November 17, 2020
Did you know? Virginia’s Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) has adopted a new workplace safety standard to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. DOLI offers free and confidential consultation and training services as well as free online materials to help businesses comply with COVID-19 standards.

Capital COVID Survey: Planning for the Return to Worksites
The Northern Virginia Chamber is joining other leading business organizations and transportation agencies in an ongoing data collection effort on reopening. The second iteration of this project is now live at COVID Survey: Planning for the Return to Worksites (Powered By the Greater Washington Partnership and EY). This brief 10-minute survey is about your organization's plans for the remainder of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. More information and the results of the previous survey can be found here.
Questions or concerns? Contact the Chamber's Clayton Medford, Vice President, Government Relations, at

Calling all members! Tell us about your community and philanthropic work.
Has your business participated in a philanthropic activity? Do your employees volunteer in the community? We'd like to feature your good work in our Positively NOVA! newsletter and on our NOVA Member Connector website. Contact the Chamber's Carmen Sevilla at with your story.
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Brown and Brown Distinguished Speaker Series: Featuring Molly Catalano, VP of Marketing & Communications, Five Guys Enterprises
November 18th | 4-5PM
Join GMU's School of Business, Brown & Brown Insurance, and the Chamber for the Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series featuring, Molly Catalano. Molly has spent the past 15 years leading the marketing and communications efforts for Five Guys Enterprises. During her time the company has grown from 30 restaurants on the East Coast of the United States to over 1,600 locations in 19 countries.
Registration is free for members
Speed Networking
November 19th | 3-4PM
Without solid networking, is it is harder to make connections. This event holds the power to increase your business circle within a short period of time. During each session, participants will meet face to face (virtually) while exchanging business cards and valuable information about their business.
Come join our business networking event and cultivate a long-lasting business relationship.
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Virtual Rocket Pitch + Power Networking by CONNECTpreneur Investor Network
November 24th | 11AM-1PM
CONNECTpreneur Investor Network presents Virtual Rocket Pitch + Power Networking. Come learn, connect with others, and be inspired!
Registration is free for members
GovCon Forum: A Dialog about Diversity in the Workplace
December 3rd | 11:30AM-12:30PM
This event will include member to member peer sharing on diversity and inclusion. Topics discussed to include:
  • How to achieve diversity and inclusion within member companies
  • Developing a program that promotes diversity and inclusion
  • Strategies to enhance diversity and inclusion within the GovCon space
  • Starting difficult conversations with representatives from Intelligent Shift: Tammie Nichols, Reggie Parker, and Mike Defede, Co-founder
Registration is free for members
Capital Region Workforce Summit
December 9th | 10-11:15AM
The Chamber is hosting the Capital Region Workforce Summit – a conversation with regional leaders of the business community to address ongoing and systemic issues affecting the region’s workforce. This year, the event will focus on recruitment, retention and workplace culture, as well as leading strategies for addressing equity and inclusion, all in the time of COVID-19. Speakers: Kathy Albarado, CEO, Helios HR; Laurie Foglesong, Chief Human Resources Officer, Peraton; DeLinda Washington, Vice President, Human Resources, Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Permanente.
Registration is free for members
WIB Signature Event: Evolution of Diversity and Inclusion - The New Frontier - Belonging
December 15th | 10-11AM
Today's businesses are making tremendous strides in creating workplaces with a diverse employee profile, but even as that progress has been made, there is still much work to be done before we can work in an environment where ALL are valued and welcomed. Our next Women In Business Signature Event addresses this timely and necessary business goal.
Celebrate the Holidays with the Chamber!
We're getting into the holiday spirit with the following virtual events. Networking and fun are encouraged! Registration is free for members.

Women in Business: Holiday Wine Time Reception
December 9th | 5-6PM | Virtual Event | Register here

GovCon Council: Holiday Happy Hour / Networking Reception
December 11th | 4-5PM | Virtual Event | Register here

Chamber Holiday Party: Virtual Happy Hour
December 18th | 4-5PM | Virtual Event | Register here

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.