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  • ACF Virginia Chefs Association

    The American Culinary Federation apprenticeship training program has been designed to provide future culinarians entering the workplace with comprehensive training in the practical and theoretical aspects of work required in a highly skilled profession.

  • Agile Richmond

    Agile Richmond is a professional non-profit organization of people in the Richmond, Virginia area committed to Agile and Lean practices. Agile Richmond is a vibrant, well-run organization promoting the opportunity for it's members and guests to share knowledge, excitement and learning about Lean and Agile in both theory and practice.

  • AITP Richmond

    The Association of Information Technology Professionals was founded  to provide learning and growth opportunities to data processing managers and staff through networking, chapter activities, conferences, seminars and special interest groups. Today, AITP offers industry leadership and opportunities for professional development and personal growth to its more than 5,000 professional members across all disciplines and to its 6,000 student members. The Richmond Chapter provides the local presence and meeting forum to deliver the most tangible benefits associated with AITP. With nearly 100 members representing over 60 local organizations, the Richmond Chapter is an excellent forum for networking, informal discussions, educational seminars, and exchange of ideas.

  • American Association of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems

    Headquartered in Glen Allen, VA, the American Association of Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (AAIHDS) is dedicated to the educational advancement of provider-based managed care professionals. They aim to provide managed healthcare professionals in ACO's, IPAs, PHOs, health systems, hospitals and other integrated delivery systems with furthered skills, education and resources.

  • American Business Women’s Association

    River City Express Network was founded in 2001 to provide professional education and networking support to Richmond area business women who need a different kind of organization.

  • American Marketing Association - Richmond Connect

    Greater Richmond business organization offering networking opportunities, seminars and special events.

  • American Society of Women Accountants

    The mission is “to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.

  • BDPA Richmond

    BDPA is a pro-active community service organization with the mission of “Educating the community through technological knowledge". As a member, you are provided opportunities to enhance your networking skills, play an active role in planning, developing, and implementing local and national projects designed to meet BDPA’s goals and objectives as well as enhance your personal and professional goals. BDPA members have an opportunity to be elected to national and local offices, chair committees/tasks forces and participate in committee/business area activities. The skills gained through taking on responsibilities in BDPA prove to be a valuable asset to one’s professional and personal life.fpr

  • Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

    The Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC) fosters relationships between minority suppliers and their potential clients: Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies and universities. By serving as a conduit between diverse suppliers and the leaders of corporate America, the council offers companies the opportunity to interact with a wider range of potential partners. This inclusive environment supports economic growth, increases employment opportunities and enhances the competitive landscape.

  • Center of Nonprofit Excellence

    Through BoardLink, the Partnership facilitates the connection of nonprofit organizations to trained and talented individuals who are interested in nonprofit board service. BoardLink prepares individuals for board service and aligns their passions and skills with the mission and needs of organizations.

  • ChamberRVA

    Serves members and enhances the community by building a pro-business environment and outstanding quality of life.

  • Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce

    Committed to outstanding service, the Chamber works to serve, protect, and promote the common interests of our membership and the business community. As a unified voice, it provides leadership and vision for the advancement of economic prosperity and an exceptional quality of life for Chesterfield County.

  • Commercial Real Estate Women - Richmond Chapter

    An organization of experienced commercial real estate professionals from diverse fields established to enhance and promote members’ achievement of their full personal, professional, and leadership potential as a result of the opportunities for interaction and communication provided on both local and national levels.

  • Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

    The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is an applied research center taht bridges the gap between fundamental research conducted at universities and product development perfromed by companies. CCAM is the only known collaboration of its kind in North America and it works to accelerate the tranistion from research to product development. Member companies pool resources, share risk and capitalize on the success of CCAM's research and development.

  • Connect Richmond

    ConnectRichmond provides information, resources and instant access to nonprofits, civic leaders, volunteers and others interested in improving Metro Richmond - the rest is up to you.

  • Data Management Association - Central Virginia Chapter

    DAMA Central Virginia Chapter is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent, professional organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, development and practice of managing data, information and knowledge as key enterprise assets.

  • Executive Women International

    Brings together key individuals for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.

  • Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate

    Provides opportunities for professionals in all disciplines relating to commercial real estate to network and socialize. The only organization in Richmond whose primary mission is to be an advocate for commercial property owners, developers, and related professionals, it proactively addresses issues effecting the commercial real estate industry in Richmond.

  • Greater Richmond Relocation Council

    Formed by relocation professionals in the Richmond metropolitan area to share and gain knowledge on issues, challenges and solutions in the evolving field of relocation.

  • GreenDrinks

    Green Drinks is a simple and unstructured event where people interested in sustainability can get together to network, talk shop, learn something new, share something innovative or maybe even find a job! It’s a great time to chat with folks you know or to meet new ones.

  • HandsOn Greater Richmond

    HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. We offer unique, fun, and flexible ways for you to get connected and involved.

  • Hanover Association of Business and Chamber of Commerce

    Provides leadership within the Hanover and Ashland business communities, to champion economic development while safeguarding business interests and property rights, to promote professional standards and ethics within the business community, and to maintain positive relationships among businesses, educators, governments and residents.

  • Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council

    Headquartered in Bon Air, VA, the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) is a trade association that was established to promote the benefits of unit dose packaging, especially packaging that can be designed with compliance-prompting features proven to help people take their medications properly.

  • Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance

    Leads healthcare supplier diversity by building awareness through education and creating pathways to potential opportunities for historically underutilized businesses and all healthcare supply chain stakeholders.

  • Henrico Business Leaders

    Henrico Business Leaders is an organization of community minded individuals that live and/or work in Henrico County. They have gathered to enable networking for the purpose of strengthening and growing business relationships. Their desire is to bring Henrico residents, businesses and government closer together to promote Henrico County.

  • Home Building Association of Richmond

    Champions housing and community. A non-profit trade association affiliated with the Home Building Association of Virginia and the National Association of Home Builders, representing members in the building industry.

  • HYPE - Helping Young Professionals Engage

    Goal is to enrich the region by connecting young professionals.

  • Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia

    IIAV is an organization devoted to promoting, enhancing, serving, and assisting independent insurance agents.

  • Information Systems Security Association: Central Virginia Chapter

    ISSA is the largest international, not-for-profit association for information security professionals. It provides educational forums, information resources and peer interaction opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

  • Institute for Supply Management; Carolinas-Virginia: Richmond Metro Chapter

    Founded in 1920 as a professional purchasing association, ISM Carolinas-Virginia (ISM-CV) has grown and evolved to become the largest regional supply management and procurement organization in the southeastern United States, committed to the ongoing growth and improvement of the profession and our members. An affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management, ISM-CV offers members ongoing programs and activities designed to enhance their professional development through research, education and communication. Membership includes supply chain and procurement professionals and managers employed in both the private and public sector.

  • ISACA Virginia Chapter

    Since its inception, ISACA has become a pace-setting global organization for information governance, control, security, and audit professionals.

  • James River Green Building Council

    The James River Green Building Council (JRGBC) is Virginia’s nonprofit advocate for and resource on green buildings, and its membership is composed of leaders from every sector of Virginia's building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. JRGBC’s primary work includes providing educational events for green-building professionals, supplying networking opportunities for green-building professionals to engage with one another, and encouraging innovation and community development by hosting events like an annual sustainable design competition.

  • National Association of Women Business Owners

    Contributes a strong voice and vision for women entrepreneurs and corporate partners in creating business opportunities, strategic alliances and influencing public policy.

  • OWIT Central Virginia

    Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) is united around the globe to foster international trade and the advancement of women and men doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities. It is a non-profit professional organization. The OWIT International network currently extends across 25 chapters located in Central, North, and South America, Western Europe, Africa, and the Middle East with approximately 3,000 individual members around the world.

  • PMI Central Virginia Chapter

    The mission of PMI Central Virginia is to serve the professional interests of chapter members by enhancing expertise through project management education and training, supporting PMI certifications, and promoting association with other project management professionals. Members include business, civic, government, and education communities in Central Virginia.

  • Public Relations Society- Richmond Chapter

    A professional association serving Central Virginia public relations practitioners.

  • Retail Merchants Association

    Enhances the image and profitability of member companies through advocacy, information and networking opportunities.

  • Richmond Ad Club

    A dynamic organization of advertising professionals serving the Richmond, Virginia advertising community since 1960. The Ad Club is dedicated to the betterment of the advertising industry in our area and throughout the Southeast. Their mission: "To unite our ad community through service endeavors, education and the celebration of creativity."

  • Richmond Adobe Users Group

    The Richmond Adobe User Group focuses on Adobe software and the people who use it. They primarily focus on InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. However, they do venture of the print path for web and video too.

  • Richmond Association of Business Economics

    The Richmond Association for Business Economics (RABE) is a non-profit, non-partisan professional association that provides educational and networking opportunities for individuals interested in economics and its application to public policy. RABE members come from many professions, including business economics, real estate, university education, central banking, state and local government, and financial consulting.

  • Richmond Java Users’ Group

    The Richmond Java User Group (RJUG) is for Java professionals and enthusiasts in the Richmond, VA area. We meet the third Wednesday of each month. Our goal is to provide a forum for the Java community to discuss current trends in the programming language and software development practices. We host speakers to discuss current trends in Java, JVM-hosted languages and software development practices.

  • Richmond Recruiters Roundtable

    A membership of recruiting professionals with a shared commitment to professional development, peer interaction, and understanding market trends. This membership offers a forum where recruiters can get up to date information on trends, techniques, tools, technology and training, as well as vendor products and services information.

  • Richmond SharePoint User Group

    The Richmond SharePoint User Group reaches the SharePoint community in the metro Richmond area and beyond.  We seek to build community among SharePoint enthusiasts for learning, sharing, and connecting.  Our group consists of professionals from all SharePoint roles and from a broad cross section of business sectors, including the private sector, legal, education, state and federal government, nonprofit and for profit companies and organizations.

  • Richmond Society of Human Resources

    Richmond SHRM is the premier association that elevates the human resource profession to critical new heights to achieve organizational success. We develop professionals and provide opportunities to contribute to each other, our organizations, and our communities.  Richmond SHRM is an affiliate member of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management.  Because we are a 100% chapter, once you join SHRM, you only need to affiliate with Richmond SHRM to be a member of our organization as well -- there are no additional dues.

  • Richmond SQL Server Users Group

    The Richmond SQL Server User Group is a professional and social user group based in Richmond, Virginia for Database Developers and Architects to explore the Microsoft SQL Server database.

  • RichTech

    Promotes the success of technology companies and the growth of the technology sector of the Central Virginia economy.

  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers

    The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is comprised of manufacturing professionals in all disciplines and skill levels and works to connect companies with these professionals. The Richmond Chapter of SME sponsors two university chapters, James Madison University and Virginia State University, creating a pipeline of well qualified talent.

  • The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS)

    With multiple perspectives at the table and favorable intellectual property policies, CCALS ensures that promising discoveries become effective business solutions faster than ever.

    University members of CCALS bring outstanding capabilities and research depth in logistics-related disciplines. Members include Longwood University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia State University. They also provide access to the best and brightest engineering, business and IT students who will compose tomorrow’s logistics workforce.

    CCALS’ location, too, provides members unique access to an experienced, skilled and highly qualified talent pool. Central Virginia is home to the US Army Logistics University, Amazon distribution centers and significant UPS and FedEx operations. It is also headquarters to Fortune 500 companies with sophisticated logistics operations, including MeadWestvaco, Owens & Minor, Altria and others.

    Industry sets the agenda at CCALS, leveraging university expertise and real-world experience to solve logistics challenges that arise as complex technological, mechanical and human systems interact.

  • The Metropolitan Business League

    Provides programs, services, leadership, education, training and advocacy for members in order to promote the creation of wealth in the minority business community

  • The Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association

    Seeks to improve the professional competence of area lawyers, including its members, through educational and other means, as well as support and enhance the personal satisfaction and professional advancement of women in the legal profession and in the judiciary.

  • The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors- Richmond, VA

    The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors protects and promotes the critical role of insurance in a sound financial plan and the essential role provided by our professional agents and advisors.

  • The Richmond Torch Club

    TORCH was formed to facilitate the free flow of ideas and fellowship across disciplinary boundaries.  TORCH exists to breakdown the narrowing tendencies of over-specialization.  TORCH exists to foster the highest standards of professional ethics and civic well-being.

  • The Venture Forum

    Provides an educational forum in which entrepreneurs, sources for capital, and service professionals exchange ideas about venture related issues - promoting the common interests of all parties in the venture process.

  • The Virginia Bar Association

    A voluntary organization of Virginia lawyers committed to serving the public and the legal profession by promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and excellence in the legal profession; working to improve the law and the administration of justice; and advancing collegial relations among lawyers.

  • Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

    Helps Asian businesses compete in the global marketplace with strategic research, guidance, and connections. Headquartered in Hanover County, Virginia, U.S.A, VACC is a leading global economic development agency focused on delivering innovative business services to companies wishing to enter the Asian market.

  • Virginia Association for Health Care Resource and Materials Management

    The Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) is the premier membership group for healthcare supply chain professionals. AHRMM strives to provide the education, information, and resources necessary for its members to remain at the top of their field. With approximately 4,000 members worldwide, AHRMM offers numerous opportunities for professionals to reach their highest potential and network with the best.

  • Virginia Bankers Association

    Has served as the organized voice for the Commonwealth’s banking industry since 1893 providing solutions to aid in resolving differences, unifying efforts, and accomplishing objectives otherwise not achievable.

  • Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association

    The VBWA is a non-profit corporation representing Virginia's independent, family-owned and operated beer distributors.

  • Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation

    The Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation’s (VBHRC) mission is to foster collaborative scientific research innovation and public/private partnerships.  The VBHRC will draw upon the collective and institutional life science strengths of five of Virginia’s top research universities.  Research and collaboration from private sector corporations, foundations and federal sources will center in three focus areas:  bioinformatics and medical informatics, point of care diagnostics, and drug discovery and delivery. 

    If you have any questions, contact Jerry Giles at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

  • Virginia Biotechnology Association

    The Virginia Biotechnology Association (VABIO) is the premier statewide non-profit trade association representing the life sciences industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nearly 200 member organizations have joined forces to make VABIO an effective advocate for the biopharmaceutical and device industries before federal, state and local policy-makers. VABIO is the official state affiliate of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), in Washington, D.C. Numerous networking and business match-making events for member organizations, the Association also provides discount programs and exclusive incentives to help members reduce costs and meet the expert connections they need to thrive.

  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce

    The only statewide business organization that represents all types and sizes of businesses on broad-based issues at both the state and federal level. It enjoys a good working relationship with the 130 local chambers throughout the state.

  • Virginia Craft Brewers Guild

    The intent of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild is to organize craft brewers for purposes of
    economic development, business development, supply chain management, tourism and government affairs.  Membership will be extended to craft brewers, and associate memberships will be extended to businesses and organizations that provide support services or products to the industry (e.g., equipment manufacturers, agricultural interests, economic development, etc.).

  • Virginia Energy Sense

    Virginia Energy Sense is the Commonwealth’s energy education program. Our mission is to help all Virginians understand their energy use and, more importantly, how to save energy easily and cost effectively. Reducing energy consumption will put money in your back pocket. It will also help our state’s economy and clean our air, land and water. That’s why saving energy just makes good sense.

  • Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    The Virginia Hispanic chamber promotes business opportunities for membership by providing proactive business and resource links to and within the Virginia Hispanic community.

  • Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

    The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has 35 member health systems and hospitals, representing 110 community, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals throughout Virginia. Their mission is to improve the health status of the communities they serve. VHHA's activities focus on four areas: representation and advocacy, education, communication and health care data.

  • Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association

    The unified voice for the restaurant, lodging, travel and hospitality suppliers associations. The Association creates value for members by promoting the legislative interests of the industry, providing cooperative marketing, educational opportunities and protecting free enterprise.

  • Virginia International Business Council

    The VAIBC has adopted as its mission "to be a foremost provider of impactful, international intelligence with respect to market opportunities, sourcing possibilities, environmental realities and the strategies and tactics related to global business success in Virginia".

  • Virginia Manufacturers Association

    Develops constructive policies and activities on behalf of industry by serving as an advocate for legislative, regulatory, taxation, environmental, workplace, business law, insurance, and technology issues, and as an aggregator of business services for members.

  • Virginia Society of Public Accountants - Richmond Chapter

    Enhances success of members by providing timely, relevant continuing professional education and networking opportunities.

  • Virginia Vineyards Association

    The Virginia Vineyards Association began in 1979 as a joint effort among Virginia viticulturists, wineries and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University . The association promotes discussion of mutual interests in various aspects of the Virginia wine industry for all levels of wine enthusiasts.

  • Virginia Wine

    Virginia Wine provides information about wineries, wine events, and the wine industry across Virginia. It is the most comprehensive guide to the state’s expansive wine industry. The site also provides support for the burgeoning cider industry across the state.

  • Western Chesterfield Business Alliance

    Brings together business owners, representatives and government officials for the purpose of networking, education and collaboration on issues and activities affecting businesses in the Western Chesterfield area.

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