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Ambassador’s Council Spotlight: Blair Ellis, Fortessa Tableware Solutions & Sterling Restaurant Supply

Learn more about the Ambassadors Council, click here. Questions about joining the Council? Reach out to Staff Member Dipti Rach,

What is your favorite part of being an Ambassador?

The thing I enjoy most about being an Ambassador is meeting new people in the community and teaching new members all about what the Chamber has to offer. The monthly breakfasts are always a highlight to make new connections and visit with old friends.

What makes your business unique in your industry?

Fortessa Tableware Solutions is a global leader in the tableware industry. At the local level and as the store manager, we provide unique commercial quality dinnerware to the home consumer. Our location also helps us provide quality tableware to local restaurants and hotels. Being able to work with both B2C and B2B customers is a very important part of our business.

How has Chamber membership benefitted your business?

As a Chamber member, we have been able to connect with local non-profits who we are able to volunteer with and support in various ways. It’s also helped to spread the word that our storefront is open to the home consumer and not exclusively for local businesses.

What is your single best piece of advice to new Members, so they can take full advantage of their membership?

The one piece of advice I would give to a new Chamber member is “what you give to your Chamber experience you will receive in return.” Attend the monthly networking breakfasts, Loudoun on Tap events and visit the Leadshare group lunches. If you’re nervous or hesitant about attending an event, set a small goal like making one new connection and always keep an eye out for Ambassadors to help you. 

What do you like about doing business here in Loudoun County?

I love doing business in Loudoun County because I get to experience the growth firsthand. As an Ambassador, we are always meeting new entrepreneurs and businesses that have chosen to do business in Loudoun County, for one reason or another, and I love being able to be a part of their introduction to Loudoun.

Be sure to visit Sterling Restaurant Supply in One Loudoun!