An inaugural event –  Helping Our Communities Prosper!

Tuesday and Wednesday
April 9 & 10, 2024
Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center Arena

The Beckley-Raleigh County  Chamber of Commerce and its sponsors present two days of discussion sessions on economic development, tourism, education and healthcare.

We will also be offering networking opportunities, candidate forums and business showcase.

This FREE event is open to the entire community – not just chamber members!

Breakfast and lunches are pay and go offered by the Convention Center.

Presented by The Cabins at Pine Haven

Media Partners Southern Communications Radio

Info, Booth Reservations, Candidate Forum Participation
Contact 304-252-7328 /



Greetings and Welcome to Future Forward

Helping Our Communities Prosper!

It is my distinct pleasure, on behalf of the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, to extend a warm welcome to all participants and attendees of our inaugural event, Future Forward. Set against the backdrop of innovation and progress, this two-day affair promises enlightening discussions, invaluable networking opportunities, and a platform to collectively propel our communities towards prosperity. Future Forward is a testament to our steadfast commitment to fostering economic development, promoting tourism, advancing education, and enhancing healthcare within our region. 

Karen Ewing

As Chairman of the Board, I am particularly excited about the myriad of sessions tailored to address pressing issues and unveil promising opportunities. We have strategically organized three candidate forums: one focusing on local candidates, another on statewide candidates, and a third dedicated to our gubernatorial candidates. These forums provide an invaluable opportunity for engagement and dialogue with our future leaders.  As part of Future Forward, you can directly engage with candidates, allowing you to foster a deeper understanding of their positions and policies. Having informed voters not only strengthens community ties but also empowers citizens to make decisions on various levels of government.  This directly impacts our area as we are electing leaders who will direct our progress.

Additionally, our business showcase features a robust exhibit hall with over 60 booths, providing a platform for businesses to showcase their products, services, and innovations. In addition to allowing these businesses time to highlight what they do, it provides attendees with a tremendous opportunity to network, collaborate and discover innovative products and services we have in our own neighborhoods.  This is a dynamic platform that brings together a diverse range of businesses, fostering connections that can lead to partnerships, growth, and shared success.  The showcase provides a unique environment for us to explore, learn and engage with the many wonderful businesses in our community.  Please maximize the time that has been scheduled for these amazing networking opportunities.

I extend my deepest gratitude to our sponsors, notably The Cabins at Pine Haven, Southern Communications Radio and WOAY TV, whose unwavering support has made this event possible.

Let us come together, harnessing our collective wisdom and determination, as we embark on this journey to shape a brighter future for our beloved communities.


Karen Ewing

Chairperson of the Board
Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce