About the Chamber
Founded in 1934, the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to fulfilling our mission, ‘to create, promote, develop and support quality business opportunities in the Salem-Roanoke County Community.’ In addition to our signature events - the Business and Education Showcase, our Annual Golf Tournament, Kegs & Barrels, and, the holiday favorite, Gingerbread Festival - we also host a variety of networking events and educational workshops.
Membership is affordable and based on the number of full-time employees within a company. Individuals may also join. The Chamber is a success because of the involvement and dedication of our members.
Our organization also includes a 501(c)3 Salem-Roanoke County Foundation which provides several scholarships annually to high school seniors who attend a local Salem or Roanoke County School, as well as scholarships to mid-level career professionals seeking to advance in their field.
As our mission statement declares, one of our main goals is to strengthen the business climate of the community. In doing so, referrals are an integral part of building up the business in our area. These referrals come through member-to-member benefits, members acting as a resource, as well as community members calling the office for information. All referrals that are given out by Chamber staff are Chamber members.
Membership Mailing List utilization for special promotions
Sponsorship of Events
Lobby space utilized for members corporate rack cards or business cards
The Chamber provides a variety of opportunities for member participation through events including:
Business Showcase Schmooza Palooza
Annual Breakfast Meeting & Awards
Annual Classic Golf Tournament
Kegs & Barrels Wine & Craft Beer Festival
Various seminars and programs
Golf Tournament Committee - This annual event offers recreation within an excellent networking environment and supports the Chamber's business programs.
Ambassador Committee - Works to sustain current memberships, develop new memberships, and reinforce the line of communication between Chamber members. Ambassadors are highly visible leaders for all Chamber events and meetings.
Board of Directors - The guiding leadership of Chamber activity; sets all organizational policies and programs. Acts on advisement of the Executive Board.
Business Showcase Committee -Works to highlight members to the public through the Chamber's annual Business Showcase.
The Annual Meeting & Awards Committee - A core group of individuals that come together to put on one of the Valley's premiere events.
Annual Scholarship Committee - A select group that serves short term to evaluate scholarship applicants from Salem and Roanoke County schools.
Kegs and Barrels Festival Committee - This group is comprised of volunteers who seek to engage local Virginia wineries and breweries in a community wine and beer tasting event. This annual festival offers an opportunity to relax ,savor, and enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Gingerbread Festival Committee - A group of individuals dedicated to enriching the holiday spirit within the community. The festival provides opportunities for families to gather for a day of free holiday fun.