Chamber of Commerce
201 Temple Avenue, Suite E
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Dear Chamber Members:
It is hard to believe that it is already July. Where did the first half of the year go?
We have had a good beginning this year. Fort Clifton had a great turn out. The Reverse Raffle
was a big success and everyone really enjoyed the get-together for the drawing.
Our new Relocation Guide and Membership Directory for 2007/2008 is a wonderful tribute to
the Chamber, our city, and our members.
We continue to do ribbon cuttings and Business of the Month awards. We are also in the process
of finishing up the new Colonial Heights map.
The Membership Committee met on June 22nd. We are launching some new plans to increase
membership. The Fund Raising Committee will meet July 19th to discuss plans for a fund raiser
for the Chamber to replace the Fall Fling.
Thank you for this opportunity to serve you as your Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce
President, I am enjoying the challenge and I am excited about the direction our chamber is
taking. A big thank you to everyone for your support and dedication in making our Chamber a
Business of the month The Committee agreed that each
JUNE: member of the Membership Committee
COMFORT SUITES- would obtain at least five new chamber
members. They also will be distributing a
SOUTHPARK new member packet to each Board Member
520-8900 requesting they sign-up one new business.
The following incentives are being offered:
JULY: For each new member brought in the
JUST BECAUSE GIFT member signing that business/individual
will receive a voucher for $10.00. The
BASKETS voucher can be used toward dues, or any
colonial heights chamber function.
Each new member will receive a
We would like to thank you for $10.00 voucher which can be used toward
your valuable and continued support in any Chamber event, to include the monthly
making our community an enjoyable place Board Meeting.
to live and do business. Our Chamber
In addition, the following is being
appreciates your commitment to excellence!
offered to all existing and new members:
A three (3) year contract at the
existing membership rate. This contract will
From lamese’s desk carry a 10 percent discount on the total
Are you aware how many of our A five (5) year contract at the
members are representing your Chamber on existing membership rate. This contract will
boards, task forces, advisory capacity as offer the fifth year of membership free.
well as all phases of local, state and federal
government. Our interaction with If you would like further
surrounding communities, to include Fort information, please contact the Chamber
Lee, as well as our partnership with the Office or any of the following committee
school system only adds to the credibility members: Susie Bridgeman, Sam Bryant,
and effectiveness of your Chamber. Your Pam Comstock, Bill Conner, Beth Creasey,
Chamber is a one you can be very proud of Barbara or Chester Grizzard and Betsy
and a respected representative of our Stafford.
Following is a report from the
Membership Committee’s meeting which
was held on June 22nd.
Colonial heights city maps Mark your calendars---
A REMINDER: If you reserved an TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2007
ad space in the map, we will need your ad TIME: 8:00 A.M.
copy and payment no later than July 20th. COLONIAL HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL
We have three remaining advertising slots. CAFETERIA
If you are interested, contact the Chamber
Office as soon as possible. We will be preparing
approximately 400 “Goody Bags” for all
guests attending the breakfast. This is an
excellent opportunity for you to showcase
Board of directors’ meetings your business or profession by supplying
us with as many give-a-ways (discount
coupons, pens, pads, key rings, etc.) to fill
There will be no meeting in the bags. If you are able to supply 400,
july terrific; however, any amount will be
appreciated. Please drop your
contributions off at the Chamber Office
August 21, 2007 no later than August 1.
(southpark mall) Thank you in advance for your
11:30 a.m. support. We look forward to seeing you
at the breakfast.
September 18, 2007
11:30 a.m. Regional chambers networking
fort lee morale, welfare and opportunity
recreation will host our meeting at
the regimental club, fort lee – a brief Reserve October 18th for an
bus tour will follow lunch. (RSVP opportunity to speed network with
members of five chambers. Chesterfield,
Chamber Office Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell/
526-5872) Prince George and Petersburg chambers
ALL MEMBERS AND GUESTS will host a speed networking event at the
ARE INVITED. Ramada in Petersburg from 7:30 until
9:30 a.m. Tickets will be $20.00 in
advance, and $30.00 after October 12,
2007. A Continental Breakfast,
opportunity to showcase your business,
networking, networking and more
networking will be provided.
Back to school National night out
WE NEED YOU!!
National Night Out is scheduled
for Tuesday, August 7, 2007. The
Colonial Heights Police Department will
again host National Night Out from 6:00
until 9:00 p.m.
The concept of National Night Out
is to keep the celebration in the
neighborhoods, which would provide
security for each neighborhood, and at
VIRGINIA’S TAX FREE
the same time provide an opportunity for WEEKEND AT
neighbors to greet and meet. SOUTHPARK
Representatives from the Police
Department will visit each neighborhood On August 3, 4, and 5 certain
party offering the residents to share any apparel and back to school supplies will
concerns they may have in regard to their be exempt from the 5 percent state and
particular neighborhood or the City. local retail sales tax. Southpark Mall will
be hosting the TAX FREE weekend
Personalized invitations will be through a mall-wide promotion that is
provided for the host/hostesses to sure to draw thousands.
distribute to their neighbors upon
request. For further information, or to Opportunities are available to
schedule to host the event for your capture these customers by renting space
neighborhood, contact Lamese at the in Southpark Mall (kiosks) for these three
Chamber, 526-5872. days.
TOGETHER WE WILL Contact Spencer Dawkins, 804-
CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A 520-5161 for cost and general
COMMUNITY WE ARE ALL SO information.
PROUD TO CALL HOME!!
Colonial heights’ inducted in the LDA Hall of Fame. Fister’s
personal bests include a club head speed
legacy garden recorded at 171.2 mph, a ball speed of 218
mph and his longest drive at 515 yards.
The Beautification Committee is
selling memorial bricks for the Legacy “We are honored to have the
Garden. The garden will be developed on opportunity to host such a world renowned
property located at the corner of the legend in golf,” said Ken Swader, director of
Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The operations for Swaders Sports Park. “His
site will contain a new welcome sign as well enthusiasm and sheer skill make his show a
as the Legacy Garden with a brick plaza. must see for golf lovers.”
The memorial bricks may be For more information about
engraved in honor or memory of a loved Swader’s or Fister’s exhibition, call 733-
one. You may obtain an order form by 3700 or visit them online at
going on the web site colonial-heights.com www.swaders.com.
or by contacting JoAn Jones at 526-2695.
The cost of the bricks are $35.00 for the first
and $30.00 each additional. Three lines of SAMS CLUB COMMUNITY
engraving are available with 20 characters YARD SALE
per line. This offer is available for a limited
time – order yours now!
WHEN: SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2007
TIME: 8:00 A.M.
COST: SPACES AVAILABLE FOR
GOLF WORLD BENEFIT: ALL PROCEEDS WILL
CHAMPION TO VISIT BENEFIT
SWADERS CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK
INFORMATION: SARAH OR TAVIE
Swaders Sports Park will host three- 526-0508
time long drive world champion Sean “The
Beast” Fister on July 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 CALL AND RESERVE YOUR
p.m. Admission to his exhibition is free and SPACE(S) TODAY!
will include impressions, 400-yeard drives,
trick shots, crowd participation and power
Fister has made 15 world please make a special point to
championship appearances and won the
RE/Max Long Drive World Championship
welcome our new members with
in 1995, 2001 and 2005. He holds the either a personal visit or telephone
American record in the World call.
Championship finals and holds the record
for the longest carry in World Long Drive
Championship history. He has also been
contact: laura millen, citrms
legal service plans and identification
colonial heights pediatrics, theft and protection
(SEE PAGE 8 FOR FURTHER DETAILS)
16011 katros road Richmond economic
colonial heights 23834
411 east franklin street, ste 203
contact: jan perkinson
contact: harpal malik
computer express small business lender
colonial heights 23834
telephone: 520-2351 senator steve martin
fax: 520-4438 p. o. box 700
firstname.lastname@example.org chesterfield 23832
contact: steven w. grissom telephone: 674-0242
computer/network – repair and fax: 674-7241
new style flooring
1100 boulevard, suite a OFFICERS
colonial heights 23834 2007-2008
fax: 526-4616 OFFICERS
email@example.com PRESIDENT – BETSY STAFFORD
contact: david hardy PRESIDENT ELECT – BETH CREASEY
1ST VICE PRESIDENT – BRYAN SMALL
flooring retail 2ND VICE PRESIDENT – BILL CONNER
pre paid legal services TREASURER – KATHI COOPER
PAST PRESIDENT – GARY THOMSON
8023 ansdale lane EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – LAMESE K. ESSEY
DIRECTORS David along with Barbara and
SAM BRYANT Chester Grizzard will be glad to follow-up
PAM COMSTOCK on any new prospective members you can
BILL CONNER refer. Please just call the Chamber Office
and we will glad to relay the information to
MARTHA GUNTER them for follow-up.
BRYAN SMALL mission statement
GARY THOMSON The Colonial Heights Chamber of
SHERRY WILKINSON Commerce is business and professional
people united to enhance, promote and
PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTEES serve the business and education
SUSIE BRIDGEMAN community. It provides the leadership to
TAMMY FERGUSON advocate and assist in implementing
solutions to problems not only in the local
CHRIS RIGGS community but state wide.
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS NEW CHAMBER
JOHN WOOD, MAYOR
RICHARD ANZOLUT, JR., CITY MANAGER
DR. JOSEPH COX, SUPERINTENDENT OF
SCHOOLS THE CHAMBER WILL BE
GEORGE SCHANZENBACHER, DIRECTOR OF HIRING A FULL TIME/PART TIME
PLANNING (20 HOURS A WEEK) EMPLOYEE.
JEFF FARIES, CHIEF OF POLICE
SHARON MULLIGAN, FT. LEE PUBLIC AFFAIRS THIS PERSON MUST BE COMPUTER
NEIL KUCHINSKY, LEGAL COUNCIL PROFICIENT, AS WELL AS A
CHRIS KOLLMAN, AUBREY COTTON PEOPLE PERSON.
AND ALVIN SMALL HONORARY MEMBERS
ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE
POSITION IS ASKED TO CONTACT
THE CHAMBER – 526-5872.
Welcome - david glazier
As many of you may recall David
Glazier was our membership recruiter for
several years. David has agreed to tackle
the job again. We are thrilled to have him
back on our team. WELCOME!!!
The Chamber is excited to announce
our newest official corporate sponsor
& affinity partner…
Peak Performance Group
Laura H. Millen, CITRMS
It makes no difference if you’re a big fish or a little one….
You can still get caught!
Did you know that non-compliance with the new FACTA and federal Identity Theft and data security
laws could cost your business up to $1,000,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison?
As a chamber member you now have access to an exciting, cutting-edge program provided by
Peak Performance Group and Pre-Paid Legal Services (PPLSI) called the
AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE RESPONSE SYSTEMSM.
The ADRSSM Program can help you develop a comprehensive solution to your company’s growing
exposure to Identity Theft risks. When you allow a trained Pre-Paid Legal associate to share ADRS with
your organization, the services can help minimize the risk of security breaches and help mitigate
damages. These services include:
- Educating your employees on their responsibility for sensitive information
- Providing solutions for your employees’ personal legal and identity theft needs
to help minimize absenteeism
Together, this suite of resources helps provide your own documented affirmative defense at potentially no
cost to your business.
Take a proactive approach to keeping sensitive data safe.
Call to Establish Your Affirmative Defense TODAY!
This affinity program can only be offered
through these authorized Independent PPLSI Associates:
Peak Performance Group
Laura H. Millen, CITRMS, ADRS certified
Derward Rollison, Associate