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April 27, 2014

Chamber show to explore ‘What’s New In Business’

“What’s New In Business” is the theme for the 21st annual Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Business Show scheduled Thursday and Friday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.  

Business After Hours, which is for BRCCC members only, is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

BRCCC President and CEO Ellen Taylor said this event is always well attended.

“We usually have around 300 to 400 or even 500 at the Business After Hours, which is Thursday evening. That’s a members-only event and we just socialize, network and have a good time. Business people get to reacquaint themselves with each other, meet new people ... then the businesses that exhibit there have an opportunity to showcase to other businesses.”

The show is open to the public from noon until 7 p.m. Friday.

“I think there are 78 booth spaces and that equates to about, I think, 68-70 businesses. Some have two booth spaces. There are always new products on the market. A business show gives those businesses an opportunity to let people know what is new in their business,” Taylor said.

“We are going to give away hundreds of dollars’ worth of prizes. We have cash prizes that we are going to give away on Friday. We’ll give $100 away every hour from 2 to 6 p.m.; you have to be present to win.

“Lowes donated a grill, a really nice grill, and we are going to give that away. Grand Home Furnishings donated a patio set which we will give away and we will have a couple of things for the kids to register for, so the whole family can come.

“They have an Oreo stacking contest and live music and they are going to have eating contests this year, which is new, and the United Way is sponsoring that, and the School of Harmony, they are going to do the music,” Taylor said.

“Other businesses that exhibit have fun things for people to do as well. It’s a real nice afternoon for people when they want to come out and win prizes and find out what’s going on in their community and businesses get a chance to market their product to people. So it’s a win-win for everybody.”

The 2014 Business Show sponsors are WOAY TV 4, sponsoring Business After Hours; The Register-Herald and Concord University, sponsoring the business show; First Community Bank, sponsoring the member luncheon; and Ramey Ford, sponsor of parking for the event.

The following businesses will be represented:

Academy of Careers & Technology, Access Health, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, American Red Cross, Ameriprise Financial Services, Appalachian Heating and Propane;

Bayberry Retirement Inn, Beaver Coal Company, Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park, Cabins at Pine Haven, Beckley Newspapers - The Register-Herald, Bluefield State College, Bradley Prosperity VFD;

Calloway Group Agency, Allstate Insurance, Campbell Business Machines, City of Beckley, Concord University, Chick-fil-A, City National Bank, Crossroads Chevrolet, Custom Business Solutions, Cutlips Lawn & Garden Center;

Employers’ Innovative Network, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Frontier Communications, Frye Roofing Inc., HLI Hospitality, Hospice of Southern West Virginia, HSC Industrial, IBEX Global, Jan-Care Ambulance Service, Julie Alkire - Mary Kay Cosmetics;

Kelly Services, Kid In the Background Multi-Media Factory, Laxton’s Heating, Cooling & Electrical Service, Life Strategies Counseling, Mark E. Snapp & Associates, MedExpress Urgent Care, Melton Mortuary, Mountain Regis Center;

New River Community and Technical College, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, nTelos Wireless, Omega Commercial Interiors, Phillips Technologies, Raleigh County Commission on Aging, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority, Ricoh USA;

Saunders Staffing, School of Harmony, Sears Monument Co., Sen. Mike Green, Southern Communications Radio, Suddenlink Communications, Suddenlink Media, Summit Community Bank, Sun Propane;

The Resort at Glade Springs, United Bank, United Way of Southern West Virginia, Universal Systems of Beckley, University of Charleston, US Cellular, Valley College, Vickie L. Hylton - Independent Damsel Pro (Damsel In Defense), Visit Southern West Virginia;

West Virginia-Virginia Media/Kiss FM, West Virginia Miners Baseball, WOAY TV, WVNS TV, WVVA, The Two Virginias, Yeager Airport and Zen Health, Wellness and Beauty Clinic.

For more Information and Business After Hours registration, contact the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce at 304-252-7328 or

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