• Richard Bland College of William & Mary Continues Partnership With Chesterfield Chamber for Leaders

    For Immediate Release: June 29, 2020
    Contact: Lashrecse Aird, Chief of Staff / laird@rbc.edu / 804-862-6172
    Richard Bland College of William & Mary Continues Partnership With Chesterfield Chamber
    for Leadership Chesterfield
    Richard Bland College of William & Mary and the Chesterfield Chamber has continued the partnership to present Leadership Chesterfield, a strategic program designed to educate rising business leaders on how to grow and strengthen business networking and civic engagement.
    “Richard Bland College is thrilled to continue working with the Chesterfield Chamber to offer leadership training to help grow our leaders and support our businesses, and communities grow and thrive,” said President Debbie L. Sydow. “In a time of so much uncertainty, it’s critical that we build leaders that are nimble and innovative. This program helps develop those leaders.”
    “As communities, businesses, and residents continue to be nimble in a rapidly changing environment, building leaders to carry us beyond is most critical today. Leadership Chesterfield will be a catalyst in the County of identifying those leaders and their passion in which they want to serve,” said Danielle MW Fitz-Hugh, President & CEO. “Richard Bland College continues to be our great partner to help accomplish those goals.”
    Justin Lundie, a recent Leadership Chesterfield graduate said, “I was able to reinforce good habits I already had and develop some opportunities for growth as a leader. The content was meaningful, relevant, and engaging.”
    Leadership Chesterfield consists of nine workshops from October 2020 through June 2021. The sessions will be held from 9 am to 1 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at various locations throughout Chesterfield County chosen to enrich learning in a business environment.  Guest speakers and educators will be facilitating the workshops.
    To learn more and apply for Leadership Chesterfield, go to www.chesterfieldchamber.com.
    Richard Bland College - Building on its Proud History as a Branch of William & Mary
    Richard Bland College of William & Mary is a selective, residential two-year college offering academically rigorous programs, up to 80% financial assistance for high performing students, and intercollegiate athletics. The College’s Exceptional Student Experience (ESE@RBC) program provides each student with a dedicated Learner Mentor who uses real-time information to keep students on course to graduation. Richard Bland College professors are ranked among the best in the region, with over 80% of instruction delivered by full-time faculty. The College boasts a small and diverse student population of 2,200 on a picturesque 750+ acre campus located just south of Richmond, Virginia.  www.rbc.edu
    About the Chamber: To be the leading organization for business growth and sustainability, fostering a thriving community here in Chesterfield County.​ To learn more about our organization please visit www.chesterfieldchamber.com or call 804-748-6364.

  • “Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses


    Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy.   Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy. 

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:

    • Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Hospitality
    • Arts & Entertainment
    • Healthcare Services
    • Personal Care Service Industry
    • K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.

    We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups.  Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.    

    Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions.  Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner. 

    When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.

    We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success.  Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country.  Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.