Recent news from the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
Connecting Businesses to Businesses
April 2018

Shop Local             Support Local Businesses        Shop Often             Support an Artist 
Buy Here, Live Here, and Support Your Local Business
The Chamber office hours are Mon. - Fri. 9AM - 5PM, Sat. & Sun. 9AM - 3PM

Shop Local.....What does that mean to you? 
1. You supported local jobs & benefits
2. You kept your tax dollars in Fayette County & West Virginia
3. You enjoyed the uniqueness that keeps our downtowns alive
4. You sustained local craftsmen, artisans and farmers
5. You invested in local suppliers, manufactures and builders
6. You nourished local organizations, churches and charities
7. You became part of the community that attracts new businesses and tourism
8. You enriched your life...something you can't download--- Experience Local Today!
Welcome to Fayette County, WV
83G Productions, LLC
DJ Services
(304) 673-9206

Ayusa - Non-profit student exchange organization
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Centec Engineering PLLC
3757 Robert C. Byrd Dr.
Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 929-2632

Pampered Chef * Independent Representative
Beth Epperson
(304) 575-7479

NEW Business Card Holders
Did you know as part of your chamber membership you may display a business rack card OR brochure in our office? 

Don't have a rack card? We now have business card holders! Call 304-465-5617 or email for more information.   Take advantage and promote your business to our walk in traffic!
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Notices will be once a month. The newsletter is a FREE  service to Fayette County Chamber members! Should you like to post something in the newsletter please submit info in a WORD file (photos must be jpeg) by the last Wednesday of each month to   Email

***As of March 1, 2016 there will be a charge of $50 per E-blast. Please send information for e-blasts to Email  
The President's Circle

Jim Lively Insurance
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United Bank

The 500 Club
BroadbandBroadband Speed Test and Survey
One of the Broadband Enhancement Council's (BEC) main priority is to generate better mapping information for those who have broadband and those who are under-served (less than 25 meg. down and 2 up) or un-served.  The mapping information generated by the FCC is of little help painting an accurate representation of actual service.  So the BEC has created a web-page with a speed test and survey to identify the user location down to their street address.  We hope to get as many folks in the state to take the speed test and fill out the survey so we can create accurate maps down to the address level. 

Region 4 and Fayette County were awarded a CDBG grant to study how best to move forward with broadband in our areas.  As part of this study, we need to collect as many speed tests in our county as possible and as widely as possible. We encourage citizens to test their speeds at home and work as often as they can. West Virginia is 48th in broadband.  To improve economic development, give students the same tools as other kids in communities with broadband and improve rural medical care, we need to do everything we can to improve broadband. 
RibbonRibbon Cuttings and Grand Openings 
New Chamber Logo
Join the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in welcoming new business to the area! 

Glow Tanning - April 7th at 10:30AM, Re-grand opening 11AM - 4PM

Lifetite Metal Products Manufacturers, LLC - April 13th at 12PM

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BAHBusiness After Hours ~ April 26th
Plateau Medical Center
Join the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce &
Plateau Medical for a Grand Opening & Business After Hours!

Friday, April 26th, 5pm - 7pm
Location: 211 Maple Ave. Fayetteville, WV 25840 
 (Kool Beanz building beside Pies & Pints)

Save the date for a grand opening and business after hours at Plateau Medical Center's newest medical center in Fayetteville, WV.

To RSVP email or call 304-465-5617

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Greetings Chamber Members,
The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Fayette County Sports and Cars Festival this coming June 2018. Oak Hill had a long tradition of hosting the sports festival in the 1960s - 1990s and we are pleased to be bringing this exciting event back to not just Oak Hill, but to various communities throughout the county.
While the mission of the Chamber is to promote, support and encourage the business community, this event will be a true community event that will engage members of the entire family. The festival will take place the week of West Virginia Day, with events starting on Thursday, June 21st and culminating on Sunday, June 25th.
The schedule of events is as follows with some details still being finalized:
Thursday, June 21
  • High Adventure Timber Trek (family oriented) at Adventures on the Gorge: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with additional time slots available if those fill
  • Cosmic Bowling at Pinheads in the evening/night
Friday, June 22
  • Bowling Tournament @ Pinheads (juniors in the morning, seniors late morning/early afternoon, men & women later afternoon and evening)
  • Disc Golf Tournament at Collins Park (noon - dark)
  • Sports Themed Movie at Lively Amphitheatre: Hoosiers (around 8:30 start time with family activities prior to the start of the movie): Free
Saturday, June 23
  • 5K Run - mid morning
  • Cycling Event:  introduction of our league team, answer questions, sign kids up, secure some local sponsorship, and conduct a bike-skills clinic.
  • Disc Golf Tournament at Collins Park (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
  • Golf, Day 1 (morning and afternoon sessions at White Oak)
  • Car Show Parade, starting in Fayetteville at Court House; poker run to Oak Hill; parade through Oak Hill to down town to set up adjacent to the amphitheater; Car Show begins at 4 p.m. - Hopefully additional activities to include corn hole at Chase
  • Craft Beer Festival (to include wine and food vendors); bands throughout the day; 4 - 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 24
  • Golf Day 2, mid-morning starts at Bridge Haven Golf Club
Most events will include a commemorative Sports Festival T-Shirt and free entry with samples to the Craft Beer Festival. Competitive events will include chances to win prizes, including chamber bucks, redeemable at any event Chamber member and event sponsor. Fayette County businesses will be able to redeem those chamber bucks at the chamber for cash.
Business can sponsor at three levels to be eligible for chamber bucks, t-shirt marketing, and event marketing.
For more information please email the Chamber of Commerce office or call 304.465.5617

Sharon Cruikshank, President                               Aaron Kemlock, Vice-Chair 

RiversRiver Expeditions Whitewater Season Opener
River Expeditions
2018 Whitewater Rafting Season Opener
April 7 & 8, 2018, 7AM - 5PM

Join us for the opening day of the 2018 white water rafting season on the New River! Rafting deals, cabin specials, party and more. 

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Introducing Ayusa - Foreign Exchange Student Program
Hello, My name is Jennifer Slinker. 

I have been hosting foreign exchange students since 2010. I recently became a Community Representative for Ayusa and love to share my experience in hosting students from overseas in my home.  If you want to change the world, you can start small. Cultural and educational exchange with a student from abroad who is eager to learn about American customs is a great way to change the world.  Did you realize foreign exchange is actually a part of our American foreign policy?  You will be amazed at how much you learn by hosting a student in your home, and how close you can become to them in 5 to 10 months.  

I look forward to helping you share your part of West Virginia and American culture. I have over 300 students that are looking for an opportunity to come to America this fall. Please contact me at email or go to to learn more information about hosting a student today! 

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Fundraiser3rd Annual Fundraiser for Fayette County Education Fund
Join us for Dinner in the Meadows
for the third annual spring fundraiser dinner
benefiting Fayette County Education Fund programs
Sunday, April 29 at 6 PM
Featuring great company and gourmet food and drinks served with southern friends and family hospitality.
The New River Birding & Nature Festival week (April 30 - May 5, 2018) starts around a catered gourmet dinner with bird and nature enthusiasts of all skill levels as well as expert ornithologists and botanists from across the country.
$100 per plate.
Space is limited to 20 people.
Dinner starts at 6 PM.
Click here to kindly reserve your seat by April 1.
Come as you are.
The Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat
239 Opossum Creek Retreat Road (adjacent to Willis Rd), Lansing, WV.

Questions? Email coordinator Rachel Davis or call 304-880-8059.

NRBirdingNew River Birding Festival
Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird and nature watching festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours.

A friendly birding vacation for everyone, the week long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides, tasty food, and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding festival . Signature guided bird watching experiences include the opportunity to visit a wide range of habitats, world class instruction for those wanting to enhance their birding skills, and the best guide-to-guest ratio on the festival circuit. All skill levels are welcome.

Options range from weeklong with cabin accommodations to a single day without lodging. With such a range of options we are able to offer packages to suite a variety of budgets, beginning at $225. Each day offers a fascinating field trip of your choice, three great meals, two knowledge and fun packed presentations, world-class experts and fellow participants you will call friends!

As a non-profit fundraising event, the Festival is the major funding source for the local 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund, Inc providing student environmental and leadership training programs.

ASWVActive Southern WV 
Get Active in the Park
Powered by Community Captains

Going the Distance at Glade Creek - 11 Mile Hike
April 21st, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Go green and Go long and celebrate Earth Day by joining  Active Southern West Virginia  Community Captain  Levi Moore  hiking 11 miles along Glade Creek. Build endurance while enjoying the sights and sounds of Spring. The 11 mile Hike follows an abandoned narrow-gauge railroad along Glade Creek. The trail offers an enjoyable stroll at a very moderate grade, and is popular with hikers of all ages and abilities.
***Reservation required*** reserve your spot by calling (304) 894-2129 or email

Meet Active SWV Staff at UKV YMCA
April 14th, 10am - 1pm

The Active Southern West Virginia staff  Melanie Seiler Hames   Erin Ellis-Reid Emily Wilkinson   Andy Davis  and Community Captains  Levi Ish Moore  and Aletha L. Stolar  will be meeting with the members of the community members of the Upper Kanawha Valley. Stop by the new YMCA facility to say hello and talk about Active SWV programming. 

We will be demoing some of the programs we offer such as Tai Chi, Pickeball, and Hiking. We are looking for people in the community who would like to volunteer with Active SWV to lead these types of program at the new YMCA. 

Do you have an interest in public health? Do you have an idea to bring an activity to the YMCA or the surrounding area? Would you like to be a partner with us to share indoor space, help promote programs, or provide letters of support towards funding opportunities in the UKV? 

We would like to get to know the UKV community. Stop by and say hello or contact us to schedule a meeting while we are in town.

For more information:  Join the  Active Southern West Virginia Bulletin Board  group on Facebook to get updates on program details, email  or call (304) 254-8488.

Fayette County  2018 activity calendar

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April 25th, 5PM - 9PM

Pies & Pints in Fayetteville will be donating a portion of dinner sales to support Active Southern West Virginia's free community programs on Wednesday, April 25th, from 5pm to 9pm. This is a great opportunity to have a fantastic meal, show support for our regional volunteers, and spend the evening visiting with the Active SWV staff and board members.

We invite you to come enjoy dinner and support local, free community programs. ASWV programs include Community Captains leading guided hikes, outdoor yoga, Tai Chi, mountain biking, rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding, and dog walking at the humane shelter for local families who maybe new to some of these activities.

Funding also supports Active SWV Kids Run  Clubs at elementary schools throughout Nicholas, Raleigh, Fayette, and Summers Counties. With 21 schools who have participated, we are half way to the goal of our region's 42 elementary schools having a free Kids Run Club.

Active SWV continues to grow in two other programs; Bike/Walk SWV and Workplace Wellness. Both programs look at environmental and policy changes needed to improve a culture of health. 

There are many ways you can get involved and we hope to see you out on April 25th for a fun and functional dining experience! 

For any questions, please contact our office at (304) 254-8488, email, or 

GospelBenefit Gospel Sing in Montgomery, WV
Benefit GOSPEL SING featuring
The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus
Saturday, April 28, 2018

6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:45 p.m. 
Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA Gymnasium


 Advanced At the door
65 and older  $8 $10
Adults $10 $12
Children $5 $7
Under 8 no charge

Tickets will be available for purchase at Montgomery City Hall, beginning February 26, 2018
For additional information, contact Lou Ann Bowen at 304-442-1331, Donna Raynes at 304-442-7424, 
o r An g ela  Tackett   a t 304-442-5181. 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus will headline the event and other area gospel groups and singers will also perform. The event is sponsored by Montgomery General Hospital, in conjunction with the City of Montgomery.

***Proceeds will benefit the Upper Kanawha Valley YMCA, to expand opportunities to residents of the Upper Kanawha Valley.

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TopKnotTop Knot Artisan & Coffee Shop ~ Anniversary
One Year Customer Appreciation Celebration
April 5th, 8AM - April 7th, 7PM

Come celebrate with Top Knot! We want to thank our Customers for a great first year in Oak Hill. We will kick off our new Spring hours by being open till 7 PM. Free cake on Thursday, April 5th. Door prizes and giveaways all weekend!

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StateFarmSave the Date for Coffee & Coverage - April 12th
Coffee & Coverage with Scotty Brown State Farm Agent
April 12th @ 6PM
Kool Beanz

Scotty Brown State Farm Agency 
90 Fayette Town Center Rd
Fayetteville, WV 25840

Stop by for your free State Farm Insurance and Financial Review®. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® CALL ME TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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BridgeWalkBridge Walk 2018 Special Walks
Guided tours are offered daily except for: high winds, snow and/or ice preventing access to the catwalk.

Easter Sunrise Bridge Walk
One of our most spectacular walks of the year!
April 1st, 5:30AM 0 8:30AM 

Join us on the Bridge on Easter Sunday morning for a walk, view and start to your holiday celebration. One departure time and one chance to welcome the new day.

Cost is $39.00 per person plus tax and reservations are required. Book online at  or call us at (304) 574-1300.

Schedule a tour for your birthday, anniversary, and/or reunion for $50Tax Included

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AOTGAdventures on the Gorge Spring Events
Easter Brunch
April 1, 10AM - 3PM
$39+/adults; $20+ kids 6-10 years; Kids under 5 free. Save $5 on adults by reserving by March 25

Fire & Ice: Carving Festival & Brewgrass Reunion
April 20-21
Fire and Ice is  FREE to attend, but rafting and food are extra.  

FurBallNew River Humane Society

Watson... 1 yr old male pit mix. Super sweet, good with other dogs and weighs around 65lbs.  
Father of 3 but he doesn't see them anymore because 
his babies have new forever homes included the mother. 
So you can see , with his whole family nice and cozy in their new forever homes, 
Watson is ready to move on and find love again. 
He would love a cozy couch to rest his weary head after a long day of playing and hiking. 

New River Humane Society
513 Shelter Rd.
Fayetteville, WV 25840
(304) 574-3682 or email
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Paddle2018 Events at ACE Adventure Resort
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May 26, 2018
Join ACE for a demanding trail run through the beautiful mountains in West Virginia on Memorial Day weekend. Choose between a half-marathon, 10K run, or a 5 mile walk. These distinctive race routes will take racers through the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. After grabbing your medal at the finish line a burrito buffet awaits to tame the appetite you have developed. Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers, plus you get bragging rights for tackling the Wonderland Mountain Challenge on May 26th, 2018.

May 31 - June 2, 2018
Get ready for the 5th year of West Virginia's best music festival at ACE Adventure Resort! Featuring over 25 bands including Umphrey's McGee, Big Something, Perpetual Groove, The Kind Thieves and more on a beautiful mountaintop stage. Plus food, vendors, visual artists, workshops, camping, and adventures in the New River Gorge. This is Appalachia's destination music festival featuring outdoor adventure paired with your favorite music! 

June 23, 2018
The largest mud run in West Virginia! Have fun and test your own limits in the time and space you're comfortable with, while gettin' as Gritty as you wanna be on an untimed 5k Tenacious Trail or 1 Moxie Mile fun run and mud obstacle course designed for excitement, fun, and laughter. Walk, sprint, skip, jog or dance through trails, over walls, through tubes, and mud pits with names like Commando Crawl, Over-Under Logs, Slickey Slide, and more! 
Wear anything you feel comfortable in. A bikini, costume, overalls, prom dress... anything, but it will get dirty! Chix is in the name, but we don't exclude the guys that respect our grit - those guys are man enough to run with Gritty Chix! Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

July 7, 2018
Gather at Wonderland Water Park for the 8th Annual Big Air Blob Competition. Fireworks won't be the only thing rocketing skyward on Independence Day. Teams of two will compete for the most outrageous blob of the day. Judges will score up to 10 points per blob based on form, height or just sheer craziness. Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners! When you check-in be sure to ask for details at the ACE Welcome Center.  IT'S FREE TO THOSE PLAYING AT THE WATER PARK ON JULY 7th!

August 5, 2018
Join ACE Adventure Resort for the 17th Annual New River Gorge-ous Trail Run & Walk. Choose between three race options including a half-marathon, 8.5 mile run, or a 5 mile walk. All the courses wander through deep hardwood forests and offer spectacular views of the New River and the historic town of Thurmond. And yes, prizes are awarded.

October 12/13, 19/20, 26/27, 2018 
The Mad Butcher is coming back to the New River Gorge this fall. Dare to explore old abandoned buildings and dark corners of an adventure resort hidden in the woods. Campers and hikers have seen things here that will make your bones turn cold. Be careful not to stir the shadows, or creatures lurking in them. You never know who or what's watching... maybe what's left of those people who never checked out... maybe the thing that keeps them here. Just don't scream, or they'll find you.

Fri - Sat | 5pm - 11pm

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Mikes Appliance LLC
Mike's Appliance LLC
Appliance repair, installation, and sales

BingoB-I-N-G-O Fundraiser in Ansted

April 21
May 19th
June 9th

Location" Ansted VFW: 19957 Midland Trail, Ansted, WV 25812

Proceeds benefit Ansted Hometown Festival

JFKJust for Kids, Inc.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center along with hundreds of other organizations across West Virginia will be hosting events during Child Abuse Prevention Month. 

The first event will be a "Plant A Pinwheel For Prevention" and Proclamation by the Mayor of Beckley on Tuesday, April 10th at the Mayor's Office on S. Kanawha Street in Beckley (10:30am). Mayor Rappold is excited to host this event again this year. "To see the look on the children's faces when they plant a pinwheel is priceless. Knowing that there is hope for our children and simple ways to reduce the incidence of child abuse is so refreshing." "And a big thank you to Just For Kids, local law enforcement and the Child Protective Services team for making a difference for the children of Beckley."

The second event will be the Just For Kids Champions of Children Recognition Dinner to be held on Thursday, April 26th from 5:30-9pm at Glade Springs Resort. This year we are recognizing two Champions from each of the three counties that Just For Kids serves. Our Champions from Wyoming County are Child Protective Services Supervisor Rebecca Libby and Sergeant Andre Palmateer, WV State Police. Raleigh County Champions are the Honorable John A. Hutchison, and Senior Trooper Jillian Yeager, WV State Police. Fayette County Champions are Corporal John Syner, WV State Police and Sue Lessman, donor of The Lessman House, our new office in Fayette County.   This year we will also be honoring a 9th Grader who had the courage to advocate for a school group of abuse survivors to meet at her middle school. The group met throughout the school year and continues to meet, helping children recover from the trauma of abuse.

Tickets for the event are available by calling the Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center at 304-255-4834 or sending a check to Just For Kids, 129 Main St., Suite 406, Beckley WV 25801. Individual tickets are $50 and half price for first responders and other social service providers. Live entertainment and a sit down meal are part of this exciting event.
Scott Miller, Executive Director, Just For Kids Child Advocacy Center

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Upcoming Events
April 2018

April 1 - Easter Sunrise Bridge Walk
April 1 - AOTG Easter Brunch
April 5 - Top Knot 1 Year Customer Appreciation Event
April 7 - Glow Tanning Grand Re-opening & Ribbon Cutting
April 7 & 8 - River Expeditions Whitewater Season Opener
April 10 - Just for Kids, Plant a Wheel for Prevention
April 12 - Scotty Brown State Farm Coffee & Coverage
April 13 - Lifetite Metal Products Manufacturers, Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
April 21 - Bingo in Ansted
April 21 - Active SWV, Meet Active SWV Staff at UKV YMCA
April 21 - AOTG, Fire & Ice Carving Festival
April 25 - Pies & Pints supports Active SWV
April 26 - Just for Kids Champions of Children Recognition Dinner
April 26 - Plateau Medical Clinic Opening & Business After Hours
April 28 - Gospel Sing sponsored by Montgomery General & Town of Montgomery
April 29 -  Fundraising Dinner for Leadership Fayette County
April 30 to May 5 - New River Birding Festival

A Walk in the Park each Wednesday at 10AM
Fayette County Libraries Calendar

To add your event or questions call 304-465-5617 or    email

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
310 W. Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, WV 25901
304-465-5617 - Email

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