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2022 The Valley Today Podcasts

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  • January: Our conversation for The Valley Business Today included Cynthia Schneider, CEO of Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, and her Chairman of the Board, Scott Harvard (CEO of First Bank.)We talked about the board's role in moving the chamber forward & the diverse backgrounds and institutional knowledge it provides to Cynthia. Scott explained his role as the Executive Committee Chair and talked about how important it is to our entire community to have a strong chamber of commerce. Cynthia filled us in on the new website and reminded us that nominations are still being accepted (through January 31) for the Greater Good Awards. She also gave us a bit of information about a new marketing vehicle they'll be launching soon in partnership with NewsTalk 1400.
  • February: Our conversation for the Valley Business Today with Kory Campbell, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber centered around local tourism - hyper-local, actually. Joining us for the conversation was Felicia Pallett, Director of Sales for George Washington Wyndham Grand Hotel. Kory told us about his honeymoon trip where he & his wife stayed at GWWG and spent some time wandering around as if they were tourists. We talked about how the tweak in perspective gave Kory a new appreciation for businesses, buildings, and even tourists. Felicia filled us in on all the great things about GWWG from their spa to their restaurant. She told us about the renovations and the people who stay with them both locals and visitors to the area.In the second segment, we talked about events: weddings, receptions, and corporate events. Felicia told us about the various spaces that are available and the amenities that come with them. We wrapped up the show getting details from Kory for the chamber's Greater Good Awards that are happening on March 24, 2022, at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.
  • March: Our conversation for The Valley Business Today with Top of Virginia Regional Chamber featured Kory Campbell, Director of Marketing & Communications for the organization. Kory gave us all the details for the chamber's latest outreach effort: WinLife TV. He explained how the partnership happened and talked about all the businesses, community events, and news items that will be featured on the channel. It can be viewed throughout the area on Comcast channel(s) 190 and 1097. The channel is also available via live stream on the chamber's website: also talked about several upcoming events hosted by the chamber:The Post Legislative Lunch will be held on April 7, 2021 between 12pm - 2pm at The George Washington Wyndam Grand Hotel. Click here for details and/or to register.

    Business After Hours hosted by Rock Harbor Golf Course will happen on April 13, 2022 between 5:30pm - 7pm. Click here for details.

    Lunch & Learn: Cyber Security, Cyber Governance & Cyber Insurance will happen on April 19, 2022 between 11:30am - 1:30pm at Winchester Country Club. Click here to get more details and/or register.

    Business at the Bloom will take place on April 27, 2022 at James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Event Center and starts at 11am. Click here for more details and/or purchase tickets.

    For more information about other chamber events, membership inquiries, or sponsorship opportunities, visit their website:  and follow them on Facebook.

    Mark your calendars for the May Business After Hours hosted by Shaffer's BBQ in Middletown.

  • April: We recorded today's conversation for The Valley Business Today on location at Shaffer's BBQ & Market in Middletown. Shaffer's owner, Matt was recently named the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber's Small Business of the Year at their Greater Good Awards which took place on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.Vanessa McAllister, Director of Programs & Events for the chamber was my co-host today. Joining us for the conversation was Frederick County Sheriff, Lenny Millholland who was recently named Citizen of the Year, and Barry Lee who received the Lifetime Community Impact Award. We talked about the event and what being winning meant to each of them. The conversation was full of stories and laughter.

    The purpose of the “Greater Good Awards” is to celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for the contributions they make to the quality of life and economic stability of our region through genuine community commitment, dedication to excellence, and ethical and creative business practices. Award winners are chosen by an impartial committee of past Chamber board chairs. Awards include Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Non-profit of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Emerging Leader Award, James R. Wilkins Sr. Legacy Award, and Lifetime Community Impact Award.

    Other award winners from the event were:

    Katrina Smith - RE/MAX Synergy | Entrepreneur of the Year

    Valley Proteins, Inc. | Large Business of the Year

    David Kent | Emerging Leader

    Winchester Rescue Mission | Non-Profit of the Year

    Vanessa also told us about the newly named Legacy Awards

    Before we wrapped our conversation, Vanessa gave us a few details for some upcoming events: Corporate ChallengeValor Awards & Valley Business Women's Night Out.

    For more information about the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber or to watch the replay of the Greater Good Awards, visit their website:  and follow them on Facebook.

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