The chamber will be launching a new, mobile-friendly website.
This current website may not function correctly at times due to unstable website software†
Chamber Scholarship Applications for 2019-20 Deadline is Monday, March 4th
Next Chamber Membership Lunch Meeting is April 22nd At Noon
Presentation About New River Valley Regional Commission Available Online
2018 Annual Chamber Awards Recipients
Chamber Committee Sign Up Form & Chamber E-News Submission Form
Floyd Visitor Guides Being Distributed
Not Getting Chamber Newsletters?
Chamber Scholarship Applications Being Accepted Through Monday, March 4th
The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce is continuing the chamber scholarships that it has offered for many years with two $500 scholarships offered again this year.† Eligible students include any graduating Floyd County resident senior who intends to attend a college or trade school in 2019-20.† The chamber is accepting applications from Floyd County High School students, Springhouse Community School students, home-schooled students, and any other Floyd County youth that are planning to attend a qualified post-high school education program. The 2018 chamber scholarship recipients were Aleah Goodson and Madison Rae Greenman.
For Floyd County High School students, the chamberís scholarship applications can be picked up from the guidance counseling office. Non-Floyd County High School students can download the application here or pick up in person at the Chamber office located at 109 East Main Street, next to Cocoa Mia.†
The deadline for applications to be submitted is Monday, March 4th.
Teresa Martin, owner of chamber member business, Studio Thought, speaks during a membership discussion
Next Chamber Membership Lunch Meeting Is April 22nd at Noon†
Join us for a chamber membership lunch meeting on Monday, April 22nd at Noon in the Skyline National Bankís Community Room. Lunch will be provided.†
Our speaker will be Marty Holiday, Executive Director of the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board (WDB), who will talk about how her organization supports employers and employees in our region.† The WBD is made up of representatives from regional employers (minimum of 51%), education, organized labor, community based organizations, economic development and federally required One-Stop Partners.† All WDB members are appointed by the Consortium Board.† The WDB oversees the programs and initiatives as specified in the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (which include programs for Adults, Youth, Dislocated Workers and other special grants and programs as available).† The WDB also acts as a coordinator/convener for the regionís workforce system to interface with economic development and the business community.† The Workforce System includes (but is not limited to):
- K-12 Education systems
- Post-Secondary Education/Training providers
- Adult Education
- Training/Employment Programs offered for special populations
- Older Workers
- Workers with Disabilities
- Economically Disadvantaged individuals
- Youth (ages 14-21)
The Chamberís† meeting schedule alternates each month between evening board meetings and hour-long, membership-oriented lunchtime meetings, typically on the fourth Monday of each month.† The board business items are eliminated/abbreviated at lunchtime meetings to include more time for presenting topics of general interest to the membership and for membership discussion.†Lunch is provided by a chamber member sponsor for these meetings except in December.
The Skyline Bank Community Room is located at 203 Oxford Street in Floyd.† Guests can park in the courthouse parking lot at the corner of Rt8/Locust St. and Oxford Street in the two rows closest to the building.† The Community Room is in the brick building just off the parking lot opposite the Rt. 8 side of the parking lot.† A concrete ramp leads to the front door of the Community Room, accessed from the parking lot.
Presentation About New River Valley Regional Commission Available Online
Kevin Byrd, the commissionís Executive Director provided a presentation about the New River Valley Regional Commission at your chamber's February membership lunch meeting.† The NRV Regional Commission convenes community leaders to build relationships and capacity across the region; provides technical assistance to members; serves as a liaison between local, state and federal governments; and implements services when requested by members. New River Valley Regional Commission works to promote a higher quality of life by supporting Economic Development, Community Development, Housing, and Transportation programs. You can view the presentation by clicking here.
2018 Annual Floyd Chamber Award Recipients
"Our Floyd County Chamber of Commerce event was a huge success! The most attendees we have had to date! This night could not happen without the tireless efforts of our Executive Director John McEnhill, his staff, Maggie Hessinger (Floyd Event Center) and our Chamber event committee! Thank you all for your continued support of our Chamber and for this event that truly brings our members together for an incredible night of networking and education on items that are important to our membership as a whole. Thank you to Linda Devito for MCing the event and to our speakers Dr. John Wheeler, Floyd County Schools Superintendent and Lydeana Martin, Floyd County Community and Economic Development Director. Also, a big thank you to Jack (Wall) and Kamala (Bauers) for allowing us to have our event in their beautiful facility (Floyd Event Center) and to Janice Yearout Patton for loaning us her beautiful fall decorations for the event. Thank you ALL for attending, volunteering, donating and purchasing silent auction items and helping us keep our business community informed. This night would not be the same without every hand that helped make it possible."† Joy Gardner, Past Chamber President, Retiring Chamber Board Member
Photos courtesy of† Meghann Chapman Photography
2018 Chamber Business of the Year Award
The Floyd Press
2018 Chamber Nonprofit of the Year
The June Bug Center for Arts & Education
2018 Chamber Business Leader of the Year
Chair, Floyd County Economic Development Authority
Bootleg BBQ & Beegle Landscaping
2018 Executive Director's Award
Floyd County Visitor Center - SCSEP Participant
Chamber E-News Submission Form & Chamber Committee Signup Form
New Chamber E-News Submission Form
Your Chamber is implementing a new chamber benefit on a trial basis to provide chamber members with the ability to submit news items related to their business/nonprofit to include in the Chamber E-news sent to fellow chamber members and chamber partner organizations.† This process is designed so chamber staff can easily include in a Chamber E-news bulletin. †Editing down longer press releases and writing up info from flyers is currently beyond the capacity of chamber staff so the form is a trial to see if this will work well for most, if not all, our membership. ††Please let us know of any hiccups or suggestions via email to info@FloydChamber.org. Click here to access the online form for Chamber E-news submission form.
Sign Up For A Chamber Committee
Please consider signing up to volunteer for your chamber on a committee.† You can elect to help with a specific committee project such as the Leadership Floyd Program under your chamberís Community Development Committee; help with your Chamberís annual Rubber Duck Race in August or the annual Spooktacular Gala in October; or signup to help out at our Floyd Visitor Center.† Click here for an easy online signup form.
Floyd Visitor Guides Distribution
The 2017 Floyd Visitor Guides, produced by your chamber, are still being distributed.† We have shipped 25,000 guides to over 100 Certified Visitor Information Centers and other visitor centers throughout the state. †These shipments have been supplemented by another shipment of 10,000 for paid placement in six official Virginia Welcome Centers at key interstate locations where visitors cross state lines into Virginia.†
The initial push to get new guides out to over 400 locations took about a month.† The guides are also mailed to leads generated by paid advertisements placed by the Floyd Tourism Office, and distributed to attendees at local festivals in Floyd County such as Floyd Fest and Chantilly Farmís Bluegrass Festival and Yoga Jam. †Local artisans are also handing them out at craft shows in and out of state. Our focus has been to get them in places where it will benefit businesses that advertised in the guide, promote Floyd County as a visitor destination, and avoid wastage.
Visitor Guides can be requested by contacting the Visitor Information Center/Chamber office at 745-4407 or Info@FloydChamber.org.† The Visitor Information Center and chamber office is located at 109 East Main Street, next door to Blue Ridge Cafť, and is open seven days a week.†
The Floyd County Visitor Information Center is co-managed by your chamber and Floyd Tourism Office.
Not Getting Chamber Newsletters?
The most common reason for not seeing chamber newsletters in your email inbox is because they are being filtered as spam/junk by your email server or your own email settings.† Your regular spam settings may be too stringent or you may have inadvertently marked a previous newsletter as spam/junk.† Check your spam or junk email folder to see if the newsletters are landing there.† Try copying the following email address and pasting it to your email address book as a new contact:† email@example.com †† †
Another reason that you may not be seeing the newsletter is that if you are using Gmail, it may be automatically filtered into your promotional items folder.† If you do find it there, you can right click on the email and drag into your regular inbox and confirm that you want future chamber newsletters to land there.
The server that hosts your website and email address may also be blocking the chamber newsletter as part of a global policy.† In this case, it is best to contact your server's technical support and ask that the email address that sends the newsletter, firstname.lastname@example.org, be allowed to reach your inbox.
Please contact info@FloydChamber.org if you need further assistance.
Our mission is to support regional businesses with networking opportunities, informative and educational resources, and to serve as an†advocate for our members and community.†
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