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SML Regional Chamber Honors Business and Community Leaders

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Virginia – Outstanding area businesses and community advocates were honored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce during a presentation on March 11 at the SML YMCA that was also broadcast online. 

“Congratulations to the winners, as well as the finalists in each category,” said Cheryl Ward, SMLRCC Interim Executive Director. “The past year has been extremely challenging and these leaders stepped up in big ways. They are truly making a significant impact on not only the business community, but the Smith Mountain Lake region as a whole.”

The 2021 winners were:

Tourism Advocate of the Year: J Bohn Bishop, KEEPin' Up with J Bohn


  • Also nominated: Bridgewater Marina; Lisa Floyd, Floyds' Artworks; Nicole Johnson, Destination Bedford; Gretchen Tipps, The Willard Companies


Community Leader(s) of the Year: Bruno and Tiffany Silva, The Landing Love Project


  • Also nominated: Carl Cline, Carilion Franklin Memorial; Gavin Hagar, Phil Hager Insurance Agency; Todd Hammock, American National Bank; Waller Perrow, Mariners Landing


Large Business of the Year: Capps Home Building Center


  • Also nominated: Homestead Creamery; Moneta Farm and Home Supply; Sleep Safe/Assured Comfort Beds; TBS Construction


Small Business of the Year (tie): Haywood’s Jewelers and Smith Mountain Lake Coffee House


  • Also nominated: Eastlake Community Church; Sounddawgs Production; Virginia Dare Cruises & Marina


Non-Profit of the Year: Lake Christian Ministries


  • Also nominated: Agape Center; Children's Assistive Technology Service; Healing Strides of Virginia; ONE Forest School




About Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

The SMLRCC is dedicated to promoting tourism and growing business for its members and the community. As a member-driven organization with 650 members, the SMLRCC provides information, advocacy, and support to the lake’s growing business community. SMLRCC’s goal is to strengthen the social and economic environment of the region. Visit online at


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