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  • 2021 The Valley Today Podcasts

    Brought to your by radio partner 95.3 The River.
    • JanuaryCynthia Schneider, CEO, chatted about the state of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber going into 2021 with John Fox, Chair of the Board for the Chamber. The pair discussed the transition of board members and the integral role the board has played in managing & maintaining the services & programs offered by the chamber. John explained his goals moving into 2021 and Cynthia told us what to expect at their annual membership meeting happening on Wednesday, January 27.
    • February: Danita Roble, Director of Programs & Events for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, gave details for the Greater Good Awards happening on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at The Alamo Drafthouse.

      Joining the conversation were last year’s winners:

      Celeste Borel from L’Auberge Provencale Bed & Breakfast (Small Business of the Year)
      Susan Brooks from Navy Federal Credit Union (Large Business of the Year)
      Cary Dunston (Citizen of the Year)
      Dr. Dave Miles, Dr. Dave Leadership Corp. (Entrepreneur of the Year)
      Charles Harbaugh, IV (Emerging Leader)

    • MarchKory Campbell from the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber gave an update from the 2021 Greater Good Award ceremony. Kory’s guests were Adrian Taylor & Jeremy Shen from YHB, recent winners of the Large Business of the Year award; and Greg Vossler, recent winner of the Emerging Leader award. Kory gave us a recap of the evening’s (in-person) events and told us who won each of the awards. Greg, Adrian & Jeremy told us how excited and honored they were to win the award(s) and sang the praises of the chamber for the success of the event.
    • April: Top of Virginia Regional Chamber CEO Cynthia Schneider and her board Chairman, John Fox discuss a few chamber programs and learn more about the chamber’s mission to be the voice of business. We talked about the chamber’s Public Policy Committee and their new initiative to increase Government procurement from local vendors whenever possible. Read the press release here: https://theriver953.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Chamber-Announces-Procurement-Initiative-for-Local-Government.pdf The purpose of the Public Policy Committee is to educate Chamber members about key public policy issues and to represent their interests before local, state and federal governments and agencies. We also talked about their Workforce Development Committee and several of the goals they’ve set for the coming year. The mission of the Chamber Workforce Development Committee is to educate and make available to members the opportunities for them to grow and develop their workforce by accessing the community resources. The Chamber will collaborate with the education community, workforce development agencies, EDA’s, and other resources. This is in addition to the Chamber’s program offerings such as Community Learning Program and the Young Professionals Group.
    • May: Students from the Community Leadership Program, Class of 2021 joined Danita Roble, Director of Event Management for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to share their experience in the program.
    • JuneCynthia Schneider, CEO of Top of Virginia Regional Chamber talks about our purpose, mission, and vision as it relates to member programs and services.

      Purpose: to connect businesses and community resources for mutual success.

      Mission: Provide Programs and services to meet the business and professional needs of our members.

      Vision: To be the voice of business for the City of Winchester, Clarke, and Frederick Counties.

      She shared some examples of programs, services, and events that reinforce those initiatives and gave us details for each.

      Networking – both through Mixers and Lead Share Groups (Vision, Mission, and Purpose)
      Community Leadership Program (Mission) – Applications are being accepted through June 30
      Public Policy | Marijuana Forum (Vision) happening virtually on Monday, June 28. This is part of a 3-part series that includes: How might it affect your business; What do I need to know about the July 1, 2021 changes to legislation; How can I influence future legislation locally and at the state level
      Coming this fall (Labor Day weekend) the chamber is partnering with Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival to plan a community event to include the Valor Awards (Thursday), Concern Hotlines Fish Fry (Friday), and SABF BBQ and Brews on Saturday. (Purpose)

    • July: From the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber with Danita Roble, Director of Event Management and her guests: Rusty Holland, Director at Concern Hotline & Brad Veach, Director at Shenandoah Apple Blossom FestivalThe group gave the details for their upcoming event collaboration: Core of the Community that happens Labor Day weekend. The event weekend will kick off with the chamber’s Valor Awards on Thursday, September 2, 2021. On Friday, September 3, 2021 Concern Hotline will host their 22nd Annual Fish Fry Friday from 4pm – 9pm. The weekend wraps up with BBQ and Brews hosted by the Shenandoah Apple Blossom on Saturday, September 4, 2021 from 1pm – 9pm. All three events will be held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

      We talked about how the opportunity presented itself for the three agencies to partner and the benefits they’ve already seen from this collaboration.

      Click here for more information about the Valor Awards.

      Click here for details about Concern Hotline’s Fish Fry Friday.

      Click here for details about the BBQ & Brews event hosted by Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

    • AugustThe Valley Business Today with John Fox, Executive Committee Chair for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, and his guest, Dr. Jason Van Heukelum, Superintendent of Winchester Public Schools. We talked about the partnerships between the chamber, their committee members, and the school systems in our area that happen to support workforce development in our community. Jason told us about the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center that opens this week to students at Handley High School. We discussed the importance of CTE education and the different things the Workforce Development Committee of the chamber tackle to further the conversation.
  • The Valley Today Podcast Archives

  • 2020 2020

    Brought to your by radio partner 95.3 The River.
    • JanuaryCynthia Schneider, CEO shared all the changes coming to the chamber in 2020 that include staff duties, new programs, updates to various events, and more.
    • February: Ashley Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications & Danita Roble, Event Management, had a candid conversation about all the marketing options available to chamber members – most included with their membership – and how to best take advantage of them.
    • MarchCynthia Schneider, CEO and Ashley Miller, Director of Marketing & Communications had a conversation about the chamber’s efforts to support local businesses during the COVID19 pandemic and how the TOV is #Open4Biz. 
    • AprilCynthia Schnieder, CEO, shared the chamber’s newest offering: Telemed and discussed the upcoming virtual job fair.
    • May: Cynthia Schneider, CEO and her guest, Celeste Borel, owner of L’Auberge Provencale located in White Post, VA discussed the aspect of resiliency. During the conversation, Cynthia talked about the importance of being resilient in order for a business to be successful, especially in our current economic climate. As the chamber’s 2019 Small Business of the Year recipient, Cynthia thought Celeste would be a great guest to talk about how her business had already made changes to their business model, then made a new pivot to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis.
    • JuneJody Wall, Director of Program Development discussed the Community Leadership Program and was joined by Charles Daniels, current TVRC board member & 2019-2020 CLP participant, where they discussed the longevity of the program now entering it’s 24th year, the information participants learn about their community and the long-lasting impact it has on their leadership & community commitment.
    • July:  Cynthia Schneider, CEO, Charles Daniels, Board Member and Public Policy chair, and Danita Roble, Director of events chatted  about Hob Nob in the Valley 2020.
    • September: Danita Roble, Director, Event Management was joined by guests Kelly Rice, Deputy Chief, Winchester Police Dept. and Hadden Culp, Fire Chief, City of Winchester to discuss the 8th annual Valor Awards, presented by City National Bank.  
    • OctoberCynthia Schneider and new City of Winchester Manager, Dan Hoffman sat down together for a chat about his plans for the City of Winchester. 
    • November: Billy Whirley, Director, Membership Development talked  about membership benefits and how the chamber has had to pivot it’s offerings to accommodate members during the pandemic
    • December: Cynthia Schneider, President of Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, looks back at 2020 and discusses how both the chamber & local businesses weathered the pandemic. Cynthia gave thanks to her staff, board, and members for their perseverance and dedication to keeping the doors open. Also discussed was the Shop Local Initiative as well as Open & Safe NSV – get the details here: https://openandsafensv.biz/
  • 2019 2019

    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. 

    • May - Jody 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.

    • JulyThis month Janet Michael and Danita Clark-Roble sat down with David A. MilesDr. Dave Leadership Corp. Their conversation included the importance of leadership; leadership development; and, building a leadership culture in an organization. Dr. Dave also shared some information on an upcoming leadership development event in partnership with Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity and the Top of Virginia Regional ChamberLive2Lead: Winchester. 

    • August- Jody Wall, director of program development and guest, Jim Guisewhite, Chairman of the planning committee for Hob Nob in the Valley discussed the details for the event happening on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 5pm – 8pm at Handley High School. The event is fundraiser for the chamber; is non-partisan; but, provides the opportunity for attendees to meet, mingle and converse with current public servants as well as those currently running for office. State & local officials will be in attendance.

    • SeptemberThis month Janet Michael and Jody Wall sat down with presenting sponsor Katrina Meade, City National Bank and Lenny Millholland to talk about the The 2019 Valor Awards on Friday, Nov. 1. The event recognizes various public safety departments, as well as every day citizens who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of others.

    • October- Jody Wall, Director of Program Development for TVRC, Missy McDonald, Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Frederick County Public Schools & Bonnie Zampino, Center Manager with Virginia Career Works joined Janet in the studio where they talked about the workforce development committee’s work, it’s importance in developing a local, skilled workforce and how these two committee members’ organizations collaborate with community members, local employers and those seeking employment.

  • 2018 2018

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    • 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.