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Silent Auction items are flying in for Career Day & MEGA Business November 7th!

October 22, 2013

THIS YEAR’S SPONSORS ARE: GREENBRIER MEDICAL CENTER, MEDEXPRESS, ROBERT C BYRD CLINIC, NTELOS, GILLESPIES FLOWERS, WVNS 59 NEWS

HERE ARE THE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS WE HAVE:

SESSION AND PORTRAIT COLLECTION BY BROWNS PHOTOGRAPHY, ONE OVERNIGHT STAY AT EDGARTON INN, DOZEN GOURMENT CUPCAKES FROM EDGARTON CAFÉ, CUSTOM MOLD FOR BLUETOOTH DEVICE FROM ADVANCED HEARING SOLUTIONS, INC., IPOD FROM SENECA TRAIL ANIMAL HOSPITAL,  PAIR OF 2014 SEASON TICKETS FROM GREENBRIER VALLEY THEATRE, GIFT BASKET FROM FIRST NATIONAL BANK, A+ COMPUTER CLEANING FROM A&S COMPUTERS, $50 GIFT CARD FROM FIRST CITIZENS BANK, IPHONE DOCKING STATION FROM GREENBRIER TECHNOLOGIES, TWO GROUND BADGES FROM THE GREENBRIER, FREE TAX RETURN FROM LIBERTY TAX SERVICES, WELDING AND COSMETOLOGY ITEMS FROM NEW RIVER COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGE,  EXTENDED TOUR AT ORGAN CAVE, HARDWARE JEWELRY FROM S.J. NEATHAWK’S LUMBER,  COLLECTORS EDITION BASKET, TUMBLER, AND ORNAMENT FROM THE STATE FAIR OF WV, $150 GIFT BASKET OF WINES AND CHEESES FROM SUMMIT COMMUNITY BANK, HAND-CRAFTED POTTERY WINE COOLER W BOTTLE OF WINE FROM WATTS ROOST VINEYARD

PLUS MORE ITEMS FROM SUN PROPANE, TASTE OF HEAVEN BAKERY AND CHEESE SHOP, SHONEY’S OF LEWISBURG, GREENBRIER VALLEY PHYSICAL THERAPY, GREENBRIER CONTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, GREENBRIER VALLEY AIRPORT, GREENBRIER MEDICAL ARTS PHARMACY, ROBERT C. BYRD CLINIC, COLDWELL BANKER STUART & WATTS

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Career Day is November 7th. Have you signed up?

October 22, 2013

Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting a fun-filled morning for all 10th graders throughout the county on Thursday, November 7th from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM for Career Day. The Chamber hopes to encourage Greenbrier County sophomores to think about their career options and set goals to attain a fulfilling career.   The main goal of Career Day is to engage the students with many occupational representatives, interactive displays, giveaways and a career scavenger hunt.  This year, we also have a “mentor,” Kim Groover, with Communities in Schools, who will be talking briefly with the students about career choices and be available to assist them while they are at the Fair.

Many sophomores begin selecting their career majors during this time, so it these types of important decision that determines their coursework for their junior and senior years.  Participation and willingness to talk about the various aspects of diverse occupations is so helpful, and the Chamber is grateful to the many business that have already signed up for this exciting opportunity.   Businesses with ideas such as displays, giveaways and visual aids will be on hand to assist in gaining the student’s attention.  The Career Fair is held in conjunction with Greenbrier County Schools, the State Fair Event Center and the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce.  The Academic Boosters at Greenbrier East and the Pro-Start Program will be providing a continental breakfast and lunch. For more information, or how to be a part of Career Day, please call Amber McHale, Executive Director, at 304-645-2818.

 

Greenbrier Episcopal School to host October 22nd Chamber Business After Hours

October 17, 2013

Greenbrier Episcopal School will be hosting a Business After Hours of the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce at 3100 Houfnaggle Rd in Lewisburg from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd.

Greenbrier Episcopal School is in its 15th year as a school, with a population of 60 students ranging from pre-k to 8th grade. The school operates two pre-school programs; one for children 18 to 36 months, and the other for older children 3-5 years. Recently, the Episcopal school added an after school program, Plus Time, that serves children at the school and others that attend Lewisburg Elementary. Special programs such as Book Buddies and Kids Club are an integral part of the learning success of the small, close-knit school. The school motto is “Learning While Teaching.” Because of this, children are highly involved in their own learning, and their education is individualized to meet each students needs. For more information about the Greenbrier Episcopal School, call (304)793-2420.

Business After Hours are monthly networking socials of The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce in which a member’s business is showcased.  As always, food, drink and wine will be offered at the event. To register for the Business After Hours, please go to the Chamber website and click on Upcoming Event or call 304-645-2818.

Business After Hours at New River Community & Technical College – Sept. 19th

September 19, 2013

Please plan to join us on Thursday, September 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 as New River Community and Technical College hosts Business After Hours, alongside the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce.  Business after hours is an opportunity to connect with business leaders in the community and showcase their business. Immediately following Business After Hours, an Entrepreneur Café will be held at the New River Auditorium, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

New River Community and Technical College is a relatively young institution, but it has a rich history through its predecessor institutions, Bluefield State College and Glenville State College.  New River’s Greenbrier Valley Campus (GVC) in Lewisburg has an even more complex history.  What started in 1969 as an extension center offering credits through West Virginia University evolved over time into a branch of the two-year component of Bluefield State College and finally emerged as part of New River, an independent community and technical college created by the legislature in 2003 and independently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 2005.

Over the years, what is now the Greenbrier Valley Campus has migrated from the halls of Greenbrier East High School, to an old gymnasium on the campus of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (which served the Greenbrier Military School), and finally to Greenbrier Hall, which was once part of Greenbrier College.

Through the efforts of community leaders and generous donors, the once abandoned building was renovated and opened as the Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State in January of 1998.  Dr. David Perkins, who served as the last director of the Center while it was affiliated with Bluefield State, was named provost, and eventually became the first president of New River after the legislature created the institution in 2003.

Under the leadership of Dr. Ted D. Spring, who became the second president in 2005, New River underwent a period of tremendous growth, both in terms of student population and the number of full-time faculty and staff.  Spring left to accept a position in North Carolina in November of 2012. In March of this year, Dr. L. Marshall Washington was named the third president of the College.  He will be inaugurated in a ceremony in Beckley on Sept. 21.

The GVC is the largest of New River’s five campuses in terms of both enrollment and facilities.  It serves Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Monroe and Summers Counties at the campus in Lewisburg, at numerous off-site locations, and through online and distance learning classes which allow students to interact via interactive video with faculty from other campuses.   The College also provides outreach to students in Pocahontas County through the unique One Room University in Marlinton.

Roger Griffith is dean of the Greenbrier Valley Campus, which enrolled 742 students during the spring semester of 2013.  New River is the only community and technical college in West Virginia to offer an Associate of Fine Arts degree program, which is located at the GVC because of Lewisburg’s reputation as one of the region’s most outstanding arts communities.  Other programs available at the GVC include medical assisting, practical nursing, EMT/Paramedic, business, criminal justice and office technology.

The very popular welding and machine tool technology programs are located on Houfnagle Road.  New River’s welding shop is the only testing site in West Virginia certified by the American Welding Society.

New River provides customized workforce training, community and continuing education classes and Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) programs through the Office of Workforce Education.  Terri Baker and Gloria Kincaid provide Workforce Education services in the Greenbrier Valley Campus service area.

Renovations are underway at the former Greenbrier College Student Activities Building located behind Greenbrier Hall.  When the work is completed, the new Arts and Science Building will house facilities for the Fine Arts program including a printmaking studio and Mac lab, an exercise physiology lab, faculty offices, a cafe and a student commons area.

Earlier this year the College acquired the former Lewisburg Elementary School property on Lee Street and has moved its Allied Health programs to that location. Additional technical programs are being planned for the site.

The Office of Workforce Education will move from Jefferson Office Park to the Lee Street Complex as soon as renovations are complete on offices and classrooms for their use.

Business After Hours are offered monthly by the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce.  They offer excellent networking opportunities for business owners, managers and their employees.    If you are a member of the Chamber and would like to attend New River Community College’s Business After Hours, please register with the Chamber at www.greenbrierwvchamber.org or call 645-2818 or email at director@greenbrierwvchamber.org.

Region 1 WorkForce West Virginia Power Luncheon

September 17, 2013

The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a public informational luncheon on Tuesday, September 24 from noon til 1 PM located at the B Building of the former Lewisburg Elementary School in Room B7. Sarah Hawkins, an Advisor from Region 1 WorkForce West Virginia, will be on hand to discuss several pertinent topics for small businesses. On the Job Training, a program where companies can be reimbursed up to 90% of new hire wages while under contract, will be discussed.  A second program that will be discussed will be the WorkKeys testing and the National Career Readiness Certificate, along with what the test is and the benefits to the employer.  If time permits, a third topic about some of the benefits available to employers that are not a requirement of the OJT program such as Fidelity Bonding and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit may also be discussed. This is a free program, and is open to the public. Please bring your bagged lunch and listen to these informative topics that could benefit all small businesses in some way. Drinks such as tea and coffee will be provided. Please call (304) 645-2818 to RSVP to this event.

For more information, please contact Amber McHale, Executive Director, Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce at (304)645-2818 or director@greenbrierwvchamber.org.

Registration for Our 7th Annual MEGA Business Showcase & Marketplace Now OPEN!

August 19, 2013

The Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce would like to announce that registration for its seventh annual Mega Business Showcase and Marketplace is now open. The event will take place on Thursday, November 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the WV Building of The State Fair Event Center. Major event sponsors for the marketing and networking function this year are The Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Robert C. Byrd Clinic, nTelos, MedExpress, WVNS and Gillespie’s Flowers. Each year this event has grown, and over 100 vendors and over 1,000 attendees are expected at this year’s event.

As always, a silent auction with top-notch quality donations will be on hand. Donations are now being accepted, so please call the office if you would like to donate an item from your business. This is a great marketing opportunity for you to showcase your business and let all of Greenbrier County and surrounding areas know what your business is all about. Each registered vendor will provide a door prize, and five $100 cash drawings will be awarded to five lucky winners throughout the event. Several food vendors from our membership will be on hand during the event to provide delicious food and drinks. There is so much to do and see at this huge event, and should not be missed!

The Chamber Office is located on the second floor of the Greenbrier County’s Convention and Visitor’s bureau in downtown Lewisburg. For more information about the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce, or how to become a member of this organization, please call the office at (304) 645-2818, or email Executive Director Amber McHale at director@greenbrierwvchamber.com Please visit the Chamber’s website at www.greenbrierwvchamber.org to register for MEGA business. Spots are filling up quickly!

Apply for the September 19th Entrepreneur Cafe

August 12, 2013

Apply for the September 19th Entrepreneur Cafe at www.gvecafe.com sponsored by Greenbrier Valley Economic Development in partnership with New River Community and Technical College and the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce. The September 19th Cafe will be held from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at New River Community and Technical College immediately following their Business After Hours event from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The GVE Cafe is a quarterly competition to encourage innovation and entrepreneurism in our area. Seed money is awarded to help start a business or add a new feature to an existing one. Five contestants are each given five minutes to pitch their idea. Their presentations are evaluated by a point system, and the winner could leave with over $1,000 in funding!

The September GVE Cafe will have a special Bonus Program. Local entrepreneur, Timothy Luce of Presidio Studios, is adding a Top Entrepreneur Cash Bonus Program for Cafe winners. Presidio will be awarding $500 to the Cafe winner demonstrating the best use and most growth achieved due to their seed funding!

Visit the GVE Cafe booth with First Energy at The State Fair of West Virginia on Magic Monday!