Oh, hello there! Thanks for letting us grace your inbox today. In this month's Chamber News, we're sharing new hot deals, upcoming events, and the launch of our new Minority and Women-Owned Business Directory. 🥳
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Deals? We like deals 💰
Spring Leasing Specials
The Reserve at Daleville is offering Spring Leasing Specials. Visit them at their Leasing Center located at 25 Daleville Lane to tour the community and discover a new standard of living.
Free Network Assessments
Responsive Technology Partners is offering FREE network assessments and recommendations lists to Roanoke Regional Chamber members and area businesses.
Printer Cartridge Replacements
Compton Office Machine Company can replace your current desktop printer or mfp cartridges for a fraction of what you can buy them for on-line or at the big box retailers.
Share your hot deal: Watch our video explaining how to add deals to the Member Portal. We'll handle the promotion once you add it.

The list of all active Hot Deals can always be found here.
Register Now 🎫
Blueprint Virginia, what's that?

In 2013 and 2017, the Virginia Chamber produced Blueprint Virginia and Blueprint Virginia 2025: A Business Plan for the Commonwealth. The goal of Blueprint Virginia was to create a long-term statewide economic development plan that would transcend gubernatorial terms and reflect the consensus of Virginia’s business community.
As Virginians prepare to elect a new Governor in November, the time is right to update Blueprint Virginia and set even more ambitious policy goals to achieve long-term economic growth. We must be pro-active and remain vigilant as our Commonwealth works to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Blueprint Virginia 2030 Regional Tour
You are encouraged to participate in the Blueprint Virginia 2030 Regional Tour to hear directly from Barry DuVal and GO Virginia for an exclusive economic update presentation from both the statewide and regional perspectives.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue to discuss policy recommendations for the final plan.
Register Now 📅
Women of the Chamber - 4/13 Presented by ValleyStar Credit Union
Registration for our first Women of the Chamber Webinar of 2021, presented by ValleyStar Credit Union, closes soon. We're excited to welcome three distinguished panelists to discuss their experiences as entrepreneurs and small business owners:

  • Melissa Palmer Mays
  • Amanda Forrester
  • Kat Pascal

Full event details:

When: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Registration: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Program: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Virtually on Zoom
Cost: $10.00 for members | $20.00 for future members

NOTE: Registration closes Sunday night.
Our 2021 Women of the Chamber Series is presented by:
Coffee & Contacts - 4/20
Presented by Tech Squared
For the first time in forever, Coffee & Contacts, presented by Tech Squared, will be in-person again at the Chamber.

Coffee & Contacts is one of our two premier networking events (Thursday Overtime is the other). We'd recommend attending both when you can, as they tend to attract different crowds.

Special to Coffee & Contacts is a chance to share your elevator pitch with other members. You don't want to miss it.

Full event details:

What: April Coffee & Contacts
Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Time: 7:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.
Cost: FREE for members
Coffee & Contacts is presented by:
Leadership Webinar - 4/21
Our New 2021 Series
Registration is now open for the third webinar in our new Leadership Webinar Series.

After 30 years in business, Jason Bingham has learned some key lessons for personal and business success. Through failure and success, he has defined 10 “Rules to Break." We'd share them, but then why would you need to attend? 😉

Full event details:

What: The Ten Rules to Break in Business (Webinar)
When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Login: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Program: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual on Zoom
Cost: $20.00 for members | $30 for future members
Our Leadership Webinar Series is sponsored by:
Annual Meeting - 4/28
Presented by Appalachian Power
Have you registered for our 131st Annual Meeting of the Membership, presented by Kroger? This year's program will be virtual, but we have a robust and engaging evening planned.

Among those recognized will be the outgoing Chamber Board Chair, Total Resource Campaign participants, Ambassadors, Officers of the Year, Leadership Roanoke Valley graduates, and more.

Full event details:

What: Annual Meeting of the Membership
When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Login: 6:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Program: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Virtual on YouTube
Cost: $20.00 for members | $40 for future members
Annual Meeting is presented by
42 businesses (and with your help, much more) 💼
Our new Minority and Women-Owned Business Directory launches tomorrow morning (4/9). We'll have 42 businesses listed for the launch, but we'd love to see that number grow. Can you help us spread the word?

To sign up, complete this Google Form (eight questions), and we'll handle the rest. If there is a business you'd like to see on the list, please forward the form to the business owner.

We couldn't have brought this idea to life without the help of Robert Jeffrey, Jr., with ColorsVA. Thank you Robert!
Request a Box 📦
Valley Life, an annual publication from your Roanoke Regional Chamber and the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber, has officially become VBR Life.
In the 2021 edition of VBR Life, readers will find what they have come to expect: a complete guide for anyone visiting, living, and doing business in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. VBR Life includes information on schools, health care, tourist attractions, transportation, housing, and more.

We still have some boxes available if your business would like to offer VBR Life to customers or staff. We can make that happen. Just submit your information on this form and we'll arrange for delivery.
May Thursday Overtime 🍺
Registration isn't open yet, but we're excited to announce the location for May's Thursday Overtime: Mac and Bob's. 😋 Circle May 6 on your calendar.
Looking back at session ⚖️
Yesterday, Roanoke Regional Chamber members heard from their delegation to the General Assembly at our 2021 Legislative Wrap-Up, presented by Appalachian Power. We thank all legislators in attendance for the in-depth and respectful discussion.

Did you register but were unable to attend? Reach out to Austin for a link the recording at aking@roanokechamber.org.

A look ahead

With session ending, you might think the public policy world is about to go into hibernation. Think again. Our VP of Public Policy, Terry Durkin, has a Legislative Update slated to hit your inboxes tomorrow. 👀

Special thanks to our 2021 Public Policy Program of Work Annual Sponsor:
Entré Computer Center 💻