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Issue 03, Summer 2018

The Advocate

A Publication of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber

Save the Date Connections 2018

Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 2:00-7:00 p.m. JMU Festival Center Presented By: As the summer starts to fade into autumn, the HarrisonburgRockingham Chamber of Commerce is already gearing up for upcoming events. Our calendar is full of some amazing events. If you love the outdoors, you may want to check into the Annual Golf Tournament, Valley Vines Twilight 5K Run/ Walk or the 54th Annual Broadway-Timberville Autumn Festival and Antique Car Show. If the indoors is more your speed, how about attending the Presidential Address or Connections 2018. You have a wide range of events coming up and there are still opportunities to sponsor and showcase your company in front of decision makers.

Click Icon below for link to the I-81 survey. Your opinion matters!

This fun event has been a tradition for many years and is always an enjoyable time on the greens. This year, Spotswood Country Club will be hosting the tournament. Generous fairways and sloping greens provide the playing field that golfers of all abilities will enjoy. This year's tournament will feature a Hole-in-One contest sponsored by Dick Myers Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Visit your Chamber's Online Events Calendar for more information and to register. Sponsorships are available. Contact Sara Wittig at for more information.

Lead | Advocate | Network | Promote

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Joel Shank – Chair · Dynamic Aviation Group, Inc. Greg Godsey – Past-Chair · Union Bank & Trust – Harrisonburg Commercial Banking Dr. John A. Downey – Chair-Elect · Blue Ridge Community College

“Time Flies by”

Eric Barkey · Barkey Financial and Trust Services Dwight Buracker · PBMares, LLP Kelly Burkholder · Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc – Burkholder

Joel Shank , Dynamic Aviation Group, Inc.

& Associates


Rick Chandler · Rockingham County Mike Frazier · Frazier Quarry Jeff Hill · Local Chop & Grill House Christopher Jones · City of Harrisonburg Scot Lilly · Farm Credit of The Virginias Lindsay Lopez · Advantage Physical Therapy Dr. Melissa Lubin · James Madison University Frank Oncken· Skyline Roofing and Stone Hill Construction Erin Overstreet · Gray Television Kyle O’Brien · Town of Broadway Jonah Pence · Farmers & Merchants Bank Donna Preziuso · American National Insurance Heather Ream · Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Courtney Rogers · Immerge Technologies, Inc. Chris Rooker · Kline May Realty*/The Harrisonburg Homes Team Matthias Smith · Massanutten Resort John Stonebraker · MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery Andy Vanhook · Appeal Production Skip Weakley · LD&B Insurance and Financial Services Vaughn Zepp · LSC Communications

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE JOEL SHANK- Chair, Dynamic Aviation Group, Inc. GREG GODSEY- Past Chair, Union Bank & Trust DR. JOHN DOWNEY - Chair-Elect, Blue Ridge Community College DWIGHT BURACKER - Vice Chair of Finances, PBMares, LLP. DONNA PREZIUSO - Vice Chair of Membership Services, American National Insurance HEATHER REAM - Vice Chair of Events, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport MELISSA LUBIN - Vice Chair of Community Relations, James Madison University SKIP WEAKLY - Vice Chair of Programs, LD&B Insurance &

Financial Services

CHAMBER STAFF FRANK TAMBERRINO - President and CEO TRENT TURNER - Finance & Administration Manager CARLIE FLOYD - Administrative Assistant SARA WITTIG - Director of Marketing & Communications SHEENA ARMENTROUT - Director of Membership Development & Investments 2 | The Advocate

It has been a busy summer so far with many reasons to celebrate! In May, we celebrated the graduation of our BOLD class (Building Optimal Leaders by Design), followed by the Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham (LHR) class in June. Congratulations to all of the participants within each group for your dedication to developing your leadership skills and capabilities to better our community. We are proud to have you as program graduates and as leaders serving Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County. The next BOLD and LHR classes have been selected and I look forward to meeting the next group of participants! Celebrations have continued with Ribbon Cuttings and Business After Hours (BAH). In July the Chamber held a joint of Business After Hours (BAH) with the Luray-Page Chamber of Commerce at the Massanutten Waterpark. The event was very well attended, and we had a great time engaging with our ‘neighbors.’ Also in July, the Valley Business Keynote (VBK) encouraged local leaders to be ‘radically candid’ through listening to two dynamic speakers, Kim Scott and Dave Urso. If you haven’t attended a VBK event before, you definitely need to mark your calendar for summer 2019 as the VBK Committee continues to bring talented speakers to the Valley for the pre-eminent local leadership event. Last, but certainly not least, a big congratulations to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber and its participating members for winning the ‘Golden Ladle’ as the Champion of the annual Valley Business Give Back program. The following member businesses deserve recognition for supporting this effort: Atwell Family Chiropractic: Creating A Wellness Center, Blue Ridge Bank, Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Shop, Blue Ridge Insurance Services, Inc., Cargill Company Store, Classic Kitchen & Bath, Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union, Domino’s Pizza, LSC Communications, Lumos Networks, Mountain View Dental Team, Pioneer Bank & Sunnyside Communities. We have a lot to be grateful for already this year. It is amazing to think that we are over the halfway mark of the 2018 calendar year! It seems like schools just released our kids for the summer months, and yet that happened over two months ago! I hope many of you have been able to enjoy a summer vacation (or two, for the lucky ones!) with family and friends. As the summer begins to wind down, we can start to transition to looking ahead, putting our plans together to make the most of the remaining time in 2018 and setting our sights on 2019. Many local businesses are already building their plans and revenue projections to make the most of next year. Speaking of making the most of a good thing, the Chamber recently distributed its new Member2Member Community Discount Cards for the 2018/2019 cycle. These cards enable you to receive discounts at over 80 members businesses locally including restaurants, shops and business services. Many Chamber businesses hand the cards out to their employees as an added benefit, contact the Chamber staff to learn more about the Member2Member program. There is still a lot of time left in 2018 and a lot to get done. 2019 can wait a little longer!


“Improving Interstate-81” Frank Tamberrino President and CEO Philosophically, socially and politically, the country is going in different directions. Although one can argue that this is really nothing new, today’s news is at our finger tips 24 hours a day. We still have more in common with each other than people admit, but opinions are strong on politics, the economy, energy, social issues, global warming, international affairs, and even history. But one thing we all agree upon in the Shenandoah Valley is that Interstate-81 needs some attention. Traffic on I-81 actually runs smoothly the vast majority of the time, but just about everyone has a story about a near miss, a white-knuckle driving experience, an accident or an extended period of time sitting on I-81 and going absolutely nowhere. You don’t need another study to know that traffic has increased on I-81 over time, that there are more trucks using I-81 in 2018 than there were 50 years, or that economic opportunities along the I-81 corridor have created commuting patterns that planners did not envision in the early 1960s. Economic development in the mid-South and along the Gulf coast states, which increased the use and importance of I-81 as a transit route to customers in the northeast, was on no one’s mind when I-81 was designed and constructed. Forty-two percent (42%) of statewide interstate truck traffic is on I-81, carrying $312 Billion worth of freight (47% of Virginia’s total). And, just think how many college students, their parents and how many college football fans travel up and down I-81 today versus 1970. There were several converging efforts late last year that zeroed in on I-81, including a Chamber led initiative. In December, Chambers of Commerce from Winchester, Front Royal, Shenandoah, Harrisonburg-Rockingham and Augusta met and decided to form the IMPROVE-81 Coalition to create some awareness and focus on improving this vital part of our region’s well-being. We have now expanded this effort to include the southern half of I-81, with the Roanoke Chamber playing a role in an I-81 Corridor Chambers group. Interstate-81 has become an important economic artery of the east coast. But, the attention, and dollars, have not followed. Our VDOT district staff have been great, but they don’t have much control over what they get from Richmond or D.C. I-81 is compared to I-95, I-64 and I-66 in terms of competition for dollars. Our issues (random accidents, high speed in high congestion areas) are not the same as theirs (patterns of congestion during committing hours, fender benders, and the sheer volume of traffic). VDOT now understands that from recent I-81 analysis. Solutions may be different, too. The IMPROVE-81 effort has centered on getting VDOT and others to identify immediate, mid-term and long-term solutions to improve the Interstate, followed by alternative ways and means to fund these improvements. The Chamber has a survey for businesses open now https://www.surveymonkey. com/r/Improve81 and this information will be shared with VDOT officials, their consultants and state legislators. The Coalition has also met with Senators Warner and Kaine and Congressional representatives Goodlatte and Comstock, and their key staff people. Keeping I-81 traffic flowing smoothly is a multi-state issue and the solutions and funding should be broader as well. There is more focus, action and discussion on I-81 now than in the past. Our Public Policy Committee has been instrumental in keeping this issue alive for several years. Your opinions and involvement will be the key going forward.


The Shenandoah Valley’s Beer & Wine Festival attracted about 4,000 attendees this year to Massanutten Resort. This year’s musical line up was crowd pleasing even in the rain. The new VIP Area was an exciting addition to this years ValleyFest. The private shaded seating areas was a favorite amenity of the VIP Area. We are looking forward to next years ValleyFest on May 25, 2019.

Valley Businesses Give Back

Special thanks to all Chamber Members who participated in the Valley Business Give Back Food and Fund Drive. This year collections will help provide over 34,000 meals! (That is 10,000 more that last year). We are so proud to help such a wonderful organization. Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce was awarded the “Golden Ladle” for helping to raise the top amount of food and funds this year. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank provides meals to nourish neighbors experiencing hunger in the Shenandoah Valley.

Frank The Advocate is a quarterly publication of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. The information published in The Advocate are opinions of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. © 2018. | 3

2018 Calendar of Events *Schedule complete as of release time; subject to change - visit the Chamber's Event Calendar here for confirmed dates.

ANNUAL EVENTS • • • • • • • • •

ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival - May 26 Leadership HR Graduation - June 15 Presidential Address (area college presidents) - August 23 Autumn Festival & Antique Car Show - Broadway - Sept. 8 Golf Tournament - September 14 Valley Vines Twilight 5K Walk/Run - October 5 Connections 2018 - October 18 Pre-Session Legislative Breakfast - December 5 Ribbon Cuttings/Groundbreakings - as requested

Aging-in-Place Business Roundtable Third Friday of each month, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Broadway-Timberville Business Council Second Wednesday of each month, 12:00 Noon Diversity Business Council More information to come East Rockingham Business Council More information to come Greater Ashby Business Council Second Tuesday of each month, 12:00 Noon Hospitality Committee More information to come


*Held Every 3rd Thursday from 5-7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)

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September 20 - Union Bank & Trust October 18 - Connection 2018 November 15 - Honey Baked Ham

Public Policy Committee First Tuesday of each month, 12:00 noon Shenandoah Women’s Alliance Meets Quarterly, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The Chamber’s Member2Member Discount Program (M2M) offers over 86 member discounts ranging from restaurants to business services. M2M Discounts are featured weekly in the Chamber’s Monday and Thursday E-Blasts as well as on the Chamber’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. These discounts come in many forms from dollars off a purchase, to percentage savings, to free consultations. The Member2Member card must be presented at the time of purchase. Contact Sara Wittig at to sign up today! Click here for more information.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES The Chamber relies heavily on the support of member businesses for sponsorships throughout the year. Not only is it a great way to get your name out to fellow members and the public, but it also shows your support of the community. If you are interested in learning more about upcoming opportunities, contact Sara Wittig at Click here to view the 2018 Sponsorship Packet 4 | The Advocate

Upcoming Chamber Events • Golf Tournament - September 14, 2018 • Valley Vines Twilight 5K - October 5, 2018 • Connections 2018 - October 18, 2018 | 5

Valley Vines Twilight 5K ¡ October 5 Join us on Friday, October 5 for a unique race that will take you on a tour of the grounds of the beautiful CrossKeys Vineyard. Wine'ding through vineyards, fields and breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, this course is like no other. Your Chamber partners with VA Momentum, an event organizer specializing in runs of all types. All skill levels welcome. Picnic food will be available for purchase at the winery following the run. Visit your Chamber's Online Events Calendar for more information and to register. Sponsorships are available. Contact Sara Wittig at sara@ for more information.

Autumn Festival & Antique Car Show - BroadwayTimberville - September 8, 2018 The 54th Annual Broadway-Timberville Autumn Festival and Antique Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Main Street in Broadway. The long standing festival draws over one thousand attendees each year and features crafters, artisans and plenty of local food vendors. Other planned events include a car show and cruise-in organized by the Tri-County Car Club and a family activity at Heritage Park. This event is organized by the Broadway Hometown Partnership and supported by the Broadway-Timberville Business Council with part of the proceeds benefiting the community through college and technical school scholarships presented to selected Broadway High School Seniors. Vendors interested in participating may email Sara Wittig at for more information.

The Broadway Hometown Partnership, Broadway-Timberville Business Council and the Town of Broadway Present the

Saturday, September 8th 9am-3pm

Important! Verify Contact Information for Community Profile & Membership Directory Now As part of your Chamber membership, your business is listed free of charge in our Annual Community Profile and https:// chambers/2338/Image/VBS2018.jpg Membership Directory. The business listing includes the contact information of the primary contact listed in your ChamberMaster Member Information Center profile. Please login to the Member Information Center by clicking here to verify or update contact information. Don't know your login or have other questions? Please contact your Chamber at We encourage you to visit our website for an easy-to-use, online database of all Chamber Members or pick up your free copy of our Membership Directory at the Chamber Offices. New Directories will be delivered in late October. 6 | The Advocate

Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham 2018-19 Class Cultivating leadership is an important component in the continual betterment of our business community. With this in mind, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce offers two programs designed to promote leadership growth. With more than a 30 year history, Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham (LHR) has been a stepping stone for many leaders in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The program, held over a ten-month period, is a unique opportunity for participants to gain access to an extraordinary network of area leaders and get an up close and personal look at the inner workings, and often collaborative involvement of many area programs and offices. From public safety and local government to arts, culture and sustainability, the program provides a comprehensive and enlightening look at Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. LHR is designed to expose current and aspiring leaders to the many different aspects of our community; educating them about the community’s past, present and future, including our strengths and opportunities that will help us build a better tomorrow. Congratulations to the following individuals who were selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Class: Eston Baughman - Bridgewater Retirement Community Juan Pablo “JP” Berrizbeitia - Blue Ridge CASA for Children Meredith Breeden - On the Road Collaborative Zanetta Ford-Byrd - Harrisonburg Education Foundation

Class of 2017-18 Leadership Graduation

Kristin Catterton - Dynamic Aviation Stephen “Steve” Colvin - Cargill Inc April Corbin - City of Harrisonburg (Hburg-Rham Emergency Communication Center) Debra “Debbie” Fortner- Pioneer Bank Joshua Gooden - Rockingham County David Hudson - Dynamic Aviation Quintrel Lenore - JMU (Career & Academic Planning) Jonathan “Jon” Lindsay - Union Bank & Trust Patrick Linn - Bank of the James Zachary “Zack” Lokey - Nielsen Builders, Inc William “Billy” Maddox - Lantz Construction Company David Martinez - LSC Communications Jonathan Mason - PBMares, LLP Catherine McGowan - Sentara RMH Medical Group Bryn McIntyre - Appeal Production Samuel “Lee” McNeely - Great Eastern Resort Management Ashley Mundy - The First Bank & Trust Company Kaitlin Pomerleau - JMU (University Recreation) Matthew “Matt” Ream - Massanutten Resort Zachary “Zach” Ritchie - Cargill Inc Jordan Robison - IT Decisions Karen Rowell - Clark & Bradshaw P.C. Summer Sage - The Free Clinic Rebecca “Becky” Taylor - Nielsen Builders, Inc William “Will” Tinnell - Lantz Construction Company Windi Turner - James Madison University Jamie Williams - James Madison University

BOLD Service Project luncheon

BOLD 2018-2020 Advance Leadership Program born from the Vision2020 initiative. Participants spend two years working oneon-one with a mentor, hand-picked by the steering committee, and with other BOLD participants, to develop their leadership skills through community involvement and a focus on ethics and philanthropy. As part of their commitment to both leadership and the community, each graduate will hold a seat on the board of a local nonprofit. Congratulations to the following individuals who were selected to participate in the 2018-2020 Class: Kevin Iwanicki (Rockingham Insurance Company) Katie LaPira (Rockingham Educational Foundation, Inc.) Rahul Bried (Dynamic Aviation) Sarah Hagan (Bridgewater Retirement Community) | 7

Help Us Welcome Your New Members Anne B. Grossman Health & Wellness - 540.416.4260 | If it has to do with getting healthy so you can live your dream life, Anne B Grossman can help! She earned her Certified Health Coaching certificate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Anne wants to help you discover how changing your health will change your life! She has learned that what we eat is only part of the equation. Moving our bodies, tending to our minds, and nurturing our spirits are all intertwined with food to help us live our best lives. Anne just wants you to believe that anything is possible for you! All you need to do is take the next small step. Business Staffing, Inc. - Dawn Zimmerman | 540.205.3272 | Business Staffing Inc. is focused on making positive changes for their clients’ businesses and their employees’ lives through dedication to the process of hiring and service. Their goal is to provide qualified, ready to hire candidates utilizing skill assessment testing, e-verify, providing drug screenings and thorough background checks. From temporary employees to a direct hire CEO, they want to be your area workforce resource in Virginia. Chiropractic Solutions - Dr. Dennis Da Ponte | 540.432.5577 | Dr. Dennis Da Ponte is the Chiropractic Physician and Clinic Director at Chiropractic Solutions in Harrisonburg, Va. He is a long-time resident of the Shenandoah Valley, having graduated from Broadway High School. Dr. Da Ponte is happy to be back serving the residents of the Harrisonburg area with the most advanced quality of Chiropractic Care. CUED-In, Inc. - Seth Marsh | 540.820.7384 | CUED-IN (College and University Education Decision Intelligence) is an app-based software that helps students navigate the financial road to a career, whether that road takes them through college, trade school or apprenticeships. CUED-IN’s founder, Seth Marsh, is a young professional who is passionate about helping people make good decisions about college while avoiding the massive problem of college debt that is strangling so many people in his generation. Daugharty & Company, P.C. - Angie Vann | 540.437.2350 | The people at Daugharty & Company, P.C. are focused on providing outstanding personalized service to small and midsize businesses throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Whether they are improving the profitability of your business or enhancing your individual net worth, they strive to work with you to help your wealth grow. Along that line, they focus on small to midsize business clients and their owners and leave the work on governments and publicly traded corporations to other firms. Double Clicks Live - Ron Doyle | 540.476.2819 | Technology Training • Looking to learn more about technology and have fun like many others? That is the reason for Ron’s “tag” line for Double Clicks site and business, “Double Clicks Live: Tech for People Who are Intimidated by IT.” Is the “IT” a typo? Ron has been in the IT or Information Technology world since before computers were part of our everyday lives. He started teaching about computers in the early ’90s and has been writing tech related articles since 2002 for several newspapers, online magazines, and Microsoft . Ron’s call-in talk show began on WSVA almost ten years ago. Edward Jones - Kathy Armentrout | 540.574.1031 | Whether you’re planning for retirement, saving for college for children or grandchildren, or just trying to protect the financial future of the ones you care for the most, Kathy can work with you to develop specific strategies to help you achieve your goals. Kathy with Edward Jones can also monitor your progress to help make sure you stay on track or determine if any adjustments need to be made. Throughout it all, she is dedicated to providing you top-notch client service. Electronic Care Giver - Teresa “Teri” Andes | Electronic Caregiver has been joining with families to protect the lives of their loved ones since 2009. Nearly 10 years of innovation has led to thousands of lives protected and saved. Escapes Spa, LLC. - Lucero (Lou) Botkin | 540.830.0483 | Escapes Spa provides bodywork, energy healing, aesthetics, nail care, and hair services. When booking an appointment with one of their talented service providers, you’ll find the relief you’ve been searching for and experience the tranquility that your mind, body and spirit desire. Return to your beautiful and balanced self at Escapes Spa.

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Help Us Welcome Your New Members Erin Anderson – Individual Member - Insurance Services | Hall of Fame Sports Grill – Randy Atkins | 540.810.1959 | Delicious food with great live music and cool baseball memorabilia. Harrisonburg Community Health Center - Michelle Howard | 540.433.4913 | Harrisonburg Community Health Center offers a wide variety of services including primary care for pediatrics through adult, dental care, behavioral health, and women’s health. Interpretation services are available for patients in all areas of health and dental services. JS Replogle & Associates, LLC. - Eric Barkey | 540.828.2675 | JS Replogle & Associates specializes in peerless client relationships - specifically the management of assets and unique solutions for client concerns that require “outside-of-the-box” thinking. KEVA planks Educations – Dr. Ken Sheel | 540.421.3786 | From the United States of America to Canada and Kuala Lumpur, KEVA planks are changing the lives of children and adults all over the world. Children discover the joy of creating original works of art or cleverly designed contraptions. Creativity brings joy into the lives of humans which is why the arts are so important. At the same time, future architects and engineers are discovering their aptitude for building at an early age. Young KEVA builders today will be building our world in a few years. Mattie’s Soft Serve - Greg Foltz | 540.560.4550 | Mattie’s Soft Serve, a mobile soft serve ice cream service, is available to serve guests at your upcoming event or at your business location. Northeast Neighborhood Associations Inc. - Karen Thomas | 540.421.5135 | The mission of the Northeast Neighborhood Association (NENA) is to ensure that their neighborhood is a safe, attractive and strong community. NENA will work to reduce crime and improve the appearance of their neighborhood. They will work in partnership with city government, the community and non-governmental agencies to revitalize their neighborhood and to address the needs of the residents in the neighborhood. NENA’s neighborhood is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, their neighborhood is just a short walk from downtown Harrisonburg. Paychex Inc. - Daniel Sigala | 540.615.5891 | Paychex, Inc. is a recognized leader in the payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing industry, with a steadfast commitment to success and a record of achievement that continues a tradition of delivering excellence. The company was founded in 1971 by B. Thomas Golisano with just $3,000 and a good idea – to make payroll outsourcing easy and affordable for small businesses. From those early days with just one employee, Paychex now has more than 12,000 employees serving more than half a million small- to medium-sized businesses nationwide. The company offers an ever-growing variety of payroll and human resource products and services that help clients do what they do best — run their business. With a wide range of services – including payroll processing, retirement services, insurance, and a fully outsourced human resource solution – Paychex customizes its offering to the client’s business, whether it is small or large, simple or complex. PHI Air Medical - AirCare 5 -| 540.746.8201 | PHI Air Medical is the leading air ambulance provider across the country, providing air medical services and outreach education to local communities and leading healthcare systems. They safely transport more than 30,000 patients each year, operating out of more than 65 bases across the United States. At each base, PHI Air Medical maintains a dedicated crew of pilots, nurses and communications specialists – all exceptionally trained and ready to respond. Rockingham County Baseball League - Mike Bocock | 540.810.1959 | The Rockingham County Baseball League is one of the oldest amateur baseball leagues in the United States. Founded in 1924, the league has featured teams in and around Rockingham County for nearly 100 years. The league has been an important part of the history of the area since its foundation. Many players from the league have gone on to have careers in professional baseball, both at the Minor and Major League levels. Eight teams currently compete in the league each year for the RCBL Championship. | 9

Help Us Welcome Your New Members Rocktown Reality – Brent Loope | 540.293.0173 | Prior to the founding of Harrisonburg, the area was known as “Rocktown,” by the settlers passing through along the Wilderness Road, a migration route originally called the “Great Warrior Path” by the Native Americans who traveled it. There’s been a fairly recent resurgence of the use of “Rocktown” in Harrisonburg; it’s now the name of a weekly paper in the city, a music venue, a yard shop, a gift shop, a radical info shop, and now a Property Management Company! Ruth’s and Hattie’s Granddaughter, LLC DBA Comfort Keepers # 1027- Jenny Cubbage | 540.773.2211 | Let Comfort Keepers secure your independence at home. Comfort Keeper services include Companionship, Personal care, Light Housekeeping, Meal Preparation and incidental transportation to run errands or attend physician or therapy appointments. Comfort Keepers are pro-active in reducing readmissions to the hospital with each FREE Home Safety Assessment performed by a Registered Nurse. Together, your nurse, family, and yourself will create a plan of care unique to your specific needs. SkyWest Airlines - 435.634.3522 | Partnering with Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport to make your travel better Smiley’s Ice Cream, LLC. - Derek Smiley | 540.271.2805 | Smiley’s Ice Cream began in 2001 to bring the freshest ice cream you can eat, made at your location, to your next event. Smiley’s Ice Cream started out at your local Farmer’s Market, but due to requests from customers and businesses to bring ice cream to their events, they became too busy to continue the market on a regular basis. Smiley’s Ice Cream currently travels throughout Virginia and surrounding areas to bring our freshly made ice cream to weddings, businesses, street festivals, and private events. Our first ice cream shop opened on the grounds of Mt. Crawford Creamery in June of 2017. The Cracked Pillar - Patti Landes | 540.820.2509 | Historic hometown hospitality! Restaurant with full bar in a 200-year-old Historic Registry Building. Private event space and outdoor dining. Patio is dog-friendly. Timeless Toys - Wesley Dunlap | 540.432.8697 | In creating the name and style of the store, Timeless Toys wanted something that made you take a step back in time. Something to give you the happy feelings of your childhood. Something to help shape the future in a positive, creative way. Timeless Toys is to take you back to the days of yesteryear when toys were quality, fun, durable and held meaning. Want to take a walk down memory lane and allow your children that same joy? Stop by Timeless Toys to buy your children and grandchildren just those toys. They want you to feel like family and have a great experience at Timeless Toys. Transition Success Consulting - Virginia Cutchin | 571.527.6363 | Transition Success Consulting helps businesses improve the effectiveness of their international interactions and increases their target-country knowledge base with cross-cultural training on such topics as: cultural-specific business practices, culturally-relevant issue identification and problem solving, candidate and performance assessment, "National Innovation Systems" and their influence on national business practices, global workforce development, and other custom-designed programs. Vacation Services International - Tim Bricker | 885.874.8785 | Vacation Services International offers world-class products in all aspects of vacation ownership. VSI’s customer first approach allows them to work with clients to exceed expectations in reaching their vacation ownership goals. 75 plus years of combined industry experience allows Vacation Services International to confidently boast as a vacation ownership service leader in rentals, resales, travel clubs, exchanges and transfers. No matter what your experience has been in the past or what your vacation ownership goals are, VSI can provide you with the one-on-one attention that is needed to help you get the most out of your ownership. Valley Storage - Sherri Herrington | 540-442-7869 | All packed and ready to move? Do you need some extra space to keep your belongings while you are getting settled? At Valley Storage we offer a quick and easy way to determine the best space you will need for your valuables. Whit’s Market - Clarence Fox | 540.896.3939 | Whit's Market provides fast and friendly customer service and offers a vast selection of convenient needs at affordable prices for customers. The Market places significant value on their employees and invest in our local community. 10| The Advocate

September 28, 2018, Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg VA Breakout Sessions - Networking Event - Incredible Speakers Registration for the first ever Valley TechCon is now open! Valley TechCon brings together technology enthusiasts, practitioners, researchers, and business leaders to facilitate idea sharing, collaboration, and innovation. Sessions will cover a broad spectrum of topics from autonomous vehicles to artificial intelligence. To learn more about the conference visit www. Register now to receive the early bird rate! Brought to you by: Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition, JMU Office of Technology Innovation & Economic Development, Blue Ridge Community College, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, Chiedo Labs, JMU X-Labs, Harrisonburg Economic Development

On August 13th, the 6th annual Valley Business Summit was held at BRCC. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be part of this annual event.

John Garber (center), with Red Front Super Market, was one of the panelist discussing business in the Valley, marketing and promotion, and competing in today’s market place.

VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni (center) was the keynote speaker, discussing high school redesign efforts, encouraging a shift to career paths in high schools, and the worker shortage in many skilled jobs. | 11

Golf Tournament 2018 - Sponsorship Opportunities

Register Now! Golf Tournament

Friday, September 14 • Spotswood Country Club

Registration Deadline September 5, 2018 · Visit for More Details + Registration

Presented By:

Post-Tournament Sponsor

$500 each 2 Available • Two golfers • Signage opportunities on day of event

Contest Sponsorships $150 each • Longest Drive • Closes to the Pin • Signage Opportunites on day of event

Corporate Sponsors/ Teams

After August 10 - $570

• Four Free golfers plus hole Sponsorship • Signage opportunities on day of event

Connections 2018 October 18, 2018 2:00-7:00pm JMU Festival Center

Platinum Event Sponsors $1,500 (2 Available) • Inclusion of logo and/or acknowledgement in all online and printed collateral material with event “Presented By:”. • Booth Space equivalent to the standard 10’ x 10’ space provided to other exhibitors. Platinum sponsors will have FIRST choice of booth location on the layout. Requests for additional space, electricity, ect. will be honored when possible. • Five Powerpoint Slides with company logo showing continuously during the reception. • Logo included in Chamber’s Advocate and DNR Business Journal if sponsorship is secured before the publication deadline (mid August). • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to event. 12 | The Advocate

Reception & Business Resource Fair Sponsors $1,000 (2 Available) • Inclusion of logo and/or acknowledgement in all online and printed collateral materials. • Booth Space equivalent to the standard 10’ x 10’ space provided to other exhibitors. • One PowerPoint slide with company logo showing continuously during the reception. •Acknowledgement on social media an website leading up to event.

Booth Fee - (10’ x 10’) Open Registration for booth starts 9/1/18. Early Bird Rates apply 9/1/18-9/18/18. • Non-Profit booth $100 (10 available) • Regular booth $150 (30 available) • Regular booth after September 18, 2018 will be $175.

New this year: Educational Session Topic Sponsors $250 (1 Available) Special Thanks to DuPont Community Credit Union and Blue Ridge Community College. • Company name listed on all online and printed collateral materials. • Company logo and promotional items on display throughout educational sessions. • Opportunity for a 60 second welcome to session attendees at the start of one educational session. • Education session topics may include Human Resource, Marketing, Technology, etc. • Acknowledgement on social media and website leading up to event.

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