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Coronavirus Pandemic Information

Status of Chamber and Visitor Center

Floyd County/Town of Floyd Map Advertising Opportunity

2019 Annual Chamber Awards Recipients

Next Chamber Membership Lunch Meeting Is April 27th

Recent Business Presentations Available Online

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

Floyd Visitor Guides Being Distributed

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 Coronavirus Pandemic Information  and Resources

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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      (County has declared a state of emergency)

·       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/  (includes information on the following bulleted topics)

o   Public Health

o   Diagnostic Testing

o   Education

o   State Workforce

o   Vulnerable Populations

o   Transportation

o   Justice-Involved Population

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

·       Center for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html (links for topics below)

o   How to Prepare

o   Symptoms & Testing

o   If You Are at Higher Risk

o   If You Are Sick

o   Frequently Asked Questions

o   Travel

o   Cases & Latest Updates

o   Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations

o   Healthcare Professionals

o   Healthcare Facilities

o   Health Departments

o   Laboratories

 

·       White House - https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

INTERNATIONAL

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

                                    Please read the Myth-busters section on the WHO website:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

 


Status of Chamber and Visitor Center

The Floyd County Visitor Center and Chamber office will be closed until at least April 6th.  We will provide support by phone and email during this time.

All Chamber meetings, events, and projects are postponed or cancelled for the next 30 days.  The chamber's immediate priority is to support our business community during the COVID-19 health crisis with social distancing in mind.  We will reevaluate on Friday, April 17th.

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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.


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. 


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Next Chamber Membership Lunch Meeting Is April 27th

The April Floyd County Chamber of Commerce membership lunch meeting will be held on Monday, April 27th at Noon in the Skyline National Bank’s Community Room. For meal planning purposes, please RSVP to info@floydchamber.org or 540-745-4407 if you wish to be included in the lunch arrangements; All from the business community are welcome to come. 

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.


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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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