The 7th Annual Gauntlet Business Program and Competition: Main Street, Gig and Early-State High Growth companies will gain ground quickly with the programs.

The Gauntlet is a dynamic 10 week business development program and competition that connects entrepreneurs to business expertise, mentors and resources. Over 525 like minded entrepreneurs and 250 innovative business leaders make up BizNATION. Over $300,000 in cash and in-kind awards are given, with additional resources such as low interest loan funds, matching grants and industry expertise are available to Gauntlet participants.

4/20/21: The GAUNTLET Business Competition (Business Plan Submission)
5/20/21: The GAUNTLET Graduation and Award Ceremony

Visit The Advancement Foundation, Facebook, or email for more information. The Gauntlet 2021 FAQ can be reviewed here.
Ambassadors Meeting
1/22, 5:30-6:15 pm at the the home of Lisa Otey, Member Services
Open to Chamber members who would like to help promote membership to area businesses. Email Lisa for details.

If you are a member and you would like to join us, please do! Find out some of the behind the scene work of those who help build and promote Chamber membership.
1/27, 8 - 9 am at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Troutville.
Free & open to Chamber members and their guests. Free coffee + $5 for a hot breakfast if you want to eat.

All COBI meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at the same location: Comfort Inn & Suites or by using the Zoom link to attend virtually. Register to attend or to receive the Zoom invite using the link.
BizEd virtual workshop | $5 members/$7 future members
1/28, 7:30-9:15 am

Do any of these statements sound familiar?
✅ Sales have declined or plateaued, and we can't get them to the next level.
✅ I am not sure the sales team is doing the right activities.
✅I cannot find the right salespeople and the training I give them does not seem to work.

This Workshop is designed to address the sales challenges small and medium sized companies face. You will learn the top 10 reasons why sales are not increasing as planned and the actions that must be untaken to create the foundation for sales growth. 

Targeted for companies from all industries, where sales leadership is not a core strength. Owners, Presidents or C-level executives who are in a leadership position and responsible for the company’s sales results. 

Bring your own breakfast to this BizEd workshop! A zoom link will be sent once registration is complete.
1/28, 5-7 pm at Tizzone restaurant

The Botetourt Young Professional Group is for anyone who works, lives, or wants to connect in Botetourt County. One of the main goals of the Botetourt Young Professionals is to not only network with other YPs in our area, but to give back to our community through acts of service. We strive to bring together young professionals, so we may learn, grow, improve our professional skill set, and reach our full potentials as the future leaders of our area. Individuals of all professions and ages, are welcome to attend our events and activities. 

Mission: To grow a community of young professionals, where we can enhance our leadership skills, create opportunities, and give back to our community through acts of service. 

Reach out to Kaleigh Duffy, Committee Chair, if you're interested in joining this committee and taking part in their exciting events. Visit their Facebook page today!
1/29, 7:30-8:45 am | Free admission to the webinar with registration.

Join the Botetourt Chamber of Commerce and Botetourt County for the second annual State of the County Address on January 29, 2021. This year's presentation will be virtual.

County representatives will update the community on the county's accomplishments and plans for the future. The speakers for the event will include Billy Martin, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator Gary Larrowe, Anna Weddell, representing the Amsterdam District and Chair of the Botetourt County School Board, and Dr. Jonathan Russ, Division Superintendent in Botetourt County Public Schools.

Please submit questions when you register. This event will run as a webinar and will not include questions during the presentations. A link to the zoom webinar will be sent once the registration is completed.

Sponsors: Member One and Botetourt County.
Virtual Job Fair in partnership with Virginia Career Works
2/16, 9 am - 12 pm | Free and open to all businesses

Businesses register here. Resources available to set up your businesses virtual booth! Here's a video about how the virtual job fair works.

We're excited to partner with Virginia Career Works and sponsor our first virtual job fair. We're seeking businesses to participate in the job fair by setting up a virtual booth for job seekers to visit. The business will have time to review resumes and make decisions about what candidates they would like to interview using the virtual job fair portal. You don't have to be a Chamber member to participate and there are no fees associated with participating.
Link to our calendar
▶1/21 5:30 pm Ambassadors Meeting at Lisa Otey's house. Email Lisa for details.
▶1/28, 7:30-9:15 am BizEd Building a Sales Structure for Superior Results - Virtual | Presented by Glenn Kurtz, James River Sales Advisors. $5 Members | $7 Future Members
▶1/28, 5-7 pm, YP Networking Event (the 4th Thursday of every month). January networking event is at Tizzone restaurant.
▶1/29 7:30-9:00 am 2021 State of the County
▶2/16 9 am - noon | Virtual Job Fair | Looking for businesses to register!
▶4/22 The Million Dollar Question Golf Tournament at Ashley Plantation. Don't miss out on sponsoring this event! So many opportunities this year! Register a foursome before 2/1 for a $40 discount.
Be on the lookout for Chamber information on sponsorships and new members. We're looking for business minded organizations to join the Chamber and support our yearly events. Experience the benefits of the Chamber by joining or sponsoring an event today! We encourage you to visit our sponsors' websites and thank them for supporting the Botetourt Chamber of Commerce by doing business with them!
Contact information for our Interim Executive Director, Keith Hartman
Cell: 540-384-0493 | Chamber: 540-473-8280
The Chamber is looking for qualified candidates to apply for the Executive Director position. More details can be found here.
REBUILD! VA Small Business Grant Program
Select the image link to learn more

Dominion Energy is partnering with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation to provide provide energy bill relief for small businesses, nonprofits, and houses of worship in Virginia. Qualified businesses may receive electric bill assistance up to $1000.
The SBA still has Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) available. Please share with small businesses. 
From SBA: Reminder! If you are a small businesses, nonprofit organization of any size, or a U.S. agricultural business with 500 or fewer employees that have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you can still apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Click here to apply.
VOTE TODAY!! and every day through 1/20
The winner receives $1,000 for the artifact's restoration!

The Botetourt Historic Society and Museum is honored to have their collection titled, Manual of Religious Instruction, circa 1857, as one of Virginia's Top 10 Endangered Artifacts selected by the Virginia Association of Museums.

Published in 1857, this catechism and series of Biblical teachings, compiled by an Episcopal priest, was “prepared with a special view to the instruction of a very numerous class of persons in our Southern States.” The existence of such a work recognizes the interest of enslaved persons in religious education, and the determination of established church figures to reach out to the enslaved community. Fr. John Hoff, the author, emphasized his focus on “oral teaching” in the subtitle in acknowledgement that his desired audience was generally illiterate.

The book was a gift to the Museum from relatives of the Price family of Eagle Rock, Botetourt County. “C. T. Price + Family, Prices Bluff 1891” is inscribed in the front of the book. In 1850, Charles Thomas Price was only a boy, but his father John M. Price was a prominent figure in the county. The Slave Census of 1850 shows that he “owned” 58 enslaved persons. By 1860, his widow, Eliza, had reduced the number to 33. Young Charles was a member of the Fincastle Rifles at this time, and witnessed the execution of John Brown in 1859. A student at VMI, he later served in Company C of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. He survived the War and lived in Botetourt County for the rest of his life, dying in 1921.
Order cookies and gift certificates today! Cookies ordered today will arrive in mid-January. Contact us to place your order: info@gsvsc.org or 540-777-5100. 
Date: Monday January 18th
Series of virtual events and events offered to the public in honor of MLK day

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'
The work of Dr. King remains unfinished, and the college has committed to thoughtfully considering what his vision means today. On Monday, January 18, 2021, Virginia Western Community College will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Although the campus will be closed, faculty, staff, students, and presenters are honoring Dr. King’s legacy by volunteering time to serve community and reflect on what Dr. King's dream means today with our first annual MLK Day of Service.

We ask the community to join us, as we open our virtual events to all who are interested in learning, growing, and coming together in the true spirit of the day.
Dates: Thursday, Jan 21, Jan 28 & Feb 4
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Built for Botetourt’s future and current small business owners who are:
-Looking to start a new business or service
-Looking for growth over the next twelve months
-Need support prioritizing steps
-Looking for ways to gather feedback from those who determine the future of your business

Learning objective: Create Your 2021 Strategic Roadmap to Success
We're happy to share your job posts in the newsletter as we see them on Facebook. If you see one that is already filled, please email us and we'll remove it. Follow the instructions in this link to post any job openings directly to our website: How to post a job in your Chamber account.

Apex Clean Energy summer internship opportunities: Asset Management, Marketing/Communications, Business Development, New Markets, Finance, Public Affairs, IT, Project Management, Land Management, Technology

Carilion Clinic - LPN and outpatient, Carilion Wellness, Coding Consultant

Camp Eagle Virginia - Food Service Coordinator | Contact jcalfee@sbcfamily.org or 540-366-2433

Country Breeze Heating and Cooling - HVAC Install Helper and Service Tech

Lentini's - Pizza Maker full time. Please call James at 966-9600 or 798-3997 for job information.

Kissito Healthcare, Brian Center Botetourt - RN to fill the role of MDS Coordinator, with $10,000 signing bonus. Contact Hilleary Downer at 540-473-2288, ext. 3002 or send resume to: hilleary.downer@kissito.org

Lawrence Freight - Lawrence Companies is now hiring for a Class A or Class B Driver Position in our Waste Disposal Division, ACS. Any previous experience in this type of work is a plus. This position will primarily be loading containers on the back of the trailer and delivering to the local landfill. This position will have you home daily and off weekends. Click here to apply or for questions contact Randy at 540-966-4602.

Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council - job listings from their contacts

Roanoke Valley Orthodontics | Orthodontic Assistant FT with benefits. Applicants should send resume and cover letter via email to RonokeOrthoJob@gmail.com.

Small Business Development Center - Roanoke region: Marketing Program Development Coordinator, Finance Program Development Coordinator, Social Specialist, Client Engagement Coordinator

SURVEYS TO BENEFIT OUR AREA - your participation is needed!
Community Health Survey sponsored by Carilion Clinic (open online until 1/31/21)
What do you do when you are sick? Does your community offer the options you need to live a healthy lifestyle? What are the most important issues affecting health in our community?

To better answer these questions and provide the health resources needed by our community, Carilion Clinic is partnering with community organizations to conduct a
comprehensive community health assessment.

You can help by completing a short survey. Once you complete the survey, you can enter to win a $100 grocery store gift card.

There are two ways to participate in this short survey:
By phone: 888-964-6620
After you complete the survey, enter to win a $100 grocery store gift card! 
T H A N K 💚 Y O U
Join us as a bronze sponsor. Call or email Keith Hartman.