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Protel Telecommunication Company
3030 Roanoke Road
Daleville, VA 24030 | 540-345-7197
Email: roger@protel1.com
Protel is a cable contractor, established in 1993. They recently relocated to Daleville after 27 years in the city. They are enjoying the more rural setting of Botetourt.

Protel's primary focus is structured cabling. Twisted pair cable, fiber optic cable, new installations, and retrofits. This focus brings a level of expertise and efficiency that makes their work stand out among the best.

Protel understands the complex needs of today's business networking environments. Everyday they design and install systems that accommodate high-speed voice and data transmission. Their in-house planners and trained field technicians have installed and maintained cabling in nearly every major enterprise in the region, and coast to coast from New York City to Los Angeles. They bring the same level of quality and commitment to every job, whether it is large corporations and government agencies or small to mid-sized companies.

IS YOUR BUSINESS READY FOR THE IRONMAN 70.3 RACE ON JUNE 6TH?
IRONMAN VILLAGE at the River's Edge Park - Projected attendance 7,500+
PARTICIPANTS - 3,000+ projected athletes - the race is SOLD OUT
SPECTATORS - 19,000+ projected spectators & volunteers

Let's start thinking of ways to welcome the athletics and their fans to our businesses!! What specials would you like to offer when they visit the area? Post your specials/coupons to the I'M LOCAL site. Sign up today for a free poster!

Offers will be sent to all athletes and their teams prior to the race. The “I'M Local” program is operated in conjunction with the Carilion Clinic IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia's Blue Ridge, 6/4 to 6/6 and Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge. This is a great opportunity to promote your business and WELCOME our out-of-town guests!!

Stay tuned for welcome flyers to display in your windows.
UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Meeting of the Membership | Tuesday, June 8th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
$20 members | $30 future members
$400 to register a foursome through 7/1 (after 7/1 price is $440)
Ashley Plantation Golf Club | Friday, 9/24 at 1 pm

A chance to win one million dollars! Four hole in one contests at par threes! Four players have a chance to shoot for $100,000! Putting contest! Long Drive contest and much more!! We're also looking for sponsors for this amazing golf event. Visit the website today to register!
7/13, 8-9:30 am | $15 members, $20 future members
IT specialists will discuss cybersecurity issues tied to video conferencing, websites, email, and third-party hosts. Included on the panel will be a representative of the Department of Homeland Security who can describe the FREE cybersecurity analysis offerings DHS provides for businesses. Don't miss this important panel discussion.
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
▶5/11 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Ambassadors Meeting at Three Li'l Pigs Barbeque
▶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
▶6/22 C-Suite Workshop - more details tba
▶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.
▶12/3 Tinsel Trail Opening Night - Register here if you would like to sponsor a tree.
▶12/3 Museum Open House - more details tba
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!

Effective Personal Productivity | 5/25/21 (18 credits)
Effective Leadership Development | 8/10/21 (22 credits)

Visit their website to register for these leadership courses.
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 18 and 25
12:00pm - 1:15pm
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.

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
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

We're proud of the recent article about Khari that appeared in the ColorsVA magazine. Written by our very own Aila Boyd.
WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE SAYING

DRA News Brief - Thank you Toye Oshoniyi, Risk Advisor for Dominion Risk Advisors, Inc., for submitting this article
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Roanoke Regional Partnership - Thrive 2027
Thrive 2027 is a collaborative strategic planning process led by the Roanoke Regional Partnership to develop an economic development strategy for the next five years. They want to hear form you. Take the survey now.
NEW MEMBERS AND RENEWALS
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.
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 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
Schedule an appointment with Heather Fay, Regional Program Director, Roanoke Regional SBDC

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.
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.



Food Server/Wait Staff - PT $9.50/hour



Comfort Inn and Suites North Roanoke - Housekeeping attendant $9-$9.25/hour





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.

COVID-19 RESOURCES
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S P O N S O R S
VISION PARTNERS
CORNERSTONE PARTNERS
GOLD SPONSORS
SILVER SPONSORS
BRONZE SPONSORS
Join us as a bronze sponsor. Call or email Khari Ryder.