The goal of your Alliance membership is to help you grow your business. Our benefits are designed to help you achieve that goal through:
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Business After Hours
Event to develop business contacts and meet potential customers. A nominal admission fee is charged.
Opportunity to stand up and introduce your business to room full of members.
Join one of these active groups to share ideas, make contacts, and receive referrals.
Establish business relationships by volunteering on committees.
Signature Events (check the calendar for information and dates):
Annual Meeting—Annual open assembly of the general membership to install new Board of Directors Chair and awards ceremony.
Career Fair—An annual event offering employers the opportunity to recruit employees in a trade show atmosphere. Event includes Resume clinic. Free and open to the public.
Chamber Challenge—Annual golf tournament where members network and compete in a fun-filled round of golf at one of the area's premier courses. Captain's Choice format. Awards are presented, lunch is included and there are prizes and giveaways.
Oktoberfest—An annual ticketed networking event providing members the opportunity to interact in a relaxed social setting at Busch Gardens. Event includes rides, dinner, a show and prizes.
Community Christmas Parade – Annual themed community event showcasing area businesses and organizations to usher in the holiday season. Parade route includes Downtown Williamsburg, Richmond Road and Duke of Gloucester Streets.
**Sponsorship opportunities available for each of these events**
Biz-Ed Lunch Series
Join us for an educational opportunity to increase your business or enhance your professional development. Each seminar is aimed at helping you gain knowledge that you can put to work. You bring your own lunch, we will provide beverages, and a dynamic speaker.
SCORE mentors and representatives from the local business community conduct a variety of regularly scheduled, low-cost educational workshops that provide valuable information and techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business.
Career Fair is the Alliance event offering members of the community an opportunity to find a career path perfect for them. The event, usually held in the Spring, includes employer recruitment booths featuring opportunities for full time and part time employment. Multiple clinics teaching resume guidelines as well as interview skills are included in the Career Fair event along with a guest speaker that focuses on a topic for attendees seeking employment.
LEAD Greater Williamsburg
LEAD Greater Williamsburg’s mission is to encourage, develop and support future community leaders. The program provides the foundation necessary to develop effective leaders within the Community. The community immersion program allows participants to develop their leadership skills.
Community Leadership Service
The mission of Community Leadership Service is to provide retirees and prospective retirees a broader understanding of the Historic Triangle -- its people, needs, governing bodies, and key institutions; and to encourage participants to pursue volunteer leadership roles in the community.
All members are listed on the Business Council website with an opportunity to be viewed under a maximum of three different categories. A direct link to each member’s website is available to showcase their business. With your membership listing, you now have the ability to add company news/press releases, special promotions (to the publics or members only), and job openings! Contact Tiffany for more information.
Members receive beneficial exposure to the most influential leaders of the business community by participating in annual sponsorship program. Sponsorship funds assist in offsetting operational expenses involved in presenting programs, activities and special events.
All members and the community at large may submit their events using the online form to appear on the Alliance community calendar.
Brochure Display in Lobby
Members may display their brochure in our lobby at no charge. Visitors, area consumers and new residents may be made aware of the services that each member offers.
Featured events, Members in the News, and New Members appear in the weekly Alliance email that goes out to all members. The newsletter can also be viewed online.
Pre or Post General Assembly Session
Opportunity to hear from your local legislators before or after the General Assembly sessions each year on their positions regarding issues affecting our area.
Chamber Day, Day on the Hill and Day in Richmond
All opportunities to meet with your legislators in Richmond during the legislative session.
Alliance Member Mailing List
Members may receive the Alliance member mailing list at no charge. This list will contain mailing addresses only.
The Alliance will assist in the arrangements for ribbon cuttings for new businesses.
Member Awards Recognition
Each year the Alliance recognizes members within the community with the following awards: Small Business of the Year, Early Stage Business of the Year, Health Promoter of the Year, the Corporate Citizen of the Year, and the Military Citizens of the Year and the Fifteen Under 50 Leadership Award. Committee members are recognized with the following awards: the Ambassador of the Year and the Membership Star of the Year,
Office Products Discount Program
We’re proud to be a part of Office Depot’s Small Business Savings Program, presented by ChamberSolutions and administered by Excelerate America. Tailored to meet the modern needs of small and mid-sized enterprises, it supports the growth and development of local business communities through fantastic savings both in-store and online, plus preferred customer assistance, access to simplified tech services, and so more.