Beckley-Raleigh County
Chamber of Commerce
245 North Kanawha Street
Beckley , WV 25801
304-252-7328

All businesses are encouraged to attend area Tele-Town Hall Wed April 8



BRCCC Information Update


The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce remains here to serve you as we navigate the ever-changing business climate during the Covid-19 pandemic.  All Chamber team members are currently working 9am-5pm M-F, however; in order to comply with the CDC’s recommendations and to help stop the spread of the coronavirus disease, we ask that you reach us by email and/or phone only at [email protected] or 304-252-7328 (Please leaver a message if we do not answer immediately as we are regularly checking voicemail)  At this time all in-person Chamber meetings, Business After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings and events in March and April are postponed, canceled or have transitioned to conference calls/virtual meetings.




CLICK HERE for COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources, Information page


Public Notice: New Dates for 2020 Primary Election Published

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner would like the public to be aware of the changes in dates and deadlines for the 2020 Primary Election, which will now be held on June 9.




Governor's Stay-At-Home Order issued Monday, March 23, 2020

READ THE FULL STAY AT HOME ORDER FROM THE GOVERNOR HERE




Staying at Home in West Virginia


To prevent COVID-19 from spreading further, numerous communities and even entire states across the country have ordered their residents to stay home. West Virginians should already be taking such common-sense steps as limiting non-essential travel and maintaining social distancing. West Virginia residents should therefore be prepared to follow the rules of a “Stay-at-Home” order if one is issued for the state or the nation.

To ready West Virginians, it is important to know:
• A Stay-at-Home order is not martial law
• A Stay-at-Home order is not a lockdown
• A Stay-at-Home order does not close West Virginia roads, bridges or borders
• A Stay-at-Home order does not prevent West Virginians from leaving the state
• A Stay-at-Home order does not prevent West Virginians from returning from out-of-state

Questions and Answers about a “Stay-at-Home” order:

Q: What would a Stay-at-Home order require me to do?
A: A Stay-at-Home order would require West Virginians to remain in their homes and residences and leave only for essential services. It would be mandatory, and not merely
guidance or advice.

Q: When could I leave my home? What is an “essential service?”
A: Essential services include going to the grocery store or gas station; picking up a prescription or receiving medical care; and getting outdoor exercise for yourself, your children and your pets. They also include working jobs to provide essential services.

Q: What would remain open as an “essential service?’
A: Businesses and services that would remain open fall under several categories. For all of these, including outdoor areas, the six-foot social distancing guideline would apply.

• Food
o Grocery stores
o Convenience stores
o Take-out and delivery restaurants
o Farmers markets
o Food bank and food pantries
o Take-out and delivery meal services, including school-based

• Health care
o Hospitals
o Clinics
o Doctor’s offices and other health care provider facilities
o Pharmacies

• Public Safety
o Police stations
o Fire stations
o Ambulance services

• Transportation
o Gas stations
o Public transit

• Other
o Banks
o Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry services
o Outdoor public spaces including parks and trails not specifically closed by prior orders.

Q: What jobs would be considered essential?
A: Jobs providing the services outlined above would be considered essential.

Other essential jobs would include:

• Manufacturing or delivering materials and products needed for essential services

• Essential government services (local, state, and county)
o Programs and services that support essential operations and functions
o Hotlines or helplines, including for Medicaid, SNAP benefits, etc.

• Other critical infrastructure
o Public utilities and related infrastructure, including home and commercial
electrical and plumbing systems
o Communications infrastructure and services, including media
o Garbage/sanitation

Q: What would be closed as non-essential?
A: Businesses and workplaces that do not fall under the above categories or are otherwise designated as essential would be closed. Those already closed by Executive Order include:

• Dine-in restaurants
• Bars and nightclubs
• Entertainment venues including casinos and performance halls
• Barber shops and hair and nail salons
• Gyms and fitness centers

Q: What about working from home?
A: Working from home would be encouraged wherever possible.

Q: What if I’m told to report to a job that is non-essential?
A: If you believe your business is nonessential but are still being asked to show up to work, you should discuss that with your employer.

Q: How would a Stay-at-Home order be enforced?
A: Law enforcement officials would not stop residents on their way to or from work or from obtaining essential services as outlined above, including recreation. People gathering in any size group would be asked to social distance or go home. The West Virginia National Guard would not be involved in enforcing any Stay-at-Home order.

Q: How would a Stay-at-Home order affect travel and transportation?
A: West Virginia should drive themselves when possible or walk. Public transportation and ridesharing would be for essential travel only. The same goes for air travel. Roads,
bridges and borders would remain open.

Q: Would I still be allowed to visit family and friends?
A: Visits to other homes and residences would be limited to caring for the elderly, minors, dependents, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable persons. In such
circumstances, visitors should minimize interactions as much as possible.

Q: What help would there be for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
A: Services for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities would be considered essential and continue under a Stay-at-Home order. The Bureau for Medical Services could provide additional information: (304) 558-1700.

Q: What if my home is not a safe environment?
A: Anyone who would not be safe in their residence while under a Stay-at-Home order should consider planning now to find an alternative safe place. The West Virginia
Coalition Against Domestic Violence can help. Visit http://wvcadv.org or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233).

Q: What about people who are homeless?
A: State, county and local government agencies and officials will partner with W.Va.Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) and other community organizations to ensure safe shelter for our homeless population.





Appalachian Makers Market 2020
formerly Appalachian Arts & Crafts Fair
August 28-29, 2020

CALLING ALL VENDORS
2020 Appalachian Makers Market Application Now Online



Save the Date - Mark Your Calendar
100 Year Anniversary Gala




Plan to attend our BRCCC 2020 Events





Preserving our community in downtown and beyond -
Stewards Individual Placement Program opens new office space
in Downtown Beckley WV




Thank you for the invitation to be part of your Grand Opening Celebration of your new office space on Prince Street in Downtown Beckley. You have done marvelous work with your partners to bring this historical building in our community back to life.

Thank you for the opportunity to come check out your new space and learn all about the Stewards Programs here in our Southern West Virginia communities and across the country.



We encourage everyone to learn more about the Stewards Individual Placement Program by visiting their new office at 345 Prince Street in Downtown Beckley WV (Dunlap Building) or by visiting them online at stewardslegacy.org or like them on facebook at www.facebook.com/stewardslegacy

ABOUT STEWARDS INDIVIDUAL PLACEMENT PROGRAM - SERVICE IN SUPPORT OF COMMUNITIES & ECOSYSTEMS  Stewards Individual Placement Program provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.





Beckley Rotary Club passes Four-Way Test in networking



Thank you Beckley Rotary Club for hosting us at Business After Hours. Your Rotarians and event partners made us feel right at home in networking with you at Beckley’s Historic Black Knight. We know that everyone that attended experienced a very engaging evening of networking thanks to your Rotary Four-Way Test of what you think, say or do:



Guests were able to gather truthful information about Beckley Rotary Club and your partner organizations; A fair game of Monopoly allowed guest to make their way around the room to acquire more chances to win door prizes; Good will and better friendships were the highlight of the evening among those that were already friends and for those that may have met someone new; and finally we know that the because of your networking event there was a awesome benefit for all of networking with area business representatives.



Make sure to find Beckley Rotary Club on the web at www.beckleyrotary.org or like them on facebook so you can learn about all that It means to be a member of the Beckley Rotary Club




Congratulations Mills Floor Covering and Epoxy & Paint



Thank you everyone that joined us in Sophia WV to welcome a new member and a new business to the community, Mills Floor Covering and Epoxy. We are very excited to be a part of their Grand Opening Celebration as a new store front at 126 West Main Street in Sophia WV.



As a family owned and operated business with over 25 years of service in our community, Mills Floor Covering has a history of providing great service and selection when providing great flooring solutions for any project. Make sure to give them a call at 304-673-8129 to find out how they can help get you covered on your next flooring project. Visit Mills Floor Covering on facebook  to see and learn about all that they have to offer.



Thank you for an amazing evening of bluegrass entertainment



Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce was very excited to be a series sponsor for TAMARACK AFTER DARK along with Visit Southern West Virginia and Weathered Ground Brewery featuring two amazing groups; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Long Point String Band in the Governor Hulett C. Smith Theater! We appreciate the SOLD OUT crowd that came out to listen to some wonderful bluegrass music and support this great series presented by TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia.


Career Day Essay Excellence



Following the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee “Career Day” every year students are asked by their teachers to write an essay about their experience at the event and what they learned about the career opportunities and what career they might be thinking about for the future. The Education Committee reviews the essays and selects winners from each school that participates in Career Day. The Essay Awards Reception gives us the chance to recognize our students in front of their parents, teachers and community.

We appreciate our partnership with Raleigh County Schools for in being able to get involved with student career education by offering the Career Day Program each year to area 8th graders.

The BRCCC Education Committee would like to Thank West Virginia University Institute of Technology for their hospitality in hosting the Career Day Essay Awards Reception in their Administration & Extension Services Building Community Auditorium on Neville Street in Downtown Beckley WV.

A huge Thank You goes out to our Awards Reception sponsors for giving us the opportunity to present this event for our Raleigh County 8th grade students:

Appalachian Power Company
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
Chick-fil-A Beckley
First Community Bank
Little General Stores
Raleigh General Hospital




Students, teachers, parents, sponsors and other guests were invited to our annual Career Day Essay Awards Reception where we recognize the 8th grade students that submitted winning essays that were written following their participation in Career Day back in the Fall of 2019.

Two students from each middle school were selected as Career Day Essay winners and then there was an Overall winner selected out of all of the essays submitted.

Career Day Essay Award Winners 2019:

Overall Winner:
Emma Arthur – Beckley Stratton Middle School

Trap Hill Middle School
2nd Katie Stephenson
1st Candice Elder

Shady Spring Middle School
2nd Lexie Brinson
1st Louie Boyd

Park Middle School
2nd Fiona Bechtel
1st Tyler Thompson

Independence Middle School
2nd Jade Lilly
1st Makenzie Taylor

Beckley Stratton Middle School
2nd Elijah Redfern
1st Savannah Harrell


Congratulation to all of the winners! We look forward to inviting all of our 2020 school year 8th graders to Career Day at Marquee Cinemas in the Fall.




Welcome new member and new business
CPR Cell Phone Repair to our community



Thank you CPR Cell Phone Repair Beckley WV for inviting to be a part of your Grand Opening, Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Your new store location in Cranberry Creek Shopping Center is already serving the mobile and electronic device repair needs of our community. We appreciate the electrifying hospitality and networking interest from all of your CPR staff.



Don’t let a broken phone, tablet, or laptop slow you down. Stay connected with a fast repair from the electronics repair industry experts at CPR Cell Phone Repair. Swing by the new CPR Cell Phone Repair location at 1032 North Eisenhower Drive, Cranberry Shopping Center (near The UPS Store) or call at 681-207-2392 or visit them at www.cellphonerepair.com or on facebook



Celebration of Community



It was an honor to be invited to attend the New River Community and Technical College (NRCTC) Celebration of Community event on their campus in Beaver WV. The Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce (BRCCC) was excited to celebrate with NRCTC faculty, staff, students, friends and community leaders their Core Values of Community, Justice, Scholarship, Integrity and Service.



With their involvement with our Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee programs and activities we know that NRCTC values Service; by providing service to each other and to the community and being a responsive member of the community.

We appreciate the NRCTC mission of providing accessible, affordable, quality education and workforce programs to meet the needs of the region it serves. The vision of NRCTC to improve students’ lives and enrich communities falls right in line with the BRCCC vision for Beckley-Raleigh County.

Presentation of Appreciation



Our President & CEO, Michelle Rotellini / BRCCC Education Committee Chairman, Robert Hayes / Raleigh County Tax Assessor and BRCCC Education Committee Member, Linda Sumner / City of Beckley Councilwoman and BRCCC Education Committee Member, Janine Bullock / Presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Bonny Copenhaver, President of New River Community and Technical College for her involvement on our BRCCC Education Committee and her dedication to NRCTC during her first year as President.




Creating a Legacy of Leadership
Congratulations on your graduation
Leadership Beckley Class of 2019






New year, new networking, new learning



Thank you West Virginia University Institute of Technology for hosting our first Business After Hours networking event for 2020. We enjoyed learning about your new space on campus at your Administration & Extension Service Building - Campus Community Event Auditorium. We know that your students and our community will enjoy being in the new space for many different events and activities.



We appreciate all that WVU Tech staff and students do for our community and we appreciate your continued support for our BRCCC programs and activity.



Make sure to visit the WVU Tech campus when you’re in Beckley or visit the new space a 410 Neville Street or visit them online at www.wvutech.edu



Beckley Treasured Scenes Tree Ornament 18th Edition
Now Available


"Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce
Century of Service"




 

 





Thank You To All Member Businesses for
Your Continued Support and Community Activity


BRCCC Members