Diversity, Inclusion and Your Business

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Why Businesses that Embrace Diversity
Are Positioned to Thrive in 2021

Driven by the rapid diversification of the nation’s population and the rising demand by consumers and workers for a more just and equitable society, businesses of every size and industry are recognizing the need to adopt sound Diversity, Equity & inclusion (DEI) policies and practices. On October 23rd, the Loudoun Chamber is hosting a community dialogue with national and regional DEI experts to help Loudoun County businesses better understand the need, value and effective implementation of DEI initiatives.

This virtual Community Dialogue will feature a keynote presentation by Rick C. Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Wade will discuss the U.S. Chamber’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative, an effort to develop data-driven business and policy solutions to create equal opportunities for African Americans and other minority communities.

Following the presentation, Loudoun Chamber Chair of the Board Stacey Metcalfe of Inova Loudoun Hospital will lead a panel discussion focused on helping business leaders better understand how to adopt effective DEI policies and efforts.

Featured Panelists:

  • Alberto Garcia, Administrative Vice President; Business Banking, M&T Bank – A member of the Loudoun County Chamber’s Board, Al serves on the Diversity Council of M&T Bank and as the Diversity Liaison for the HOLA Resource Groups in Buffalo, Greater Washington and elsewhere.
  • Marvin L. Jones, Managing Partner, The Diversity & Inclusion Factor, LLC – A seasoned facilitator, trainer and strategist, Jones has conducted DEI seminars and workshops for 31,000+ military and civilian personnel at 48 U.S. Navy Medicine facilities around the globe.
  • Charlene Wheeless, Principal, Charlene Wheeless, LLC – Wheeless is a seasoned C-Suite leader and executive at several large, global organizations. Her skills and experiences position her to ensure anti-racist practices, inclusivity, and diversity in corporate environments.


Rick C. Wade

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach


Alberto Garcia

Administrative Vice President; Business Banking M&T Bank

Marvin L. Jones

Managing Partner The Diversity & Inclusion Factor, LLC

Charlene Wheeless

Principal Charlene Wheeless, LLC

Signature Events

Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards

The Loudoun Chamber celebrated it’s Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards on March 3, 2022. We honored top business and community leaders and celebrated the success of the Chamber’s 2021 Board of Directors Chair, Stacey Metcalfe, Morven Park, and welcome in our 2022 Board.

The 2022 Community Leadership Award winners in each category will have the opportunity to select one nonprofit organization to receive a $1,000 grant, thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation of Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

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Chamber Classic

The 40th Annual Chamber Classic has been Loudoun County’s premier business golf tournament for nearly four decades. Held at The Club at Creighton Farms, the Chamber Classic offers our sponsors tremendous marketing exposure, and an incomparable day of golf on this Jack Nicklaus designed course. If your company’s target market includes senior level executives and business owners who have a passion for the game of golf, we invite you to consider an Annual Chamber Classic sponsorship.

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Small Business Awards

For 28 years, the Loudoun Small Business Awards have been the most prestigious honors celebrating the best small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in our Loudoun community. We hope you will join us to congratulate finalists and winners in 9 categories, including the top prize, at the 2022 Small Business of the Year. Winners are announced in front of a live audience of Loudoun’s top business and community leaders. This event will take place on Friday, November 4th at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles.     View Photos / View 2021 Finalists & Winners


2022 SBA Nominations

SBA Categories + Qualifications

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Valor Awards


On April 25th, 2022, the Loudoun Chamber honored our community’s real life heroes, including several truly heroic citizens, for their courageous, often lifesaving actions at the 37th Annual Loudoun County Valor Awards at Lansdowne Resort. Stay tuned for the 2023 event date!

Click to view the 2022 Event PhotosClick to view the 2022 Valor Awards Program Book


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