New Sussex Chamber programs help locals plan for family, business futures

By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: August 22, 2018 | 3:15 p.m.

SUSSEX – “We were very excited and encouraged by the attendance!” exclaimed Sussex County Chamber of Commerce VP Pat Jenkins, describing a recent chamber program designed to help local citizens understand how to evaluate their land.

The program, Recent Trends in Land Values, presented by Ned Massie of Grant Massie Land Company, was part two of a new, ongoing educational program the chamber is providing on planning for the future for your family and business, according to Jenkins.

““The speaker was very engaging,” Jenkins continued. “He talked hour and a half, and everyone was totally engaged the whole time.  He drew on his years of experience – and statistics he has gathered – to talk about recent residential and land values in Southeast Virginia, and then went into the global economy and how other countries are affecting our local values.”

Some of the comments she said that they received following the event included “Very enlightening,” “Good information,” and “The word has to get to the communities.” In fact, the event apparently prompted Frances Joyner Chambmers, Wakefield resident and member of the Wakefield Planning Commission, to describe the chamber as having “a vision and passion to re-brand business, industry and commerce in Sussex County.”

“And the fact that we nearly doubled the attendance at the first part of this educational effort  – and that so many were non-members – was big,” Jenkins added.  Because this means that we’re getting the word out that the Sussex Chamber membership is growing and providing beneficial educational programs to the public.  We’ve already seen 130 percent increase in new memberships over last year, so this really is a big deal.  I think as word gets out, this will continue to grow our organization and community support on an ongoing basis. We welcome anyone – the programs are free – and we encourage anybody who wants to grow their business or their personal wealth or have more educational programs to help with their family and business to join with us.”

Some of the upcoming programs planned by the Chamber include  Strategies and Preserving Your Family and Business Wealth, Gun and Hunting Safety and Regulations, and Tax Planning. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce or joining the chamber can go to

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