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  • 2019 The Valley Today Podcasts

    Brought to your by radio partner 95.3 The River.

    • January - Belladean Mashingaidze & Rachel Fish from White House Foods discussed the importance of research when adding new products & services; knowing your customers and what they want/expect from your company; and why keeping your employees engaged in your mission leads to a successful company.
    • February Jody Wall,  Director, Events recapped with the 2018 Greater Good Award winners: John HabudaShenandoah Valley I.T.- Entrepreneur of the Year, Freda RobersonFremont Street Nursery- Small Business of the Year, Andy Gail, Emerging Leader and Allison Combs, The Village at Orchard Ridge- Large Business of the Year. (Not present, Dixon Whitworth, Citizen of the Year and Joanne Lloyd, Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, Volunteer of the Year).
    • March - Jaime Karalis, President of Lightbulb Marketing, and Danita Roble, Director of Membership had a great conversation about marketing that offered suggestions and advice for business owners to get the most effective reach from their marketing efforts. 
    • April - Jim Bowie, Roxtar, Inc., and adjunct professor at Shenandoah University, teaching Lean Six Sigma joined Danita Roble, Membership Development, discussed and addressed issues both small and large businesses face both internally and externally. 
    • MayJody Wall,  Director, Events talked about the 2019 Corporate Challenge with Michelle Brune from BB&T (the event’s corporate sponsor) and Jeremy Shen from Yount Hyde & Barbour, reigning champion of last year’s event.
  • The Valley Today Podcast Archives

  • 2018 2018

    Brought to your by radio partner 95.3 The River.

    • January - Guest Ardy Wunder informed us about Winchester Imaging, Winchester Radiologists, the services they provide and how you have a choice in who you choose from your MRI's, CAT scans, ect.
    • February -  We were in an award winning studio for February's show! The 2017 Greater Good Award winners were in studio to talk about their recent awards and to give us insight about their businesses. Christy Foltz from American Woodmark, Large Business of the Year, Keighley Gore from Gore's Meats, Small Business of the Year, Tim Coyne, Citizen of the Year, and Jacqueline Shoemaker from Winchester Weight Loss, Entrepreneur of the Year. 
    • March - Guest Dale Haywood, Director of Operations for Bojangles' was in the studio to talk about the Bojangles' business model, their commitment to our community and their employees, and of course, their menu items.
    • April - Guests: Shari Fletcher, 1st Vice Commander & Fundraising Chair for AMVETS Post 18 and Jay Marts, Finance Chair for AMVETS Post 18.
    • May - Guests, Jenny Cubbage, owner of Comfort Keepers and her general manager, Elizabeth Campbell. We talked about the services Comfort Keepers can provide, discussed questions you should ask to help determine when/if it’s time to consider in-home care.
    • June - Guests: John Doleman with Apps TwentyFour Seventeen (sponsor of Chamber Night at the Ballpark); Nate Crandell, Winchester Royals board member & Jordan Huntley CF with Winchester Royals.
    • July - Guest: Mark Andrews with Doing Better Business talks about what sets Doing Better Business apart from other businesses.
    • August - Guests: Suzanne Conrad, Hob Nob in the Valley Committee Chair and Harry Smith with United Bank, the presenting sponsor, talked about the 19th annual Hob Nob in the Valley event on Friday, September 14.  
    • September- Guests: David & Jordan Williamson from Winchester Wireless. We talked about the services Winchester Wireless provides such as unlimited data Internet service to rural Winchester, VA and surrounding areas; fiber optic cable for businesses; and, computer sales, service & networking.
  • 2017 2017

    • January2015 Greater Good Award Winners talked about what winning meant to them personally and professionally along with all the great attributes of their business which helped to qualify them for their win.
    • February2016 Greater Good Award Winners: Mark Merrill, Valley Health President & CEO and Joe Silek, Chairman of the Valley Health System Board of Trustees along with Allison Dillow, Marketing Director for BK Connected Solutions and Kate Horton, President & CEO of BK Connected Solutions.
    • MarchRichard Kennedy, CEO of Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and Emily Buhl, Marketing Director for the chamber. Listen to learn about the benefits of Chamber membership, how it can help small business owners on their path to success and common misconceptions about chambers, their funding and networking events. 
    • AprilMarion Schottelkorb, Executive Director of WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter) who told us about their mission, their shelters and several upcoming fundraisers.
    • MayBoard members and golf tournament chairperson, Bryan Biddle talked about the upcoming Corporate Challenge Golf Tournament happening on June 30, 2017 at Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Course. 
    • JuneJim Stutzman, owner of Jim Stutzman Chevrolet to talk about the chamber’s centennial celebration and car raffle. Emily gave us some history and background on the chamber along with all the different ways a business can benefit from being involved.
    • JulyBelladean Mashingaidze (Social Media/Marketing Specialist) and Tracey Scott (Brand Manager) for White House Foods based in Winchester, VA. We talked about their product line including a few new products and the recent grand opening of “Let’s Be Honest” presented by White House Cares.
    • AugustCommittee Chair, John Fox talks about the upcoming Hob Nob in the Valley on September 8th. 
    • September - Guest, Jimmy Wilkins to talk about the Chamber’s history and upcoming Centennial Celebration. Jimmy gave us some history about his family’s long-time involvement with the chamber – he’s the oldest, living Past President of the organization.
    • October - Guests, Katrina Meade & Denise Snapp from City National Bank – sponsors and committee members for the chamber’s Valor Awards happening on November 2. They told us about the awards history, the types of nominations and the importance of recognizing our public safety personnel (and individual citizens) for their bravery, courage and quick action in various situations.
    • November - Guests, Wes & Cindy Dove with Dove Development & Consulting. We talked about their business, the services it offers and the benefit of training staff from sales to future leaders using their John Maxwell certified program.
    • December - Emily & Danita from the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to talk about all the services the chamber offers it’s members, the benefits of being a member including networking opportunities along with learning programs. We talked about their various award programs & events and the overall investment involved with being a member.
  • 2016 2016

    • January - Director of Marketing & Communications, Emily Buhl, talks about upcoming events!
    • February - Interview with Eleese Elliott from Mover Dudes. 
    • March - Interview with Wayne Witmer from Harman Construction. 
    • April - Jimmy Robertson, Winchester Public Schools, talking about the Securing Your Future Initiative. 
    • May - David Kelly, owner of Cafe del Sol and YPG Board Member. 
    • June - Melissa Wampler from Adams and Garth Staffing and Executive Search. 
    • July - John Fox, Greenwood Grocery & Deli, and HB Simpson, Annandale Millwork, talking about Hob Nob in the Valley 2016. 
    • August - Steve Shafran talking about the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation and their upcoming event. Steve also talks about how being a chamber member has helped him increase his visibility in the community. 
    • September - Katrina Meade and Densie Snapp from City National Bank talking about the upcoming Valor Awards on November 3! Hear about the event from the presenting sponsors and planning committee.
    • October - Richard Kennedy, new Chamber CEO, talking about the future of the Chamber.
    • November - Danita Roble, Director of Membership Development, talking about how to take advantage of chamber membership!
    • December - Outgoing Mayor Elizabeth Minor talked about her 36-year tenure in public service to the City of Winchester including the last 12 years as mayor. She recounted her proudest accomplishments and talked about what an honor and joy it’s been to serve the citizens of Winchester in such a valuable way.
  • Testimonials

    "The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is an incredibly valuable resource for the Shenandoah Valley..." – Adrienne G. Bloss, PhD, Provost, Shenandoah University.