From left—Office Administrator/Events Planner Sharon Brown and Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Huffman display the chamber's new name and logo.
It’s official. On Aug. 21, the Vienna Tysons Chamber of Commerce became the Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, and after more than two decades of doing business in a small, two-storey office building on Maple Street in Vienna, the chamber will soon make the move to new, modern office space at 7925 Jones Branch Drive in the heart of Tysons Corner.
While most have lauded the move and the name change, some Vienna residents aren’t so sure, wondering if the town will now take a backseat in the chamber’s priorities. "Absolutely not," assures Chamber President Lisa Huffman. "We are still one membership. We are here for everyone."
In the press release announcing the changes, Huffman added, "All of our member businesses can expect the same great service with a focus on creating links to opportunity…this opportunity will take the chamber to its most prominent role to date as a truly regional chamber, able to provide benefits to the small businesses of Vienna and the big business community of Tysons."
The Chamber will continue to actively support beloved traditional events in Vienna, such as Oktoberfest, and the annual Halloween Parade. "Vienna has a strong sense of community, a real hometown," said Huffman. "The developers at Tysons are looking to bring some of that feeling to Tysons, building more of a community, a real place to live, work and play. We are excited to help in that process."
There are about 450 members currently enrolled in the chamber. Huffman encourages businesses far and wide to review the benefits of membership and to take advantage of the opportunity to network with other business people in the area. As well as community events, the chamber hosts or facilitates Young Professional gatherings, educational sessions, lead-sharing opportunities, and more. They are also a resource for what’s happening or what’s ahead for the Vienna and Tysons area. Their website at www.vtrcc.org provides a wealth of information for businesses, as well as residents.