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President’s Letter

Welcome from the Chamber President

“Building up Business, Bridging our communities" is our slogan and points toward our greater mission at the Colonial Heights - Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. We are determined in our efforts to bring all community partners together for the betterment of all. Simply stated, we help people in all areas of our community make connections with each other. The Chamber strives to advance the Southern Virginia region by educating, energizing, and connecting a diverse group of leaders to serve the community. The Southern Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce has a historical community based legacy and a bright future with our member businesses leading the way. We are grateful for all our members and desire for all to prosper and grow in the years ahead.

To help our member businesses, we provide a variety of networking, advertising, educational, and social opportunities over the course of the calendar year. We also support collaborative efforts with the other local Chambers in the region that provide additional opportunities for our members to initiate or build business relationships. The Chamber office staff is available to anyone who seeks information regarding the Colonial Heights and Petersburg communities. The office also encourages all residents and members to bring forward new ideas on how we can best serve each other to improve our community and our Chamber of Commerce.

Our partnership with the school systems continues to be one of our major points of focus. The Teacher and Staff Appreciation Breakfast, Scholarships, the Job Shadowing Program, and the High School Career Fair all continue to thrive. This past year, on Thanksgiving Day, we sponsored the Colonial Heights Turkey Trot in partnership with our schools. We will continue that effort into the future, hoping to create an annual tradition for our Chamber, our schools, and our community. Our members have for many years supported our schools and continue to graciously donate and share their time and expertise with our students because they recognize them as our future business leaders and professionals.

Colonial Heights and Petersburg are in an excellent place to do business and an excellent community in which to live. As the Chamber of Commerce President, I want to encourage you to become active in the community and in our Chamber of Commerce. Please review our published calendars and our website for opportunities where you can help make a positive difference in our community. Join our Chamber members who volunteer in Chamber activities and also participate in the many other community service organizations in Colonial Heights and Petersburg. As best you can, support our member companies with your business. Remember that local purchases all support our community and our schools. We will continue to pursue excellence in all that we do at the Chamber and for Colonial Heights, Petersburg and our surrounding communities.

Thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you.


Kat Mayes, 2021 - 2023 President