The Northern Virginia Republican Business Forum’s mission is to provide an environment for business people to learn about political and economic issues impacting their lives and to discuss solutions with members, elected officials or candidates. The organization will continuously explore robust communications platforms to enhance its electoral presence through social gatherings, online messaging and through party building and political action.
From the time they were Colonists through becoming Citizens, Virginians have understood the importance of the vibrant expression and exploration of ideas in order to achieve better governance. From Patrick Henry to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, James Madison and John Marshall; from John Warner, Tom Davis, Vince Callahan and George Allen to Tim Hugo and Barbara Comstock, Jim LeMunyon, Ken Cuccinelli, Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell, Virginians have spoken out and citizen politicians have listened and governed. The Northern Virginia Republican Business Forum (“NVRBF”) was formed, and seeks to follow and further, this tradition consistent with the core values and interests of its members. This latter group of elected officials reflects the mission of the NVRBF, as each has attended, spoken to and heard from the members of the NVRBF in the course of achieving and maintaining elected office in Virginia.
Through a regular series of breakfast meetings, strategically held evening receptions, and trips to Richmond and Capitol Hill, the NVRBF provides its members with the opportunity to hear from local community, county, state and federal elected officials, decision makers and political provocateurs. Each meeting provides the members with information regarding issues important to their lives and livelihoods. And, of course, the NVRBF provides its members with the opportunity to express their opinions and ideas, and to provide a reality check, to those same elected officials, decision makers and political provocateurs. Perhaps more importantly, the NVRBF provides its members with the opportunity to communicate with their peers and exchange ideas in an informal and open setting.
The focus of the NVRBF, consistent with its name, is on issues fundamental to the business community in the Northern Virginia area. Again consistent with its name, these issues are addressed from a conservative view point. Ronald Reagan’s name is invoked often, both to make a point and to bring a smile to the members’ faces. During the past decade, guests from the podium as well as colleagues at the coffee urn have tackled taxes, the role of government, over regulation, transportation, immigration, health care, and taxes and over regulation (as noted — President Reagan is invoked frequently). Particularly in election years, the NVRBF focuses on party building activities and hosts candidates, pollsters and party leaders to address campaign strategies and the opportunity to persuade its voting members as well as debates between candidates for office.
The NVRBF provides an environment for business people seeking to learn about political and economic issues and to be heard on those issues and elected officials or candidates to stay in touch with their electorate. Going forward, the NVRBF will build on its breakfast meeting driven platform and enhance communications with and between members through a more robust web site and will enhance its electoral presence through its political action committee.