Virginia Chamber of Commerce Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:16:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BizMerlinHR: The True Wizard of HR Management Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:49:38 +0000 Cloud computing has transformed from ‘just another’ technology to a hot and happening phenomenon in the IT industry. With initiatives taken by both private and government players, there is a high potential to offer better Human Capital Management solutions using combinations of Cloud Technology and Artificial Intelligence.

BizMerlinHR is an award winning Human Resource Management software that includes employee records, hiring automation, performance management, resource allocation, resource forecasting and expertise management.  BizMerlinHR represents a confluence of critical HR functions and sophisticated AI algorithms working magically in the cloud. With an impressive list of customers that includes Ntelx, Graphus, IndiaHomes, LabsAdvisor, Zing, Compass Languages, Sears Home Services and many more, BizMerlin continues to impress with innovative ways in which the HR can directly help the people and the businesses to succeed.

Serving the Hire to Retire Lifecycle

BizMerlinHR covers HR needs from the hiring process to the employee’s growth, work allocation, performance management, all the way to retirement and offboarding process.

Easy, Paperless Onboarding

With BizMerlinHR and its inbuilt electronic document signature process, new joinees can complete their onboarding process effortlessly and in an environment friendly paperless way.  Onboarding process can start before the actual joining date, and continue well beyond the first week!  This allows the organization to incorporate the new person into their own unique corporate culture and build brand loyalty.

Hiring Automation and Smart Candidate Tracking

Using BizMerlin’s sophisticated hiring module, HR can publish positions on the company website and external job boards as well as social media sites to give the most exposure to these positions.  This allows the organization to get the best pool of candidates to choose from.  BizMerlinHR enables a simple and intuitive way to track and evaluate their applicant’s information. The inbuilt machine learning algorithms give insightful recommendations on candidates, and are a true distinguishing of the BizMerlinHR system.

Goal Setting, OKRs and 360 degree Performance Feedback

Most modern organizations rely on objectives and key results to guide their workforce, and this is one of the strongest aspects of BizMerlinHR.  You can create and manage goals for the entire workforce as well as give 360 degree feedback which allows the organization to build a culture of positive feedback and reinforcement.

Personal and Company Walls of Fame

Using the “Wall of Fame” feature, team members can showcase their performance.  The managers are in awe with it as it creates a healthy competition and fun environment – like a company”s internal Facebook.

Optimal Allocation & Financial Planning

One of the key benefits of BizMerlinHR is that you can visualize your entire workforce and see who is working on which project, and who is under allocated or over utilized.  You can do that both in the past as well as in the future by using the innovative resource plans and allocation feature.  This allows you to allocate your workforce optimally as well as plan for the financial implications of the under and over allocations.

Payroll Integration

BizMerlin has a fully integrated payroll system that integrates with dozens of payroll solutions. Its rich features and extremely configurable setup has proved to be a dream come true for most of the HRs who have used them.  So, whether the firm is using ADP, Paychex, WagePoint, Intuit or some other payroll provider, BizMerlinHR can seamlessly integrate with your preferred payroll.

Skill Matrix

Using BizMerlinHR, the HR of an organization can analyze the skill set of each of the employees and accordingly know their proficiency levels, which in return, helps in establishing training goals. It ensures that the right person is on the right team, working on the right project, at the right time.

The Hands that wield the Magic Wand

Amrinder Arora, CEO of BizMerlin, co-founded the company with Soneeka Arora and Bob Cofod.  Amrinder, the perfectionist and a strong follower of processes inside and outside the organization has a PhD from George Washington University and completed his Bachelors from IIT Delhi. Bob Cofod is responsible for the product expansion in the financial domain and its integrations with the various products actively used in banking space. Soneeka holds Masters from Arizona State University and oversees their client relationships and project execution.

What matters the most to the Clients

The two most important features of BizMerlin, setting of company and individual goals, and instant feedback published on wall of fame, have helped to build and nurture a positive environment that translates into happier individuals, stronger teams and better results. By its very design, BizMerlinHR helps to build and strengthen the company culture that is critical for entrepreneurs and small and medium sized organizations.

Challenges that made BizMerlin the best

With its open API and 100+ inbuilt integrations, BizMerlin was able to solve the problem of data silos that affects a majority of the organizations.  BizMerlinHR is a key and willing partner in an organization’s ecosystem, and using the inbuilt integrations with Jira, ADP, Salesforce, and other applications, customers can make the most of their data and ensure that data can be used in a holistic manner.

Further, using AI tools, BizMerlinHR was able to start giving start system recommendations, in stark contrast to other HR systems that are simply pretty data storage tools or fancy address books.

Trust is the biggest challenge that Cloud Industry is facing today and through constant innovations, these fears are dissipating quickly and adoption is growing significantly.

BizMerlin in the near future

The ultimate vision of BizMerlin is to enable all organizations to use HR as a true asset, one that has a direct and measurable impact on business outcomes. They want to remove the cliché meaning of HR as a paper pusher or policy police, and instead allow it to play the positive role of connecting people management initiatives and business outcomes.

BizMerlin at Forefront of Artificial Intelligence Frontier for Human Capital Management Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:47:02 +0000 New Virginia Chamber of Commerce member BizMerlin “works to fill the gaps in resource allocation and the vital human resource management space to uplift a ‘regular’ company to a ‘supercharged’ company.” Learn more about BizMerlin at


Preparing for Paid Leave Law Changes Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:30:44 +0000 Although many American workers receive paid leave for vacation and illness, a significant percentage of the population is not offered this employee benefit from their employers. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 73 percent of American workers receive paid vacation time and 68 percent receive paid sick leave. These percentages may increase further as a growing number of cities, counties and states adopt paid leave laws.

In the Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont all have enacted paid sick leave laws. In addition, Washington D.C. has a measure on the books, as do New York City, Philadelphia and several cities in New Jersey. Furthermore, while Maryland’s Montgomery County has a law in place, a statewide measure is still up in the air.

Because there are no federal standards regarding paid leave and city, county and state laws can vary widely, the situation poses several challenges to small companies. A small business owner may not be aware when regional paid leave laws are passed. This can especially be the case when the employer has staff working in more than one location.

Even when employers are fully aware of a new law, problems can arise. Sometimes the legislation is overly vague and open to interpretation. Below are some tips to help business owners remain compliant with new laws as they take effect.

Read the law thoroughly

As simple as it sounds, some of the most important questions can be answered by simply reading the law. Important things to look for include: When the law will take effect and which employees will be impacted. For example, some laws may only apply to full-time staff.

Take a conservative approach

Some laws can be interpreted several ways and as a result, employers might be uncertain how to respond. In these cases, a conservative approach is best. For instance, if a business owner is unsure whether or not a paid leave law applies to a specific worker, it is likely best to assume it does. Making incorrect assumptions can be costly.

Read the fine print

Because every city, county and state law is different, employers should be sure to read the fine print. For instance, some regional laws require business owners to provide each impacted employee with a defined amount of time off up front. Other laws allow employers to establish an accrual system in which employees earn the legally required time off over a period of months.

Look for special circumstances

America’s workforce has become more mobile with employees changing jobs more frequently. As a result, it is not uncommon for a worker to leave a company, only to return at a later date. In these cases, some paid leave laws require that an employee’s previously accrued time off be reinstated if he or she rejoins the company within a certain time period. This is another detail employers should be careful not to overlook.

Consider a paid time off (PTO) program

Businesses impacted by new paid leave laws may determine that it is easier to offer a PTO program that combines vacation and sick time.  This can make it easier for employers to track one bank of time off for each worker instead of tracking two separate systems.

Implement software solutions

Many small companies use spreadsheets to track employee time. However, given that paid leave laws can penalize employers for failing to comply, impacted companies may opt for software solutions that allow workers to clock-in and request time-off through their computers or mobile devices. Often, these systems save time and help prevent errors.

Whether small business owners like them or loathe them, paid leave laws appear to be a growing workplace trend. Therefore, being prepared and thorough in responding in geographic regions where paid leave becomes the law of the land can save both time and money.


Amy Marcum is a senior human resource specialist for Insperity, a trusted advisor to America’s best businesses for more than 31 years. The company provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Insperity® Business Performance Advisors offer the most comprehensive suite of products and services available in the marketplace. Insperity delivers administrative relief, better benefits, reduced liabilities and a systematic way to improve productivity through its premier Workforce Optimization® solution. Additional company offerings include Human Capital Management, Payroll Services, Time and Attendance, Performance Management, Organizational Planning, Recruiting Services, Employment Screening, Financial Services, Expense Management, Retirement Services and Insurance Services. Insperity business performance solutions support more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees.  With 2016 revenues of $2.9 billion, Insperity operates in 61 offices throughout the United States. For more information, visit

Business Briefs – Week of June 19-23 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:58:10 +0000 Chamber

Barry DuVal: Our ports and rail make international trade a good business for Virginia RTD

Virginia Leaders Weigh in on Va. Business Ranking NBC29 (video)

Alleghany Highlands Chamber Executive Director Receives Excellence Award Alleghany Journal


Virginia Policy

Robert H. Dugger column: Improving data systems can build a stronger Virginia workforce RTD

McAuliffe on European trade mission RTD

Is Virginia’s Larceny Threshold Just Right or Too Low? WVTF

A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals WaPo


Federal Policy

Seismic tests as a steppingstone to Virginia offshore drilling raises excitement and concern Pilot

Virginia Beach City Council will oppose offshore oil and gas exploration Pilot

Sen. Kaine expresses deep concerns over Republican health care bill WRIC



Northam offers three debates; Gillespie calls it ‘insulting’ to Virginia’s voters RTD

Northam still feeling the heat from anti-pipeline activists Roanoke Times

Northam denounces Senate GOP health care bill; Gillespie says he’ll review effect on Va. RTD 

Schapiro: No matter what national Democrats say, Virginia’s is a state election RTD

Democrat Ralph Northam leads Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia governor election poll Pilot

Editorial: Virginia Democrats express a unity Republicans lack RTD 

Divided Virginia GOP committee chooses primary to decide Kaine challenger for 2018 U.S. Senate race RTD


Business News

Virginia’s unemployment rate unchanged at 3.8 percent in May RTD

Virginia Population Projections Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

Coal numbers continue to drop, but advocates hold out hope for Virginia Bristol Herald Courier

Dominion Energy wants to build pumped hydro storage facility in coalfields Bristol Herald Courier

Internet tech company coming to Bedford’s Center for Advanced Engineering and Research Roanoke Times

From the battlefield to the classroom: Are veterans a solution to teacher shortage? WaPo

Shentel Awarded Independent Operator of the Year by Cablefax Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:35:08 +0000 EDINBURG, Va., June 22, 2017 (NASDAQ:SHEN) — Cablefax, a nationally recognized trade publication, awarded Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) its 9th annual Independent Cable Operator of the Year for 2017. Shentel Executive Vice President Earle MacKenzie accepted the award at the Cable TV Innovation Summit at the New York Athletic Club in New York City on June 8.

The award reflects Shentel’s transformation from a legacy telephone company serving one county in Virginia to becoming a triple-play cable provider serving nearly 80,000 consumers and business customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Shentel is also an affiliate of Sprint, with almost 1 million wireless customers in the aforementioned states, as well as Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

“Cablefax is proud to honor Shentel, with our editors impressed by its tremendous growth in the cable industry in such a short time,” said Cablefax Editorial Director Amy Maclean. “As one of the first operators to offer a pay-as-you-go option for subscribers, Shentel has found creative ways to innovate in order to serve its largely rural customer base.”

MacKenzie admits that this award was something he had set as a goal for Shentel. “I could not be more proud of the team we have at Shentel,” he said. “This is a company that never rests on its laurels. We have reached some amazing milestones, and we continue to provide best-in-class products and services to our customers while we keep our eye on the next milestone. That is how we have operated for 115 years.”

In the latest example of Shentel’s commitment to bringing the same level of service to rural areas that is found anywhere in the United States, Shentel completed the upgrade of its latest cable purchase in Omar, WV just last month. Similar to other areas that Shentel serves, the area is extremely mountainous and rural and had limited broadband service prior to Shentel coming to town.

For more information about Shentel’s services and recent activities, please visit Shentel on Facebook or at

About Shenandoah Telecommunications

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) provides a broad range of diversified communications services through its high speed, state-of-the-art network to customers in the Mid-Atlantic United States.  The Company’s services include: wireless voice and data; cable video, internet and voice; fiber network and services; and local and long distance telephone. Shentel is the exclusive personal communications service (“PCS”) Affiliate of Sprint in portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.  For more information, please visit

RPI Group, Inc. Awarded United States Air Force’s Imagery Compilation and Exploitation (ICE) Prime Contract Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:40:56 +0000 May 15, 2017 – RPI Group, Inc.(RPI) is extremely proud to announce its newly awarded Prime contract award providing Air Force Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Services for the United States Air Force’s Imagery Compilation and Exploitation (ICE) contract.

This single award, multi-year contract has an initial contract ceiling value of approximately $22 million, inclusive of a base year and 4 one-year options. RPI’s responsible placement of Enterprise Engineers and Systems Analysts across the United States is illustrative of its robust technical and business capabilities to the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and the Warfighter.

“Our ICE award is a testament to the many successful years of front-line leadership, reliability and resolve of our high performing contract teams. This complex and unique work for the ICE contract demonstrates the exceptional and multifaceted capabilities RPI has sharpened through years of development and experience,” said Mr. Robert Pleban, RPI’s President & CEO. “Our greatest asset lies in the dedicated talents of our technical teams. The 24/7/365 ICE commitment to USAF operational continuity is best illustrated by the program’s superb results over the past few years. Our employee’s cooperation and synergy with our government and commercial partners is a perfect example of the one team, one fight objective.  RPI’s commitment to put our client and employee welfare at the forefront of our business goals facilitates the successful synergy to create consistent, dynamic and effective solutions.”

 About RPI Group Inc.

Founded in 2001, RPI Group Inc. (RPI) is a privately-held, service-disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) providing a variety of tailored services to the National Security Community, the U.S. DoD and the commercial marketplace. RPI brings together an accomplished team of national security, systems engineering and cyber experts with the experience, relationships, and qualifications to support a wide range of clients.  RPI’s core capabilities include:  Cybersecurity & Secure Wireless Solutions, Network Architecture & Engineering, Training & Certification Testing, Hydro-Acoustic Research & Development, and Systems Engineering.   RPI is headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA with offices in Lexington Park, MD; Dahlgren, VA; Charleston, SC; Huntsville, AL; San Diego, CA and Denver, CO.

Johnna Hetrick, Marketing Director
10718 Ballantraye Dr. Suite 410
Fredericksburg, VA   22407
Ph: 540.898.8700


VIRGINIA LOSES LONGTIME BUSINESS, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT ADVOCATE – Chamber of Commerce President, CEO Laurie S. Moran Passes Away Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:37:43 +0000 Laurie Shelton Moran President and CEO Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce (003)The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce regrets to announce the June 13 passing of Laurie Shelton Moran, Chamber President and CEO. Moran became President in 2002 when the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County chambers merged to become the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she had served as President of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce before she worked as the Communications Manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Danville plant. During her career, she became well known by legislative bodies at the local, state and national levels due to her advocacy for workforce development and for issues critical to businesses and industry in the Dan River Region of Southern Virginia.
“She has testified before local, state and national legislative bodies and has always been a spokesman for workforce development and its impact on economic development,” said Linda Green, director of economic development for the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. “She has worked tirelessly with business and industry and has been a leader in community support organizations that span the spectrum of civic, church, health, education, business tourism and workforce. She will long be remembered and have an impact that will span decades to come.”
Over the years, Moran played integral roles in workforce and chamber-related initiatives and organizations. She had chaired the Dan River Region Collaborative’s participation in the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and had been a member of ACT’s National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board. Laurie previously served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). She was a former president and member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE) where she was named VACCE Executive of the Year in 2005. A past chair of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB), she had served on the Board of Directors of NAWB and had previously held positions as vice chair and secretary. Moran had served on the Board and was a past president of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.

“Laurie was the hardest working professional I knew,” said Julie Brown, director of advanced learning at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and a fellow workforce development advocate of Moran’s. “The world is less vibrant today but will forever be brighter because of Laurie Moran.”
At the time of her death, Moran served on the Danville Regional Foundation Board of Directors and was a member and past president of the Danville-Riverview Rotary Club. She was a past Assistant Governor for Area 7 of Rotary International District 7570 and had served as the District Membership Chair.
Throughout the years, Moran served on a plethora of boards for organizations, including Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania, of which she was the immediate past chair; United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, of which she was a past chair; and The Launch Place. Moran also served on the Council for Rural Virginia, the Workforce Advisory Board of Danville Community College, the advisory committee for the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center at Danville Community College and the advisory committee for National College. She also served on the Board of Trustees of Danville Regional Medical Center.
A graduate of Lynchburg College, Moran was designated a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) in 2006. Prior to her Chamber and Goodyear work experiences, she served as editor of a weekly newspaper and as a consultant.
“Laurie’s commitment to the community, our area businesses and economic development was unwavering,” said Bert Eades, chair of the board of directors for Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. “In honor of her passion and dedication, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will continue to fulfill its mission of serving our members and improving the business environment by providing leadership, products, programs, and services which promote the success of our members.”
Moran’s funeral service was held Friday, June 16, in Gretna, Va., her town of residence. She was survived by her husband, Bruce Moran; two sons, Jeffrey Bond and wife, Megan, and Austin Moran; three sisters; two grandchildren; and her mother-in-law.

FRANK TAMBERRINO INSTALLED AS PRESIDENT OF THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES (VACCE) Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:01:48 +0000 LYNCHBURG — Frank Tamberrino, President & CEO of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce was installed as the President of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE) on Friday, June 16 during the VACCE Annual Meeting in Lynchburg.  Receiving the gavel from outgoing president, Christine Kennedy, Mr. Tamberrino will serve as president for the 2017-18 term.

“Because our individual members form the foundation of Virginia’s economy, VACCE has become one of the preeminent business associations in the Commonwealth.  It is a privilege to serve in a leadership position and work with others to improve Virginia’s economic competitiveness,” commented Frank.

As President of VACCE, he will preside over the VACCE Board meetings and he currently represents VACCE on the Virginia Chamber’s Board of Directors.  He has over 30 years of experience in the Chamber of Commerce industry and was named President & CEO of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber in 2009.  The 900+ member Chamber of Commerce is responsible for promoting business and improving the business climate in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Frank received a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Affairs and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. In addition to his professional achievements, he has been a member of Rotary for over 30 years, serving as President of the Inverness Rotary in Florida. Frank has been involved in numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations throughout his professional career.

The Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE), administered by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, is an alliance of chamber executives representing large and  small chambers of commerce from localities throughout the state. VACCE strives to develop the professional skills of chamber executives, staff and volunteer leaders. The Association also provides a forum for integrating the work of the local chambers of commerce to contribute to the growth and development not only of local communities but also to our Commonwealth.

THE VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXECUTIVES (VACCE) ANNOUNCES 2017 OFFICERS AND NEW BOARD MEMBERS Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:58:10 +0000 LYNCHBURG – The Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives today announced its 2017 officers and new directors at their Annual Meeting.

The 2017 Board officers include the following: President, Frank Tamberrino, President & CEO, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber; Vice President – Programs, Susan Spears, President, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber; Vice President – At Large, Mark Ingrao, President & CEO, Greater Reston Chamber; Vice President – Finance, Teresa Hammond, Executive Director, Alleghany Highlands Chamber; Vice President – Membership, Karen Riordan, President, Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance and moving to the Immediate Past President position, Christine Kennedy, COO and Executive Vice President of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.

The following new Board members will join the VACCE Board of Directors:

Gloria Williams, Executive Director of the Gloucester County Chamber representing the 1st Congressional District
Annette Medlin, IOM, President, Greater Augusta Regional Chamber representing the 6th Congressional District
Gina Hilliard, President, Luray-Page County Chamber representing the 7th Congressional District
Sharon Scott, Executive Director, Montgomery County Chamber representing the 9th Congressional District
Richard Kennedy, CEO, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber representing an At Large position
Josh Cline, President & CEO, Greater Bluefield Chamber representing an At Large position
Joy Stump, Executive Director, Farmville Area Chamber representing an At Large position
Angie Cabell, Executive Director, Powhatan Chamber representing an At Large position

The Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE), administered by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, is an alliance of chamber executives representing large and small chambers of commerce from localities throughout the state. VACCE strives to develop the professional skills of chamber executives, staff and volunteer leaders. The Association also provides a forum for integrating the work of the local chambers of commerce to contribute to the growth and development not only of local communities but also to our Commonwealth.

ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS CHAMBER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RECEIVES EXCELLENCE AWARD Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:53:47 +0000 LYNCHBURG – Teresa Hammond, Executive Director of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce, was selected as “Chamber Executive of the Year” by the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives at their annual meeting held June 15-16 in Lynchburg.

The Executive of the Year award recognizes outstanding performance in the field of Chamber of Commerce management in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is presented to an individual who has exhibited characteristics that make him or her a leader both in their chamber and community. Outstanding achievements; effectiveness in addressing challenges; professionalism; program development and implementation; fiscal management; stature in the community; and other special qualities are considered in the nomination process.

Teresa Beale, past president of VACCE and Executive Director of the Franklin-Southampton Chamber presented Ms. Hammond with the award noting that, “We are extremely pleased to have Teresa named as “Exec of the Year. She has been a consummate Chamber professional throughout her career and we are delighted she has received this prestigious recognition from her peers. It is well deserved.”

Ms. Hamond has served as Executive Director of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber since 2008 and is dedicated to local community projects. She has been involved numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations and under her leadership, in 2016, the Chamber set up a flood relief distribution center for flood victims in the area after the June 2016 flooding.

She currently serves on the VACCE Board of Directors and Executive Committee as Vice President of Membership and also serves on the board of the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation, the Roanoke Regional Partnership, various education-related boards and the WestRock Community Advisory Panel.

The Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (VACCE), administered by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, is an alliance of chamber executives representing large and small chambers of commerce from localities throughout the state. The Association also provides a forum and partnership for integrating the work of local chambers of commerce in order to contribute to the growth and development of their local communities and the Commonwealth.