The Smyth County Chamber of Commerce partners with local businesses and experts to host free workshops throughout the year. See what is coming next!

Your Small Business and the Internet: A Survival Guide
All Workshops are at 10:00 am at the Summit Center at the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts

The ever-changing world of business on the internet can be overwhelming, especially to small business owners. Rance Edwards, a technical web developer with over twenty years of eCommerce experience and a strong marketing background will lead a series of workshops to help your business make the most of its online potential. Come to one or all of these free workshops!
You can register by clicking HERE or by contacting us at or 276-783-3161.
July 12 – Overview: Small Business and Internet
July 19 – Security & Privacy
July 26 – Your Business Website
Aug 2 – Digital Marketing
Delivering Memorable Experiences Downtown
Thursday, August 2, 2018 12:00 pm
Summit Center at the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts
Maximize your long-term profitability with efficient and friendly interactions at every single touch point. Come hear from Dr. Vincent Magnini, author and associate professor at Virginia Tech, and learn about the latest research on establishing and maintaining a first-class customer service culture. This workshop is brought to you by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development in partnership with the Town of Marion Economic Development and the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce.

About Vincent Magnini:

Recently ranked one of the top 12 most prolific hospitality researchers worldwide, Dr. Magnini has published six books and more than 150 articles and reports. His projects typically include destination marketing plans, economic impact analyses, feasibility studies and visitor satisfaction tracking. Dr. Magnini has also been featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered and With Good Reason, as well as being cited in the New York Times. Before his career in academia, Dr. Magnini worked on management teams at Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton Garden branded hotels in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern regions of the U.S.

Content Marketing for Social Media
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 12:00 pm
Summit Center at the Wayne Henderson School of Appalachian Arts
Keeping active on social media is good for business. But sometimes, knowing what to post can be difficult. Join Brian Tibbs, the director of the Lincoln Theatre and the Smyth County Chamber for a FREE workshop on Content Marketing! This workshop will encompass all aspects of social media marketing and video. It will highlight services & techniques that small business owners could use to generate content with little to no effort or additional cost.