News & Events


Thursday, November 8, 2018

NextGen to Honor Young Professionals - Top 10 of NextGen

Date: November 6, 2018
Media Contact:
Whitney Watts, Vice President

NextGen to Honor Young Professionals 
Group to be honored as ‘Top 10 of the Next Gen’

FREDERICKSBURG - Ten Fredericksburg-area professionals 40 years old and under will be honored November 15th at an annual event hosted by the Next Generation of Business Leaders, a program of the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The members of the group will be recognized at the seventh-annual “Top 10 of the Next Gen” event at 718 Venue on Caroline Street downtown. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and costs $20 for Next Gen members and guests.  People can register online at

Next Gen’s board selected the 10 winners following a nomination period. The recipients were chosen for both their professional accomplishments and community contributions.

Here are the 2018 “Top 10 of the Next Gen” award recipients:

  • Daniel Clendenin; Financial Advisor and Managing Director at Cary Street Partners
  • Justin Cruise; Strategic Coordinator at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Grace Draper; Corporate Relationship Manager at Rappahannock United Way
  • Michael Gregory, Spotsylvania Campus Pastor at Lifepoint Church
  • Michelle Harris; Photographer and Owner at M Harris Studios
  • Charlotte Horne; Customer Service Representative at Allstate Insurance
  • Abigail Ibarra; Lower School French Teacher at Fredericksburg Academy
  • Sarah Keddie; Realtor at Coldwell Banker Elite
  • Lloyd “Jeppy” F. Moss, DDS; Dentist and Partner at Moss Dentistry
  • Evan Sullivan; Associate at CBRE




Friday, August 26, 2016

Chamber Chatter Starts on Friday, August 26

Come by the chamber office at 8 a.m.and have coffee with our Chamber President & CEO Susan Spears and talk about our chamber.

Chamber Chatter is a reoccurring event on Fridays through September 23.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Applications accepted for 2016 Made in FredVa contest

Applications are being accepted for the fourth-annual Made in FredVA business startup competition.


People will have until September 23 to submit their business concepts online at There is no cost to apply. Startups or new divisions of existing companies both qualify.


The Next Generation of Business Leaders’ (NextGen) board of directors will select four finalists to “pitch” their business ideas during a live finale event on October 27 at the Inn at the Olde Silk Mill. At the finale, the finalists will pitch their ideas in front of the audience, and local entrepreneur judges will ask questions following the presentation. The judges will then deliberate privately and return to present the grand prize.


The winner of the Made in FredVA event will receive at least $5,000 toward startup expenses. The final prize amount will be announced later and is expected to grow. There is a “People’s Choice” cash award that is voted on during the event. The judges will be local entrepreneurs who will make the final selection at the Made in FredVA event.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Reverse Raffle a Success!

The Next Gen Board of Directors would like to thank all who participated in the 2014 Reverse Raffle. This event will partially support operations of NG for 2014 and also the 2014 Made in FredVA Competition.

Thank you for your continued support.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Top 10 of the Next Gen Award Winners Announced

The Chamber’s Next Generation of Business Leaders honored a group of young professionals who are blazing new trails in business and community involvement in the Fredericksburg Region. The organization presented its “Top 10 of the Next Gen” awards during a Dec. 12 celebration at Stevenson Ridge. The winners are:

Matt Armstrong – Deedod, Inc.

Jessica Beringer – Community Volunteer

Shanna Boutchyard – Rappahannock Goodwill Industries

Mark Eid – Virginia Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center

Quincy Garcia – Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

Chris Hornung – The Silver Companies

Ben Keddie – Coldwell Banker Elite

DD Lecky – Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer

Scarlett Pons – Ponshop

Barry Waldman – Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC

The Next Generation of Business Leaders provides opportunities for young professionals in the Fredericksburg Region to engage and get involved in the community through professional development, civic outreach and social/business networking activities. Its members strive to serve as the catalyst that allows young professionals to make measurable and significant impacts in both their personal and professional lives as well as in our community.