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  • Writer's pictureOrange Chamber of Commerc

July 29, 2020 Chamber Chatter


The Chamber is coming back to life!

I know that we are all ready for this, and we will follow all the governor’s guidelines to protect everyone.

Our networking events start this Friday, July 31st with a Ribbon Cutting at Iron Pipe Alewerksat at 3 p.m.

We have a Business First Coffee at James Madison Museum on Tuesday August 11,

8-9 AM.

September 8th at 8-9 a.m. there is Wake-up Locust Grove at Trinity Senior Living on

Tuesday September 8th, 8-9 am.

Also, on September 17th a Business After Hours at Well Hung Vineyard from 5:30-7:30.

Sincerely Yours,

Donald A. Vizi, Executive Director

Orange County Chamber of Commerce


Chamber Member Spotlight


Brown Harris Wealth Management

Culpeper Star- Exponent

Best of your Hometown

2020 Winner!

Best Wealth Management

We at Brown Harris take a personal approach to wealth management. Not simply an investment firm, our advisors work to invest and manage one’s wealth through a variety of proven investment methods. Brown Harris clients may be saving for retirement, receiving retirement income, protecting an estate from taxes or perhaps providing for a grandchild’s college education.We specialize in the following:

· IRA & 401(k) Rollovers

· Retirement Income Strategies

· Early Retirement Structuring

· Mutual Funds

· Annuities

· Tax Advantaged Bonds

· Long Term Care Insurance

We are interested in serious, longer term investment clients. For this reason, folks who prefer quick returns need not inquire into our services. If you are serious about your wealth management, come interview us, we would love the opportunity to earn your trust.Vision Statement – To be the trusted financial services firm that creates an atmosphere where our clients and employees have one common goal: the clients financial well-being.

Mission Statement – To help our clients pursue their financial dreams by providing consistently superior service utilizing the most effective wealth management tools available.

Contact Us

Please come and visit our office in historic downtown Culpeper. We are conveniently located on North Main Street and our office provides ample free parking.

309 North Main Street

Culpeper, VA 22701

phone: (540) 825-1588

toll-free: (877) 825-1588

fax (540) 727-8701


Small Business Grant Program

Governor Northam Announces $70 Million Rebuild VA Economic Recovery Fund for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants

HAMPTON—Governor Ralph Northam today announced $70 million for small businesses and nonprofit organizations whose normal operations were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be made available through Rebuild VA, a new economic recovery fund, and grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to approximately 7,000 applicants to cover eligible expenses.

Rebuild VA will be administered by the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD). Businesses and nonprofits must be in good standing, have annual gross revenues of no more than $1.5 million, and have no more than 25 employees. Eligible businesses and nonprofits include food and beverage establishments, non-essential retail, exercise and fitness, entertainment and public amusement, personal care and personal grooming services, and private campground and overnight summer camps. Businesses must also certify that they have not received federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds or other funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Small businesses and nonprofits are the backbone of the Virginia economy and the bedrock of our communities, and they have been devastated by this ongoing health crisis,” said Governor Northam. “Rebuild VA will help address the vast challenges that small businesses and nonprofits across our Commonwealth are facing as they work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Because many of the affected small businesses and nonprofits located in distressed and economically disadvantaged areas of Virginia, we are designating a portion of this funding to ensure they get the support they need.”

SBSD worked together with the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to develop Rebuild VA. The parameters for the initiative were established in House Bill 1505, which was amended during the reconvened session to implement a grant program for certain small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s clear that our COVID-19 economic recovery is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, and this puts great pressure on our small businesses to make costly, unexpected adjustments, from paid sick leave to purchasing PPE,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “It is our goal that Rebuild VA will help ease the burden on small businesses, which are the livelihood of many Virginia families.”

In an effort to accomplish the Northam administration’s objectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion, half of the program funds will be distributed to eligible small businesses and nonprofits operating in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities. This will help to meet the needs of underserved businesses and nonprofits with broad geographic diversity, while ensuring there is adequate representation of minority- and women-owned businesses.

“Access to capital remains the number one challenge for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said SBSD Director Tracey G. Wiley. “At a time such as this, providing funding to the most vulnerable businesses—the unbanked and underserved is our primary objective. The Agency is proud to administer Rebuild VA in partnership with our sister agencies across the Commonwealth.”

Rebuild VA funding may be utilized for the following eligible expenses:

  • Payroll support, including paid sick, medical, or family leave, and costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during those periods of leave;

  • Employee salaries;

  • Mortgage payments, rent, and utilities;

  • Principal and interest payments for any business loans from national or state-chartered banking, savings and loan institutions, or credit unions, that were incurred before or during the emergency;

  • Eligible personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfecting materials, or other working capital needed to address COVID-19 response.


SBSD will hold several webinars to review eligibility requirements and documentation needed to apply when the application opens on August 10, 2020. A one-pager on Rebuild VA is available here.

For more information about Rebuild VA, eligibility criteria, covered expenses, and how to submit an application, please visit






Founded in 1952 by seven Magnavox employees, we began as Magnavox Employees FCU in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to provide low cost loans and encourage systematic savings. In the early 1970’s, the credit union operated three in-plant branches, primarily in other Magnavox facilities. From these beginnings, the credit union evolved into a national branching network.

The North American Philips Corporation acquired the Magnavox Company, our sponsor company, in 1975. After an agreement with Philips to serve all of their facilities, we changed our name from Magnavox Employees FCU to North American Philips FCU. When North American Philips changed their name several years later to Philips Corporation, we followed and changed our name to Philips Federal Credit Union.

In 2006, after more than 50 years of being affiliated with a sponsor company, the credit union was renamed once again to reflect who we are today – Partners 1st Federal Credit Union. This new name, not tied to any affiliation, allowed us to expand into other companies, other communities, and merge with other credit unions.


103.1 WJMA & 105.5 SAM FM

Local radio stations 103.1 WJMA “Today’s Country” and 105.5 & 95.3 SAM FM “Classic Hits” have been helping local businesses during this time doing what they do best! During the months of April and May, WJMA and SAM FM aired :10-:15 second announcements for interested businesses. These announcements aired several times per week for several weeks at no charge.

Our way of life and doing business are constantly changing right now and WJMA and SAM FM are adapting to the needs of the communities they serve by not only offering significant discounts but also by designing engaging on air promotions to help deliver businesses’ messages.

Elizabeth Verrocchio

Piedmont Communications, Inc.

“Classic Hits” 105.5 and 95.3 SAM FM WOJL

“Today’s Country”103.1 WJMA


James Madison's Montpelier

Enjoy our Gardens, Grounds, and Trails

We encourage you to purchase your property pass online

Montpelier's gardens, grounds, and trails are open for the public to enjoy. This includes the historical core, Annie DuPont Formal Garden, Madison family and enslaved community cemeteries, and walking trails, on 2,700 acres. The grounds are open Thursday-Monday from

9 AM to 4 PM.

We are accepting credit cards only; no cash or gift cards.


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