Chamber Connections
August 04, 2015                                                                    Issue #2183
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Shenandoah Acres : New Home of

Good Times Festival 

Saturday September 19, 2015

Business After Breakfast

Covering Your Assets: Are You in Good Hands?

The Baker Insurance Agency

Location:Waynesboro, VA 

Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Click Here to RSVP or Details       

Valley Honda

Location: Staunton, VA 

Thursday, Aug 13, 2015

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Click Here to RSVP or Details 

BRIDGE Christian Church formerly Blue Ridge Church of Christ

Location: Fishersville, VA 

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Click Here to RSVP or Details 

Ribbon Cuttings

Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Company (Ground breaking)

Location: Verona, VA 

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Ribbon Cutting at 12:00)

Click Here to RSVP or Details       

White Dress by Greta Kay White Dress

Location: Waynesboro, VA 

Friday, Aug 14, 2015

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Ribbon Cutting at 7:00)

Click Here to RSVP or Details       

Tip Toe Nail Salon 

Location: Stuarts Draft, VA 

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015

11:30 am - 12:30 am (Ribbon Cutting at 12:00pm)

Click Here to RSVP or Details       

BRIDGE Christian Church (and BAH)

Location: Fishersville, VA 

Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

(Ribbon Cutting at 5:30pm)

Click Here to RSVP or Details       

To see your upcoming Ribbon-Cutting, Open House promoted here, contact Suzie Dull at

This week's Featured Member

Augusta County Fair
Augusta County Fair is held at Expoland on August 4-8, to promote Agriculture and Commerce in the county.

Contact: Melissa Howell

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Campbell Promoted at Chamber

Linda Hershey, President & CEO, has announced that Laura Campbell has been promoted to Office Manager. Laura is responsible for the financial and office functions of the Chamber as well as the weekly newsletter and email advertising. She is a recent graduate of the Leadership Greater Augusta (LGA) Program. Laura is a graduate of Riverheads High School and attended Blue Ridge Community College. She is married to husband, Ashley and has 
two sons, Brett and Wyatt.

 Leadership Greater Augusta Program  

September 10, 2015 - May 12, 2016


Leadership Greater Augusta (LGA) is a nine-month interactive, informative program designed to strengthen individuals for personal, organizational, and community leadership presented by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A full-day opening retreat launches the program in September, followed by a volunteer service opportunity, followed by eight monthly sessions.  A graduation celebration is held in May. LGA offers existing and emerging leaders opportunities for skill building and leadership development.  The program includes a comprehensive examination of the Greater Augusta region, and encourages participants to apply their leadership skills through community-oriented group projects. Participants work another 50 hours or so on group projects (with optional team meetings after monthly sessions).

For more information on Leadership Greater Augusta click here

or contact Donna Elkins at (540).324.1133 or


$530 for Chamber members, $680 for non-members, $350 for non-profit


Fee includes breakfast /lunch for opening and mid-course retreats; graduation brunch for participant and his/her supervisor; all program materials.


New Division Office Located in Harrisonburg
Admiral Security Services created a new Division headquarters in Harrisonburg, VA to service the entire Blue Ridge Division from Martinsburg, WV to the VA/NC State line. The new division is headed up by Rick Thornton, Director of Operations- Blue Ridge Division and includes Regional Offices in Winchester and Lynchburg. Rick is supported by Charles Carey, Senior Regional Manager in Lynchburg and Jonathan Massey, Regional Manager in Harrisonburg/Winchester and currently has staff of more than 200 security officers servicing more than 60 businesses.

Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign Launched
The Greater Augusta Prevention Partners, funded in part buy the  Office on Youth , unveiled a comprehensive underage drinking prevention campaign on Friday. Let's be the Influence is a campaign targeted at parents reinforcing that children of all ages report that parents are the leading influence in their decision not to drink alcohol. The campaign will run throughout the month of August and includes TV and radio commercials, billboards, online ads, social media, theater and other advertising to reach parents in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County. GAPP will also set up at many local events throughout the month to promote the campaign and raise awareness. Upcoming events include National Night Out, the Augusta County Fair, movie night at Gypsy Hill Park and more. The coalition will also host a Town Hall meeting on Aug 20 from 6-8 pm at Wilson Middle School in Fishersville. The town hall meeting is a way to bring the community together around the issue of underage drinking. Learn more on the initiative, upcoming events and the Town Hall meeting  online.
F&M Bank Is Named Top Producing Lender
Farmers & Merchants Bank, a locally owned independent community bank headquartered In Timebrville, VA, is proud to be named a top-producing lender by  Independent Banker. 
Featured in the award winning magazine produced by the Independent Community Bankers of America, Farmers & Merchants Bank is recognized as one of the top 100 community banks across the United States. This recognization distinguishes Farmers & Merchants as a community bank with a proven record of success in providing loans to individuals, small businesses and families. 
Join Us For An Exciting Announcement
The Factory Antique Mall invites you to join them for an exciting announcement with special guest, Andy Edmunds, Vice President of Film with the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
 Wednesday, August 19th 
at 11 am 
Lunch will be served
The Factory is located at 50 Lodge Lane, Verona VA 
(I 81 Exit 227) 
Please RSVP by August 14 to 248-1110
Book-A-Trip With Waynesboro Public Library
Everyone is invited to read
Plantation Homes of the James River
by Bruce Roberts or
The River Where American Began
by Bob Deans. The books are available for sale at the library. Then, join WPL on a bus  trip to Shirley Plantation, the oldest active plantation in Virginia, on Saturday, August 22. Cost of the trip is $30. Please call 942-6746 for more information,

Bethany Early Childhood Education

Now Registering Half-Day and Full-day students
Serving families with children ages 2 through 1st Grade with year-round Child Care. For more information 
call 540-941-8853, visit our  website , or email

Free Webinar From DCCU
10 Steps to Buying a Car
August 6, 2015
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Its car buying season and what could be more fun and exciting than buying a car? Whether you have purchased a vehicle in the past or buying for the first time, there's a lot to consider. DCCU wants to help you navigate through the process and make the best car buying decisions.

During this informational webinar you will learn:
  • How to determine the amount you can afford 
  • Whether you should sell or trade your current vehicle 
  • Whether you should lease or buy 
  • The importance of getting pre-approved
  • How to get the most out of your test drive
And much, much more...
Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the session and set up a meeting with DCCU financial educator for assistance and additional information. The webinar is free but you must register online in order to receive login information for the event. The webinar link that you receive after registering is unique to each attendee and cannot be shared. Participants viewing from separate computes must register separately. For more information on how to register,  click here.
Business Smarts: Displays
Friday, August 14, 7:30-9:00am
American National University, 1515 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg
How valuable are face-to-face business interactions to your company's success? In this business smart session, a professional trade show display provider will show you how to design the right booth to achieve your objectives, stay current with trade show trends, maximize your budget, and limit potential frustrations and mistakes.  Reserve your seat - click here to register
BRCC Continuing Education classes in August
Want to learn new job skills, enhance existing ones, or take a class for fun? BRCC Continuing Education offers a wide variety of courses designed just for you. Sign up now! Visit for a full list of courses.
Volunteer Leader Recruitment Mixer Fall 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
United Way of Greater Augusta Community Room 
24 Idelwood Blvd
Suite 11
Staunton, VA 24401