Chamber Awards

The Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County, Inc. enjoys recognizing, honoring and celebrating people and businesses throughout the county. You can learn about the many awards we give throughout the year below.

Area Beautification Award
Business Person of the Year Award
Children First Award
Farm Family of the Year Award
Tom Burkett Scholarship
FBLA, FFA, and 4-H Student of the Year Awards
Christmas Lights Contest
Ribbon Cuttings & Grand Openings
Each year, a business or organization from each of the seven districts in Smyth County receive the Area Beautification Award. The winners of each district are selected by the Area Beautification Committee of The Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County, Inc. and are announced May through October. Nominations for each district are welcome from the community at large and can be made by through an online nomination form, or contacting us at info@smythchamber.org or 276-783-3161. After all seven district winners have been announced, voting begins (usually in October) for the Annual Smyth County Overall Beautification Award. The community is encouraged to vote through a survey which will be posted here. The overall winner is announced at our Annual Chamber Dinner Meeting in November. The seven districts are Rye Valley, Atkins, North Fork, Chilhowie, Saltville, Park, and Royal Oak. Click HERE for a map clarifying the different districts. 2018 District Winners Rye Valley - New Dollar General in Sugar Grove Atkins - Freedom Tabernacle Ministries

Each year, at our Annual Town & Country Dinner in September, the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County, Inc. recognizes a successful business person in our county. In July, we open nominations from the community at large. Before the event, our Commercial & Industrial Committee vote on the winner based on these nominations. Please see the details below if you would like to nominate someone.

2017 Business Person of the Year Recipient: Becky Bowman, A&B Printing

Nominations for the 2018 Business Person of the year are open!
You can click HERE for a printable nomination form or click HERE for an online form. All nominations are due by Friday, August 31, 2018.

Each year, at our Annual Town & Country Dinner in September, the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County, Inc. recognizes an individual who has made a positive impact on the students of Smyth County’s schools. In July, we open nominations from the community at large. Before the event, our Education Committee votes on the winner based on these nominations. Please see the details below if you would like to nominate someone. This individual may be a teacher, administrator, school nurse, guidance counselor, media specialist, administrative assistant, custodian, bus driver, cafeteria employee, maintenance employee, volunteer, or any other person who has made a noteworthy contribution to the education and well-being of Smyth County Students.

2017 Children First Recipient: Mike Albano

Nominations for the 2018 Children First Award are open!
You can click HERE for a printable nomination form. All nominations are due by Friday, August 31, 2018. Three letters of support must accompany the nomination form. These can be sent via mail, email, fax, or in person.

The Town & Country Dinner has been set for September 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Land Company Hangar in Chilhowie, Virginia.

Since 1970, a Smyth County Farm Family has been recognized as the Farm Family of the Year. This award is announced at our Annual Town & Country Dinner held in September. The Agriculture Committee of the Chamber of Commerce selects the winner each year. If you have input, please contact us at info@smythchamber.org or 276-783-3161.

Year Recipient
1970 Harry Richardson
1971 Neal Umbarger
1972 Abe Slemp
1973 Billy Meek
1974 Raymond Buchanan
1975 Charles Lamie
1976 J.W. and Ronald Cumbow
1977 Bill Price
1978 H.P. Richardson and Family
1979 Archie Atwell
1980 Champ Clark
1981 Roy Scott Stevenson
1982 Jim and Randy Snavely
1983 Fred Conner, Jr.
1984 Johnny Waddle
1985 Rudolph and David Ernest
1986 Lewis and Bobby Combs
1987 Graham Gardner
1988 Hix and Barbara Pugh
1989 Charles Clark Family
1990 Leon W. Cole Family
1991 Eddie and Terri Stokes
1992 Danny and Kim Slemp
1993 The John DeBusk Family
1994 The Everette Umbarger Family
1995 Toby, Terry, Jared, and Jason Haynes
1996 Danny, Sue, and Adam Tilson
1997 Preston and Jay Richardson Families
1998 Tom, Sandy, and Bo Buchanan
1999 Glenn, Amy, Harrison, and Mrs. G.H. Wheeler
2000 Lucy, David, Todd, Sharon, Katie, and Abbie Dishner
2001 Hal, Lynn, Will, John, and Patrick Campbell
2002 Joe and Karen Copenhaver
2003 Scott and Shelley Waddle
2004 Justin, Bill, and Carolyn McClellan
2005 William St. john
2006 Brian Stokes
2007 Seth, Everette, and Brenda Umbarger
2008 Jacob, Kristy, and Owen Waller
2009 Walter Robinson
2010 C.W. Pratt Family
2011 Joey, and Raylinda Blankenship
2012 Jim and Laura, Etta Wilkerson
2013 Roger Meek
2014 Billy and Randy Lawson
2015 Donny Tilson
2016 J.S. Staley & Family
2017 Farrell and Julia Jones

Upon his resignation as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County, Inc. in 1997, Mr. Tom Burkett established the Tom Burkett Educational Scholarship.  The Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to match Mr. Burkett’s $500.00 contribution again this year with two additional $500.00 scholarships.  Consequently, one eligible student from each of the three Smyth County high schools will receive an award.  We are very grateful for Mr. Burkett’s generosity. Each scholarship winner will be invited to the Smyth County Chamber’s Annual Dinner Meeting in November.

The Chamber works directly with the guidance counselor from each of the three Smyth County high schools. If a student is interested in applying for this scholarship, they need to request an application from the guidance counselor. The applications are made available at the beginning of the school year. The deadline for turning in the application is usually mid-October.

The 2018 Chamber Annual Dinner Meeting has been set for November 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Riverfront Restaurant in Chilhowie, Virginia.

The Winners for the 2017-2018 School Year:
Claudia Crewey, Chilhowie High School
Caitlin Wolfe,
Marion Senior High School
Katelyn Blevins
, Northwood High School

The winners of the FBLA Student of the Year Award, the FFA Student of the Year Award, and the 4-H Student of the Year award are all announced at our Annual Town & Country Dinner in September.

We work directly with the advisers and directors at the Smyth County Schools for the student programs mentioned above to determine the winners.

Each year, the Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County, Inc. encourages citizens to celebrate the holiday season in style by decorating their homes for the Annual Christmas Decorating Contest. The contest is open to any citizen whose home isin Smyth County. Judging is conducted by the Chamber's Special Events, Tourism, and Community Action Committee. The criteria for judging in previous years was creativity, holiday spirit, and overall beauty.

Look for registration to open late November or early December.

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!
First Place - Blair and Margaret Linford, Scratch Gravel Road in Marion
Second Place - Peggy and Allan Cornett, Virginia Highlander Road in Sugar Grove
Third Place - Bob and Melony McCarty, Wasona Drive in Marion.

Starting a new business in Smyth County or expanding an existing one? We would love to celebrate your grand opening with you by setting up a ribbon-cutting and inviting town and county officials. Please contact us at info@smythchamber.org or 276-783-3161 for more details.