I DON’T JUST SELL CARS... I BUILD RELATIONSHIPS. y ve m I lo nts clie Helping Families In Warrenton for over 20 Years B u s i n e s s Prof ile Fauquier Chamber of Commerce Shares its Vision for 2018 Joe Martin, president and CEO of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce since 2011, has always felt drawn to leadership roles like the one he has occupied for the past seven years. Throughout his life, he has served on many business chambers, and enjoyed meeting the needs of the local business community so much that he sought a full-time position with the Fauquier Chamber. Under his tenure, membership has grown from about 430 members to over 500. Members also benefit from seminars that cover up-to-the-minute topics like social media and tools to market their businesses. “We’re getting ready to send out a survey to find out the issues of most importance to our members,” says Joe. “We are always reaching out to learn what they need from us most.” Another perk is a calendar of events that connects businesses and builds economic development. Monthly luncheons and “After-Five” social events provide the space for valuable referral relationships to develop amongst members, 85% of whom represent small businesses. CHRYSLER • JEEP • DODGE • RAM BILL HILDEBRANDT call 540-347-6622 NEW CARS USED CARS Making good things happen SA FFO R D OF WARRENTON Today, shaking iT. ToMoRRoW, shaking iT off. WHAT WILL YOUR LEGACY BE? Join today for 627 FROST AVENUE, WARRENTON, VA 20186 $ 540.428.2009 www.goldsgym.com/warrentonva facebook.com/golds.warrenton 18 Discover Fauquier ■ February 2018 ENROLLMENT NO cONTRacT NO pROcEssiNg fEEs 0 “Over the last several years, we’ve been working to transform the community into one that is wellIn April, the Chamber rounded and will hold its sixth annual business-friendly,” Valor Awards, where says Joe. “Growing our individuals from membership is the sheriff, police, an ongoing goal, Margie Markham & Joe Martin and fire and rescue but we’re also departments are constantly working honored for going above and beyond the to build value into memberships.” call of duty. Margie Markham, vice president of Join today for Summit Community Bank, joined the May 19th marks the Chamber’s 40th Chamber board in 2013. She was annual Old Town Warrenton Spring initially the Chamber’s point of contact Festival on Main Street, which will for Summit, which made her eager draw about 200 craft and business to get more involved in this business vendors and over 20,000 people. Food, ENROLLMENT community. The Board of Directors entertainment, music, novelty acts, and asked her to serve as chair of the board bands make for a wonderful day for all. NO cONTRacT this year. “It’s nice to be in a small pROcEssiNg fEEs NO town and to see the collaboration between This June marks the seventh annual entities working together for the good of Taste of Fauquier event, where local restaurants and catering companies bring the community,” says Margie. samples of their best dishes to compete With a growing pool of members that in a tasting contest. About 200 attendees represent a wide array of interests, the gather at the Fauquier Fairgrounds to Chamber has many unique needs to vote for their favorite appetizer, entrée, meet. Niche councils within the Chamber, side dish, and dessert. like the Women’s Business Council, Education Council, and Council for “The outcomes of these events go Young Professionals, benefit from events beyond growing networks, knowledge, that deliver dynamic guest speakers and and passion,” says Margie. “These events nurture genuine relationships, invaluable educational presentations. which is valuable to our community as a New this year is a Micro-Enterprise whole.”“People want to do business with Council that will give entrepreneurs people they know and trust,” adds Joe. with small start-ups the tools they need “We provide opportunities to connect to grow their businesses. “We want to businesses with the tools and people make sure they’re connecting to the right that make them thrive.” To learn more people and finding success,” says Joe. about how you can become involved in “There is such a broad range of skills the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, needed to launch a business, and we call (540) 347-4414. want people to benefit from the guidance of those who have found success.” ~ Caitlin Scott $ 0 To advertise: 540-349-8060 www.discoverypubs.com ing iT. shaking iT off.