Members of the Virginia Automotive Association with a delegate and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.

How being a Prince William Chamber member benefits businesses

In Community Involvement by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair has been a member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce for many years.

ST Billingsley, owner of our Woodbridge auto repair shop, recently spoke about one of the benefits of being a chamber member.

You can see the video interview here:

This is the video transcription:

Hi, my name is ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire in Woodbridge, Virginia; member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce; board member for the boys and girls club here in Prince William; and also a board member of the Virginia Automotive Association. And one of the things that a lot of people don’t realize is why it’s important to be a member of the chamber. We have worked with the chamber over the years even with the Virginia Automotive Association.

Well – when Ross Snare was here, we would work on certain government issues or maybe there was, you know, a delegate trying to put some laws in or some rules in that we’re actually going to hurt our industry. 

There was one rule that was coming through that had to do with the technicians actually having to stop work at a certain time, and it was actually going to affect their pay. 

The other things we work on things are such as diagnostic labor tax. We were able to get something through for saving the consumer money but also where the small business can avoid penalties through any kind of audit. And this is one of the things that the chamber helps work on. 

And if [what] you’re wondering is like, “What does the chamber do, other than just going and meeting people and making connections?” All that’s very important but also they’re looking out for what is happening legislative wise. 

Also what’s happening in the legislative – legislative wise with the county. If the district supervisors are trying to put rules in that are going to affect the business, that’s one of the things that they work on so we can actually, you know, try to talk to them see what’s going on try to you know you know protect our, you know, protect our businesses so we can actually keep people employed. It’s very important. 

So, that’s one of the reasons why over the years – I don’t remember how many it is, I know it’s probably over 10 by now – that being a member of the chamber of commerce is important.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.