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THIS WEBSITE IS SCHEDULED TO BE REPLACED BY A NEW CHAMBER WEBSITE

ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24th.

WEBSITE ADDRESS WILL BE THE SAME.


Floyd Visitor Center/Chamber Hours

The Floyd Visitor Center has resumed regular weekend hours: Saturday, 10am-3pm; and Sunday, 11am-3pm.
The Visitor Center (and Chamber office) currently has weekday hours as follows:
Monday and Thursday, 12-4; and Friday, 12-5. 
You can call -540.745.4407; email - info@FloydChamber.org or info@VisitFloydVA.com; or message us (button below) for assistance seven days a week (there may be a delay in response.)


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Click here to dowload the latest Christmas Trees and Greenery List

Click here to download latest Food and Gas list for Thanksgiving Day

Get Listed In The New Floyd County Visitor Guide - Fall/Winter Issue

Paid Job Training Opportunity At Floyd Visitor Center For Seniors Aged 55+

Coronavirus Pandemic and Business Resource Information 

Status of Chamber and Visitor Center

2019 Annual Chamber Awards Recipients

Recent Business Presentations Available Online

Chamber Committee Sign Up Form & Chamber E-News Submission Form

Floyd Visitor Guides Being Distributed

Not Getting Chamber Newsletters?


Join Us The October Lunchtime Membership Meeting
Monday, October 26th at Noon

Your chamber is having a one-hour long chamber membership lunchtime meeting at noon on Monday, October 26th in the upstairs community room at the Floyd Center for the Arts AND on Zoom (scroll down for zoom info.) 

This will be a BYOL meeting for those attending in person due to COVID restrictions on serving food.

Please RSVP to info@FloydChamber.org if you plan to attend in person since there are restrictions on room capacity due to COVID safety requirements for inside gatherings. 

We’ll do some door prize drawings for those that attend in person or via zoom (must have “Zoom screen name” visible) for NRV Homegrown Go Local discount cards. (good thru end of year.)

This meeting will include the following:

  • Formal board approval of new memberships (and introduction of new members who are present in-person or via zoom): Booksense Accounting, Buffalo Mountain Adventures, and Peonies and Chocolate
  • Nominations Committee Report (Board Officers and board members standing for election/reelection by membership in November)
  • Elect 2020 Board Officers
  • Visitor Guide Update
  • Finalize decision on annual awards presentation, annual membership meeting (how will board elections be held)
  • Present new chamber website       

To attend via zoom:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85005218289?pwd=ckxuTHFzS2VtenJIM2VDaTNkc2pGdz09

Meeting ID: 850 0521 8289

Passcode: 939907


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Get Listed In The New Floyd County Visitor Guide - Fall/Winter Issue

Your chamber has started working on a Fall/Winter Floyd County Visitor Guide and all eligible Floyd businesses and chamber members can be listed with a 20 word description for only $25. 

The Floyd County Board of Supervisors recently approved using local government CARES Act funds to help subsidize the production and shipping costs so it is more affordable for our local business during this challenging year. 

This new guide will have 10,000 printed for extensive distribution at Visitor Information Centers statewide as well as county-wide. In addition to quarter page options, a fixed number of full-page and half-page display ad options are available on a first come, first served basis.  The goal is to have the guide printed and distribution started by end of October.  Basic Listings still accepted up to Monday morning, October 19th. Click here to submit an online application now to include your business in this Visitor Guide at https://forms.gle/4hgagnBtCZnio4a2A


This guide will be different than the one currently in use – it will be seasonal with a shorter shelf life with the intent to have a Spring/Summer edition printed around the end of the first quarter next year.  It will also include information about COVID safety measures in place along with information that acknowledges the adaptations that many businesses have implemented this year. 


The Floyd Visitor Guide is the official marketing handout for Floyd County and the most widely distributed Floyd County-focused one.  The distribution points include paid placement in five, strategically selected major Virginia Welcome Centers in key gateway locations along I-81, I-64, I-77 and I-95. The guide will be distributed to over 175 locations outside the county, including 80 Certified Visitor Information Centers throughout the state. Many of these CTIC locations allow only one marketing handout per county, city or town.  The guide will also be distributed to local businesses, particularly lodging businesses, throughout the county and surrounding counties.  The guide is also mailed by the Visitor Center to prospective visitors and provided to anyone requesting information about Floyd at the Floyd County Visitor Center.  Even this year, demand has been consistent with visitors picking them up and visitor centers around the state requesting refills. 

Advertising in the guide is open to any Floyd business/chamber member that provides lodging, dining, shopping, activities and other key services that are accessible to Floyd visitors while they are here.  The more businesses that participate in the guide, the stronger the presentation of Floyd will be.  The guide is designed to promote and work in concert with the Floyd County Tourism website (www.VisitFloydVA.com), particularly the Shop Floyd VA and WanderLOVE local initiatives, as well as the Floyd County Visitor Center - an effective triad of resources that is in place now.

Act now to avoid being left out of the guide. 


Paid Job Training Opportunity At Floyd Visitor Center For Seniors Aged 55+

The Floyd County Visitor Center serves as a training site for Goodwill®'s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides part-time, paid training in community service positions.   The Visitor Center has an opening for a paid, training placement with weekday hours.

This program is for individuals 55 and older, who are currently unemployed, have low income, and are eligible to work in the United States. The available paid training at the Visitor Center is primarily focused on hospitality service and office work. SCSEP Participants benefit from free physicals, employability trainings, paid part-time community service trainings that fit their career interests, along with assistance finding a non-subsidized full or part-time job.

The Visitor Center, located at 109 East Main Street in Floyd, between Blue Ridge Café and Cocoa Mia, is a partnership between the Floyd County Tourism Office and the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce.  SCSEP participants who have worked at the Visitor Center have developed relationships with Floyd businesses that resulted in non-subsidized employment.

If you are interested in training as a SCSEP participant at the Visitor Center, please email info@floydchamber.org    You may also call 540-745-4407. 

For more information about Goodwill SCSEP, visit http://www.goodwillvalleys.com/work-and-training-services/older-worker-programs.


 Coronavirus Pandemic Information  and Current Business Resources

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NEW: Floyd County/EDA and Floyd Tourism Resource Presentations from August Lunchtime Meetings

(Click here for Lydeana's Presentation) (Click here for Pat Sharkey's Presentation)


NEW: Click here for Overview Of New Temporary Virginia COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standards and Links for Guidance


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FREE FOOD LIST, DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS, AND MEDICAL RESOURCES

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHASE 3 REOPENING OVERVIEW
CLICK HERE TO VIEW DETAILED PHASE 3 INFO

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD NRV REOPENING GUIDEBOOK FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

OFFICIAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Do not trust social media - the most critical websites for official information are: 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

       County of Floyd – www.FloydCoVA.org    

·       Floyd County EDA –COVID-19 Business Resource Page SIGN UP FOR UPDATES! - https://yesfloydva.org/covid-19-business-resources

·       Town of Floyd – www.TownOfFloyd.org

VA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

·       Local health department COVID-19 hotline - 540-267-8240

·       http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/  

COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA  (Governor has declared a state of emergency)

·       Governor’s Announcements - https://www.governor.virginia.gov/

·       State COVID-19 Information - https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/ 

NATIONAL (President Trump has declared a national state of emergency)

·       Center for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

INTERNATIONAL

·       World Health Organization – https://www.who.int


Status of Chamber and Visitor Center

The Floyd Visitor Center is currently open on Saturdays, 10am-3pm; and Sundays, 11am-3pm.  The Floyd County Visitor Center and Chamber office will be open with limited availability on weekdays due to COVID-related restrictions for staffing.   We will provide support by phone and email during regular business hours. Weekday hours for current week is posted at the top of this page (highlighted text). 

All Chamber events are postponed or cancelled through October.  The chamber's immediate priority is to support our business community during the COVID-19 health crisis with social distancing in mind. 

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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

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2019 Chamber Business of the Year Award
Citizens

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2019 Chamber Nonprofit of the Year
Floyd County Humane Society

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2019 Chamber Business Leader of the Year
Karin Grosshans

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2019 Executive Director's Award
Shep Nance

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. 


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.


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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:  no-reply@vrmailer3.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, no-reply@vrmailer3.com, 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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