The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce is a For-Purpose organization that promotes profitable and vital growth for its business members through dedicated collaboration, networking, marketing, membership events, and education.
Your Chamber is host to several banquets each year. New and expanded businesses in Jefferson County are recognized at our Annual Banquet. In the fall, your Chamber recognizes the unsung heroes of your community. Law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, and dispatchers are recognized at our Public Service Recognition Banquet. The “Right Hands Day” is a special day hosted by your Chamber. A special lunch is provided for members to honor the employees in their offices that support their efforts and often go the extra mile to support the business. Each year the Chamber partners with the Jefferson County Farm Bureau for a joint picnic at a different business location. All banquets are open to the public and offer opportunities for networking, good food, and good fellowship.
Membership Meetings, Mixers, and Seminars
Your Chamber will host several monthly membership meetings each year, providing excellent opportunities for networking. You can exchange business cards; sit beside a different person each month; introduce yourself to the group; and say a few words about your business; while enjoying a delicious lunch at a reasonable cost. Mixers are held periodically; with a business as host, usually at their business location. Both of these are great networking opportunities to promote your business in the community.
The Chamber partners with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (BRCTC) and hosts eight Chamber Business Seminars annually. The Chamber polls its membership annually to see what topics the membership is most interested in attending, (i.e. communication, leadership, email etiquette, iOS tips and tricks). BRCTC provides a speaker / instructor to run the program and educate our members in order to help them be the best business leaders they can be.
Your Chamber encourages businesses to sponsor Chamber events to help promote your business within the community.
Chamber members are invited to promote their special activities in the list of events on the Chamber’s web calendar. Annual sponsors will have the opportunity to promote their businesses monthly in our virtual newsletter. The virtual newsletter is distributed to approximately 1000+ community members. Additionally, Chamber members can advertise in an email blast at a very reasonable advertising cost.
The Chamber is pleased to participate in Grand Openings & Ribbon Cuttings for any new business or expansion of a current business. We provide ribbon, scissors, publicity (as available) and community contacts for these events.
The Chamber partners with WVHEAT, West Virginia’s hospitality industry through education and training. WVHEAT supports programs in WV that focus on hospitality and education. We are pleased that WVHEAT hosts our annual Hospitality Training & Taste of the County. Businesses can send their front line employees to learn about the great places to visit in Jefferson County, including parks, restaurants, historical sites, and shopping. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a tasting of the food offerings in Jefferson County so they can make recommendations to out of town visitors upon their arrival. The day of training concludes with an exciting scavenger hunt around Jefferson County so the participants can visit the great places to in our county. All participants will become certified by WVHEAT in hospitality. At the conclusion of this training, the participants will have first-hand knowledge of the county and be better equipped to answer questions for your customers!
Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival
Your Chamber sponsors the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival the last full weekend in September (including a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). The success of the festival has helped us to keep a reasonable cost for membership, while still providing many benefits. Members also have an opportunity to “sponsor” the festival, as well as have the opportunity to advertise in the program for the festivals. Chamber members are also issued free passes!
Partnership with Jefferson County School District
The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce cherishes its partnership with the Jefferson County School District and the Board of Education. We have worked collaboratively to identify opportunities for Jefferson County students to interact with business leaders and Chamber members in an effort to provide them an education they cannot get in the classroom environment. It is our collective desire to continue to nurture this relationship and create more opportunities for students in our community. Below is a list of a few events the Chamber is proud to offer with an eye toward a continued commitment to education and our county.
- The High School-Business Symposium teaches Free Enterprise to approximately 100 students from Jefferson & Washington High Schools. This is another opportunity to network by spending a portion of a day with students and others in the business community. Businesses also have an opportunity to “sponsor” this program as well.
- From the High School Business Symposium, the annual Job Shadowing program was born. This program affords students an opportunity to shadow a Chamber member at their place of business so they can experience a realistic view of the workplace.
- The Chamber’s members partner with the middle schools and the WV State Treasurer, John Perdue, with the financial education program, “Get A Life!“
- In August, the new educators in Jefferson County Schools are recognized at the New Teacher’s Luncheon in their honor.
- Chamber Scholarships are issued annually to one senior from each of the high schools that will be attending any West Virginia college or university.
The Jefferson County Guidebook is sponsored by your Chamber, This “Welcome to Jefferson County” guide to services, events, etc. in our county contains advertisements only from member businesses. It is mailed to those who inquire about the area and is available in our office to residents. The guide book is re-vamped and updated on a 5 year cycle.
Leadership Jefferson is referred to as a “Master’s Degree” in Jefferson County. The primary goal of Leadership Jefferson is to educate current and future community leaders about Jefferson County’s assets, opportunities, and hurdles, in order to strengthen the sense of community and ensure a prosperous future. During the
10-month program beginning each year in September, participants develop leadership skills and hone their leadership abilities through monthly training sessions. Please visit the website at the top of our home page for more information. This is another opportunity for businesses to be a “sponsor”, there are 10 modules each year available to businesses for sponsorship.
Women’s Network is a partnership between your Chamber and the Martinsburg & Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. The Women’s Network has workshops quarterly; please visit the website at the top of our home page for more information.
Membership dues are calculated based on the number of employees the business has and is collected annually. The membership year runs from the month joined to the same month the following year. Jefferson County has one of the lowest and most affordable membership dues in the tri-state area.
As the “front door” to your Community, your Chamber welcomes newcomers, visitors, and all others making inquiries of your community. These are only some of the many reasons you should join your fellow community members and become a member of the best Chamber around!