-3PM | Virtual
The Greater Washington Apprentice Network (GWAN) brings together employers, academic institutions, public and private sectors. Employers gain access to best practices from organizational peers, sources of prospective apprentice candidates, support services, academic institutions, and training resources. The GWAN meets on the first Tuesday of each month for an Employer Briefing.

The December meeting of the Greater Washington Apprentice Network will be a slightly different format: we will be having a virtual holiday mixer. No formal speakers, just networking and making connections.
The secret sauce of the Greater Washington Apprentice Network is truly the connections between us. Please join us for this virtual networking reception. 
Women in Business Signature Event: Leading Diversity
December 9th | 8:30-10AM | Hilton McLean
Keynote: Natalie Madeira Cofield, founder of Walker’s Legacy and current Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women's Business Ownership, at the U.S. Small Business Administration

The Women in Business signature event is the Chamber’s premier networking and educational event geared toward top woman executives.

This year’s event will focus on women executives who are leading diversity initiatives in their respective companies in a moderated panel discussion This event will provide timely and operational takeaways for executives looking to lead and impact diversity at their companies.
New Member Orientation
December 14th | 12-1PM | Virtual
This informational networking session will teach you about opportunities for engagement across a wide array of industries and subject areas. You'll learn:
  • How you can engage a broad spectrum of employees
  • How the Chamber's advocacy efforts and communications can support your business
  • The best ways for you to connect to the Chamber's base of innovative and influential member companies
and much more. This will be a great opportunity to network with other new members. 
30th Annual Economic Outlook 2022
January 25th | 8:30-10:30AM | Van Metre Hall Auditorium, George Mason University 
Keynote Speakers: Our Keynotes will provide a joint presentation of research into workforce and economic trends:
  • Jonathan Aberman, Dean, School of Business & Technology, Marymount University and
  • Terry Clower, Director of the Center for Regional Analysis, George Mason University
  • Kendall Holbrook, CEO, Dev Technologies
  • Ruth Williams-Brinkley, President, Mid-Atlantic, Kaiser Permanente
  • Tien Wong, CEO, Opus8

2022 Lobby Day and Viva Virginia
January 27th | 6-8PM | Wong Gonzalez in downtown Richmond 
Join Chamber members in Richmond this year at Viva Virginia! Our annual legislative reception is back on after a COVID-induced hiatus last year. Each year, Viva Virginia is one of the premier mid-Session receptions that lawmakers and business leaders alike make sure they attend. This year we are co-hosting the event with the Arlington Chamber and Alexandria Chamber. Back in 2020, we had the Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, Chair of Senate Finance, and many other members of our Northern Virginia delegation join the reception.
Doing Business is the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce's weekly e-newsletter focused on member-relevant news, Council Series updates, and upcoming events. Each month we will feature advocacy updates, a message from our President & CEO, and member-written blog posts. Subscription sign-up and past issues may be found on our website.