WEEKLY NEWS
Member Spotlight
Welcome new member The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, a Virginia Blue Ridge Dining destination. Enjoy the wonderful features of this incredible venue which recently celebrated a $3.6 million dollar renovation of The Pine Room and 1882 Lobby Bar. Other amenities include The Regency Room, and the STEAM Coffee + Eatery.
Featured Event
Season Opening Wine Event
Saturday | May 1, 11 am to 7 pm

Join them for the season opening of Stoney Brook Vineyards. Guests will be able to purchase flights, glasses and bottles. As a special treat on these warm spring days, their Blackberry and Peach Sangria will be available. Limited seating will be available for guests to enjoy the wine. Bento snack boxes for adults and children will be available for purchase as well as water, soda and snacks. Guests are more than welcome to bring outside food. Visit them on Facebook
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Preparing Businesses for the End of the Pandemic Series
$15 members | $20 future members
Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 8-9:30 am

This informative series is sponsored by Member One Federal Credit Union and our Vision Partners.
Meeting of the Membership | Tuesday, June 8th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
$20 members | $30 future members
Ashley Plantation Golf Club | Friday, 9/24 at 1 pm
A chance to win one million dollars! Four hole in one contests! Four players have a chance to shoot for $100,000! Putting contest! Long Drive contest and much more!!
$400 to register a foursome through 7/1 (Price jumps to $440 after 7/1.)
We're also looking for sponsors for this amazing golf event. Visit the website today to register!
12/3/21 is opening night

We are already thinking about our 2021 Tinsel Trail. 🎄 This year we're getting an early start as we plan to have an even bigger and more beautiful event in December. Of course, our tree sponsors (ie decorators) are the reason why this event was enjoyed by so many people!! We hope you will join us and be a part of the magic again this year! 

Your business can sponsor a tree to decorate for $250. You can also consider sponsoring a tree for a favorite non-profit to decorate. Trees will be ordered by May 15th to guarantee the best selections, so please let us know if you are interested by registering to sponsor a tree today. Please email Lisa Otey with questions.
Link to our calendar
QUICK LINKS
▶4/28, 8-9 am | COBI Meeting | In person at the Comfort Inn in Troutville or Virtual
▶5/6 Botetourt YP Meeting - 12-1 pm via Zoom.
▶5/11 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Ambassadors Meeting at 1772 Rooftop on Main
▶5/12 COBI Meeting - In person at the Comfort Inn in Troutville or virtual
▶5/26 COBI Meeting - In person at the Comfort Inn in Troutville or virtual
▶6/8 5:30 - 7:30 pm | Meeting of the Membership | The Preserve at Crooked Run
▶9/24 The Chamber Golf Classic. Don't miss out on playing in our golf tournament and sponsoring this event! Sponsored by: F.A. Wagner Insurance Agency, Re/Max All Stars Realty, Servpro, The Bank of Fincastle, Wiegandt & Doubles, PC, and Boxley.
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

Apex Clean Energy is pleased to support educators, entrepreneurs, and changemakers in the Botetourt County community. One small way we can do this is by giving back through the Rocky Forge Wind Community Grant program.

Grant may be used for Building Healthy Communities, Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Promoting Education.
The DSLCC IT Academy was created to engage and connect people who are interested in I.T.  All skill levels are welcome! The Academy offers FREE, self-paced courses, that are open to everyone! Happy Learning! Below are just a few examples of the training opportunities!

4/30 and 5/14
A two session, online training program with instructor-led and project oriented instruction, designed to provide mentors and supervisors the tools needed to effectively guide and ensure the success of their apprentices.


Virginia's Blue Ridge appeared in This is Raleigh publication

Partner Webinar Presentation - VBR Public Relations Strategies working with travel writers and influencers | 5/11, 10 am
Please contact VBR for more information and to register if you aren't a partner but would like to participate.


5/1 to 10/30, Saturdays from 8:30 am - 12 pm
5/1 - 5/9
Participating restaurants will offer specials under $10, $20, OR $30 price points, market their menu on the Shop Botetourt Facebook page, and offer both dine-in and take-out options. Please visit their Facebook event page for more information.
Virginia Tech Roanoke Center

5/13, 1-5 pm and 5/14, 8:30 am - 4 pm via Zoom with live instructions | $279/person

Women Impact Virginia Series - a free virtual professional development series. Aimed to advance women leaders in VA. Visit the website for the details.

Blue Ridge Mountain Biking Conference - building a trail to economic and community improvement | 9/15 - 9/17
Virginia Mountain Vineyards Wine & Roses Spring Festival
5/22, 12-5 pm

Join us for our Wine & Roses Spring Festival! With 20+ Vendors, food trucks, and the best of our Virginia Mountain Vintages you are sure to find something you love! Shop a variety of artisan crafts, gifts, art, jewelry, decor, and more from our skilled and talented Local Vendors!

Take in our stunning spring roses, try some delicious local eats, stroll through the vines with a glass of your favorite wine, and enjoy our beautiful Blue Ridge views!
2021 Labor and Employment Webinars
May 11, 18, and 25
12:00pm - 1:15pm
5/11, 12-1:15 pm | Paul Klockenbrink and David Paxton
This seminar will provide an update on current trends we are seeing in our practice as it relates to EEOC charges, employment litigation and compliance issues. We will discuss proactive and practical steps that should be taken to prepare for the ongoing and much anticipated increase in state employment claims, training and handbook updates, terminating employment, and how the new Virginia laws are impacting employers.

5/18, 12-1:15 pm |Cate Huff and Imani Sowell
This seminar will provide an update on wage and hour law including issues related to employee classification, overtime compensation, teleworking and other aspects of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We will also provide an update in the pay equity arena including trends we are seeing with federal and state agencies like the EEOC, the DOL, and the OFCCP. This session will provide recommendations for training, policies, and best practices for employers to manage their risk when managing employee compensation.

5/25, 12-1:15 pm | Todd Leeson and Matthew Moran
Virginia’s legislators will enact more pro-employee legislation in 2021. Join Todd Leeson, as well as Matthew Moran from Gentry Locke Consulting, for an insider’s perspective. We’ll provide key takeaways for business leaders from the 2021 General Assembly. In addition, we will also provide updates and recommendations on employment law initiatives and anticipated new workplace legislation and rules from the Biden Administration.
IRONMAN 70.3 is coming 6/6 and will bring athletes from all over the world to the Roanoke area. Will your business be prepared to handle an influx of tourists for this event? Attend this workshop to learn how you can be ready for this main attraction.

10-11 am
This workshop will provide tips and tools for your business to capitalize on increased activity before and during race weekend! IRONMAN 2021 is on Sunday, June 6th! Athletes from around the world will arriving in Roanoke to compete in this event.
9 West Main Street, PO Box 217 | Fincastle, VA 24090
Main office: 540-473-8260

From Tyler H. Painter, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, VCE-Botetourt

"As a result of 4-H camp being canceled last year and costs increasing due to the limited numbers, they are requesting assistance to send Botetourt County youth to camp this summer. Your sponsorship will be used to send children to camp that may otherwise be unable to afford the registration fees. Unfortunately, we were forced to raise the cost of camp to $340 per camper. We are appreciative of any monetary donations, regardless of the amount. We greatly appreciate your support and checks can be made to VCE-Botetourt." Read Tyler's letter here.
Fincastle Festival | 9/18/21, 9 am - 4 pm
Rain or Shine

Historical Fincastle, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Historic Fincastle Festival will be held this September.

For more information: historicfincastleinc@gmail.com or 540-473-3077.
CHAMBER RESOURCES - WE'RE HERE FOR YOU!
Khari Ryder, Executive Director
Email: Khari@botetourtchamber.com
Office: 540-526-6546
Cell: 540-580-6612
Daleville Professional Center
1324 Roanoke Road, Suite 4 | PO Box 413
Daleville, VA 24083 | 540-566-8812

Please keep your Chamber account updated:
Do you have new business hours? A recent renovation? A new product?
If there's anything new with your business or you would like to add an article to the newsletter or reflect on a point of interest, please email Jennifer Vance or Khari Ryder and they will include it in the newsletter! We love to hear from our Members!
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Free Webinar presented by Oracle NetSuite and Entrepreneur

As your business grows your efficiency must increase if you want to maintain profitability and keep customers happy. A process that once took five minutes per customer is fine when you’re selling a handful of units a day. Once your sales grow to dozens of units a day, and even hundreds, your processes need to change. How do you make this happen? By first taking a look at your infrastructure and systems to make sure they’re not holding you back. One of those prime systems to examine: Accounting.
Re-employing Virginia Rev Campaign - $3K vouchers for certain trades.
Have you lost hours, pay, or even your job due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for up to $3,000 in tuition and fees assistance through a recently announced initiative by the governor - Re-Employing Virginia (REV).

REV Vouchers are available to individuals whose employment has been negatively impacted by the pandemic, and who are interested in earning a degree or credential: Buildings & Trades / Healthcare / Public Service / Early Childhood Development / Information Systems Technology
Botetourt Living 250th commemorative posters are still available for order. The posters are $35 and the proceeds help support the Chamber. They make great gifts for friends and family moving into Botetourt County!

Black framed posters available too.
VIRGINIA STATE UPDATES
New Virginia vaccinate website information. Telephone number for the call center: 877-829-4682
Google Career Certificates: Job ready skills you can put to work - Flexible online training designed to put you on the fast track to jobs in high-growth fields
REBUILD! VA Small Business Grant Program ⏩
Select the image link to learn more

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.
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.

Dominion Energy offers $1M in critical community needs grants for programs providing shelter, access to health care and food security. They are inviting nonprofit organizations across the company's footprint to apply for grants of up to $25,000 each to meet critical needs in communities. Grant recipients will be announced in late summer. Online applications due by 5/31/21 at 5 pm.
ROANOKE REGIONAL SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

RRF webinar in Spanish on 4/29, 2:30-4 pm . Register here.

Future of Customers and Consumer Behavior on 4/29, 9 am. Participants will learn about broad trends in consumer behavior and will hear directly from business owners who are navigating these trends. Attendees will also have time to identify potential long-term changes in their industries and how they will need to adapt.

10-11 am
This workshop will provide tips and tools for your business to capitalize on increased activity before and during race weekend! IRONMAN 2021 is on Sunday, June 6th! Athletes from around the world will arriving in Roanoke to compete in this event.
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Head over to our Facebook page at noon on Friday for our weekly Financial Fri-YAY session. April is Financial Literacy Month, so we're going to bring you valuable tips for your business on Fridays! This week, grab your lunch and join Heather as she reveals the secret to avoiding sleepless spring nights--good bookkeeping and accounting! 

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OUR MEMBERS ARE HIRING
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.


A Cleaner World - FT CSR, apply in person at 679 Brandon Ave.


Food Server/Wait Staff - PT $9.50/hour

Aztec Rental, apply in person at their Salem office.


Comfort Inn and Suites North Roanoke - Housekeeping attendant $9-$9.25/hour
Local hotel is seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our professional team of hospitality associates. There are both full-time & part-time opportunities available.
Job requires a minimum of 1 year in the hospitality or cleaning industry or a minimum of 2 years in customer service. Benefits such as Hotel discounts, Holiday Pay, and more are available after 90 days of employment.
It is a reminder that our industry is a 24/7 365 days a year business. Applicant must be available weekdays, weekends and holidays. Other requirements such as, lifting up to 20lbs, vacuuming, dusting, bathroom sanitization, bed making are just some of the skill sets we look for.




Dynax America Corp. Drivers wanted $25/hour | Call 540-777-9540 or apply at careers.dxa.com



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.



Scott Hill Retirement Community - seeking PT cook. Call Sheena at 540-862-5741 or message their FB page.


Tizzone Wood-Fired Kitchen & Wine Bar - All positions. Competitive wages, health insurance, and opportunity for advancement.

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