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)
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 Festival. The 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.
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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 Habuda, Shenandoah Valley I.T.- Entrepreneur of the Year, Freda Roberson, Fremont 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.
July- This month Janet Michael and Danita Clark-Roble sat down with David A. Miles, Dr. 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.
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.
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"The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is an incredibly valuable resource for the Shenandoah Valley..." – Adrienne G. Bloss, PhD, Provost, Shenandoah University.