Virginia Capitol Connections Winter 2023

Virginia Capitol Connections, Winter 2023 34 VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS AND SUPPLIER DIVERSITY More than 99% of Virginia’s businesses are small. We are your economic development agency, helping you grow and prosper through increased revenue and job creation. What we offer… • Virginia Small Business Financing Authority providing access to capital; • Business Development and Outreach providing education and outreach to assist small businesses with strategic growth and development; • Certifications to enhance procurement opportunities for SWaM and DBE qualified businesses. • Sourcing and Compliance Division is advancing equity and maximizing participation of SWaM certified businesses. For further information about services offered, please visit us at or call (804) 786-6585 Associations Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) J.T. Thomas, Chairman, 703.658.4383 Fraternal Order of Police, VA State Lodge Brad Carruthers, President, Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV) M. Johanna Fox Klein, President • Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education Darla Miller, Executive Director, 540.292.1278 Virginia Association of Realtors Terri Suit, CEO, o) 804.249.5702, c) 804.381.1222 Mary Lawson, Senior VP of Legislative Affairs & Chief Lobbyist, 540.230.6310 Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, Inc. Edward “Bubby” Bish, Executive Director, 804.749.8191 Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association Ray LaMura, President, 804.780.1776 Virginia Coalition of Police and Deputy Sheriffs Chip Condon, President, 1.800.913.2727 Virginia Education Association – 804.648.5801 Dr. James Fedderman, President Shane Riddle, Director of Government Relations Virginia Fire Chiefs Association Allen W. Baldwin, President, Office 757.890.3600/Cell 757.897.1883 Virginia Governmental Employees Association J. Marshall Terry, Executive Director, 804.355.2118 Virginia League of Conservation Voters Michael Town, Executive Director, 804.225.1902 Virginia Professional Fire Fighters Robert Bragg, President, 434.882.8238 Virginia Retired Teachers Association Jean Marrow, President, 804.275.7278 KarenWhetzel, President-elect, 540-740-8589 Bea Morris, Legislative Liaison Virginia School Counselor Association Jentae Scott-Mayo, Chair Paige Abasolo, Assistant Chair • Virginia State Firefighters Association Walt Bailey, President, 434.470.9258, Voter Registrars Association of Virginia Traci S. Clark, President,, 540.928.2120 Eateries Rueger’s Restaurant & Bar 901 Bank Street, Richmond • 804.343.7300 (Inside The Commonwealth) Services Gus’s Shoe Repair 528 East Main Street, Richmond • 804.782.6959 Hotels Berkeley Hotel (Per diem rates offered, restrictions apply) 804.780.1300 • 1200 East Cary Street, Richmond The Commonwealth (Per diem rates offered, restrictions apply) 804.343.7300 • 901 Bank Street, Richmond Adjacent to General Assembly Delta Hotels by Marriott Richmond Downtown (Special Session rates available) 804.788.0900 • 555 East Canal Street, Richmond Linden Row Inn (Special Session rates available) 804.225.5841 • 100 East Franklin Street, Richmond