Chamber News | March 2019
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Nominations are open
Small Business of the Year
The accomplishments of the region's best small businesses and not-for-profit organizations will be recognized at the 33rd Annual Small Business Awards in the fall.

Click here to learn about our categories and changes to the nomination process.
LRV Class of 2020
Leadership Roanoke Valley (LRV) is a great way to build leadership skills, make new connections and learn about the issues facing the Roanoke region.

If you know someone who would make a great candidate for LRV, nominate them today!
Special employer program
The Opioid Crisis in Virginia: Critical Facts for Employers
Reserve your seat today for this free informative program at Roanoke Country Club on Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Topics that will be covered include:
1. Addiction and the community
2. The brain and addiction
  • Behavior and valuation of the future
3. Treatment and costs 
  • What is effective treatment?
  • Societal costs and treatment costs; what is our ROI?
This valuable employer program was made possible through a grant by the Virginia Department of Health.
Upcoming events
Thursday Overtime
Unwind after work at your favorite evening networking event, Thursday Overtime. Whether you're a longtime Chamber member or new to the #ChamberSquad, this is a great opportunity to talk business in a casual atmosphere, make new connections, and enjoy some delicious appetizers and beverages. 

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Mellow Mushroom
Cost: Free to attend, food and beverages on individual tabs
Legislative Wrap-up
Make plans to join your Chamber for Legislative Wrap-up. This program includes breakfast and a fresh perspective of the 2019 legislative session.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Cost: $35/member, $45/non-member
LRV Open House
Interested in learning more about Leadership Roanoke Valley? Join us for the LRV Class of 2020 Open House. This is your chance to hear about the LRV experience from some of our advisors and alumni.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Billy's
Cost: Free to attend, food and beverages on individual tabs
Coffee & Contacts
Coffee & Contacts is a great way to jump-start your day! Come initiate new relationships, exchange business cards and enjoy freshly brewed coffee.

Coffee & Contacts is a members-only event. It's complimentary to attend, but advance registration is required.

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Cost: Free for Chamber members
2019 Technology Expo

Ethos Technologies is hosting the largest technology expo in Central and Southwest Virginia in 2019 on Wednesday, March 20 th from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Hotel Roanoke. Top names in education, HITECH and HIPPA Compliance in healthcare, business and government technology solutions will be present to display and demo their products for purchasing agents, IT managers, and other decision makers.
Konica Minolta, Promethean, FP Mailing Solutions, Sophos, Impression Solutions, and more manufacturers and experts will provide answers to the question of how to stay secure and protected in today’s business environment with practical applications.
Family owned for over two decades, Ethos Technologies has become one of the largest technology firms in Central and Western Virginia from its beginning as Blue Ridge Copier. As Blue Ridge Copier began dominating the office equipment market, Ethos Technologies emerged as a large-scale provider of Managed IT Network Solutions. Our clients are located throughout 18 states and will continue to strive for growth from our home-base in Salem, VA.
Inquiries, please contact Hollie Wingate at 540.521.7074 or email
Register online for this event at
Roanoke Regional Chamber
540.983.0700 x100