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Becoming A Member of the Council

  • Be a member in good standing with the Shenandoah County Chamber
  • Attend Council meetings regularly
  • Make a brief member spotlight presentation about your business or professional services

Advantages to Council Members

  • The chance to meet others who share an interest in issues of aging in place
  • Making a difference in the County and our business community
  • Educational presentations from experts in fields associated with aging in place
  • Free marketing opportunities, including networking, business card exchange, member spotlights and social media mentions
  • Leadership opportunities

AIP Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month from

9:00 - 10:00 am

 Council Leadership

Chair: Patty Fadeley,

Blue Ridge Hospice

Chamber Liaison: Sharon Baroncelli

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2024 Council Members

Chairman: Justin Pence (SC Farm Bureau & BluePoint ATM)

Vice Chairman:  Aaron Bushong (Bushong Contracting)

Dennis Dysart (First Bank)

Jim Guisewhite (SVN Commercial Specialists)

Chris Hepner (Bowman-Andros Products)

Bill Holtzman (Holtzman Oil Corporation)

Jeff Manning (Shentel)

Dexter Mumaw (Cabin Hill Homes, LLC)

Nathan Pence (Wholesome Companies)

Kelly Sager (Sager Real Estate)

Keith Stephens (Gateway Hospitality)


During a Strategic Planning meeting in 2019, the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors identified Economic Development as a key priority. As a key priority the Board’s plan was to engage business leaders regarding economic development and to establish an understanding of what it means to Shenandoah County as well as the Shenandoah Valley region in general. The Chamber, working with the County and Towns, would like to work to create employment opportunities and expand the tax base to fund core community needs such as fire and rescue, public education and social services.

 Work of the EDC

EDC Resource Documents

2024 ShenCo Community Profile

SVP Manufacturing Workforce Needs Report

US Census Data-Shenandoah County

EDC By-Laws


Mision: Servir como lider para fortalecer y empoderar a las empresas apoyadas por hispanos para que alcancen su maximo potencial a traves de educacion, la orientacio y otros recursos.

Mission: Serving as a leader to strengthen and empower Hispanic supported businesses to reach their full potential through education, guidance, and other resources.

En este Seminario exploraremos los pasos para comenzar un nuevo negocio, incluyendo: generación de ideas, establecimiento de objetivos, creación de un plan de acción, formación de una empresa, comprensión de las diferencias entre una empresa individual, LLC, corporación, etc.

También abordaremos cómo registrar el negocio a nivel estatal, con el IRS y localmente. Además, discutiremos la apertura de cuentas bancarias, la obtención de licencias de operación y el cumplimiento de las regulaciones del departamento de salud.

Hay mucho por aprender y esperamos compartir esto contigo durante el Seminario.

El Seminario se llevará a cabo en español.

El Consejo Hispano promueve y mejora la comunidad empresarial hispana, fortaleciendo su representación en la Cámara de Comercio al aumentar la participación de los miembros, identificar y buscar resolver las preocupaciones y problemas empresariales de los miembros que impactan a la comunidad hispana.

El Consejo proporciona un espacio para que las empresas hispanas discutan las necesidades únicas de su industria y establezcan relaciones dentro de las comunidades empresariales del Condado de Shenandoah.

Las actividades del Consejo incluyen:

  •  Celebración anual del Mes de la Herencia Hispana 
  • Evento de Negocios Después del Horario para reunir a empresas de toda la comunidad.
  • Serie de Conferencias Educativas: Temas como problemas fiscales, asociaciones empresariales y acceso al capital empresarial.
  • Integrar organizaciones hispanas en las actividades principales de la Cámara de Comercio


The Hispanic Council promotes and improves the Hispanic Business community and strengthens their representation in the Chamber by increasing membership participation, identifying and seeking to resolve member business concerns and issues that impact the Hispanic community.

The Council provides a forum for Hispanic businesses to discuss the unique needs of their industry, and to build relationships within the Shenandoah County business communities.

Activities of the Council include:

  • Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration 
  • Business After Hours event to bring together businesses from the entire community.
  • Educational Speaker Series: Topics such as tax issues, business/school partnerships and accessing business capital 
  • Integrate Hispanic organizations into the mainstream activities of the Chamber.

El Consejo Empresarial Hispano se reúne el tercer martes de cada mes, de 6pm a 7pm en la Oficina de la Cámara de Comercio.

The Hispanic Business Council meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6pm-7pm at the Chamber Office.

Co-Chairs: Walter Garcia-Meza, IGM Accounting, 540-412-8030

Juan Velazquez, First Bank, 540-325-9470

The Council is open to home-based business owners and employees. The group is part mastermind, part lead-shar, so come ready to share your latest news and create new connections.

Upcoming Meetings:

Feb 6 @ Chamber, 8:30am: Who's Who? Client and Prospect Management

April 30 - May 2: Small Business Week Seminars

Aug 6 @ Chamber, 8:30am 

Oct 29 @ Chamber, 8:30am

Home-based businesses provide exceptional value through goods and services to individuals and businesses of all sizes. And we know, as a home-based business owner you face unique challenges as you establish and expand your business. Meanwhile, home-based businesses are not only a growing and important part of the national economy, but also our local economy in Shenandoah County. Just a few facts about the growing scope of home-based business include:

  • Fifty percent of U.S. businesses are home-based businesses.
  • There are roughly 15 million home-based businesses in the U.S.
  • About 60% of home-based businesses are “nonemployer” businesses.
  • Sixty-nine percent of startups are home-based businesses.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to:

Co-Chair Becky Stickley (

Co-Chair Abe Silos (

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Nonprofit Council: Making a Difference in Shenandoah County

Mission: To promote the sustainability and growth of the nonprofit organizations and strengthen their role in our community.  This committee provides networking opportunities, educational presentations and speakers, sharing of resources, and advocacy. 

The Council provides a forum for Not-for-Profit organizations to discuss the unique needs of their industry, and to build relationships within the Shenandoah County business communities, increasing access to potential volunteers and donors.  Activities of the Council include:

  • Create networking and raise visibility opportunities
  • Enrich the community through Not-for-Profit resources and services
  • Advocate on behalf of Not-for-Profits before the local government
  • Provide an outlet for volunteer information and opportunities
  • Integrate Not-for-Profit organizations into the mainstream activities of the Chamber

The Council typically meets the 2nd Thursday, monthly from 12:00-1:00pm at the Chamber Office; check the online calendar for the latest meeting schedule. For more information on the Nonprofit Council, contact Chair Sheila Orndorff or the Chamber President at 540-459-2542.


The Shenandoah County Dept of Social Services maintains the resource information for Childcare, Employment, Food, Foster Care, Housing, Parenting, Seniors, Therapeutic Services and Utilities.  Community Resource Information - Click Here

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities in our Community? - Check Out Just Serve

group of business people at Woodstock Leadshare Meeting


What is LeadShare?

A group of people invested in helping you grow your business while you help them grow theirs. 

LeadShare is a smaller group dedicated to actively building relationships and passing referrals to those in their group. There are 2 active LeadShare groups in the Shenandoah County Chamber. Groups meet twice a month for 60 minutes. One is sure to be a great fit for you.

Who Can Visit LeadShare?

Chamber members can visit a LeadShare group. Visit any group twice before deciding if you’d like to be considered for membership in that group. Our LeadShare groups are a mix of Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) representatives. In most cases, a LeadShare group only offers one seat per industry type.  We encourage you to visit one of our meetings to see what fits.

Please see the list below and contact the leader and let them know you’d like to visit. Start building relationships and referrals for your business and others!

How Do I Join a LeadShare?

After you visit a LeadShare group and find one that you feel is a fit, let the group Lead know you are interested. They will help you with the next steps. 

LeadShare Woodstock - Jennifer Osbourn

Meet the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 8:30am (various locations)

ShenCo Writes

Cara Achterberg

Cara is the author of four novels and two memoirs. Her novel, Blind Turn, was a Reader’s Choice Silver Medal winner and the Maxy Awards Book of the Year. Her memoir, Another Good Dog: One Family and Fifty Foster Dogs was a People magazine ‘people’s pick’ and featured on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show. Cara is the cofounder of Who Will Let the Dogs Out, a nonprofit initiative to raise awareness and resources for shelter dogs. Cara lives in Woodstock with her husband, three rescue dogs, and a rotating cast of foster dogs and cats. For more information visit


E. A. Coe 

E.A. Coe is F. Coe Sherrard, a former United States Naval aviator and career business executive. A graduate of Western Maryland College (now called McDaniel College), Coe is the award-winning author of three other novels: Full CountThe Road Not Taken, and The Other Side of Good. Married to Jean since 1971, Coe has three children and six grandchildren. He lives in Edinburg, Virginia.



Elizabeth H. Cottrell

Elizabeth’s circuitous career has taken her from published leprosy researcher to stay-at-home mother, to community activist and leader serving on community, nonprofit, and corporate boards, to ham radio operator, to freelance writer/editor and blogger at Above all, she is a connector and encourager whose expertise and passion for note writing is coming at just the right time to a world in which the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us we humans are hardwired for connection. When we’re forced to stay apart physically, what better way to connect than to write notes and letters? Elizabeth is the right person at the right time to teach us her secret NOTES formula that will help you find your own heartspoken voice and learn to harness this powerful tool for nurturing your most precious personal and professional relationships.


James Alan Davison 

After graduating from LSU, he became a television videographer/remote producer. He moved to Washington DC to begin working for the Federal Government in the late '80s and has worked in local, county, and federal law enforcement ever since. Author of the Trinity 3.11, I Am Lazarus, and Bottom Feeder.




DANA HAYWARD aka Mark Muse

MARK MUSE has researched and published original works in the area of chronic pain, psychopharmacology, and psychosomatic medicine.

DANA HAYWARD is Mark’s alter ego, who writes fiction, science fiction; as in “ENTROPY”.


The Strasburg Business Alliance will foster economic growth and prosperity in the Strasburg community.  The Alliance will positively and actively promote local businesses and community interests through networking, advocacy, events and education.



Monday, March 4: Box Office Brewery, 10am - 11am

Monday, May 6: Strasburg Visitor Center, 10am - 11am

Monday, September 9: Box Office Brewery, 10am - 11am

Monday, December 2: Box Office Brewery, 10am - 11am

  • Tis the Season In Strasburg Christmas Parade: Chair- Marty White, Stover Funeral Home
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  • Strasburg Mayfest:  Chair- Abby Walters,  Team Abby Walters, Preslee Real Estate

    Festival Dates: May 10-12, 2024  Location: Town of Strasburg

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The Women's Business Council (WBC) is for every woman in Shenandoah County. We focus on fresh, relevant topics through a series of authentic and energizing programs. The WBC promotes the full participation and leadership of women at all levels in the workplace, the community and government.

The WBC will host programs that provide opportunities for women to learn and network as well as share their expertise with each other and to address the unique issues of women in business.     

 Chair: Cindy Hunter, Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury

Interested Sponsors & Vendors  CLICK HERE

All chamber members, under 40, are invited to attend the Young Professionals programs. The YPN is a time for networking, professional development, and community engagement. Come be a part of a this fast paced and energizing group.

Make sure to bring business cards! 

Co-Chairs: Jon Henry (Jon Henry General Store) & Katie Walthall (Shenvalee Resort)

Vision: A stronger, sustainable local community

Mission: Creating opportunities for professional development to foster a new generation of community leaders and Chamber members.


  • Professional development and skill building for future community leaders
  • Building business networks and community connectivity
  • Promoting chamber member businesses
  • Educating young professionals to the importance of Chamber membership
  • Connecting young talent to the Chamber and the community


Not a chamber member? You are invited to attend 2 mixers to check us out! --


Serving as a leader in creating a vibrant and diverse community that drives economic opportunity and well-being.  READ MORE>>> 

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