May 24, 2023

 Small Business Forum &

 2023 Annual Meeting

 Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 6 - 9 PM

Program on Small Businesses in Prince William Area &

PWC100  2023 Annual Membership Meeting

  Scroll down page for biographies of panelists

Panelists & Moderator  of

May 24 Small Business Forum

May 24, 2023, 6 - 9 PM

6:15 PM - Dinner [details below]

Cost of meal is $35 per member; $40 per guest (see menu below).

Contact Secretary Sherry Zachry to reserve your meal by May 21

7:15 PM - Program-Small Business Forum

8:15 PM - Annual Meeting 

Prince William Small Business and Economic Opportunity Forum:

A Post-Pandemic and Stagnation Entrepreneurial Review


 8:15 PM: PWC 100 Annual General Membership Meeting 

New Officers & Directors for 2023-24 were elected!


Click Here to download document

As of July, 2023, Bel O'Neill became President as Ray Mizener stepped back his responsibilities and subsequently was appointed Vice President by the Board of Directors.

Updated document posted below, or Click Here to view or download. 

PWC 100 Officers, Directors for 2023-2024, elected 5.24.2023-updated July 2023.pdf

New Location:

Wyndham Garden Hotel

10800 Vandor Lane

Manassas, VA 20109 


Click underlined address for Google Map

Click picture for hotel website

Cost of meal at Wyndham is $35 per member; $40 per guest; includes taxes & gratuities.

Contact Secretary Sherry Zachry to reserve your meal by May 21

Dinner starts at 6:15 PM

Menu : Southern Style Dinner Buffet including:

Fried Chicken

BBQ Baby Back Ribs (Pork)

VA Style Green Beans

Potato Salad

Baked Beans

Garden Salad w/Assorted Dressings or Caesar Salad


 Assorted Desserts 

Choice of Coffee (Regular or Decaf), Hot Tea, and Unsweetened Ice Tea

Alcoholic beverages are extra.

Panelists & Moderator - L-R: John Reid, Clarice Grove, Charles Gilliam, Christina Winn,  Moderator Rebekah Perkins    


Prince William Small Business and Economic Opportunity Forum:

A Post-Pandemic and Stagnation Entrepreneurial Review

Very informative program!  Click on links in biographies to learn more.

Panelists included:

Christina Winn, Executive Director, PWC Department of Economic Development (DED) 

Clarice Grove,  Small Business Development  Manager-PWC DED 

Charles Gilliam, Executive Director of Leadership Prince William 

John Reid, Editor of PW Perspective 

Moderated by PWC100 Program Director Rebekah Perkins  

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2023 Nominating Committee Recommended Slate of Officers & Directors for 2023-24 Program Year

The 2023 Nominating Committee recommended a Slate of Officers & Directors for the 2023-24 Program Year, who were elected at the Annual Membership Meeting on May 24, 2023 (See above)

2023 Nominating Committee: 

Dr. Jack Kooyoomjian, Chair


Mike Beaty, Cynthia Chambliss , Denny Daugherty

 If you want to contact one of the above people click on name to send an email. 

 Click here  to view or download PDF of recommended slate.

May 24, 2023 PW Committee of 100 

Annual Membership Meeting


I. Call to Order

II. Recognitions: 

A. Brooke and families of the Executive Committee and Board Members

B. Rebekah, Bel, Tony, Cynthia, Mike Beaty, Sherry

C. Board Members 

D. Special Recognition: Martha Hendley, Donald Shuemaker, Dr. Jack, Harry 

       Wiggins, Herbert Byrd, Mike Artson, Jeff Fuller, Rebekah Perkins.

III. Program Summary for 2022-23

A. 10th Congressional Candidate Forum: Thanks to our Dual Members Carol 

     Noggle and Carol Proven

B. 7th Congressional Candidate Forum- was cancelled at last minute

C. Holiday Social at Brittany’s

D. Transportation Forum at City Tavern with the PWC Transportation Department

E. Gainesville Supervisor Special Election Candidate Forum: out did the chamber!

F. Water Resources

G. School Safety

H. Small Business Post Pandemic 

IV. Program Committee 

A. Plan Chair Phyllis Morris-Griffith 

B. Potential Program Topics

1. Mental Health: homelessness, addiction, crime, education

2. Commanders Stadium

3. Data Centers near residential Development and in the Rural Crescent

4. Transportation Philosophy: How did we get here?

5. Development Density: How much is too much?

C. Potential Candidate Forum Events

1. Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney

2. School board 

a) Eastern End of the county

b) Western End of the county

c) School Board Chair

3. Board of Supervisors 

a) Eastern End of the county

b) Western End of the county

c) Chair At Large

4. State Senate Districts: 29, 30, 33 (new districts and district numbers in   


5. State House Districts: 20, 21.  (Districts  19, 22, 23, 24, 25 do not have 

    opposing candidates at this time)  (new districts and numbers) 

V. Meeting Minutes from the last Membership Meeting

VI. Treasurer’s Report

VII. New Business

A. Membership Committee Proposals into the ByLaws 

B. Increase candidate donation threshold to participate on a questions committee

VIII. Nominations Committee: Dr. Jack (chair), Cynthia Chambliss, Denny Daugherty, 

     Mike Beaty  (Ballot here)

IX. Vote


Minutes of the May 24, 2023 Annual Meeting have been sent to 

members only by Constant Contact email: 

Contact Secretary Sherry Zachry if you want a PDF copy of the Minutes.

Biographies of Panelists

Christina Winn - Panelist

Executive Director of PWC Department of Economic Development (DED) 

Christina Winn leads the Prince William County Department of Economic Development, catalyzing investment, retention, and redevelopment opportunities in the second largest county in Virginia.

By positioning the county as a leader in the fast-paced, evolving economy of the Greater Washington, D.C. region, Ms. Winn is shaping stages for expansion and collaboration in key target industries, such as life sciences and biotech; last-mile distribution and supply chain logistics; and government contracting. She wants to create higher paying jobs for a highly educated and diverse workforce in Prince William County that will also build capacity for a flourishing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

With more than 20 years of economic development and private sector real estate experience, Ms. Winn is an expert in development programs including finance, incentives, and marketing. Since taking the helm of the department in 2019, Ms. Winn has implemented best practices and programs that attracted more than $9.1 billion in capital investment and 5,300 new and retained jobs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led multiple grant programs, providing more than $32 million in assistance to the county’s business community.

Before her current role, she led Arlington’s Economic Development business investment  group, leading retention, recruitment, and entrepreneurial support. 

Under her leadership, Arlington recruited and retained 200 companies totaling over 14 million square feet of office space and 86,000

jobs. Notable projects include the retention of Corporate Executive Board, Applied Predictive Technologies and Opower as well as the recruitment of Amazon’s HQ2, Lidl US HQ and Nestlé US HQ.

Ms. Winn earned her master’s degree in real estate development from Johns Hopkins University and her bachelor’s degree in economics from Arizona State University.

John Reid - Panelist

Editor. PW Perspective 

Since moving to Woodbridge in 1991, John Reid has covered a variety of events since beginning his writing career at Woodbridge Senior High School to becoming a Senior Editor at Northern Virginia Community College and also a Sports Editor at the Commonwealth Times in Richmond. 

Whether it was reporting the Million Man March to working in local elections, John has been involved in the Prince William County community with the purpose of being a voice for the silenced minorities.

 A graduate of Northern Virginia Community College and Grand Canyon University, he has worked as a teacher, minister, basketball coach and media director. He created the PW Perspective in November 2019 and serves as its Editor-In-Chief.

Charles Gilliam -Panelist

Executive Director,

Leadership Prince William


Charles Gilliam has been the Executive Director of Leadership Prince William since July 2022. Leadership Prince William, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) serving Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Its mission is to engage and inspire individuals, organizations, and alumni to enrich the community through collaborative leadership.  

Prior to assuming the Executive Director position, Charles was Chair-Elect from November 2020 - June 2022 and served on the Board of Regents from January 2019 - June 2022, as well as being a Leadership graduate in the Class of 2009 .  

He opened Okra's Cajun Creole in Old Town Manassas in Oct 1998 and closed it in December 2021. He was a board member of Historic Manassas, Inc. from 2011 to 2017 and volunteered with Project Mend-A –House in Manassas for several years.

Charles graduated from Berea College in 1990 with Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Business Administration, Management and Operations, in Hospitality and Business Management

Quote from his LinkedIn page:  “I love what I do. My choice of careers gives me the opportunity to move in a thousand different directions. My objective is to build businesses that focus on the happiness of the people involved, both staff and customer, while providing me with enough time to spend with my own family.” 

Clarice Grove-Panelist

Small Business Development Manager for PWC Department of Economic Development (DED)

Clarice Grove is the Small Business Development Manager for Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development. In her role, Clarice's mission is to improve the County's economic base by encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting existing small businesses in Prince William County.


Clarice led the County's $5 million Small Business Relief Micro-Grant and helped over 600 businesses remain resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the lasting economic impact of COVID-19, Clarice leads the newest $6 million Restore Retail Grant to assist businesses behind on rent payments.

Aside from grants, Clarice is excited to launch other small business initiatives such as a Small Business Microloan program, Resource Center and Barriers to Success program to increase economic equity for underrepresented entrepreneurs and small business owners. As an advocate for wisdom and knowledge, Clarice aims to ensure small businesses have access to the best business literacy tools and resources.

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