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Floyd County/Town of Floyd Map Advertising Opportunity

Sign Up Now To Participate In The Annual Floyd Chamber Spooktacular Gala

October Membership Lunch Meeting

Submit A Nomination Now For 2019 Annual Chamber Awards

Get Your Dinner Tickets Now For Annual Chamber DInner and Silent Auction Social

Recent Business Presentations Available Online

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

Floyd Visitor Guides Being Distributed

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 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.


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2018 Chamber Spooktacular Gala

Sign Up Now For Annual Floyd Chamber Spooktacular Gala

Our chamber is partnering again with chamber member, Chantilly Farm, to present the Annual Floyd Chamber Spooktacular Gala to showcase chamber members with a fun, free-admission, Halloween-themed event.  This event encourages coming in costume (changing rooms and makeup support for finishing costumes available,) fun Halloween-themed performances such as the Mystical Witches dance performance, spooky music, wine tastings with cash bar, and refreshments.  Guests will be eligible for a drawing for a grand gift basket if they have their entry forms validated at all chamber member booths.  Last year we had several hundred guests attend the event. 

This is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization.  You can sell, signup, recruit, enroll, and provide services at the event as appropriate.  The special events barn has a large roll up bay door for easy access into the building. Click here to signup for a booth space for your business or organization.  For questions, please email info@FloydChamber.org


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October 28th Chamber Membership Lunch Meeting

The October Floyd County Chamber of Commerce membership lunch meeting will be held on Monday, October 28th at Noon in the Skyline National Bank’s Community Room. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Friday, October 25th, 2019 to info@floydchamber.org or 540-745-4407; otherwise all from the business community are welcome to come. Lunch will be provided by chamber member, The Buffalo Hemp Company.  

The meeting’s presentation will be provided by Dr. Pat Huber,  President of New River Community College, and Angie Covey, Executive Director of New River Community College Foundation, who will talk about how chamber member, New River Community College, offers programming and services that benefit our local businesses and employees; and the ACCE free tuition program that benefits students from Floyd County.

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.


Submit A Nomination Now For 2019 Annual Floyd Chamber Awards 
Deadline is November 1st

Submit a nomination for one of three Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards - Chamber Business of the Year, Chamber Nonprofit of the Year, and Chamber Business Leader of the YearThe 2019 annual awards will be presented at the Annual Chamber Membership Dinner and Silent Auction Social on Monday, November 25th.  To submit an online nomination, please click here →https://forms.gle/hqXWpr8KY6bbWRTb9

2018 award photos below are provided courtesy of  Meghann Chapman Photography

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2018 Chamber Business of the Year Award
The Floyd Press

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2018 Chamber Nonprofit of the Year
The June Bug Center for Arts & Education

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2018 Chamber Business Leader of the Year
Jon Beegle
Chair, Floyd County Economic Development Authority
Bootleg BBQ & Beegle Landscaping

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2018 Executive Director's Award
Barbara Harman
Floyd County Visitor Center - SCSEP Participant


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Get Your Dinner Tickets Now For Annual Chamber Membership Dinner and Silent Auction Social

Join us for our 30th Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner at the Floyd EcoVillage.  We’ve made some changes this year for this popular event; the silent auction social will be longer to allow more time for mixing and mingling with your fellow guests and the dinner program will be shorter.  The Silent Auction Social Hour will start at 5pm before bidding ends at 7pm when dinner will be served. This invitation is for owners, board members, staff and key volunteers of chamber member businesses and organizations and their guests. (Please note that check-in table will open at 4:30pm)

A cash bar will offer wine and beer along with other limited liquor choices. 

Dinner tickets are $30 each and the buffet menu includes:

  • ·       Grilled beef mandolins with caramelized onions and a rosemary butter and Brown gravy (gluten free.)
  • ·       Pan fried chicken cutlets with a spinach and lemon cream sauce.
  • ·       Savory butter squash and smoked Gouda cheese bread pudding casserole vegetarian.
  • ·       Pasta Alfredo with toasted bread crumbs.
  • ·       Jasmine rice pilaf gluten free.
  • ·       Sauteed fresh green beans in garlic butter (gluten free.)
  • ·       Roasted medley of vegetables (gluten free.)
  • ·       Tossed salad with house made ranch and red wine vinegar.
  • ·        Variety of dinner rolls.

Desert menu includes:

  • ·        Apple crisp with Vanilla Ice cream.
  • ·        Fudge brownies.

The dinner program will also include the election of board members and recognition of some special folks with the annual chamber awards presentation.  The silent auction serves as a fundraiser for the annual chamber college scholarship and Floyd Visitor Center operations.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-annual-floyd-chamber-membership-dinner-and-silent-auction-social-tickets-77030551453 or in person at the Chamber/Visitor Center at 109 East Main Street, Floyd
Online ticket sales end at noon on Friday, November 22nd.  Please contact chamber at 745-4407 to make arrangements to attend dinner after the online sales cutoff.  Payments-at-door arrangements after the online sales cutoff are made on a first come, first served basis due to dinner meals capacity.

Please note that this event is limited to chamber members in good standing. If you have questions about chamber membership status, please email info@floydchamber.org. You can verify membership status by visiting http://floydchamber.org/2019-20_Member_Listing.php


2019 Chamber Lunch Presentations Available Online

Ramain Gohar, Business Services Manager for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD), provided a presentation at the June 24th 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.


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