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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-783-3161.
|1976||J.W. and Ronald Cumbow|
|1978||H.P. Richardson and Family|
|1981||Roy Scott Stevenson|
|1982||Jim and Randy Snavely|
|1983||Fred Conner, Jr.|
|1985||Rudolph and David Ernest|
|1986||Lewis and Bobby Combs|
|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|
|2007||Seth, Everette, and Brenda Umbarger|
|2008||Jacob, Kristy, and Owen Waller|
|2010||C.W. Pratt Family|
|2011||Joey, and Raylinda Blankenship|
|2012||Jim and Laura, Etta Wilkerson|
|2014||Billy and Randy Lawson|
|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.