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Chamber News - August 2019

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival


Discounted tickets are now on sale for the 31st Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, which will take place Sept. 28-29 at Crazy Horse Marina. Save $10 on each taster and non-taster ticket by logging on to or visiting the SML Visitor Center at Bridgewater Plaza or the Bedford Visitor Center. They’re also available at most area Kroger stores.


A limited number of “shade chalets” and VIP Lounge tickets also are available for purchase. In addition, sponsorship applications, as well as applications for wineries, food vendors and craft vendors, may be downloaded at


This year’s festival will feature 30 Virginia wineries, 50-plus quality artisans and a variety of food vendors. Both days will feature live music with plenty of room for dancing. Make your plans now to join us for SML’s most popular event!


Volunteers Needed!


We’re looking for volunteers to help in a variety of roles at the Wine Festival on Sept. 28 and 29. All volunteers receive a complementary Taster Ticket and a commemorative t-shirt! Contact volunteer coordinator Ashley Hodges at for details.


Volunteers are also needed at the SML Visitor Center at Bridgewater Plaza on Wednesdays and Fridays. Duties include fielding phone calls, greeting visitors and assisting with questions regarding lake-area businesses, events and activities. Find out more by contacting Laura Healey at 540-721-1203 or

We’ve Got Hot Deals


Be sure and check out the Chamber’s “Hot Deals” page where area businesses advertise discounts, sales and coupons for a variety of products and services. Log on to


Upcoming events


Aug. 22

SML Connects

Join us for business networking, coffee and pastries sponsored by Carilion Wellness. There is no fee, and registration is not required. 

9-10 a.m. at 157 Westlake Road, Hardy


Other SML Connects meetings coming up: 

  • Sept. 26 - Hosted by Mishelle Brosinski, Envisions Flooring and Interiors
  • Oct. 24 - Hosted by Alicia Hodges, NEORA

Aug. 23

Ribbon Cutting at Carilion Rehabilitation Center

Noon-1 p.m.

Join the staff for light refreshments at the new location at Westlake Towne Center, adjacent to American National Bank.

Sept. 19

Business After Hours

5-7 p.m. at American National Bank, 400 Old Franklin Turnpike, Rocky Mount


Oct. 24

Business After Hours

5-7 p.m. Hosted by Franklin County Connects. Location TBA.


Welcome new Chamber members


Franklin County Farm Bureau

The Stable at The Virginian, LLC

Twisted Scissors Hair Studio

Savvy Promos Inc.

Craftsman Custom Home Builders LLC

Dawn Rorrer Photography



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