ABOUT THE CHAMBER

The ANNANDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE joins businesses, community organizations, and professionals for the purpose of maintaining a favorable business climate while contributing to the quality of life that makes Annandale a special place. 

Our association was formed in 1970 and immediately produced results--membership grew quickly, and now we are proud to provide personalized service to each of our members through advocacy and creative business solutions.

Our Chamber encourages members to work together to foster a dynamic, thriving business community. Here, you can expect to develop strong professional relationships with potential business partners, customers and clients from a variety of industries: educators, financial institutions, fine arts organizations and even private individuals who share a passion for bolstering the community's business climate.

The Annandale Chamber is a business organization of approximately 200 members that has been in continuous service to Greater Annandale since its incorporation in 1943.  The Chamber’s primary goal is to build the Annandale Marketplace.  Additionally, emphasis is placed on the following efforts.

Beautification: To participate in Annandale Beautification Days, and to work to beautify Annandale by encouraging and supporting good architecture, protection of our canopy, additional landscaping in the Central Business District, and along medians and main thoroughfares. Recently, the Chamber has been promoting the use of Carpet Roses in Red and Pink and Crepe Myrtle trees to the owners of commercial properties with the aim of establishing a unified and colorful landscape in the commercial district.

Revitalization: To encourage the revitalization of older buildings and properties into well-designed, comprehensively planned, mixed-use spaces.  A new and very exciting revitalization project has been approved for Annandale.  Read more about Markham Place.

The Chamber has proudly produced their quarterly online news magazine, ENDEAVOR, since January 2008.  In a few short years it has become the must read publication for all of Annandale. It heralds both chamber members and our home town; it discusses major issues affecting Annandale; it informs with interesting columns such as The Police Beat, Roads and Rage, From Capitol Hill to The Chairman’s Corner, View on Nature, Tax Talk, Real Estate, History and Yesteryear; and, it provides timely schedules of local activities and stories of special interest.  ENDEAVOR also provides expansive advertising opportunities to businesses and organizations.  See the current and past issues on the Chamber’s website. 

The Chamber is pleased to announce that limited ad space is now available on the Chamber's website with preference given to Chamber Members.  Anyone clicking your ad will be led directly to your company's website. 

The Chamber provides its members with top notch advertising and networking opportunities and invites all interested citizens and businesses to join the Chamber so together we can make Annandale an even better place in which to live and work.

 

ANNUAL EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE CHAMBER: 
These events advertise our sponsors while bringing the community and chamber members together at the most well attended events in Greater Annandale.

Annandale's National Night Out:  Annandale celebrates National Night Out at the Annandale Shopping Center on Tuesday, August 1st, where glitter tattoos, refreshments, martial arts demonstrations, raffles, a magician, balloon animals, and children's activities are planned (all FREE) to promote community involvement in crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie.

Bring the family, your neighbors and friends to enjoy this evening of family fun, and the opportunity to meet local fire and police officers.

When:  First Tuesday in August
Time:    6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Annandale Shopping Center  -  7042 Columbia Pike (& Gallows Road)
           Annandale, VA  22003


SPONSORSHIP IS AVAILABLE & COMES WITH A VENDOR SPACE
Space is quite limited, please apply early!  F
or applications and more info

The Annandale Parade is held the Fourth Saturday in October beginning at 10 AM.  The annual parade dates back to the 1950’s and attracts an enormous attendance.  Marching along Columbia Pike from the historic white church near Gallows Road all the way to Markham Place, thousands of participants from Clowns, Storybook Characters, and Marching Bands to Antique & Military Cars, Fire Trucks, Civic Organizations, Scouts, and beautifully costumed International Dancers will parade before the residents of Greater Annandale.  Sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, this 75 year old tradition only gets bigger and better every year.

The Parade's Grand Marshal will, after the police and fire escorts, lead the parade past the reviewing stand and continue to Markham Place. Judges will vote on the best music/dance group, best costume, and best float.  The most popular announcer in the Parade's history, Bob Reuss, will be back again to provide his enthusiastic colour commentary on the procession. 

Children in the community are invited to watch the parade in their Halloween costumes and to collect the frequent gifts of candy that the marching groups hand-out.  Looking for a day of family fun?  Start at the parade and then stroll over to the Fall Festival for food entertainment, shopping, and games.

Parade Entry forms will be available on this website after May 2015.  If your organization wishes to participate, entry forms must be received in the Chamber office by October 7, 2015 and are available at www.annandalechamber.com under Our Events.
Parade Entry Forms and Information

Monthly Networking Luncheons:  Held the second Thursday from September through May at NOON to 1:30 pm at the Juke Box Diner on the corner of Columbia Pike and John Marr Drive.  Please check the event schedule on the Chamber's website calendar for updates, details, program speaker and reservation requirements.

Networking Mixers:  Held four times a year on a fourth Thursday from 4:00-5:00 pm at Silverado’s on Columbia Pike with Hors d’oeuvres provided.  This is a quick fire networking session you can enjoy on your way home from work while meeting many of Annandale’s business owners.  Please check the event schedule on the Chamber's website calendar for dates, details and reservation requirements. Sponsorship is welcome for these Mixers, for which considerable advertising will be provided along with the opportunity to present your company at the Mixer during the Business Focus portion of the event.  To sponsor a Mixer, please contact info@annandalechamber.com

PICTURES OF THE ANNANDALE PARADE

The Annandale High School Band known as the Marching Atoms

Kenwood School

Falls Church High School at the Annandale Parade

Annandale Boys and Girls Club Cheerleaders

Bolivian Dancers in colorful native costumes grace the parade with color, dance, and toe tapping musi

Costumed International Dancers entertain at the Annandale Parade

Antique Cars and Classic Cars participate in the Annandale Parade.

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EVENT PHOTOS

The Hospital Bed Race is an annual event to benefit VA Special Olympics

Magill's Pasta & Pizza Restaurant race their Hot Rod Bed

Chairman Sharon Bulova and the Fairfax County Fire Dept race their Fire Truck Bed at the Annandale Hospital Bed Race.

International Dancers entertain at the Annandale Parade

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(Photographs, on this page, and on this website, are the sole property of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, and are not available for use by other publications, blogs, individuals, or web or social media sites.)

 

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