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Message From 2018 Chamber President, Shep Nance
Save the Date! April Chamber Lunch Meeting on Monday April 23rd at Noon
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 Chamber 2nd VP, Rachel Pearson.† (Not pictured:† 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.†
New Online Forms
Chamber Committee Signup Form & 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.
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.
Teresa Martin, owner of chamber member business, Studio Thought, speaks during a membership discussion
April Chamber Lunch Meeting On April 23rd at Noon
Features New River Valley Rail 2020 Presentation
The main topic of the Floyd Chamberís April lunch meeting will be a presentation of an exciting regional initiative, New River Valley Rail 2020, to bring an extension of Amtrak railways to three proposed train station sites in the NRV with the opportunity for guest to ask questions at this meeting.† †The partnership behind this initiative began in December 2013 with the partnership now including local governments, economic development organizations, Virginia Tech, Radford University, and the NRV Metropolitan Planning Organization. New River Valley Rail 2020 has strong bipartisan support from US Senator Kaine, Congressman Griffith, Delegates Rush and Hurst, and State Senator Edwards.† Ed Lawhorn, Onward New River Valley Board Chair and NRV Market Executive for Union Bank & Trust, will be the speaker along with Diane Akers, President of the Blacksburg Partnership.
This lunch meeting will be held on Monday, April 23rd at Noon in the Skyline National Bankís Community Room.† The lunch - with entrees from chamber member, Mickey G's - is being sponsored by chamber member, Union Bank & Trust. In addition to chamber members, others in the Floyd business community are welcome to attend. RSVP are required for those who wish to be included in arrangements for lunch.† Please RSVP to email@example.com or 745-4407.† Otherwise, all are welcome to attend the meeting.
The Chamberís 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.
Chamber member, Union Bank & Trust, located in Virginia and beyond was founded in 1902.† Locally many of the New River Branches were known as First National Bank before a merger with Virginia Financial Group resulted in a combined operation under the name of Stellar One in 2008 with a Stellar One branch opening in Floyd soon after.† In 2014 Stellar One was acquired by Union First Market Bank and the combined branches now operate under the current name of Union Bank & Trust with a statewide presence in all major markets and beyond.† The bank offers a wide range of financial solutions including checking accounts, savings accounts, business loans, retirement planning, and more.†The bank also offers a wide array of services that can be accessed and managed online.† Union Bank & Trust continues a long history of local community service which includes the Floyd Branch Manager, Amanda Lawrence, long service on the Floyd Chamber of Commerce board and the bankís support of the local Junior Achievement programming. For more information about Union Bank & Trust, visit www.BankAtUnion.com. †
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 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:† 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.
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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