The growth of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce reflects both the growth of the Bedford County economy and the enthusiasm and strength of its members. Nearly 30% of the 575 Chamber members serve on volunteer committees.
As the county’s most active small business development and support group, it’s the Chamber’s many programs and services that prove key to benefiting the Chamber and its members.
Because the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is a service-oriented organization, these programs are the lynchpin that holds the Chamber members together. The chamber currently sponsors 18 committees that handle issues on behalf of all Chamber members. These committees cover the full range of membership interests and concerns, from transportation and government affairs to networking and public relations.
When a business is a member of the Chamber, all employees of that firm are considered members. Any employee of member business or organization is invited to participate on any Chamber committee.
Recognizing the importance of farming and agriculture-related businesses in the heritage and future of Bedford County, this committee provides support to agri-business in the region and works to promote to the general public the significant role that agriculture plays in our everyday lives.
To acknowledge excellence in business and dedication to the community.
BASICS (Businesses And Schools Investing in Cooperative Solutions)
To help promote the county’s awareness of local career opportunities and training facilities.
Bedford County 15522 Young Professionals
To provide networking, career development and community service opportunities to the Chamber’s Young Professionals, who will shape the future of Bedford County.
Business Community Showcase
To provide area businesses with a professionally-styled forum in which to showcase their products and services while generating sales leads and strengthening their network of Chamber contacts.
To gain, keep and create value for members and to achieve the highest possible level of Chamber member retention through goodwill, fellowship and networking. The Chamber Ambassadors increase awareness of membership value through personal visits and contacts and keep members informed of events and what is happening within the Chamber.
To formulate and review the Chamber budget, manage Chamber finances and coordinate all operations of Chamber staff and Chamber committee activities. This committee is made up of the officers of the Chamber Board of Directors.
To plan, develop and execute an annual golf tournament.
To educate Chamber members about significant legislation that would impact local business and advocate of behalf of the business community.
Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show
To provide businesses involved in the home improvement trade an opportunity to showcase their products and services while generating sales leads.
Leadership Bedford County Advisory
To identify and develop informed, responsible and effective leaders capable of addressing the needs of our community through the Leadership Bedford County program.
To develop, market, implement, direct, stage and host a series of special events related to the outdoors that inform and promote related businesses. These events include: Sportsman’s Dinner & Raffle, Trap Shoot, and Bicycle Ride.
To serve as a resource to the director for reviewing and developing all human resources policies, procedures, and systems, including job descriptions, pay systems and counseling actions, orientation, mentoring, training and legal compliance.
To develop, market, implement direct, stage and host a series of special events that inform and promote Chamber businesses.
To help member businesses and the Chamber use technology to advance business and marketing operations.
Youth Leadership Bedford County Advisory
To endow youth with the knowledge and ability to become confident leaders through the Youth Leadership Bedford County program.