๐Ÿ“ข๐ŸŽˆ Exciting Chamber Announcement for 2022!
Dear Chamber members and community,

As we move into a new year, we are working hard to provide:

โœ… A more user-friendly and engaging experience.
โœ… Better availability of news and events in real time.
โœ… More enhanced accessibility to your Chamber accounts, membership directories, & other business contacts.
โœ… Updated input from our members to each other about their business.

To accomplish this, we are upgrading our CRM and website. With this new website you will be able to experience a social media platform experience, text messaging for events, news, and opportunities available for sponsorship, job posting, member to member deals, and much more. As you navigate through to ensure your information is up-to-date after activation, you will find that you can use the information in your LinkedIn profile to update your accounts. It saves time and ensures continuity of information. 

We start 2022 with new technology and the opportunity to engage and inform our members in real time. The website will have a new interactive feel, expanded capacity for blogs, photographs, and social media sharing. Enhancements and upgrades will allow our members to take control of their membership and add upgrades or tiers to their benefit levels.

We appreciate your patience during this transition time and welcome your questions as we move through this process of making the updates and working through the challenges that come with learning new technology. We are ready for this challenge and ready to assist our businesses! We are here for you and will be following up with customer service calls and onboarding for this new platform. Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions as we go through this process during the next couple of weeks.
Thursday, 2/10 at 8-10 am at Ashley Plantation Country Club
Sponsored by Winter's Storage

Join us at our February Board Meeting to learn about the Chamber and meet the Board. The meeting with be followed by networking, refreshments and a light breakfast. Registration required. Select Register and then Future member if you are not a Chamber member. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Please review the events happening at the Chamber this month and next and consider sponsoring one of these events. With sponsorship, comes marketing opportunities and a chance to get your business in front of an engaged business community. The Chamber exists thanks to businesses that support us. We look forward to partnering with you in 2022!
1/28, 7:30-9 am - In person at the Greenfield Center
Join us in-person for the Botetourt Chamber of Commerce and Botetourt County third annual State of the County Address. County and State representatives will update the community on the County's accomplishments and plans for the future. Refreshments will be available for the networking portion of the event starting at 7:30 am. The program will start at 8 am. Registration is required for in-person attendance.

A Zoom link is available for anyone wishing to attend remotely. Visit the website for more details and to register.
  • 1/1 - 1/31, Pre-buy Tinsel Trail tree sponsorships continue for the 2022 Tinsel Trail. Trees are offered at $200 until the end of January to this year's tree sponsors!. Get your tree early and save $50.
  • 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 12-1 pm at the Town Center Tap House | YP Planning Meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.
  • 1/13, 5-7 pm | Henritze Dental Group Open House! Join for an open house and ribbon cutting, a raffle, appetizers, and meet your dentist! See you on Thursday!
  • 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21 | 5-7 pm | YPs Networking at 1772 Rooftop on Main with speaker Loren Bruffrey, Jr., President of Cardinal Rubber & Seal.
  • 1/28, 7:30-9 am State of the County at the Greenfield Auditorium - In person | We are looking for a sponsor for this event!
  • RESCHEDULED TO 2/10, 8-10 am YP Invite to Chamber Board Meeting followed by a networking event with breakfast. Please register!
  • 2/18 YP Conference at The Preserve at Crooked Run. SAVE THE DATE
  • 2/25-2/26 ServSafeยฎ Food Safety Management training for food service organizations. In collaboration with VWCC, we are offering a two day training to be held at the Claude Moore Education Complex. Details TBA. Registration will open in January and space is limited. SAVE THE DATE
  • 3/12, 9 am | Next YP Trash Pick Up - Meet at Little Green Hive Coffee in the Daleville Town Center
The Botetourt County Historic Society and Museum is moving to their new location at 26 East Main Street. Stay tuned for more details on the date they will reopen. In the meantime, they can be reached at 540-473-8394.

Member One College Scholarship opportunities - accepting applications now for $5,000 Richard L. "Dick" Williams Memorial Scholarship and $1,500 Henry Lee Memorial Scholarship.

Botetourt County - Vision 2022 | Managing A Business - TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER
1/12 4:30-5:30 pm, 3 weeks in a row, ending 1/26 | No cost, registration required. What would your business look like if you gave yourself the gift of TIME to work ON your business? Time to focus on you as an owner, to fill yourself up and inspire a year of growth for your business? In partnership with Botetourt County, we invite you to join us for three afternoons and give yourself the gift of time to work on your business. We'll spend our time together setting the foundation for your best year of growth yet! Recommended for small business owners with fewer than 50 employees.

1/29 12-4 pm Women Rock 2022 | Vinton War Memorial
Celebrate the New Year with local ladies who can help you with everything from financial advice to skin care. The Women Rock 2022 ladies' business expo. Free admission to the public! Door prizes!
The YMCA is offering memberships with no joining fee for the month of January! Jump start your January and become part of a community committed to transforming lives. Join online today!

Introduction to Data Analytics Certificate - offered at Virginia Tech as an online course.

New surgical Technology Program at Virginia Western | Associate of Applied Science (Health Professions)

Project Outside Grant Application - This is a community fund created to support outdoor capital improvement projects, maintain key outdoor assets, and help launch and support businesses in the outdoor sector. It applies to Botetourt County. Application deadline is 1/21/22.

Tizzone Wine Bar and the Town Center Tap House are looking for cooks! Apply online to join their team.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announces the Virginia Food Investment Fund (VFAIF) which is a statewide program that focuses on equity and justice in local food systems by investing in new or expanding food retailers that address food access issues in the Commonwealth. VFAIF offers grants and loans to fund the business development, construction, rehabilitation, equipment upgrades and expansion of grocery stores, small food retailers, and innovative food retail projects in historically low-income, low-access communities. The 2nd VFAIF round is open from December 1st, 2021 to February 22nd, 2022. Please review the first round of funded projects and the Equitable Food Oriented Development Brown Paper. Awards range from $5,000-$50,000. 

Virginia SBDC announcement: Small Business of the Year nominations are not being accepted for the 2022 National Small Business Week Awards. These awards recognize the achievements of SBA government assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and our nation's economy. Visit the SBA website to nominate a small business. The deadline is 1/11/22 at 3 pm.
RAMP NEWS: Applications are now open for Spring 2022 Cohort that will be focused on Health and Life Science startup companies. RAMP will select up to 5 companies for the 12-week cohort that provides: Expert 1:1 mentoring with the region's top entrepreneurs and executives, free office space with high-speed internet in downtown Roanoke, Access to venture capital and equity-free funding, Free membership in the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council, and 3 additional years of ongoing support. Apply now.
OpX Solutions releases their upcoming online schedule for Effective Leadership Development.
2/22/22 to 7/12/22 for 22 credits: Effective Leadership Development | This course is designed for supervisors and managers to improve leadership behaviors.
5/18/22 to 8/25/22 for 18 credits: Effective Personal Productivity | This course is designed to develop better habits in time management, goal setting, achieving results, controlling priorities, communicating effectively, and dealing with interruptions.
Khari Ryder, Executive Director
Cell: 540-526-6546
Office: 540-566-8812
Jennifer Vance, Marketing & Events
Cell: 603-491-4932
๏ปฟOffice: 540-566-8812

๏ปฟAbby Choi, Member Services
Office: 540-566-8812

Daleville Professional Center
1324 Roanoke Road, Suite 4
PO Box 413 | Daleville, VA 24083
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Join us as a sponsor. Call or email Khari Ryder.