YPNOVA Set to Celebrate Two Year Anniversary by Sharing a BBQ with the Residents of SERVE

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Prince William Chamber of Commerce
Press Release
For Immediate Release                       Contact:  Andrea Whaley, Communications
Date: July 15, 2010                             awhaley@pwcgmcc.org   (703) 753-7436
YPNOVA Set to Celebrate Two YEAr Anniversary by Sharing a BBQ with the REsidents of SERVE
manassas, vaThe Young Professionals Group of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, known as YP NOVA, is preparing to celebrate the two year anniversary of their organization on Wednesday, July 21st from 5-6:30 p.m. The celebration will take place at SERVE, a division of Northern Virginia Family Service, located at 10056 Dean Dr. in Manassas. The event is sponsored by Freeman & Sherburne, Inc. of Gainesville.
Attendees will enjoy a cookout with residents of the facility including side dishes provided by Virginia BBQ-Manassas. Members of Friends of SERVE will be in attendance to share how young professionals can support SERVE and its efforts.
YPNOVA was started in 2008 with the mission of creating an environment for Chamber members to build relationships, develop professionally, become more active in the community and contribute to the high quality of living in the Prince William region by retaining the young professionals of Northern Virginia. The group meets for a once-monthly happy hour and is led by a committee of young professionals with a passion for seeing the group expand. Objectives include creating networking opportunities; providing an outlet for volunteer information and opportunities, working to keep young professionals in the Northern Virginia area by creating a sense of community, and developing professional skills by learning from seasoned professionals who have gone before us.
Today the group is more dynamic than ever having doubled in size with the merger that created the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. A shared mission and similar set of objectives has made the transition from two groups into one very easy. The organization plans to continue with its monthly mixers, usually held on the third Wednesday of each month. Events usually feature a local not-for-profit organization, this time Friends of SERVE and the organization that it supports. Once a quarter a leader in the local business community is asked to speak on topics such as, ‘Working the Room at a Networking Event’ or ‘Business Etiquette.’ Plans to increase the number of monthly events have been discussed and are likely following the recent merger. The Young Professionals of Northern Virginia keep in touch with their members primarily through email and Facebook. Interested parties can find us at www.facebook.com/YPNOVA
SERVE, a division of Northern Virginia Family Service, is a Manassas-based community organization serving Western Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. They are the largest food bank in Prince William County and they provide shelter to 85 families and 225 single adults each year. (Information taken from www.serveince.org)
Says event sponsor Prem Grewal of Freeman & Sherburne, Inc., “As a young professional myself, I am happy to have the opportunity to support the efforts of the Chamber’s YP organization. This event in particular is close to my heart. As a member of both YPNOVA and Friends of SERVE, I am eager to get the two groups together. The fact that we get to share the celebration with the residents of SERVE is just an additional benefit. You can tell people about the organization and how many people they help, but it’s so much better to see the facility. You really begin to understand the impact that SERVE is having on our community. One of the things that we have tried to do with YP NOVA is to really make young professionals feel like an integral part of the community. If you feel like this is your community and that you belong, then there is not much reason to look elsewhere.”  
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the newest and largest Chamber of Commerce in Northern Virginia, representing more than 1,800 businesses, professionals and organizations in Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park and the surrounding area. The Chamber seeks growth for its individual member businesses and increased economic development for the Prince William area. For more information, visit our website at www.pwchamber.org or call the Prince William Chamber at 703-368-6600.