March Newsletter
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Chamber News
David Bogese of Breez-In & Associates warms up during the 2019 Tournament.
Save the Date: Chamber Golf Open at Country Club of Petersburg June 17th
Better start hitting some range balls and working on that short game. We have booked the Country Club of Petersburg for our Chamber Golf Open on June 17th. More details to follow. 
Congrats and Thank You,
Maria Dezenberg
Richard Bland College Provost and Chamber Board Member, Maria Dezenberg has taken a new position and will be leaving us. We would like to thank her for all her hard work on the Chamber Board of Directors during her tenure.
Maria Dezenberg
Jordan Oligmueller
New Board Vice-President, Jordan Oligmueller of AdvanSix
With the departure of Maria Dezenberg, we are pleased to announce that Jordan Oligmueller, Special Projects Team Lead with AdvanSix will take over the role of Vice-President of the Chamber Board.
DRIVE Tourism 2.0 Community Consensus Meeting
On March 29th, we will be conducting our Community Consensus Meeting facilitated by Virginia Tourism Corporation and discussing the state of tourism in Hopewell/Prince George and future plans for asset development and marketing. After completing this process, the HPG Chamber will be eligible for a $10k grant to develop and promote tourism in the area.
Don't Miss the First in our Series of Interactive Regional Discussions with Greetings from Chamber President, Lacie Leming
Data is incredibly important when it comes to making informed decisions. Virginia State University is interested in conducting research relevant to economic, workforce, and quality of life development in our region in collaboration with our Membership. Join us virtually on March 25th from 2-3PM with special guest, Dr. Omar Faison, Associate Vice President of Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Studies. Dr. Faison will describe the potential collaboration and future projects that can help our businesses and economic development organizations grow and strengthen our regional economy.
Member News
Commercial Real Estate - Is the Future Now?
Stefan Calos, Shareholder and member of Sands Anderson's Business Litigation and Government groups, recently wrote an article on the current and future state of commercial real estate.

"In commercial real estate, a mortgage (deed of trust in Virginia) can provide the best of both worlds—allowing investors and developers to benefit now and in the future.

But what happens when the world suddenly turns upside down?"
Stefan Calos, Attorney, Sands Anderson
HCA's New Air Care Eagle
By now, you may have seen the navy blue and orange helicopter perched on the rooftop helipad at Chippenham. We have exciting news that our medical transport helicopter, HCA Virginia Air Care Eagle (we call her ACE), debuted December 1 in partnership with Med-Trans. This increases HCA’s ability to respond to emergencies. This is only the third air ambulance program mobilized to serve Central Virginia since 1984 – ACE’s service area is a 100-nautical mile radius from Chippenham, where it will be poised and ready for deployment. The medical team can respond and be “skids up” within 10 minutes of receiving a call and will receive medical transport requests from any medical institution or emergency medical service agency within the service area. This is a huge service to our community and our healthcare partners and another way we are focused on caring like family. 
  • 855-VA-EAGLE for Emergency Transport Request
Historic Garden Week to feature Member Business, The Barns of Kanak
Historic Garden Week in Prince George features Merchant's Hope Church, the homes of Cindy and Joe Shearin and Gillian and David Young, as well as the Barns of Kanak. Tickets are $25 and the tour date is April 20th. Visit the Historic Garden Week website for tickets and more information.
Cavalier Donates Vaccination Space
Cavalier Square Shopping Center has donated space to the City of Hopewell, during these uncertain times to give back to our community and the residents of Hopewell. Building 400 has been used for our citizens to receive Covid-19 testing. Now, the former Gordmans is being used as a vaccination site. Health and Emergency service Departments are working hard in our community.

Cavalier Square is here to keep our community safe.
Hopewell Rec & Parks Staff and volunteers assist in organizing vaccinations in the Gordmans building in Cavalier Square.
Upper Shirley Vineyards Reopens in Charles City
To welcome that warming weather and help you 'spring into relaxion', we have plenty of safe happenings and tasty treats awaiting on the vineyard, including our just-released Bistro Picnic Menu, freshly awarded gold-medal wines from the Governor's Cup, live music returning in April, and of course those ever-calming riverside views overlooking the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your blankets. Bring your lawn chairs. Bring your bird-watching binocs and games. And most definitely bring your podding crew! Vineyard season has returned, and boy are we excited to see y'all again.
Reminders from Mitchell Wiggins Regarding COVID-19 and PPP Loans
Mitchell Wiggins is reminding sole proprietors (business owners that file their business taxes on Schedule C of their personal return) that the Paycheck Protection Program still has funds available and recent program changes may allow them to potentially receive more funds.  An article about the changes and provided some tools to calculate loan amounts can be found here.
 
The Firm is also reminding all businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans that they may also now be eligible for the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is up to $19,000 per employee. This is a payroll tax credit that is claimed on a business’ quarterly payroll tax filings. It was created to help businesses that were directly, or sometimes indirectly, impacted by the government mandates shutdowns and partial shut downs. Hopewell Prince George Chamber members can watch a recording of our webinar here for more details. 
 
Mitchell Wiggins has also created a Business COVID Resource Center where business owners can find articles, tools, and webinars on a variety of relief programs enacted by Congress over the last 12 months.
Quality Inn Rebrands as Rodeway Inn
The Quality Inn at Fort Lee (previously owned by Shamin Hotels, Inc.) has changed hands and rebranded as the Rodeway Inn Fort Lee. Parent company, JSN Hospitality, LLC., has renovated rooms and the exterior, making quite a transformation and adding to the area's hotel stock.
Events
Member Shout-Out
Kalyan Hospitality Feeds Fire and EMS During Colonial Corner Burn
On March 27th, the Hopewell Fire Department did a controlled burn of the vacant Colonial Corner Shopping Center. Many of the fire and EMS personnel were on site all night. The fine folks at Kalyan Hospitality provided food for those working the blaze at the Holiday Inn Express Hopewell/Fort Lee. We love to see businesses supporting those that serve our community. Way to go, guys!
Hopewell Moose Lodge Honored by CBS Gives
In recognition of the recent opening of the newly-rebuilt Hopewell Moose Family Center, Wayne Covil honored the group as part of this week's CBS 6 Gives.

"You guys though, battled adversity when you lost your building. But that did not stop you all from continuing to help the community," Wayne told group leader Brad Ozmore. "I'd like to present you with this gift card so that the Moose Lodge can continue helping the community."
Wayne Covil of CBS 6 at the Moose Lodge Grand Reopening.
Welcome, New Members!

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  • Daycare ran by LPN'S enhancing young minds in a safe, and healthy environment.

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Spring is on the way, y'all!
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