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

Standing Strong With the People of West Virginia

Looking Forward to Seeing You in Beckley
August 26-28, 2016

View the Appalachian Festival 2016 Brochure

#WVFlood2016 / #WVFlood Resources

Use hashtags #WVFlood2016 and #WVFlood to search social media for flood relief information


Updates on flood info and resources are being posted on the homepage of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, has committed itself to directly helping those in need.  In the short term, the Foundation will provide immediate relief to those directly affected by the flooding on a screened and as-needed basis.  The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation is also committing resources to long-term reconstruction efforts in flood-damaged communities.  For more information on how to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Chamber's Foundation, please contact Amanda Pasdon at, (304) 989-0664, Steve Roberts at, or John Canfield at

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - Greenbrier County WV Flood Relief Office

In coordination with non-government organizations (NGOs) and volunteers in relief and recovery in Greenbrier County for the Emergency Operation Center (EOC)

Volunteer WV and other NGOs are in need of office administrative skilled volunteers to help in office / administrative work, etc.

Work activities may include but not be limited to:

    deal with incoming and outgoing post
    answer telephone, email and social media enquiries
    cover reception duties, like greeting and looking after visitors
    type up documents, for example letters and reports
    update computer records
    use office equipment like printers, photocopiers and fax machines
    stock take and re-order supplies
    set up meetings and take ‘minutes’ during them
    make travel arrangements for staff

We're calling on businesses that might be willing to loan an employee or employees for a day or so to help out in the relief efforts in Greenbrier County

Anyone willing to participate in this important effort please contact

Thank you for all that the Chamber of Commerce has done and continues to do for the victims of this terrible disaster 

United Way of Southern WV
Follow this facebook page for updates on resources and assistance in Southern WV

United Way of Southern West Virginia  Items Currently Needed for Flood Relief

 Cleaning Products
 Rubber Gloves
 Garbage Bags
 Band Aids

 Contact United Way of Southern WV Office  for Donation Drop Off Arrangements
 304-253-2111 / / 110 Croft Street, Beckley WV

400 FEMA workers are on the ground in West Virginia and anyone needing to register for assistance can do so by going to or calling 1-800-621-FEMA.  People can also register by visiting one of four FEMA sites in West Virginia that are set up in Greenbrier, Kanawha and Nicholas Counties.

Governor Tomblin ‏@GovTomblin advises visiting  for comprehensive #wvflood information, including donation centers, shelter locations, and volunteer sign-up

Flood Resources for People with Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability who has been impacted by the flood, or know someone who is and who needs assistance, the following are contacts for rescue services especially for people with disabilities.

Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies

Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies is the nation's only disaster relief and recovery organization for people with disabilities. Portlight provides durable medical equipment and other equipment that people with disabilities may need.

Representatives from Portlight are currently in West Virginia. Contact:
Shari Myers, email and cell phone, 214-755-3446
Paul Timmons, email and cell phone 843-817-2651
Please contact Shari if there are any needs or problems at Red Cross shelters.

FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination

Gay Jones and
PJ Mattiacci
are available to address the needs of people with disabilities.

Flood Resources for People with Disabilities from Mountain State Centers for Independent Living -
If you are a person with a disability who has been impacted by the flood, or know someone who is and who needs assistance, the following are contacts for rescue services especially for people with disabilities.

Mountain State Centers for Independent Living

Corporate Office
821 Fourth Avenue, Huntington, WV 25701
Voice/TTY: 304-525-3324
Fax: 304-525-3360
866-MTSTCIL (866-687-8245)

329 Prince Street, Beckley, WV 25801
Voice: 304-255-0122

UMCOR - New Vision Depot of WV United Methodist Conference Disaster Response
another group that is helping in relief for those in need from the ‪#‎WVFlood2016‬ is the new distribution center New Vision Depot - WV United Methodist Conference Disaster Response.  A Disaster Relief Ministry of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church located in Beaver WV.  Make sure to visit their facebook page to find out how you can help or get involved in assisting them in helping others.

Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce
 The United Way of the Greenbrier Valley has developed a flood relief campaign and is accepting donations to aid local flood victims. They have worked tirelessly through the weekend to collect supplies and transport same to the shelters in affected areas. A Facebook page has been developed with the current list of supplies needed. Please reference Greenbrier Valley Flood Recovery and Relief if able to contribute in any way.

The Chamber is reaching out to its business members in flood areas to see how we can be of support. Please send an email or response to this message with your needs and we will help spread the word for you on social media. You may also reach us by phone at 304-645-2818. If you need supplies, please send a list. If you need volunteers, please send numbers and who they should contact. If you need assistance getting the word out about business closures or altered hours, pass along the information you want distributed to the community.

Our staff is here to help in any way possible. Office hours are 9am-3pm Monday through Friday. Please feel free to use us as a resource for contact numbers of local shelters, organizations providing aid, etc. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every citizen of Greenbrier County as our community grieves, cleans, rebuilds, and heals from this disaster.

GREENBRIER CO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE UPDATE - June 30, 2016:  The WV National Guard is providing the following at Greenbrier West High School at Warrior Way in Charmco: Three tents are set and ready to provide shelter to flood victims. The tents have air conditioning. Additionally, there is one shower unit (four showers), and one laundry unit (four washers, four dryers) ready to use now. By early afternoon today there will be more tents and two additional shower and laundry units ready for use. They have 1300 gallons of water to use right now and a 7500 gallon DOH tanker truck en-route. There will be more, but we wanted to inform those in need of what’s currently available.

All volunteer agencies that are working in Greenbrier County should call in to the Greenbrier Emergency Operations Center at 304-645-5444 and ask to speak to Laura Pysz, Volunteer and Donations Coordinator so that we can get your contact information.  Laura is working on a resource book and needs your information.  She is working closely with Senator John Unger who is in the field working with the Non-Governmental Organizations.  If unavailable by phone her email is: Thank you for assisting us with our flood recovery efforts!

Spontaneous volunteers that would like to be assigned a volunteer role should go to the Volunteer Reception Center in Lewisburg if already here in the county.  VRCs are located at 204 North Jefferson in Lewisburg, Magic Mart, 510 Park Center in Rainelle, and The Old White Motors at 89 E. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs.  The main number is 304-808-1872.  A Volunteer Reception Center matches volunteers with skills with voluntary agencies that need additional volunteers.

If residents have not yet registered with FEMA, they should go to the Disaster Recovery Center, if possible.  These centers will assist residents with getting registered with FEMA. Or they can register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or go to The Disaster Recovery Centers are located at The Old Kroger Building at 65 West Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, and at City Hall in Rainelle.

The Health Department will have tetanus vaccine available at the health department in Fairlea today and tomorrow from 8:30am until 11:30am and 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Vaccine will be given free of charge and is available to anyone that has been or will be working in the flood waters. If it has been more than five years since your last tetanus shot, and you are working in the flood waters, a booster dose is needed.  The Health Department also has a small supply of N-95 masks available. Please note that staff cannot fit test you for these. Diapers (premature through size 4), formula, breast milk storage bottles with attachable nipples, tampons, and basic wound care supplies are available for anyone in need.

The Lewisburg water system, with the exception of Caldwell and Monroe Draft, has been lifted from the boil water advisory after receiving favorable bacteriological water sampling results.


Barb Miller, Greenbrier County Emergency Operations Center Public Information Officer

For the most up-to-date official information for Greenbrier County, go to Facebook

Flood Resources and Information from Congressman Evan Jenkins website

Emergency Aid, Distribution Sites, Shelters and Emergency Contact phone numbers

Monetary donations can be made to the Red Cross at (304) 340-3650 or or the United Way at

Let us help get you back up and running.  We'll evaluate your flood-affected manufacturing equipment

The recent flooding that devastated areas of West Virginia has left all of us at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) wanting to do whatever we can to assist local communities. While our staff has collected relief supplies, we - as an organization - want to do more.

This is why RCBI is reaching out to members of the manufacturing community who have had industrial equipment damaged by the flooding. We would like to evaluate your affected machinery and, if we can, help get you up and running again as quickly as possible.

If you (or a manufacturer you know) have been affected, call Arley Carpenter, Director of Manufacturing Services, toll-free at 800.469.7224 to schedule a visit by our experienced team of manufacturing engineers. On-site visits will begin Tuesday, July 5, to assess your operations.

#WVFlood2016 and #WVFlood Resources

Howard Johnson Express Inn, Beckley WV
Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

Congratulations Howard Johnson Express Inn ‪Beckley WV‬ on your 20th Anniversary. We appreciate the invitation to be a part of your celebration. Thank you for your continued Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce support for many years.

Make sure to stop by for a tour of the new room renovations at 1907 Harper Road or look them up on the web at Howard Johnson Express Inn Beckley WV

Howard Johnson Express Inn on Harper Road in Beckley WV proudly celebrates their 20th Anniversary. The Beckley Howard Johnson Express Inn was the first Howard Johnson in the world to fly the Express Inn logo when it opened in 1996.  The Beckley hotel has won numerous awards and been decorated by the chain for above average quality standards and commitment to service.

The Beckley property is currently under renovations to the new Howard Johnson’s prototype design.

The Beckley Express Inn was built and owned by the Patel Family of Beckley.  Naval and Nita Patel, Shashi and Tara Patel and Chandu and his wife Tara.  All members of the family proudly participate in the operation of the hotel.  According to Naval Patel, he was inspired by his brother in law Shashi to relocate to Beckley from North Carolina.  The family jointly built the hotel and operated it out of love.

 The Patel Family wishes to thank the entire community for their support.  One person in particular deserves special thanks, Mr. Charles Houck.  In his capacity as Vice President at Bank of Raleigh and then City National Bank, Charles put together a loan package with SBA financing that made it possible to develop the hotel.  Many others should be thanked as well including Bill Mahaffey at Beckley Mechanical, Ken Turner at Bluestone Electric and Hoover Construction.

 According the Mr. Patel, the hotel has outperformed everyone’s hope.  The first few years were difficult interacting with the Howard Johnson brand as many of the hotels were old and out-dated but new properties were added, out-dated hotels were eliminated and numerous hotels renovated to current standards.

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

View the High School Business Symposium Photo Album on facebook:
Academy of Careers & Technology facebook page:

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

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