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Chamber Connection
October 2019
Chamber Bi-Monthly Meeting Breakfast Edition
set for Wednesday, October 23rd at The Wood Tech Center
Focus: Randolph County's Workforce
You are invited to the Chamber’s Bi-Monthly Meeting on October 23. The meeting will take place at The Wood Tech Center, 10 Eleventh Street in Elkins. A continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 AM. The meeting will start at 8:15 and conclude by 9:00. Chamber members, guests, community members, and those interested in joining the Chamber are all welcome to attend. This meeting is free and open to all. Come learn what’s happening at The Chamber!

This month’s focus is Workforce. We will hear about three separate areas related to our region’s workforce. First, the Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee will present where we are with preparing our community to be Work Ready – ready to efficiently and effectively build our workforce. The Workforce Team will hear businesses’ concerns about the area’s workforce and what we can do together to improve the disconnect between employers and potential employees.

Second, this meeting will highlight a training workshop, spearheaded by the Economic Vitality Collaborative of the Chamber and Elkins Main Street and provided by Woodlands Development Group. This training workshop focuses on employee etiquette, particularly in regard to handling visitor’s questions about Randolph County, its amenities, etc.

Finally, you will learn about a new internship program, SHIP , spearheaded by the Chamber and D&E College. This exciting new initiative will be piloted in the summer of 2020 with ten interns (five from D&E and five from Randolph County who attend college out of our county) learning career, civic, and leadership skills over a nine-week program.

Congratulations to Michael and Gail Hayes of Mountain Gymnastics Academy , the Chamber's Business of the Month for October 2019.

The Chamber is happy to bring back this monthly award to a member of the Elkins - Randolph County Chamber.

Watch for another email about Mountain Gymnastics Academy and the inaugural Coffee & Conversation video featuring the October 2019 Business of the Month!

Do you know of a Randolph County business operating for 100+ years?  We want to hear from you!

Please contact the Chamber and let us know if your business has been continuously operating in Randolph County for 100 or more years. The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office would like to honor WV businesses who have celebrated a 100 th birthday on or before December 31, 2019. Please call the Chamber at 304.636.2717 or email us at if your business or a business you know as been in operation at least 100 years. If you’ve already contacted us, please do so again. We want to make sure our list is accurate and includes everyone who should be on the list! Plans are underway for WV’s Secretary of State to honor your business at an upcoming Chamber Meeting as early as December.

Elkins – Randolph County Chamber of Commerce partnering with Elkins Main Street to bring 2 nd annual Taste of the Highlands to Randolph County!
The Taste of the Highlands is scheduled for Monday, November 4 th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Phil Gainer Community Center. It will feature a “taste” of signature dishes from 30 restaurants/food service providers in our area. Tickets are $35 for ages 13 and up; $10 for ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 are free. To purchase tickets are for a vendor application, call Elkins Main Street at 304-637-4803.
At this year's Annual Dinner, every guest was offered a copy of Building a Vibrant Community by Quint Studer. They were a generous gift from Jay Wallace and Mark & Marsha Doak. It's a powerful book that the Chamber and other community organizations are using as a model for making Elkins and Randolph County a place to live, work, play, and stay!

If you haven't receive a copy yet, please contact the Chamber. We want to share this powerful resource with the community. For additional information, watch this video.
 Welcome to the Chamber!

The Chamber is happy to welcome the following new members to the Chamber. We appreciate your membership and look forward to partnering with you as we create a place to live, work, play, and stay in Elkins and Randolph County!

Nikki Rogers State Farm LCS Compute

Elkins Randolph County Chamber
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