The work of the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County, Inc. is carried out by nine committees with the following examples of duties:
Kindergarten Farm Tours, Town & Country BBQ and other agriculture-related events/or projects.
Chair: Seth Umbarger
Area Beautification Committee:
Encourages and promotes programs, projects and campaigns to improve the attractiveness of Smyth County. Beautification Awards, county-wide clean up days, and Christmas Decorating Contests.
Commercial & Industrial Support Committee:
Provides business and industry support through events and activities, publishes various directories of Smyth County businesses. Business Appreciation Breakfast & Golf Tournament, quarterly networking breakfasts, Top Level complimentary invitations to Chamber events. Assists with the organization of the Career Day for High School students.
Chair: Tom Graham
Education & Recreation Committee:
Tom Burkett Scholarship, Children First Award, Student Government Day and other agriculture and education related events and/or projects. Promotes and develops programs that expand, enhance and improve education services available in Smyth County.
Chair: Donna Fender
Legislative Breakfast, Meet the Candidates Forums, work with Town Council and Board of Supervisors, following legislation that impacts our community.
Chair: Dustin Powers
Focuses on maintaining and increasing Chamber membership. Promotes the Chamber Cash incentive program and ribbon cuttings at new businesses. The Chamber President-Elect will serve on this committee and would encourage fundraising.
Smyth County Young Professionals for Progress:
Develops and supports new leadership among young professionals in the Smyth County community. Works cooperatively with regional YP organizations and develops projects such as Ca$h Mobs, Mixers, SCYPP Gatherings, and the Summer Concert Series.
Smyth Enterprise Center Committee:
Promotes entrepreneurship activities and events, including Entrepreneur Express and Growing Sales workshops, and a possible Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. The Chamber President serves on this committee.
Chair: Harold Slemp
Special Events/Tourism & Community Action Committee:
Promotes tourism as a business and industry and use special events to encourage tourism. Supports and participates in community events and festivals.
Chairs: Samantha Archer and Geoff Hall