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Friday, February 2, 2018  
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February 2, 2018






2018 Fantastic 50 Awards
April 26, 2018
Westfields Marriott
Chantilly, VA

Virginia Chamber Annual Dinner
May 15, 2018
The Jefferson
Richmond, VA







President's Message

The 2018 General Assembly session is progressing quickly. We have just a week and a half left until crossover, the point at which both the House and Senate can only act on bills that have passed the other body. Committee dockets and floor calendars have been long this week as each house works to complete work on their own legislation.


The exception to crossover is the budget bill. We will continue to keep you informed on the budget process over the coming weeks. You can view the full 2018 session calendar here.


Just a reminder that you can always find a list of Bills We're Watching on our website, with our position denoted with a "thumbs-up" or "thumbs-down." Bills or budget items noted with a blue "thumbs-up" indicate a Blueprint Virginia 2025 initiative. Click here to view Bills We're Watching.


Bills We're Watching

Our bill tracking system, "Bills We're Watching," provides a quick and easy way for our members to stay abreast of all legislation pertinent to business. Short, concise summaries of each bill are provided along with the Chamber's "thumbs-up" or "thumbs-down" position.


Click on the image below to view "Bills We're Watching."



New Optional Family and Medical Leave Credit for Employers Becomes Law for 2018 and 2019


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law on December 22, 2017, creates a new business tax credit for eligible employers that provide paid family and medical leave to their employees.The tax credit is temporary, applicable to the 2018 and 2019 taxable years only, and is equal to a percentage of wages paid to qualifying employees who are on family and medical leave. To be eligible for the tax credit, an employer must have a written policy in place that provides at least two weeks of paid family and medical leave at a payment rate that is at least 50 percent of an employee's normal pay rate. The tax credit only applies to leave that is taken for a reason permitted under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Paid leave that is provided as vacation leave, personal leave or sick leave is not taken into consideration. The tax credit only applies with respect to employees who have been employed by the employer for one year or more and had compensation of no more than $72,000.


Hiring Our Heroes Hampton Roads Event


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Hiring Our Heroes invites you to join local and national employers, service organizations, and government representatives as we highlight the commitment in Hampton Roads towards building a strong military community, share best practices in military spouse employment, and advance the narrative around supporting the 21st century military family.


The event will be held on February 7th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus. Please register by clicking here.This is an invitation to all companies, small businesses, veteran service organizations and military families in the Hampton Roads area to attend.


If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth O'Brien at or 202-768-4955.


2018 Session Legislative Roundtable Meetings

During the General Assembly Session, the Virginia Chamber holds weekly "Legislative Roundtable" meetings for our members and other stakeholders to gather to discuss issues of importance to the business community. These informal, discussion based meetings allow attendees to update one another on bills and other items of note during the fast-moving General Assembly session.


All meetings are from noon-1:00 pm. Please note that all meetings will be held in the Tilghman Room located in the lobby of the SunTrust Center, 919 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23219.


This year's Legislative Roundtables will be held on the following dates:

  • January 15
  • January 22
  • January 29
  • February 5
  • February 12
  • February 19
  • February 26
  • March 5

Please feel free to forward this information to the lobbyist who represents your organization in Richmond during session, or the person who may handle your government affairs or public policy duties.


Feel free to contact Ms. Kim McKay, Director of Public Policy, with any questions at 804-237-1469 or


General Assembly Session Resources




Interested in International Expansion? Take Advantage of VITAL!

The Virginia Chamber is proud to partner with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership on VITAL, the Virginia International Trade Alliance.As a VITAL partner, our member companies have access to international market research as well as international trade shows and international trade missions facilitated through VEDP.

Click below for more information:



Real Market Insight from VEDP's Global Ground Team

TRADE MISSIONS AND TRADE SHOWS:Individual Schedules with the Comfort of Group Travel, Organized on Your Behalf



If you or a company that you work with is interested in learning more about VITAL, please contact Samantha Quig, Director of Communications and Program Manager, at or 804-237-1457.


"Strengthening the Pipeline from School to Work" Symposium


Thursday, March 8, 2018

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM



For more information and an agenda, please visit the event website.


Registration costs $25, and lunch will be provided. Register HERE.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. For questions, contact Dr. Mark White at


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