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

Business Involvement With Area Summer Events Offers Win – Win Promotional Opportunities

Dan Bickey Plaza Named in Uptown Beckley

Thank you to the Bickey Family for all you've done for our community.

Happy Birthday Bunkers

PHOTO - The Register-Herald Newspaper

Thank You The Resort at Glade Springs for a perfect day of golf and good-times.  The Annual Bunkers Open Tournament is a highlight of our year.  We appreciate the partnership and your continue support for BRCCC activity in our communities.

A special Thank You to Mountain Eagle Inc, Little General Stores and Beckley Buick, GMC Auto Mall Inc for your continued tournament and BRCCC support

Thank You to our 38 teams for playing and supporting BRCCC.

Thank You to all of our Hole Sponsors and Volunteers for your support and work on the course.

See you in June 2017

Students Build Businesses On a Cruise Ship

Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Education Committee is proud to partner with the Academy of Careers & Technology each school year for the High School Business Symposium.

Held at ACT each year, the Symposium is organized for High School students to learn more about the process of running a business or developing a new one.  Students compete through a fast-paced workshop designed to introduce them to marketing, finances, teamwork and problem solving.

Area business representatives act as the “Board of Directors” (Judges) through the business campaign development.  Students are advised, critiqued and awarded through the stages of the process as they develop a complete business and marketing plan.

We would like to thank all of the participating students for their professional work throughout the Symposium and for creatively developing their business ideas.

Thank You Business Sponsors for your involvement in making the Symposium a success every year:

Analabs Inc
Concord University
Derm One
Little General Stores
Raleigh General Hospital
University of Charleston

Thank You to our Board of Directors (Judges) representing these participating businesses:

Air Evac Lifeteam Base 121
Appalachian Bible College
Appalachian Power Co
Beckley Events
Big Brothers Big Sisters South Central WV
Bridge Valley Community & Technical College
McDonald’s Raleigh County
Valley College
Women’s Resource Center

Birth of a Business in 5 Hours or Less
By Bill Frye – The Register-Herald Newspaper

Students from all of Raleigh County's high schools came with friends, worked with relative strangers and learned about the intricacies of entrepreneurship Monday at the annual High School Business Symposium.

For approximately 23 years, the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce has helped sponsor the event with Raleigh County Schools and the Academy of Careers and Technology. "The students get hands-on experience on how to run a business," said Ellen Taylor, president and CEO of the chamber. Taylor said that teachers at each of Raleigh County's four public high schools chose students to participate in the symposium. Approximately 84 students were hard at work establishing businesses for a cruise line (the theme for the 2016 symposium). "It's a good program," Taylor said. "It never ceases to amaze me how creative the students get. We're happy as the chamber to partner with ACT and Raleigh County Schools to do this program. We appreciate all of our sponsors as well."

Miles Smith of the Ohio Youth Leadership Association was helping run the show. Smith took part in the symposium when he was a student at Woodrow Wilson High School. Now he is giving back to the program that helped launch his career. Smith said that he was sponsoring the prize for the winning group's business, a scholarship to a free enterprise camp at Camp Horseshoe in Tucker County.

"The symposium instantly makes the students sweat," Smith said. "It's a very competitive environment and gets the participants creative juices flowing." Smith said that no two businesses created throughout the day are the same and students are put into mixed groups, so students may be working with people they have never met. "It gets the students artistic and entrepreneurship minds working together," Smith said. "We want to show students if they imagine it, they can do it. At the end of the day they're going to have an operable business."

Independence junior Nick Kostenko, whose group was developing a virtual reality experience for a cruise ship, said, "I'm here to have fun and get some future business experience."

Groups were working on elaborate plans on who would be attracted to their chosen business, designing business cards and slogans, said Peyton Michaels, a junior at Shady Spring High School.
Michaels’ group was creating an Indiana Jones-themed dinner show for their business. "It's intriguing to talk and work with students from other schools," Michaels said. "You don't see these people every day. It helps the creativity flow."

Students get a full mock business experience from creation, to purchasing property as well as creating advertisements, said Kyle Saunders, Independence High School junior. Saunders' group had founded a Tiki Treats snack bar for their cruise ship business opportunity. Saunders said the symposium does a great job of letting students use skills they've actually learned in an entrepreneurial environment. —  Email:; Follow on Twitter @RHFrye

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Mountaineer Automotive New Showroom Now Open

Thank you Mountaineer Automotive for inviting us to be a part of your celebration.  Your showroom will serve our community well. 

Make sure to visit the new showroom in Beckley at
615 North Eisenhower Drive

Read the Mountaineer Automotive story in The Register-Herald Newspaper

96th Annual Dinner

Thank You Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital for your continued long-time support of the Chamber Dinner

Thank You Social Hour Sponsors:

AFLAC, Chad Hutchinson
Beaver Coal Company
Beckley Water Company
BODYWORKS - Mick Bates
Concord University
First Century Bank
First Community Bank
Little General Stores
Raleigh General Hospital
The Resort at Glade Springs

Thank You President WVU Tech at West Virginia University, Beckley Campus, Carolyn Long

Thank You Community Service Award Recipient
City of Beckley Mayor, Voice of Beckley, Bill O’Brien

Thank You Register-Herald Newspaper for your coverage of the Dinner.  We appreciate all you do for BRCCC.

Welcome Home Dinky Train

Beckley has been looking forward to this day since the Dinky Train left its historical location near the swimming pool at New River Park. Many people across our community supported this project through "Dollars for Dinky" to bring Dinky Train home to the Youth Museum of Southern WV - Exciting Day for ‪Beckley!

Beckley's little dinky train has true historical value. During the late 19th century and the early 20th century, smaller gauge track and trains were used to move people and freight short distances. The dinky in New River Park was used to haul coal for the Crab Orchard Coal Company. More than forty years ago, when the mine closed, the locomotive was donated to the City and placed in the newly developed New River Park. Come to find out, most of these types of trains were scrapped and there just aren’t many of them around anymore.

Almost everyone in Beckley can remember playing on the dinky train or picnicking close by. It truly has become a beloved city landmark. Over the years, the ravages of time have taken their toll and the plan was set in place to move the dinky down closer to the Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum and have it returned to its former glory.

You can see the Dinky Train now, up-close as it sits in front of the Youth Museum of Southern WV and Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at New River Park in Beckley.

Theatre West Virginia Opens New Box Office & Museum

We appreciate the invitation to be a part of this historical celebration. The new box office & museum makes a perfect destination for everyone to visit in Uptown Beckley.

Make sure to go by for a visit on South Kanawha Street at the corner of Main St (inside the City National Bank Bldg)

Box Office / Museum Regular Hours
Hours will be 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Monday - Friday
For More details call 304-256-6800

Angela Mullins State Farm Insurance Now Open

Thank you to all the staff of Angela Mullins State Farm Insurance for your hospitality and invitation to be a part of your grand opening celebration. We enjoyed meeting your staff and talking to your some of your customers, learning about the personal, professional services you're providing in our community.

Make sure to visit Angela and her State Farm Insurance staff online at
or go by for a visit at 1910 Robert C Byrd Drive, MacArthur WV
(across from MacArthur Walmart)

BIG Little Day in ‪Beckley WV‬

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia opens the new Beckley office with some BIGs & littles from our community. ‪

We hope that you will go by their new office at 104 Wilson Street, Beckley WV (adjacent to Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce office) to find out more about their programs and mentoring opportunities for our area.

Welcome to the neighborhood !

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia online

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia on facebook

Giovanni's Pizza Grand Opening

thank you Giovanni's Pizza/Lester Square for inviting us to be a part of your Grand Opening Celebration. everything we tasted from your menu was delicious and your family atmosphere restaurant is an ideal place for families to gather for some good times.

Make sure to check Giovanni's out at Lester Square Shopping Center and at Giovanni"s Pizza Glen Daniel

Giovanni's Lester Square on facebook

Giovanni's Glen Daniel on facebook

Little Sicily Italian Restaurant Grand Opening

Thank you Little Sicily Italian Restaurant for inviting us to your Official Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. We appreciate the delicious samples from your menu and look forward to a return visit soon to try more.

Make sure to go by taste their delicious Italian menu at 3144 Robert C Byrd Drive, Beckley WV (near BJW Printing Company)

Visit Little Sicily online

Visit Little Sicily on facebook

See article below from The Register-Herald Newspaper

Meet the Candidates

BRCCC Governmental Affairs Committee would like to Thank all Candidates that attended the Primary Election 2016 “Meet the Candidates”  We appreciate your time and commitment to serving the people of West Virginia

Thank You to our sponsors for giving us the opportunity to meet our candidates
Appalachian Power Company
Beaver Coal Company

Thank You Southern Communications and WWNR Radio for broadcasting “Meet the Candidates” to the citizens of West Virginia

Thank You to the members of the Media Panel for your questions to the candidates:
Damon Cain, Beckley Newspapers, The Register-Herald
Dave Kirby, News Talk WWNR Radio
Keith Thompson, WJLS Radio
Tim Carrico, WVNS TV 59News

HUGE THANK YOU to all of the area business representatives for coming out to get-to-know the candidates.

Remember to VOTE in the Primary Election, May 10 – Early voting begins April 27

2016 Membership Directory & Guide to Raleigh County

2016 Beckley-Raleigh County Events Brochure
Now Available Online

2016 Events Brochure

Beckley Treasured Scenes Tree Ornament
14th Edition Now Available

“New River Gorge National River - Scenic Overlook at Grandview”

View the Ornament Series Page for all the details


In The News

WVU to Bring Law Clinic to Beckley
- (The Register-Herald Newspaper)

Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital Opens New Cardiac Cath Lab
- (The Register-Herald Newspaper)

Beckley Area Foundation Permanent Endowment Level Reached for Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial

Renovations, Improvements Underway at New River Park

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

BRCCC Members