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November 11, 2020 Newsletter

Happy Veterans Day to our soldiers, both past and present.

We owe you our thanks, but more than that, we owe you our freedom. There's no way to thank our veterans for everything they sacrifice for our freedom, but on Veterans Day, we have to try. So thank you to all our service men and women!


Networking & Social Events 2021

The available dates for 2021 Business First Coffees and Business After Hours are going fast! Check your calendar and reserve a date to showcase your business. See available dates below.

Consider hosting the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business First Coffee, an opportunity that showcases your products or services through the community’s largest professional business organization. A Coffee Hour host must be a member in good standing with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Business First Coffee and Wake Up Locust Grove are hosted on a first call/reserve basis.

Coffee Hour host benefits and responsibilities include:

Newsletter and Media Exposure – Coffee Hour host will receive print space for information and promotion of its operation and employees in the weekly newsletters. Information announcing date, time, and location of coffee hour will be shared through email and social media sites of the Chamber. Submission of business overview and logo required.

Coffee Hour Host – Utilize this Coffee Hour to show your support for the community and to showcase your business, products, services and employees. Responsible for providing coffee and other beverages for guests. Host may provide food if desired. (Any additional costs, venue, food, A/V needs are responsibility of host)

Chamber Coffee Hours are scheduled once a month from

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Business First Coffees are hosted in the Town of Orange and Gordonsville area. Wake Up Locust Grove Coffees are hosted in the Unionville and Locust Grove area.

Dates for Business First Coffee 2021 are on Tuesdays on January 12th,

March 9th, May 11th, July 13th, November 9th

Dates for Wake Up Locust Grove are on Tuesdays on August 10th, and December 14th.

Business After Hours

Business After Hours is the premier networking event for business professionals. This event is designed for members to meet and build relationships with representatives from a variety of companies and organizations. This quarterly event occurs on Thursdays, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. The location is constantly changing and designated by the host organization. This event is free to attendees and is a great opportunity to make new contact and establish long-lasting business relationships.

So, don't forget your business cards.

Dates for the Business After Hours are on Thursdays on March 18th and September 16th.

Please RSVP a date to



Virtual Fall Festival

Exploring the beauty of Orange County, Virginia

Photo and Video Contest

From: October 9th - November 27th

We are happy to be hosting a photo and video entry contest of your favorite destination, location, or business in Orange County. Capture the best that Orange County has to offer and submit your entry to

The photo entry should include two sentences explaining your photo.

The Video entry should be no longer than two minutes. Please include commentary by video taker.

A winner will be announced each Friday. Each weekly winner will receive a $10 gift card from a Orange County Chamber of

Commerce business.

The grand prize winner will receive accolades in the Orange County Review, on, and all social media pages.

Grand Prize Winner

Will receive four tickets to the Orange Uncorked Wine Festival

May 1-2, 2021.

Under the age of 21 will receive a $50 gift card.

All content received will be the property of the Chamber and be used in marketing materials online and printed collateral materials.

Contestants may submit their photo/video entries to:

Week 5 Photo Winner

Emercyn Bellair

I took this photo in Locust Grove, Orange County. This shows how looking at a different angle shows true beauty


Chamber Member Spotlight

American Legion Post 156

American Legion Post 156 serves all of Orange County and the surrounding area. The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans wartime organization service.

Seeking veterans who have served honorably in the Armed Services of the United States of America.

Contact Alan Drinkwater at 434-249-6897 by text or phone. Email address is

341 Newton Street , Orange, VA 22960

(540) 672-9897



Orange County Economic Development, has launched a new campaign, “Orange County is Retail Ready,” to support consumer-facing businesses this holiday season. For the months of November and December, Orange County Economic Development, will be highlighting retail, service, restaurant, and other small businesses throughout the County. The campaign will occur mainly over social media and also includes informative blogs and video footage from local businesses. As a component of our “Orange is Retail Ready Campaign,” the Orange County Office of Economic Development encourages our community to shop local, by participating in the Orange County Small Business Passport Event. For more information and to download your passport please visit, for a chance to win 1 of 10, $150 gift cards to a local business. Follow the “Orange County is Retail Ready” on social media at @thinkorangeva.



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