Potomac News Online | Chambers of commerce

For years, two local chambers of commerce have served the business needs of the Prince William County area.

They are the Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce which primarily covers the eastern end of the county, and the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce which concentrates on businesses in the western portion of the county.

The two organizations, made up of about 1,800 members, work to stimulate economic growth and to make the Prince William region a better place for its businesses and residents.

Members benefit from the many chamber programs that help them promote their businesses as well as the chambers’ efforts to advocate economically sound public policies.

As members of the chambers, businesses and organizations enjoy many opportunities to promote and develop themselves. For example, the chambers conduct many events where members may network to make valuable business contacts, including trade shows.

Speakers at chamber functions and business seminars and publications help members stay informed on general business issues as well as obtain practical business information.

The chambers also invests in the community, working with Prince William County Public Schools with training sessions and offering college scholarship and the nonprofit groups by providing needed services.

The Regional Chamber also recognizes public safety heroes annually with its Valor Awards.

Both chambers work closely with representatives to the Virginia General Assembly, promoting public policies that benefit the community such as education and transportation. the top priority of the two chambers is to help their members succeed.

Kris Spitler is chairman of the board of the Greater Manassas chamber which is located at 8963 Center St., Manassas and its telephone number is (703) 368-6600.

Deborah Tompkins Johnson heads up the Regional chamber which is located at 4320 Rridgewood Center Dr., Prince William. The telephone number is (703) 590-5000.

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