Floyd County/Town of Floyd Map Advertising Opportunity
2020 Chamber Scholarship Applications Now Available
2019 Annual Chamber Awards Recipients
February 24th Membership Lunch Meeting
Recent Business Presentations Available Online
Chamber Committee Sign Up Form & Chamber E-News Submission Form
Floyd Visitor Guides Being Distributed
Not Getting Chamber Newsletters?
Floyd County/Town Of Floyd Map Advertising Opportunity
Your chamber is updating the Floyd County/Town of Floyd Maps which have been distributed by the Chamber/Visitor Center primarily to prospective and new residents, along with visitors. The current version was produced in 2011 and we have almost used up the supply. The demand for this map has been remarkably steady over the years and shows no sign of decreasing. This map has also been distributed by local real estate firms to folks considering relocating to Floyd County. Images of the current map are attached to this email. We will be printing 20,000 copies.
Along with the locater grid and corresponding key for road names, this new, two-color version of the County/Town map will emphasize useful reference information for residents such as showing the voting districts, green box locations, other local government and civic information, as well as display ads for local businesses. This is a great resource for early promotion of your business to new residents and those who are seeking to relocate here.
We are offering Floyd Chamber members and Floyd businesses and organizations the opportunity to place advertisements in this map.
For your convenience, the single display ad size is the standard business card size and you can purchase a horizontal or vertical double ad size as well. The current price for a single ad is $500 and $1,000 for a double size ad. Each advertiser will be given 250 maps for each single ad placed and 500 for each double ad placed. You can sell these maps for $2 each - as the Visitor Center does - and cover the cost of your ad!
To advertise in this new county map, please complete the online form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeUD7ZgodKbOvM_wClpJq8MH-vO9XUEFkDqAwZLxgWIGwLMog/viewform?usp=sf_link
The form only takes a few minutes to complete! After we receive your form, an invoice will be sent to you with directions for submitting the display ad.
2020 Annual Chamber Scholarship Applications Now Available
Deadline to Apply is March 2nd
Our Floyd Chamber of Commerce is once again presenting two $500 scholarships to Floyd County graduating seniors, including non-FCHS students such as Floyd County homeschooled students and Floyd County Springhouse Community School students. One scholarship is intended for a trade school/community college and one is intended for a four-year college/university. Deadline to apply is March 2nd, 2020. Application can be downloaded by clicking on the "Scholarship Application Form" link below for either the MS Word format or a PDF version.
Completed application packets may be turned into the Floyd County High School guidance office (for FCHS students only,) mailed or delivered to the chamber office at 109 East Main Street, Floyd, VA 24091 (next door to Blue Ridge Cafe, or online using the link for "Online Application Submission" link below. The link for "Online Application Submission" requires signing in to a google account to be able to submit the application info and upload required files. If you do not have a google account or access to one, you can scan the completed application form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with attached reference letters, essay, etc.
For questions, please contact email@example.com.
Scholarship Application Form - MS Word Format
Scholarship Application Form - PDF version
Online Application Submission
2019 Annual Chamber Awards Recipients
The presentation of the 2019 Annual Floyd Chamber of Commerce Awards took place at the 30th Annual Membership Dinner and Silent Auction Social. A recap of the event, including new board members elected and your 2020 chamber officers, follows the photos below.
2018 award photos below are provided courtesy of Chelsa Yoder Photography
2019 Chamber Business of the Year Award
2019 Chamber Nonprofit of the Year
Floyd County Humane Society
2019 Chamber Business Leader of the Year
2019 Executive Director's Award
The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its annual awards at its 30th annual membership dinner meeting held at the Floyd Event Center late last month. The chamber also recognized its thirtieth anniversary at the dinner, showcasing founding members and past presidents of the organization. Dinner guests were able to look through scrapbooks with photos, documents, publications, and press clippings from the early years. The dinner was preceded by a silent auction social that was a fundraiser for the annual chamber scholarships and Floyd Visitor Center operations.
Citizens Telephone Cooperative received the Chamber Business Member of the Year Award in recognition of its strong support of the chamber for thirty years as a founding chamber member; its status as a forerunner in rural technology that includes its current Fiber to Home project making it a leader in rural internet access; and its significant contributions to local schools and community organizations. Skyline National Bank, also a founding chamber member (known as Bank of Floyd then), and Floyd EcoVillage/Hotel Floyd were recognized as finalists for the award.
Floyd County Humane Society received the Chamber Nonprofit of the Year Award, recognizing an all-volunteer organization that works to provide food, shelter, medical care, and a permanent home for many homeless, unwanted animals in Floyd County. The volunteers spend extensive hours with animals, placing them in foster homes, socializing and training dogs, and spaying/neutering as needed. Floyd County Farm Bureau, New River Valley Community Services, Old Church Gallery, and Sustain Floyd were recognized as finalists for the award.
Karin Grosshans received the Chamber Business Leader of the Year Award for her “quiet behind-the-scenes leadership” with active involvement in Floyd Rotary Club, past presidency of the Partnership for Floyd, service on the chamber board and Community Foundation of the NRV board, and her role as a community advisor for Sustain Floyd. One of her nominators cited Grosshans effectiveness in “connecting the dots” between the organizations that she is active in.
Woody Crenshaw, Terri Morris, and Derek Wall were recognized as finalists for the award.
Shep Nance received the Chamber Executive Director’s Award in recognition of his service as a past chamber president, coordinating food operations for the annual Rubber Duck Race, leadership in starting a chamber ambassador program, and repeatedly volunteering to provide coverage for the Floyd Visitor Center to cover absences.
Chamber board member Jason Gallimore was honored for reaching six years of service and his name was added to service recognition plaque on display at chamber office. Past president and current board member John Getgood was recognized for ten years of service on the chamber board and was made an honorary board member.
The dinner included election of board members by the chamber members present. Jason Gallimore - Chantilly Farm, Annie Badger – Wild Weeds Studio, Craig Chancellor – Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant, Susan Brickhouse – Filamina Jewelry, and Scott Griffin – Skyline National Bank were reelected to new terms. The membership also elected new board members: James Cabler – Onward NRV, Sally Truslow – Stonewall Bed and Breakfast, Alee Epperly – Josephine Porter Institute, Jennifer Miller – Stonehaven Bed and Breakfast, and Stephanie Yates – Hollingsworth and Vose.
The 2020 chamber officers were previously elected by the board and announced at the dinner. Craig Chancellor – Thomas and Wall Real Estate will serve as president, Beth Burgess – Smart View Consulting will serve as first vice president, Scott Griffin as second vice president, Vickie Spangler – Vickie’s Tax Service, LLC as treasurer, and Amanda Lawrence – Atlantic Union Bank as secretary.
August 2019 Chamber Membership Lunch Meeting - Lunch Sponsored by Thomas and Wall Real Estate
February 24th Chamber Membership Lunch Meeting
The February Floyd County Chamber of Commerce membership lunch meeting will be held on Monday, February 24th at Noon in the Skyline National Bank’s Community Room. For meal planning purposes, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-745-4407 if you wish to be included in the lunch arrangements; All from the business community are welcome to come.
This meeting will include a presentation by Cheryl Tucker, NRV Business Advisor for The Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center, who will talk about what services she provides for our local small businesses. Cheryl has an office on the campus of Radford University.
Cheryl joined the Virginia Small Business Development Center as the New River Valley Representative one year ago. She is an experienced entrepreneur and understands the daily successes and struggles of small businesses by learning from her own business and consulting with others.
Cheryl started her career upon receiving her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Virginia Tech as an auditor for the public accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick. She is a former CPA and became educated in many industries including manufacturing and distribution systems for coal and gold mining, printing media, railroad, banks, food processing and others. She has experience auditing local governments and various federal and state grant programs. She became the General Accounting Manager of North American manufacturing and distribution facility of Elizabeth Arden where she helped develop budgeting and new procurement systems along with reporting financials to corporate.
Cheryl decided to further her education, and received a MBA with a concentration in marketing from Virginia Tech. She began her new journey as a senior pharmaceutical representative with Upjohn-Pharmacia-Pfizer learning from every experience. Finally, Cheryl decided to pursue her dream of opening her own business and was the founder of Divinity- AVEDA Lifestyle. Spa. Salon. She partnered with AVEDA which is known for its organic product line and a more holistic lifestyle self-care concept. She received her cosmetology license in high school and always loved the beauty industry. AVEDA (an Estee Lauder company) asked Cheryl to represent Divinity as one of twenty spas and salons in the United States to begin a national benchmarking and best practices group for the beauty industry. Divinity received several national honors through implementing these practices.
Cheryl has two daughters, one who is a senior graduating in May from Radford University, and the other who will be graduating high school. Her husband has spent over twenty years in a career with a New River Valley-based business.
The Chamber’s 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.
2019 Chamber Lunch Presentations Available Online
The October lunch meeting presentation about New River Community College and the ACCE scholarship program, provided by Dr. Pat Huber, NRCC President, and Angie Covey, Executive Director of NRCC Foundation, will be posted here as soon as the video is available.
Ramain Gohar, Business Services Manager for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), provided a presentation at the August chamber membership lunch meeting about his organization. Ramain works within the Business Development and Outreach Services (BDOS) Division which is the economic development arm of the SBSD. BDOS is often the first point of contact for small businesses interested in growing their business by obtaining more information about the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority or learning the marketing advantages of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s certification as a SWaM (Small, Woman-owned, or Minority-owned) business and Micro business. The mission is to provide resources that will enable small business in Virginia to grow, create jobs and strengthen Virginia’s economy. Ramain's presentation can be viewed here.
James Cabler, Director of Business Engagement for Onward NRV, provided a presentation at the June lunch meeting about his organization. In Onward NRV's own words - "Onward NRV, formerly known as the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, is a public/private, regional economic development organization whose mission is to attract and retain world class jobs, investment and talent in Virginia’s New River Valley.” You can view the presentation about Onward NRV here.
The Town of Floyd, County of Floyd, and Floyd Tourism Office hosted a well attended Business Appreciation Luncheon on May 3rd in recognition of Business Appreciation Month. You can view each of the host presentations by clicking on the following links:
Marti Holiday and Jenny Bolte provided a presentation at the April 22nd chamber membership lunch meeting about New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board which has been "Facilitating and coordinating workforce initiatives that enable economic growth and increase the standard of living in the region." You can view the presentation about New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board and its programs and services here.
Kevin Byrd, the commission’s 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.
Valn Nelson, HR Director for chamber member, New River Valley Community Services, provided a presentation on Substance Abuse In The Workplace for the April 11th Lunch and Learn. You can view her presentation here.
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 chamber’s Community Development Committee; help with your Chamber’s 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 approximately 50,000 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 regularly 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 Farm’s 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 Café, 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.
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