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March Madness at the Chamber

March 1, 2012

The Chamber has a really full calendar for the month of March! We’re ready for the Spring and hope you are, too! We have three great events this month and can’t wait to get started. As always, contact us if you have any ideas about events that you would like to see at the Chamber!



Business Before Hours at the Historic General Lewis Inn

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       The gracious hospitality of the Historic General Lewis Inn will be extended to Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce members on Wednesday, March 7 for Business Before Hours from 7:30 to 9:30 am.  This morning networking event provides members with an opportunity to meet new clients and customers, as well as relate their latest business news to their colleagues while enjoying the old world charm of the Historic General Lewis Inn and their brunch specialties.  Fresh pastries, quiche Lorraine and fresh squeezed orange juice will be served.
The dining room is housed in the former Withrow House which was constructed in 1834 and the property surrounding was the site of the Battle of Lewisburg which left the town in Union hands for the duration of the Civil War.  In the  1920’s, the Hock family purchased the house with additions and opened the General Lewis Hotel in 1929.  The Hock-Morgan family continues to welcome visitors and neighbors to the stately Inn for a stay or to partake of their delicious Southern fare.
The Inn is now serving Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.  The Brunch menu includes Red Raspberry and Vanilla Custard Crepes, Eggs Benedict with Home Fries, Monte Cristo with Fruit Salad, , Baked Brie with Strawberries, Country Ham Biscuits with Sausage Gravy and Belgium Waffles with Fresh Fruit and more…   The Lunch menu includes Country Ham Quiche, Shrimp Avocado Salad, , Veggie Cream Cheese Roll-ups, Mango Sorbet with Raspberries and Limon cells, and Fruit  Cobblers a’ la mode and more.  Dinner Specialties include Ravioli du Jour, Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Pork Chops, Filet Mignon and more.  For more information about or make your next reservation at The Historic General Lewis Inn, contact (304)645-2600 or

Entrepreneurship Power Lunch

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Do you have an idea for a product or service that is unique, yet have not had the time or know how to bring it to a business concept or plan stage?  Or do you have a business, but need some guidance on how to plan to take it to the next level?    Come to the March 14th Power Lunch and learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Jill K. Holliday, Instructional Specialist for Hospitality, Tourism and Entrepreneurship for New River Community and Technical College will be presenting for the Chamber’s March 14 Power Lunch.   Jill’s philosophy is similar to that of Harry Firestone, founder of Firestone Tire & Rubber Company: “Capital isn’t so important in business.  Experience isn’t so important.  You can get both these things.  What is important are ideas.  If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and then there isn’t any limit to what you can do with your business and your life.”  So Jill assures, “Anyone with an idea should come to this mini workshop and we will try to fill in the gaps”.

Jill joined the New River Community and Technical College last spring after being the principal for a financial planning firm in Raleigh, North Carolina.  She speaks with personal perspective as the owner of a business consulting firm, Redden Business Solutions.  She was also an instructor in business creation for the Women’s Business Center of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development.  Jill has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies for Business Communication and a Masters in Assessment and Measurement .  She also serves on the Beckley-Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Committee, the WV Chamber Tourism Committee and the Alderson Green Team.

The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce’s Power Lunch is held in partnership with New River Community and Technical College and will be held from noon until 1 pm at New River’s Training offices at Jefferson Office Park.  To register for the event, please go to the Chamber website at and click on the event or call 304-645-2818.


Annual Dinner and Meeting

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The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that our Annual Dinner and Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Ticket price is set at $85.00.

We will be featuring Carte Goodwin, former US Senator as our featured speaker. Carte P. Goodwin is an attorney currently working with the Charleston law firm of Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP. In July of 2010, Mr. Goodwin was appointed to fill the vacancy in the Senate caused by the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd, serving until a special election was held. During this time, Mr. Goodwin was recognized byTIME magazine as one of the “40 under 40 rising stars on the political landscape” and “a new generation of civic leaders… at work trying to fix a broken system — and restore faith in the process”. As the first U.S. Senator born after 1970, Carte has a unique perspective of the keys to West Virginia’s success.
From 2005 to 2009, Goodwin served four years as General Counsel to Governor Manchin. In addition, Goodwin chaired the West Virginia School Building Authority and served as a member of the State Consolidated Public Retirement Board. Following his return to private practice in 2009, Goodwin was appointed to chair the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform, along with former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, which was tasked with evaluating the need for broad systemic reform to West Virginia’s judicial system.
A native of Mt. Alto, West Virginia, Goodwin received a B.A. in Philosophy from Marietta College in 1996 and received his Doctor of Law from the Emory University School of Law, graduating Order of the Coif in 1999. Mr. Goodwin currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia with his wife, Rochelle, son, Wesley Patrick, and daughter, Anna Vail.

We will be honoring John D. Curry as our Business Leader of the Year. Superintendent John D. Curry is a man of quality and character who serves as a true instructional leader as evidenced by the strides made under his leadership in Greenbrier County Schools. Through his leadership, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are in place throughout the county’s schools and are incorporated as part of the regular agenda for all county administrators during monthly administrative meetings.
Superintendent Curry’s leadership has made him a role model for administrators, teachers and students.  Under his leadership, the county now has universal Pre-K with 19 Special Needs integrated classrooms in the school system and two community collaborative classrooms, as well as a middle school system, which required the restructuring of all area schools.
Due to his persistence a 37.7 million dollar school bond was passed by county residents, generating an additional 10.6 million in WVSBA support as a result.  This provided for major renovations to Smoot Elementary and an auxiliary gym at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School.  Currently, major renovations are being completed at Greenbrier West High School and new constructions are under way for new Rainelle and Lewisburg Elementary Schools.
Superintendent Curry serves on a number of local, regional and statewide education committees and is active in his community through membership in several community organizations. He has said his greatest sense of pride—other than his wife and three daughters—comes from working with a team of dedicated educators, staff, parents and community for the benefit of all students.

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