Community Leadership Program: A Leader’s Perspective

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The conversation for The Valley Business Today with host Janet Michael featured Kory Campbell, Director of Marketing & Communications and Vanessa McAllister, Director of Programs and Events for the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber to talk about the chamber’s recent move to Winchester Regional Airport and the Community Leadership Program. Click here to listen to the conversation.

The Community Leadership Program – now entering it’s 26th year – is a nine-month program that runs from September through May. The program begins with an orientation, followed by monthly sessions studying specific topics including:

  • Leadership/Teamwork
  • Non-Profits
  • Community Culture
  • Agriculture
  • Media
  • Government/Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Public Safety
  • Simulated Society
  • Community Problem Solving

The sessions are led by a combination of community leaders, professional facilitators, and specialists in the respective fields. This program is designed to provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in the City of Winchester, Clarke County, and Frederick County, Virginia. Applications are being accepted through June 30 and can be found here: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/community-leadership-program/

Joining them for the conversation was Ben Savory, owner of Summit Events and a recent graduate of the Community Leadership Program who gave his perspective on the importance of programs like this. He told about the things that he learned about the community and explained what he plans to do with his newly obtained knowledge and insight.

Before they wrapped up the conversation, Kory gave details for the chamber’s move from Old Town Winchester to their new offices located in a hangar at Winchester Regional Airport. This move is temporary – 2 years – while a new business terminal is being constructed which will become the chamber’s new permanent home. He also talked about a few upcoming chamber events including: Business After Hours on June 29, 2022 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club from 5:30pm – 7pm; Business After Hours on July 13, 2022 at Market Street United Methodist Church from 5:30pm – 7pm; and a Lunch & Learn about leasing standards on July 26, 2022 from 12pm – 1pm via Zoom.

For more information about chamber membership, programs and events, visit their website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/ and follow them on Facebook.

News Maker Cynthia Schneider on TVRC new location

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber (TVRC) has moved their offices to a new location.

We spoke with TVRC’s CEO Cynthia Schneider in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Cynthia tells us about the new offices and the new opportunities available.

She also tells us the advantages of being at the Winchester Regional Airport.

Cynthia also tells us to look forward to a ribbon cutting coming soon in typical TVRC style.

Click here for Cynthia’s interview.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

News Maker Cynthia Schneider on TVRC new location

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber (TVRC) has moved their offices to a new location.

We spoke with TVRC’s CEO Cynthia Schneider in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Cynthia tells us about the new offices and the new opportunities available.

She also tells us the advantages of being at the Winchester Regional Airport.

Cynthia also tells us to look forward to a ribbon cutting coming soon in typical TVRC style.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

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The Valley Business Today: Winchester Rescue Mission Expands

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The “Valley Business Today” conversation with host Janet Michael and co-host Kory Campbell, Director of Marketing & Communications with Top of Virginia Regional Chamber included Pastor Brandan Thomas from Winchester Rescue Mission to give details about his organization and their current expansion to Valley Avenue in Winchester. Click here to listen to the conversation.

Brandan talked about the services that Winchester Rescue Mission offers to members in need in our community.

Resident Shelter Programs meet the most basic and immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness. Each night, men, women, and families find a warm bed and safety from the streets at the Winchester Rescue Mission. The center for men can currently sleep up to 32 while their center for women can currently sleep 15. 

Case Management provides a case worker to work one-on-one with each person to develop a personalized plan to address needs including healthcare, mental health, literacy, and employment with the goal of helping them change unhealthy patterns of behavior, heal, and become a contributing member of our community.

Food Distribution and Community Meals are provided through a partnershiup with the local food bank, as well as grocers, stores, and other businesses that donate baked goods, meats, fresh produce, and other food items. The food distribution is open to anyone in the community currently needing food for themselves and their families.
Community dinner is served 7 days a week, 365 days a year at 5pm. The dinner is not only open to those finding shelter at Winchester Rescue Mission, but is open to individuals and families of the Winchester community. Click here to view the calendar.

Hygiene Services such as restrooms, hot showers and personal hygiene supplies as well as laundry facilities are available to all guests. The Winchester Rescue Mission’s shower and laundry facilities are also open to the community. ​Men can use these services Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am – 1:30pm. Women seeking to use these services should contact Winchester Rescue Mission to schedule a time for use.

Brandan also explained what the expansion to Valley Avenue will mean to the number of people they will be able to serve in our community – nearly double. They will also be able to expand their services to women and families, classroom space, and year-round emergency shelter. Get more details about the new building located at 2655 Valley Avenue by clicking here.

You can donate, volunteer, and get more information about Winchester Rescue Mission on their website: https://www.winrescue.org/  and by following them on Facebook.

Kory gave information about the “big move” the chamber is making to Winchester Regional Airport on June 16 and are looking forward to serving their members from the new location. He also gave us details for a few upcoming chamber events such as the Community Leadership Program graduation, Corporate Challenge, and Business After Hours.

Get more details about the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber on their website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/  and by following them on Facebook.

A Conversation with a Few Greater Good Award Winners

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Today’s conversation for The Valley Business Today with host, Janet Michael was recorded on location at Shaffer’s BBQ & Market in Middletown. Shaffer’s owner, Matt was recently named the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber’s Small Business of the Year at their Greater Good Awards which took place on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. You can listen to the show by clicking here.

Vanessa McAllister, Director of Programs & Events for the chamber was Janet’s co-host today. Joining them for the conversation was Frederick County Sheriff, Lenny Millholland who was recently named Citizen of the Year, and Barry Lee who received the Lifetime Community Impact Award. The group talked about the event and what being winning meant to each of them. The conversation was full of stories and laughter.

The purpose of the “Greater Good Awards” is to celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for the contributions they make to the quality of life and economic stability of our region through genuine community commitment, dedication to excellence, and ethical and creative business practices. Award winners are chosen by an impartial committee of past Chamber board chairs. Awards include Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Non-profit of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Emerging Leader Award, James R. Wilkins Sr. Legacy Award, and Lifetime Community Impact Award.

Other award winners from the event were:

Katrina Smith – RE/MAX Synergy | Entrepreneur of the Year

Valley Proteins, Inc. | Large Business of the Year

David Kent | Emerging Leader

Winchester Rescue Mission | Non-Profit of the Year

Vanessa also talked about the newly named Legacy Awards. Before the conversation wrapped, Vanessa gave a few details for some upcoming events: Corporate Challenge, Valor Awards & Valley Business Women‘s Night Out.

For more information about the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber or to watch the replay of the Greater Good Awards, visit their website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/  and follow them on Facebook.

 

TVRC Greater Good Awards

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber (TVRC) announced the winners of their Greater Good Awards.

The Greater Good Awards celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for their  contributions to the quality of life and economic stability to the Northern Shenandoah Valley region.

TVRC Greater Good award winners include:

Entrepreneur of the Year Katrina Kimbro Smith.

Small Business of the Year Award went to Shaffer’s BBQ and Market.

Large Business of the Year Award went to Valley Proteins Inc.

David Kent of Signet Marketing won Emerging Leader of the Year Award.

Nonprofit of the Year Award went to Winchester Rescue Mission.

Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland won Citizen of the Year Award.

With the Lifetime Community Impact Award going to Breakfast with Berry Lee.

Award winners are chosen by an impartial committee of past chamber members and board chairpersons.

You can nominate an organization or person for a Greater Good Award for next year’s  ceremony at regionalchamber.biz.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

TVRC host an after legislative luncheon

An email from Top of Virginia Regional Chamber (TVRC) announced a post legislative luncheon.

The event will look at recently passed legislation that will make it easier to do business in Virginia.

A discussion on the upcoming special session of the General Assembly and the issues that lawmakers face.

A discussion will also take place on the legislation that was not passed in the past session.

The luncheon will be held at the George Washington A Wyndham Grand Hotel in Winchester Apr. 7 from noon to 2 p.m..

Space is limited for this event with registration necessary which you can do here.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber: The Voice of Business

Our conversation for The Valley Business Today included Cynthia Schneider, CEO of Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and her Chairman of the Board, Scott Harvard (CEO of First Bank.)

We talked about the board’s role in moving the chamber forward & the diverse backgrounds an institutional knowledge it provides to Cynthia. Scott explained his role as the Executive Committee Chair and talked about how important it is to our entire community to have a strong chamber of commerce.

Cynthia filled us in on the new website and reminded us that nominations are still being accepted (through January 31) for the Greater Good Awards. She also gave us a bit of information about a new marketing vehicle they’ll be launching soon in partnership with NewsTalk 1400.

For more information about the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber, visit their website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz and follow them on Facebook.

Top of Virginia Regional Chamber Events & New Staff

Our conversation for The Valley Business Today featured Top of Virginia Regional Chamber and several of their staff. Joining us: Danita Roble – Director of Membership; Hanna Stewart – Membership Specialist; Kory Campbell – Director of Marketing & Communications; and Vanessa McAllister – Director of Programs & Events.

We talked about the upcoming Greater Good Awardsnominations are currently open – as well as the chamber returning to in-person events. We also discussed the value of chamber membership.

For more information, visit their website: https://www.regionalchamber.biz/

News Maker Cynthia Schneider on TVRC’s new leadership program

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber (TVRC) announced that they are offering a new Business Leadership Program.

The program features former American Woodmark CEO Cary Dunston.

We spoke with TVRC CEO Cynthia Schneider about the program in our latest news marker segment.

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Cynthia explains the benefits of the program.

She also talks of future events from TVRC as well.

Click here for Cynthia’s interview.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.