We are the Champions

What a difference a year makes. The last time we debuted our Lynchburg Business Millennials on the Move honorees was during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to restrictions, we were unable to meet in person for an event that truly is near and dear to my heart.

But now, with vaccinations readily available and restrictions mostly lifted, not only can we finally say that business is picking up again but also, perhaps most importantly, that people are beginning to gather together again. We are thrilled to be able to honor our 20 Millennials on the Move at a reception at Timberlake Tavern this July.

Technology played a critical role in our ability to collaborate and work effectively throughout the pandemic, and we should embrace that technology as an important tool for achieving our collective goals in an increasingly virtual business environment. Yet, nothing can replace face-to-face interaction when it comes to building community and tackling the big-picture challenges that face our region and the world.

As you learn about our 2021 Millennials on the Move in this issue, you will notice that “community” is a common passion mentioned by these young professionals in their varying industries—from serving bagels downtown to opening a Pilates studio to volunteering for numerous nonprofits and beyond. These men and women are just as focused on making our region a better place as improving their own resumes.

I hope you will join us in connecting with and celebrating the accomplishments of our Millennials on the Move. You can read their responses beginning in our feature section and at lynchburgbusinessmag.com. We also encourage you to engage on social media using #lynchburgmillennials.

Let’s champion them and Central Virginia as we turn the page to the beginning of a post-pandemic chapter.

Shelley Basinger, Managing Editor