From Chambers of Commerce to industry and situational-specific organizations, the Richmond area is rich in networking opportunities that may help you advance your career, build relationships with peers in your industry or learn new skills.
General Membership – Chambers of Commerce
Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce
Committed to outstanding service, the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce works to serve, protect, and promote the common interests of their membership and the business community. As a unified voice, they provide leadership and vision for the advancement of economic prosperity and an exceptional quality of life for Chesterfield County.
The Richmond Chamber’s mission is to serve members and enhance the community by building a pro-business environment and outstanding quality of life in the Richmond region.
Hanover Association of Business and Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the HABCC is to provide leadership within the Hanover and Ashland business communities, to champion economic development while safeguarding business interests and property rights, to promote professional standards and ethics within the business community, and to maintain positive relationships among businesses, educators, governments and residents.
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
The Virginia Chamber is the only statewide business organization that represents all types and sizes of businesses on broad-based issues at both the state and federal level. They enjoy a good working relationship with the 130 local chambers throughout the state.
Agile Richmond is a professional non-profit organization of people in the Richmond, Virginia area committed to Agile and Lean practices. Agile Richmond is a vibrant, well-run organization promoting the opportunity for its members and guests to share knowledge, excitement and learning about Lean and Agile in both theory and practice.
American Marketing Association – Richmond Chapter
The AMA-Richmond Chapter has been one of the largest and most dynamic business organizations in the greater Richmond Virginia area. Their membership includes a variety of professionals in the marketing industry at various career levels. From collegiate members to executive-level marketers, the AMA-Richmond Chapter offers something for everyone working in this exciting industry.
Azure Richmond Virginia
The Richmond .NET Users Group meets on a regular basis to discuss and share information on a variety of topics focused on Microsoft .NET. The aim is to build better software by sharing .NET-related development practices, code, and resources.
Data Management Association Central Virginia
DAMA Central Virginia Chapter is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent, professional organization dedicated to furthering the understanding of the field of data management and information management by providing educational opportunities and supporting an open forum addressing issues related to this field.
Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate
The Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE) provides opportunities for professionals in all disciplines relating to commercial real estate to network and socialize. GRACRE is the only organization in Richmond whose primary mission is to be an advocate for commercial property owners, developers, and related professionals. GRACRE proactively addresses issues effecting the commercial real estate industry in Richmond.
Greater Richmond Relocation Council
The Greater Richmond Relocation Council (GRRC) was formed by relocation professionals in the Richmond metropolitan area. The GRRC was created by its members to share and gain knowledge on issues, challenges and solutions in the evolving field of relocation.
Green Drinks is a simple and unstructured event where people interested in sustainability can get together to network, talk shop, learn something new, share something innovative or maybe even find a job! It’s a great time to chat with folks you know or to meet new ones.
Home Builders Association of Richmond
Vision is to champion housing and community. A non-profit trade association affiliated with the Home Building Association of Virginia and the National Association of Home Builders, representing members in the building industry.
Information Systems Security Assoc Central VA Chapter (ISSA)
The Central Virginia Chapter of ISSA was founded in 2006 and is part of the national Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). ISSA is the largest international, not-for-profit association for information security professionals. It provides educational forums, information resources and peer interaction opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.
ISACA Virginia Chapter
ISACA is a global organization for information governance, control, security, and audit professionals. Founded in 1977, the ISACA Virginia Chapter serves over 900 members across the state by providing training opportunities through chapter meetings and seminars; exam review courses; resource sharing; advocacy; and professional networking on a local level.
PMI Central Virginia Chapter
The mission of PMI Central Virginia is to serve the professional interests of chapter members by enhancing expertise through project management education and training, supporting PMI certifications, and promoting association with other project management professionals. Members include business, civic, government, and education communities in Central Virginia.
Public Relations Society—Richmond Chapter
PRSA Richmond is a professional association serving Central Virginia public relations practitioners.
Retail Merchants Association
The mission of the Retail Merchants Association is to enhance the image and profitability of member companies through advocacy, information and networking opportunities.
Founded in 1996 as the Greater Richmond Technology Council, RVA tech today is the premier technology association in Central Virginia and serves over 300 companies and 3000 people from all sectors of technology. The membership is comprised of creative, innovative technical professionals who represent the full complement of individuals and organizations that design, deploy and embrace technology in their everyday life. It is RVA tech’s mission to be a catalyst and a resource to connect these talented individuals within business, industry, government and education who work daily to provide growth and sustainability of the Virginia economy.
Richmond Ad Club
The Richmond Ad Club is a dynamic organization of advertising professionals that’s been around since 1960. Their official mission is to unite their ad community through service endeavors, education and the celebration of creativity.
Richmond Association of Business Economics
The Richmond Association for Business Economics (RABE) is a non-profit, non-partisan professional association that provides educational and networking opportunities for individuals interested in economics and its application to public policy. RABE members come from many professions, including business economics, real estate, university education, central banking, state and local government, and financial consulting.
Richmond Java User Group
The Richmond Java User Group (RJUG) is for Java professionals and enthusiasts in the Richmond, VA area. We meet the third Wednesday of each month. Our goal is to provide a forum for the Java community to discuss current trends in the programming language and software development practices. We host speakers to discuss current trends in Java, JVM-hosted languages and software development practices.
Richmond SharePoint User Group
The Richmond SharePoint User Group seeks to build community among SharePoint enthusiasts for learning, sharing, and connecting. The group consists of professionals from all SharePoint roles and from a broad cross section of business sectors, including the private sector, legal, education, state and federal government, nonprofit and for profit companies and organizations.
Richmond SQL Server User Group
The Richmond SQL Server User Group is a professional and social user group based in Richmond, Virginia for Database Developers and Architects to explore the Microsoft SQL Server database.
Society of Human Resource Management—Richmond Chapter
The mission of the RHRMA is to provide leadership and support for the growth and development of the human resources profession.
The Venture Forum
Richmond Venture Forum provides a forum to bring sources of capital and entrepreneurial ideas together. To this goal, they provide an educational forum in which entrepreneurs, sources for capital, and service professionals exchange ideas about venture related issues – promoting the common interests of all parties in the venture process.
Virginia Bar Association
The Virginia Bar Association is a voluntary organization of Virginia lawyers committed to serving the public and the legal profession by promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and excellence in the legal profession; working to improve the law and the administration of justice; and advancing collegial relations among lawyers.
Virginia Bankers Association
The Virginia Bankers Association has served as the organized voice for the Commonwealth’s banking industry since 1893 providing solutions to aid in resolving differences, unifying efforts, and accomplishing objectives otherwise not achievable.
Virginia Biotechnology Association
The Association promotes the bioscience industry in Virginia, expand the knowledge and expertise of Virginia’s businesses concerning the life sciences through seminars, educational publications and to enhance public awareness of the biotechnology industry in Virginia. Virginia BIO represents the interests of the bioscience industry in Virginia before federal, state and local legislators and regulators. They provide a forum for members and their guests to get to know each other and the many bioscience companies operating today in Virginia. They coordinate information among the many agencies and organizations interested in biotechnology.
Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has 46 member health systems and hospitals, representing 106 community, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals throughout Virginia. Its mission is to improve the health status of the communities they serve.
Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association
The Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association is the unified voice for the restaurant, lodging, travel and hospitality suppliers associations. The Association creates value for members by promoting the legislative interests of the industry, providing cooperative marketing, educational opportunities and protecting free enterprise.
Virginia International Trade Association
The mission of the Virginia International Trade Association is to be a foremost provider of “impactful” international intelligence with respect to market opportunities, sourcing possibilities, environmental realities and the strategies and tactics related to global business success in Virginia.
Virginia Manufacturers Association
The Virginia Manufacturers Association develops constructive policies and activities on behalf of industry by serving as an advocate for legislative, regulatory, taxation, environmental, workplace, business law, insurance, and technology issues, and as an aggregator of business services for their members.
Virginia Society of Public Accountants—Richmond Chapter
The mission of the Virginia Society of Public Accountants is to enhance the success of their members by providing timely, relevant CPE and networking opportunities.
For more information on Richmond Associations visit https://www.grpva.com/key-industries/
Resources for Unique Populations
American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)
River City Express Network was founded in 2001 to provide professional education and networking support to Richmond area business women who need a different kind of organization.
American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA)
The mission of the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) is “to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.”
BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) is a non-profit organization of professionals working in or having an interest in the Computer Science and Information Technology fields. BDPA has a diverse representation of information technology professionals. Included amongst the organization’s members are programmers, analysts, engineers, managers, instructors, and entrepreneurs, to name a few.
Commercial Real Estate Women—Richmond Chapter
CREW-Richmond is an organization of experienced commercial real estate professionals from diverse fields established to enhance and promote members’ achievement of their full personal, professional, and leadership potential as a result of the opportunities for interaction and communication provided on both local and national levels.
Executive Women International
The mission of Executive Women International is to bring together key individuals for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.
HYPE—Helping Young Professionals Engage
The goal of HYPE is to enrich our region by connecting young professionals.
The Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA)
MRWBA’s mission is to improve the professional competence of area lawyers, including its members, through educational and other means, as well as to support and enhance the personal satisfaction and professional advancement of women in the legal profession and in the judiciary.
National Association of Women Business Owners
The Richmond chapter of NAWBO provides a strong voice and vision for women business owners in Central Virginia. Richmond NAWBO consists of a dynamic, diverse, and powerful group of women entrepreneurs and corporate partners who encourage and enhance the success of their peers through programs designed to create business opportunities, build strategic alliances, influence public policy, and promote leadership within the civic and business community.
Richmond Metropolitan Business League
Richmond Metropolitan Business League promotes small and minority business development in the Richmond Metropolitan area. They provide programs, services, leadership, education, training and advocacy for their members in order to promote the creation of wealth in the minority business community.
Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce
VACC helps Asian businesses to compete in the global marketplace with strategic research, guidance, and connections. Headquartered in Hanover County, Virginia, U.S.A, VACC is a leading global economic development agency focused on delivering innovative business services to companies wishing to enter the Asian market.
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Virginia Hispanic chamber promotes business opportunities for membership by providing proactive business and resource links to and within the Virginia Hispanic community.
Center for Nonprofit Excellence
Through BoardLink, the Partnership facilitates the connection of nonprofit organizations to trained and talented individuals who are interested in nonprofit board service. BoardLink prepares individuals for board service and aligns their passions and skills with the mission and needs of organizations.
ConnectRichmond provides information, resources and instant access to nonprofits, civic leaders, volunteers and others interested in improving Metro Richmond – the rest is up to you.
HandsOn Greater Richmond
HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. We offer unique, fun, and flexible ways for you to get connected and involved.