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Issue 3 Summer 2020

Annual Presidential Addresses Event Goes Virtual As many of us are accustomed to by now, the desire to get back to in-person meetings and events must be weighed with the health concerns of attendees and the greater community. The annual update by four area university and college presidents took place on-line the morning of Thursday, August 13th. Dr. John Downey (Blue Ridge Community College), Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman(Eastern Mennonite University), Dr. David Bushman (Bridgewater College) and Mr. Jon Alger (James Madison University) provided updates on school and student accomplishment, building construction, and, of course, providing education to students in a safe environment in the era of COVID-19. As was to be expected, a significant amount of time was devoted to early Spring semester moves from on-campus to virtual or distance learning, planning for Fall classes, and precautions and protocols to bring students, faculty and staff back to campuses, if possible. Each used specific key words to describe their institution’s response and planning, including: Flexibility (BRCC), Resilience, Recognition and Recovery (EMU); Connection, Innovative (BC); and Flexibility and Adaptability (JMU). The bad news that all sports had been canceled for the Fall and mostly moved to the Spring had been widely reported prior to the virtual Presidential Addresses, so the reports and outlook were relatively upbeat given the circumstances and dependent on factors beyond the schools’ control. From the standpoint of student enrollment numbers and enrollment outlook in relation to peer institutions, all Presidents indicated a level equal to or close to numbers they expected given pre-COVID-19 trends. Keep in mind, however, that the outlook was before move-in day and the start of classes, but the signs were pointing in the right direction. All of our schools also appeared to be on par or above the outlook for peer institutions, which is a testament to the work of administrations, faculty and staff, as well as the living and learning environments provided in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County and the Shenandoah Valley. As always, the opportunity to hear directly from all four Presidents is anticipated each August by many in the Chamber, the community and media, and the opportunity to be together, even virtually, is equally appreciated by the university and college Presidents. To watch the entire event click here.

Some good news for a change! Frank Oncken Board Chair

2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS FRANK ONCKEN, Chair, A&J Development and Excavation* DR. MELISSA LUBIN, Chair-Elect, JMU - Outreach and Engagement* DR. JOHN A. DOWNEY, Past-Chair, Blue Ridge Community College* ERIC BARKEY, JS Replogle & Associates, LLC DWIGHT BURACKER, PBMares, LLP* KELLY BURKHOLDER, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. - Burkholder & Associates ANDY VANHOOK, Appeal Production UMAR ALI, First Citizens Bank* MATTHIAS SMITH, Massanutten Resort SKIP WEAKLEY, LD&B Insurance & Financial Services* ANDREW FRIEDMAN, Cargill SCOT LILLY, Farm Credit of the Virginias QUINTON CALLAHAN, Clark & Bradshaw, PC SALLIE WOLFE-GARRISON, Rockingham County LISA SHULL, Explore More Children’s Museum KELLY BLOSSER, Riddleberger Brothers CHERYL KIRBY, Atlantic Union Bank CHRISTOPHER JONES, City of Harrisonburg ERIN OVERSTREET, Gray Television KYLE O’BRIEN, Town of Broadway JONAH PENCE, Pendleton Community Bank ERIN MEADOWS, Eddie Edwards Signs TISHA MCCOY-NTIAMOAH, PrePOPterous DONNA PREZIUSO, American National Insurance* * Executive Committee Members

CHAMBER STAFF FRANK TAMBERRINO · President and CEO SHEENA ARMENTROUT · Director of Membership & Investments TRENT TURNER · Manager of Finance & Administration SARA WITTIG · Director of Marketing & Communications CARLIE FLOYD · Administrative Assistant

Fellow Chamber Members, If you are anything like me, you have stayed abreast and involved over the past 6 months of pandemic and social unrest. You have helped your friends, family and the community make it through these tough times. I know that it has been challenging, likely the most challenging situation you’ve ever faced. And It is easy to get stuck in a rut, and overload on all of the news and all of the information coming out each day. So, I thought it would be best for me to give you some GOOD NEWS for a change! I’m not going to talk about business, the Chamber, COVID, etc. Here is a list of great things that have happened over the last 6 months: • SpaceX successfully launched the first commercial spaceship into orbit, it docked with the International Space Station and “splashed down” a couple of weeks back – returning its crew safely to Earth. Amazing! • Drive-in movies are making a comeback. I’m in! • A police dog, on its first shift ever, recently helped find a missing mom and her 1-year old daughter in a remote ravine. Good pup! • There is an “elephant baby boom” in Kenya. Thanks to rainfall, a record number of elephants have been born this year (140!) – including rare twins. Awesome! • Tiny homes are now being 3-D printed in 24 hours and can be shipped to your site. WOW! • Charitable donations are way up in the first 6 months of 2020. Incredible! • And personally, although our schedules have been pretty tough when it comes to work, my wife and I have taken great solace in being able to spend more time with our sons and bond more as a family over the last six months. That has been our “silver lining”! I know it can be hard to find that same sort of silver lining during tough times like these. But I want to encourage each of you to try to do so. Take the time to seek out good news, and immerse yourself in it every once in a while. It will do your soul good, and may help to make these challenging times a little more bearable. Best of luck, and much health and happiness to all of you until next time. Sincerely, Frank Oncken pg | 2

We Are All In This Together Frank Tamberrino President and CEO

If you signed in to the annual Presidential Addresses, a virtual event for the first time, you heard Frank Oncken, the Chamber’s Chair this year, roll off a list of activities and initiatives your Chamber has been involved in this year. The list included efforts to help our members and the community get through the current pandemic and address one part of social and economic inequities. He also highlighted the partnerships and alliances the Chamber, City, County and regional entities have built over the years and which stepped forward in a big way to help the business community, employers and the public with information, support, and funding. Equally important, multiple organizations and governments working together during this tough time for many have shown that “we are all in this together”. And together, we will make it through these days and, at some point, emerge to build a better tomorrow. City and County governments and their economic development departments, local Town governments, our City and County school systems, universities and colleges, VA West, regional Chambers from Shenandoah, Luray-Page, greater Augusta, Lexington-Rockbridge, Shenandoah Valley SBDC, HDR, SVTC, SVP, and statewide and national allies, including, the Virginia Chamber, the Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy, our VA delegates and Senators, our US Senators and Congressman, have all been part of our local recovery efforts. (and I am sorry if I missed anyone). We were able to mobilize early because of existing relationships and on-going cooperative work over the years. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham COVID-19 Business Support/Resilience Taskforce was organized and went into action before many other similar efforts around the country. Our friends at the Virginia Chamber and US Chamber began pumping out information, guides and advice, which we shared quickly with members and businesses across the region. When Safer-at-Home went into effect, we worked with the Shenandoah Valley Partnership and Chambers in their footprint to disseminate information so we would all have the same information and talking points. There is now a group of City, County, all universities and colleges, both City and County public school systems and many other organizations that are working on common messaging and sharing information each week. And that has been the hallmark, in fact the original impetus, for the Taskforce – the understanding that on the front edge of COVID-19 we were all in this together. That one common message and focused effort would give hope and support to not only the businesses community but to the community at-large. There were plenty of other efforts organized since late March (and a shout out to Tim Brady for his appearance on Good Morning America), and the need is still great for financial and emotional support here and across the country. During his opening remarks for the Presidential Addresses virtual meeting, our Board Chair, Frank Oncken mentioned the Chamber’s unwavering support of businesses during the past six months. We made a conscious decision early on to keep a staff person in the office (with plenty of soap and hand sanitizer) on a rotating basis to serve members who called in or needed something, with everyone else working remotely. Yes, we miss the in-person meetings and face-to-face interactions, but we have tried not to let any opportunity to help a local business slip through the cracks. There will be some business fallout from this pandemic, no doubt about that, but it won’t be because the community didn’t rally together to help. And I’ll close with….We Are All In This Together….We will get by…We will survive.

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Due to COVID-19 and following with CDC Guidelines we will have to split the tournament into a morning and an afternoon flight. The amount of players able to ride together will affect the number of players allowed in each flight. So, we will have to know how many golf carts each team will need at least two weeks prior to the tournament. The morning flight will start at 8:00 a.m. and the afternoon flight will start at 1:30 p.m. with a boxed lunch at noon for all players. All Major sponsors will have the first choice of flight times. The flight selection will be based on who registered and paid first. We are encouraging all players/teams to purchase Power Tickets, Red Tee, Mulligans, and Raffle Tickets prior to the tournament. To be as contact-free as possible, all goodie bags will be placed in their assigned golf carts. The award ceremony will be virtual. Deadline to register is 08/31/2020. Highlights: Prize Contest on each Par 3 Long Drive Competition with Cash Prizes and a Trophy Putting Contest Closest to the Pin (2) Hole-In-One Contests Golfzilla Goodie Bags Also, we still have a few sponsorships available for this years golf tournament. If you are interested in any of the following sponsorships please contact Sara Wittig; Low Gross & Low Net Sponsors, Post-Tournament Reception Sponsor, Putting Green Sponsor, Practice Range Sponsor, Corporate Sponsors, and Hole Sponsors. Click here for a registration form and return to Sara Wittig at

Thank you to all our sponsors:

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Calendar of Events Golf Tournament | September 10th Business Smarts | September 11th (Virtual) Connections 2020 | October 8th (Virtual) Shop Small & Shop Local Campaigns | November * Note events dates and places are subject to change. Please check the Chamber’s Event Page by clicking here.

Monthly Events: Business Smarts Educational & Professional Development Classes, Ambassador Committee, Member Services Committee, Public Policy Committee, Regional Business Alliances, Aging in Place Roundtable, Diversity Business Council, Member Success Orientations, AMP’T

For additional information on the job fair click here.

Quarterly Events: Leadership Smarts, Shenandoah Women's Alliance

Ribbon Cutting

The Chamber’s Member2Member Discount Program M2M offers discounts ranging from restaurants to business services to local attractions. Save money and help support the local economy by choosing Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce members for your business and personal needs.

Shenandoah Hemp Supply - Ribbon Cutting on July 17. 2020. Thank you to the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Magalis.

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Click here for M2M Discounts.

Planning for an upcoming event, project or program? In need of a local business service resource? Connect with the new members below and discuss how you can partner together.

All Star Home Inspection Service, LLC - Brad Gunden We offer home inspections (including new residential construction) and professional radon testing services. 7597 Goods Mill Road, Rockingham, VA 22801| 540.383.6010 | Chiropractic Solutions - Dennis Da Ponte MoveIntegral was created to provide world class care for those who seek more. Our mission is to empower freedom and independence for those who choose to live life on their own terms. Disability and pain are not the result of time, they are the result of dysfunctional movement over time. Functional Movement is the Anti-Aging of Movement. Secure the future of your movement. 171 F Neff Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540.432.5577 | Comprehensive Advanced Practice Nursing Care - Shay Mitchell Rural health internal medicine house-call practice. 1866 E Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 | 540.254.0032 | DHF Coaching & Consulting, LLC - Demetria Henderson Demetria is a career coach, educator, speaker, researcher, and an advocate for helping people discover and navigate their personal journeys to their best selves! She helps mid-career professionals, who are frustrated and tired of being marginalized in the workplace, grab a seat at the table without feeling like an imposter to feel empowered and valued. 2095 Reserve Circle Unit 302, Rockingham, VA 22801 | 540.755.0258 | Modern Woodman of America - Matthew Fulk Helping clients develop and execute a personalized financial plan suited for their individual needs and goals. 107A S. Timber Way, Broadway, VA 22815 | 540.810.4172 | TripForth - Katie Foster TripForth is a new vacation rental brand focused on service quality and a better way to experience. 11530 Model Road, Elkton, VA 22827 | 888.811.7850 | pg | 8

BOLD (Building Optimal Leaders by Design) is an advanced leadership program established by the Community Leadership Development Board to provide mentees an opportunity to work with and interact with preeminent leaders in our community. It also provides an opportunity for mentors to “develop” our community’s future leaders. Through involvement in BOLD, mentees will receive the following benefits • Heightened understanding and knowledge of the community • Shared vision for the future of the community • Enhanced personal growth and leadership development • Increased commitment to community engagement • Enriched social capital and networking opportunities To apply for the BOLD Class of 2020-2022, click here. For any questions please contact Trent Turner at or by calling 540.434.3862.

Leadership Harrisonburg-Rockingham is designed to expose current and aspiring leaders to the many different aspects of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County; educating participants about the community’s past, present and future, including our strengths and opportunities that will help us build a better tomorrow. Since its inception in 1979, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership Program has been a great way to make contacts with other professionals in our area. It is an exceptional resource for building community awareness and enhancing team leadership skills. To apply for the LHR Class of 2020-2021, click here. For any questions please contact Carlie Floyd at or by calling 540.434.3862. pg | 9

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce has added a COVID-19 Update page to our website. Our intent of this page is to help disseminate important information to everyone. Below are just a few of the items that can be found on the new page. Click here for additional information.

The Rebuild VA Grant Fund is a program to help small businesses and non-profits whose normal operations were disrupted by COVID-19, including restaurants, brick and mortar retail, exercise and fitness facilities, personal care and personal grooming services, entertainment and public amusement establishments, and campgrounds. Businesses and non-profits that are approved for a Rebuild VA grant may receive up to 3 times their average monthly eligible expenses up to a maximum of $10,000. For additional information click here.

Harrisonburg Business Recovery Grant The City of Harrisonburg, using funding from the federal CARES Act, launched the Harrisonburg Business Recovery Grant (HBRG) to assist businesses in responding to the impact of the COVID-19 crises. Harrisonburg Economic Development is administering the program, with funds being disbursed by the Harrisonburg Economic Development Authority. The HBRG offers grants of up to $10,000, based on the employment total of the business. For additional information click here.

Virginia Department of Labor’s Emergency Temporary Standards updates and training resources for employers are available. For additional information click here.

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The Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities Guide outlines the major sponsorship and advertising opportunities available exclusively to our members. Opportunities are organized around our four cornerstones: Lead, Advocate, Network and Promote. It is through leadership, advocacy, networking and promotion that your Chamber offers the tools to help your business and our community succeed and grow. Sponsorship of Chamber-led events and advertising in Chamber publications increases your visibility, markets your business and promotes your commitment to your Chamber and greater community. Your company’s brand is included in collateral materials and print advertising to help you lock in valuable public recognition. We are happy to help guide you through the events and programs that reach your target audience and align with your marketing budget. We offer a variety of sponsorship levels to meet the needs of all Chamber members. For further information on the Chamber’s event sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact Sara Wittig, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 540-434-3862 x 108 or It was with a heavy heart that we announced the difficult decision to cancel ValleyFest20. The health and safety of ValleyFest attendees, volunteers, and supporting staff was of paramount concern and there was too much uncertainty to move forward with ValleyFest20. We hope you understand and will hold May 29, 2021 on your calendars for next year’s event. We are excited that the majority of the bands, sponsors, and vendors agreed to join us in 2021. ValleyFest20 tickets that were purchased at the Chamber Office will be honored next year. Please reach out to Sara Wittig if you have any questions or 540.434.3862 x108.

We hope that next year’s ValleyFest will look a little more like this.

ValleyFest 2000

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