Mission: The virginia peninsula chamber foundation, inc. (vpcf) founded in 1991 has a mission to promote and advance economic stability on the virginia peninsula business communities of hampton, newport news, poquoson, james city county and york county through the development and delivery of business education programs with emphasis on basic business education and leadership training for adults, high school students and peninsula business organizations while providing mentoring support systems.
Programs: The youth career expo is an event that provides peninsula rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to develop and create business connections with peninsula employers and to improve their employability skills. The expo provides students with the opportunity to develop business skills through mock interviews, educational seminars, and the introduction to community, business, and local and state government and elected leaders.
lead peninsula (lp) works to promote the development of civic leadership from within the business community, and fosters opportunities for increased communication and cooperation among the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Through a series of initiatives and programs, the lp provides opportunities for both recognized and emerging leaders to work collaboratively on issues of importance to the peninsula community. Since 1984, the lead peninsula (formally leadership institute of the virginia peninsula) has been introducing its class members to the major facets of the greater peninsula community through an intensive nine-month course. The leadership members participate in educational sessions, tours, retreats and candid conversations with community leaders. Topics include, but are not limited to: local, state and federal government, education, media, environment, regionalism, history, economic development, criminal justice, health care, social services, and arts and culture. The objective of this diverse array of topics is to challenge members to see their community as they never have before and to expand their knowledge on the different aspects that influence their community as a whole. Since its beginning, lp has graduated over 700 diverse and accomplished individuals, many of whom have gone on to assume important leadership roles in our community. While no two participants share completely the same background, all share a commitment to the virginia peninsula, influenced by their individual cities and counties as a part of a major economic region. Most importantly, all participants have a desire to take an active role in determining the peninsula's future.
business education seminars and workshops offer members and non-members the opportunity to learn new and interesting ways to conduct business. Each seminar/workshop is designed to develop business skills and knowledge while introducing new skills and concepts to attendees.