"When I opened my business in early 2009, we had just entered a recession. Needless to say, I was very nervous about starting a business when other businesses were shutting their doors. I knew in order to succeed, I would need the help of our business community. I joined the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and the first day I opened for business, they were there with a warm smile. They had a ribbon cutting ceremony for me that same day. I knew instantly that I had become a member of a business "family." These are the people who want to help me succeed, and 6 years later business is still growing! In the Chamber community, I have found myself surrounded by business mentors who have helped my success. The Chamber has helped me to grow as a business and a business owner. What has my Chamber done for me? It has helped me to succeed during a recession. And for that, I am grateful." – Sharon Farinholt, Owner, Crown Trophy
"The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is an incredibly valuable resource for the Shenandoah Valley. At Shenandoah University, we rely on the outstanding Chamber programs, from the highly structured Community Leadership Program to the laid-back Business After Hours events, to help us build essential partnerships with business and civic leaders. As a relative newcomer to Winchester, I have also found the Chamber to be a great way to meet people and get connected." – Adrienne G. Bloss, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Shenandoah University
"Valley Health’s membership in the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is a valuable asset as we work to improve the health of our community. The region’s employers are increasingly concerned with helping their employees make healthy choices and wise health care decisions. Our Chamber membership provides Valley Health the opportunity to be a resource for local businesses and their partner in addressing health and wellness issues. Valley Health’s ongoing involvement with the Chamber’s Community Leadership Program has given us the opportunity to engage community leaders in discussions about the health challenges facing our communities." – Chris Rucker, President of Valley Regional Enterprises and Valley Health’s Vice President of Ambulatory and Wellness Services
"In today’s law enforcement environment, we can no longer afford to take on community issues by ourselves. The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber provides us an avenue to connect with our business partners and develop relationships that promulgate a better quality of life for our citizens." – Capt. Douglas Watson, Patrol Division/SWAT commander, Winchester Police Department
"It's not enough to just be listed as a member of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber. The real benefits have come from the relationships I've created by attending as many events and mixers as possible and becoming part of a Lead Share Leadership Team. Our Chamber has helped me connect with more people and feel at home in my new city." – Gary Auerbach, The Frisbee Guy and Chamber Ambassador
"At Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area, we are committed to improving our community by advancing essential literacy skills for adults through education. As a member of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber (TVRC), we have the opportunity to build partnerships and to be a resource for businesses and community leaders. That allows us to address the needs of adult literacy in the region, to ensure a workforce that has sufficient skills and education to be competitive. I also had the opportunity to participate in the TVRC 2014-2015 Community Leadership Program, which I would highly recommend. As a member of the TVRC, we are part of something bigger working to make a difference in our community." – Kim Herbstritt, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area
"The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber serves the city of Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County and our broader region by creating an attractive place for citizens to live, work and raise a family. Valley Health, the area’s premier health care provider and its largest employer, supports the Chamber’s efforts in engaging elected officials, promoting education, strengthening the region’s business community and enhancing the quality of life in our region. This makes it easier for us to attract new health care providers—a key component of a vibrant health care organization." – Mark H. Merrill, President and CEO of Valley Health System
"The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is an incredibly valuable resource for the Shenandoah Valley..." – Adrienne G. Bloss, PhD, Provost, Shenandoah University.