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Message From 2018 Chamber President, Shep Nance
Signup For The Annual Chamber's October Spooktacular Gala at Chantilly Farm
Nominations Needed For Chamber's Annual Award
October BiMonthly Chamber Lunch Meeting on Monday October 22nd at Noon
Register Now! Chamber's Annual Membership Dinner on Monday, November 19th
New Online Forms! Chamber Committee Sign Up Form & Chamber E-News Submission Form
2017 Annual Chamber Awards Recipients
New Floyd Visitor Guides Being Distributed
Tourism Office Updates
(above is from presentation to Board of Supervisors & Town Council)
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2018 Chamber Executive Committee
From left to right: Executive Director, John McEnhill; Chamber President, Shep Nance; Chamber 1st V.P., Andy Finn;
Chamber Secretary, Karin Grosshans; and Rachel Pearson, former board member. (Not pictured: Current 2nd VP, Steven Kaylor, Chamber Treasurer, Vickie Spangler)
Message From 2018 Chamber President
My name is Shep Nance and I am your President for 2018. I would like to tell you a little about myself. I have been married to Angie Nance for 36 years.. We have one daughter, Natalie Nance, who lives in Philladelphia, PA. I retired from the telecommunitcation industry after 35 years . After retiring in 2010, Angie and I bought and operated the Woodberry Inn before selling it to the current owners several years ago.
I have served on our Chamber Board for over six years. I love our Chamber and I want to see it continue to grow and be an active organization in our community. My goal in 2018 is to see us increase memberships in our traditional business community. The Chamber is in a unique position to support our members through advocacy and providing training in areas such as social media, customer service and business leadership, as well as help promote our members. I would like to personally ask each of you to become more involved in your Chamber. The more you participate, the more you will get out of your membership. Let's all work together to make this the best year for our Chamber, and our community. I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming chamber meetings and events.
Signup For The Chamber's Annual October Spooktacular Gala at Chantilly Farm
Your chamber is partnering with chamber member, Chantilly Farm, to again present the Annual Floyd Chamber Spooktacular Gala to showcase chamber members in a fun, free-admission, Halloween-themed event. This event will include a costume contest (changing rooms and makeup support for finishing costumes available,) fun Halloween-themed performances, spooky music, wine tastings with cash bars, 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. Click here to signup for a booth space for your business or organization. For more details this event, check the chamber's Facebook Page @FloydChamber) or this page for updates.
Nominations Needed For Annual Chamber Awards - Chamber Business, Nonproft, and Business Leader
Your chamber is again seeking nominations from the public for the 2018 Chamber Business Of The Year, 2018 Chamber Nonprofit Of The Year, and the 2018 Chamber Business Leader Of The Year awards. Click here to submit nominations now. Your chamber board will vote on the award recipients from among the top five nominees in each category. The recipients will be announced and presented with awards at the 29th Annual Floyd Chamber Membership Dinner and Silent Auction Social on Monday, November 19th at the Floyd Event Center. Scroll down to see the 2017 annual award recipients.
Teresa Martin, owner of chamber member business, Studio Thought, speaks during a membership discussion
October Chamber Lunch Meeting On October 22nd at Noon
2018 Chamber Officers Elections and Slate of Nominees For Election To Board.
Join us for an overview of services provided by the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center. Keith Hartman, the RRSBDC Director, will talk about services available to Floyd businesses that include counseling for new and existing small businesses; and local trainings for small business owners including those coordinated by the Floyd County Economic Development Authority.
The RRSBDC was established in 1990 and is a joint program of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia SBDC Network and the Small Business Administration. The mission of the RRSBDC is to promote small business creation, growth and development by providing professional business counseling at no charge to the client. The RRSBDC also provides affordable training and informational resources. The RRSBDC serves the small businesses of: Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Radford City, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem City. For more information, go to RoanokeSmallBusiness.org.
The presentation will be preceded by the 2019 chamber officers election, presentation of slate of candidates standing for election to the chamber board at the November membership dinner, new member introductions and conclude after the presentation with self-introductions and networking.
This lunch meeting will be held on Monday, October 22nd at Noon in the Skyline National Bank’s Community Room. In addition to chamber members, others in the Floyd business community are welcome to attend. RSVPs by Friday, October 19th are required for those who wish to be included in arrangements for lunch. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 745-4407. Otherwise, all are welcome to attend the meeting.|
The Chamber’s 2018 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. 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.
Register Now For Annual Chamber Membership Dinner and Silent Auction Social on November 19th
Join us for our 29th Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner at the Floyd EcoVillage. This popular event will once again feature a Silent Auction Social Hour before bidding ends at 7pm when dinner will be served. (Please note that check-in table will open at 5:30pm)
A cash bar will offer wine and beer along with other limited liquor choices. The buffet menu includes:
- Slow roasted pork loin w/ roasted apple sage gravy
- Pepper jelly glazed beer braised chicken
- Penne pasta tossed in a light Alfredo sauce w broccoli
- Green bean casserole w/ crispy mushrooms & onions
- Roasted medley of seasonal vegetables
- Sour cream & chive smashed potatoes
- Golden jasmine rice pilaf(carrots, peas, celery, herbs)
- Tossed salad w/ herbed ranch & honey Dijon dressings
- Assorted dinner rolls
Desert menu includes:
- Mixed fruit cobbler
Vanilla ice cream
The 2018 Featured Speaker is Dr. John Wheeler, Floyd County Public Schools Superintendent. The dinner program will also include the election of board members, some quick "lightning round" presentations, 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 chamber operations.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking on button below or in person at the Chamber/Visitor Center at 109 East Main Street, Floyd.
Online ticket sales end on Wednesday, November 14th. 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 email@example.com. You can verify membership status by clicking here (http://floydchamber.org/2018-19_Member_Listing.php)
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.
2017 Annual Floyd Chamber Award Recipients
Announced At Annual Membership Dinner
2017 Chamber Business of the Year Award
On The Water In Floyd
2017 Chamber Nonprofit of the Year
New River Community Action, Inc
2017 Chamber Business Leader of the Year
Floyd County Economic and Community Development Director
2017 Executive Director's Award
New 2017 Floyd Visitor Guides Being Distributed
The new 2017 Floyd Visitor Guide is being distributed now. Distribution started at the Floyd info booth at FloydFest last month with the first 1,000 guides printed and we have shipped 14,000 guides to almost 100 Certified Visitor Information Centers throughout the state. This shipment was 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 takes 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com, be allowed to reach your inbox.
Please contact info@FloydChamber.org if you need further assistance.
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