Student Apprenticeship Showcase

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Student Apprenticeship Showcase at the Salem Civic Center. The apprenticeship program essentially gives students credentials through employment training and instruction. There were around 20 companies represented ranging from hotels, logistic companies, dentistry, and manufacturing companies, as well as franchised and regional businesses, and more. Showcase provided an opportunity for students to talk with company representatives and learn about the workforce needs in our area.

This work-based learning model gives the students a chance to test the waters with a particular company and field before making any commitments. This program speaks to the role internships play in helping young people determine a career path. Over 100 high schoolers from our area attended the event which continues to grow each year. Students will go through an interview process and the apprenticeship will begin at the start of the next school year. The Department of Labor is collaborating with schools to garner more company participation.


‘Tis the Season for Sponsorships

Do you want to attract more attention to your business? Do you want to demonstrate your business’s community engagement? The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber is offering a variety of events and programs this year that you can leverage to market your business. Please contact me for more information. Some of the opportunities for sponsorship include:

  • Business Advocacy Series
  • Awards Breakfast
  • LeadHERship Series
  • Business Showcase
  • Golf Tournament
  • Gingerbread Festival &Trail


Awards Breakfast March 17th

Voting has begun for our Awards Breakfast and ballots are streaming in! Please join us for a celebratory morning where we will announce the top businesses and people in Salem and Roanoke County. This year the Award Breakfast falls on St. Patrick’s Day, and we plan to have lots of fun with that theme. Make sure to register to guarantee your seat. Go to our website to cast your votes for your favorites:

  • Roanoke County Large Business
  • Salem Large Business
  • Roanoke County Small Business
  • Salem Small Business
  • First Responder
  • Volunteer
  • Ambassador
  • Citizen
  • Franchise
  • Regional
  • Non-Profit


Beltone Member Promo

Beltone is offering S-RCC Members a customer referral program. Refer customers and receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. These customers may be eligible for discounts of up to $1000. For more details, contact Hearing Care Practitioner, Josh Overton, at the Salem Beltone clinic at (540) 389-8700 or by email at Thank you to everyone who attended the recent Beltone ribbon-cutting. It is fantastic to see members showing support for other businesses in our Chamber.