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  • 02 Oct 2017 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members:

     Even though the season for farmers markets is coming to an end  some of the vendors have found a way to parlay their micro-businesses into a full time endeavor.  According to an article about farmers markets from the USDA, "Last Sunday, CBS News featured USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan and discussed how farmers markets are part of a fundamental shift in the way people access their food and interact with their community.  And, as the story notes, "... [f]armers markets and other forms of selling straight to customers are helping to keep farmers in business,". For entrepreneurs that are producers if they are able  to find the right product mix for consumer demand, they can develop a sound business, create new jobs, and grow successfully." That's just what the Blue Ridge Fudge Lady and Lizard Licks were able to successfully accomplish after being a part of the Marketplace.  I'm bragging  about the fact that the Marketplace was an incubator for two of our Chamber members,  The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady and Lizard Licks. They have been so successful as a matter of fact that they were both nominated for "2017 Small Business of Year Award". To think they got their start at a farmers market! 

    Join us in congratulating the  two other nominee's, Mountain 2 Island  and Ok Barber Shop! What an exciting line up of Small Businesses! You'll have to wait until November 16th to find out who is the 2017 Small Business of the Year.  If you haven't' made your reservation for this event please do so because as of now there are only 10 reservations available. 

     Work hard Be productive and above all else stay positive.

    Peggy White

    Executive Director 

    Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

    540-674-1991

    peggywhite@pulaskichamber.info


  • 26 Sep 2017 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members:

    Recently my dad, Pops, came for a visit and was detained by the weather; he had to stay a bit longer then he expected. Pops loves sports, and detests watching the news; this was a problem because I had recently downgraded to basic cable... so, guess what? No ESPN!

    As you can imagine this was not acceptable.  Simply, he's at the time of his life where he no longer wants to hear all the bad news and the and all the blankety-blank heard in the daily media. Instead, he likes to immerse  himself in the world of sports.  Especially football. To him sports are like a clear-cut business proposition that takes planning and proper execution. Best of all, there are no politics on the field.

    He views sports as the ultimate escape where teams are strategically built and strong, quality, leadership is respected. Camaraderie is embraced, and can be the difference between winning and losing. This is where on-field strategies and manipulations are spirited, good sportsmanship is rewarded, and a place where the fans' decorum is clearly defined by wearing team colors, cheering or jeering, and enjoying favorite beers, hot dogs and special football snacks. Here, a couple of hours of watching the game is meant to sweep us away from all the stress and harsh realities faced in our daily lives, and allow us escape into a world where rules and regulations  are clearly defined. I'm sure Pops is not alone in his feeling about the games. However with all the political controversy surrounding sports these days, the focus has become more and more political, essentially altering the focus of the fan base. I wonder what the ultimate effect will be on the outcome of the game and on the sponsors. How will sports continue to appeal to the fan base, providing the escape from politics and bad news when every game opening is another protest?  Perhaps that is also a question on every sponsors' mind as they scramble with marketing teams to find ways to limit the negativity.  

    Work hard, be productive and above all else stay positive.

    Peggy White

    Executive Director 

    Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

    540-674-1991

    peggywhite@pulaskichamber.info


  • 19 Sep 2017 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members:

    It is hard to write a message that speaks to the gravity of today, Monday, September 11,  while at the same time, knowing that destruction and havoc is reigning down on our friends and families in the south. How can we pay homage to this day and assist our neighboring states at the same time? This  quote from one of our former President's, in his 2011 radio address, speaks to that and is simply stated, “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit that followed 9/11”.  Follow your heart if you are in a position to donate to those caught in Harvey and Irma’s paths. Dennis Bane, a realtor with Century 21 Valley Real Estate in Dublin, has established a site for donations.  If you can’t make a donation then perform a random act of kindness in honor of 9/11. 

     Last week, Pulaski County welcomed Koinonia, a Brazilian Company that manufactures industrial-use materials, to our area; this new company will bring in 40 new jobs. Our community has the distinction of being chosen as the first US site for this company. Please join me in welcoming Koinonia and Brazil to our growing manufacturing community that includes Australia, Mexico, Sweden, Germany and Poland. 

    As many of you know, we delayed our golf tournament, typically held in the spring, and instead moved it to fall. This change was a response to the uncertainty of the former Pulaski County Club, but we anticipated with hope that it would remain open as a golf course. On  Friday, September 8th,  we were ecstatic to hold our tournament at the newly purchased Thorn Spring Golf Club, now a public facility. This tournament showed the full support of our membership to the new owner, who has made a substantial investment in our community, even though many golf clubs across the nation are struggling. Holding the tournament at Thorn Spring Gold Club proved to be a great decision; it was absolutely one of our best tournaments. Many thanks to the new owner, Matthew Sales, who went out of his way to make everyone feel welcome and to ensure that they had great time. We couldn’t have asked for a better day, from the weather to the camaraderie. 

    Congratulations to: Hodge Insurance for taking first place and taking home the Traveling Trophy;  to 2nd Place winner, Electro-plate Rite; and to the 3rd place winners Appalachian Machining.        

    There is one more announcement ---

    SAVE THE DATE

    The 65th Annual Meeting & Banquet will be held on November 16th, 2017 

    at the new Customer Experience Center, Volvo.

    Mark your calendar now

    Work Hard, be productive, and above all else stay positive.


  • 06 Sep 2017 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members: 

     At one time or another we have all encountered someone with narcissistic personality disorder,  better known as NPD. It is not surprising to learn that NPD is reaching epidemic proportions in our society. Apparently this prevalence of this phenomenon has been increasing since the 1970s, and has seen significant increases even more recently with reality TV and social media, making the chances of you running into someone with NPD pretty high.

    Knowing and dealing with someone with NPD is challenging, especially in the workplace. Several different types of NPD have been identified, but all have one thing in common...they love themselves. According to Vanessa Edwards, blogger and author of blog post, How to Deal with Narcissism in the Workplace, "Narcissists are commonly charismatic and charming, with considerable abilities to influence, cajole and persuade others. They are also often highly intelligent and gifted communicators. Many narcissists become very successful in terms of wealth, status or fame. They believe and act upon the belief that they are above the law, regulations and social norms, and only have to adhere to their own personal desires. As a result, they engage in destructive behaviors, often without consequences, which reinforces for them that they can "get away" with anything."

    The fact that individuals who are narcissistic have their own reality, separate and apart from the rest of humanity, is where the problem lies. This is especially true when their reality is threatened.  People with this disorder may use aggression, anger, and abuse to control other people and are, "...stunned by society's insistence that they should be held accountable for their actions." When others attempt to hold them accountable, they act like a victim, believing they were injured unfairly and unjustly, " according to Edwards. This behavior is much like the criminal's actions, who commits robbery over and over, because the law doesn't apply to him. After all laws are for other people.

    While some may be reluctant to think of someone as having the characteristics of NPD,  but As the saying goes, "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck"!  So, when one sees these signs, it is wise to protect oneself,  and understand what may be present.  Depending on the severity of the person with characteristics of NPD, There are a couple of things you can do: 1) First and foremost,  know that YOU aren't at fault. People with NPD can only feel good about themselves by making you feel bad.   2) Document all you interactions. 3) Avoid confrontations, simply walk away. 3) Don't correct or challenge them in front of other people. 4) If you are young or early in your career -look for another job. 5) Reread number 1 over and over!

    The good news is that in many cases, eventually a person with NPD will be discovered and revealed, and all you can do is hope that it is before they negatively impact the business or company, but often it won't be without fatalities.  After all, you can't build a lasting image in sand.

    Work hard, be productive,  and above all else stay positive.

    Peggy White

    Executive Director, Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

    540-674-1991

    peggywhite@pulaskchamber.info 


  • 29 Aug 2017 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members:

     I moved my daughter into school last week and as you can imagine it created quite a stir of emotion as well as evoking a  time of personal reflection.  When I looked back over the years to that time period in my life,  and I thought about the one thing that prepared me for the future, I was surprised; it was my job. I worked to pay for school  and my expenses, so I needed a job that had limited hours and excellent pay. I found that with waitressing and later bar tending.  Little did I know then that I was learning interpersonal skills far beyond what the classroom could ever teach me.  Where else could an 18 year old be exposed to the diversity of people that crossed socio-economic levels, ethnicities, cultures, professions and abilities. It was a virtual playing field for understanding social and human behavior, while being humbled. It is those interactions while waiting table that gave me insight into people's true characters.

    Apparently, I'm not the only one that has recognized the value of social interactions in a dining room.  Recently, I read in Forbes that Americans have become more and more consumed with their image and that food and entertaining is considered a measure of success. Not surprising considering that more business is conducted while sharing a meal in executive dining rooms, homes, clubs, and restaurants than anywhere else. Client relationships are built over food, so  dining can segue into closing a business deal or increasing sales. Don't underestimate the value of food and etiquette. The top management for many Fortune 500 companies take potential front line employees or new hires to lunch or dinner to observe their comfort level with executives, spouses and wait staff. Conversing around a meal is a great way to observe not only etiquette, but how one interacts with people in authentic situations.  Our manners speak volumes about us as a professional and what type of person we truly are.  Being pleasant with your boss and then speaking condescendingly to a waiter will probably send someone with  behavior packing. It is important for all of us to remember that one's status does not dictate how that person deserves to be treated.

    Work hard be productive and above all else stay positive.


    Peggy White

    Executive Director 

    Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

    540-674-1991

    peggywhite@pulaskichamber.info


  • 22 Aug 2017 8:53 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members:

    This is one of the favorite parts of my job -  announcing  the nominee's for our annual awards. I love it! It is such an honor and privilege to work with these individuals, businesses and organizations that have left their mark on our community.  They have raised the bar and contributed their knowledge in areas like marketing and outreach,  shown good and ethical business practices, shown management skills that are conducive to creating positive work environments and have found ways contribute to the community as a whole. These nominee's exemplify what we all as individuals, businesses and organizations should strive to be.

     Please join me in congratulating this years 2017 nominee's:

     Community Impact

    Blue Ridge Mountains Council -Boy Scouts

    Friends of Peak Creek

    Jubilee Christian Center

    Pulaski County Humane Society

     

    Small Business Of the Year

    Blue Ridge Fudge Lady

    Lizard Licks Snowballs

    Mountain 2 Island

    Ok Barber Shop

     

    Business Excellence

    NAPA Auto Parts

    Pulaski Yankees

    Tuck's Collision

     

    2017 Business Executive of the Year

    Frank Giannini

    Joseph Levine

    Scott Seegmiller

     

    Work hard be productive and above all else stay positive.

    Peggy White

    Executive Director 

    Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce

    540-674-1991

    peggywhite@pulaskichamber.info


  • 09 Aug 2017 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members:

     In the world of business today the daily stresses and pressures that we face can be overwhelming. How do you deal with that?  At the PC Chamber, "laughter" has become the key ingredient to creating a productive and stress free environment.  Having a good sense of humor is a must and finding the lighter side of things has become common practice.  As a matter of fact before writing this I reached out to my colleagues current and former and asked them, "do you remember a time that could have been stressful and yet we found humor in a tough situation and were able to laugh?"  I was surprised at their responses and just how many times we were able to look at a negative situation and turn it around to find the the humor and laugh out loud! Some folks think we have too much fun but rally it is all in how we handle the situations and our attitudes. 

     In an article by Kimmel & Associates, "How Can Laughter Be Good for Business?" they listed these observations:

    Laughter...

    • Releases endorphin, allowing you to instantly feel happier.

    • Relieves stress, so you don't get overwhelmed.

    • Promotes creativity from being in a more relaxed state.

    • Inspires you to see the world from a different perspective.

    • Helps create bonds with others.

    • Improves your health to keep headaches and illness at bay.

    • Clears your head so you can be more productive.

    It certainly works for us. Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh at yourself or just find the light side of a situation can really create the perfect workplace environment. How many of you have found yourself laughing at work? Maybe when we get caught up in the stresses that we face we need to be reminded of this quote from Mark Twain:  [Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon-laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution-these can lift at a colossal humbug-push it a little-weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.

     Peggy White

    Executive Director, PCCC

    Peggywhite@pulaskichamber.info

    540-674-1991


  • 03 Aug 2017 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members:

     Over the years the term leadership has been studied through different core leadership theories, and the meaning of leadership continues to evolve. When you look at the historical trends of leadership,  the initial and first form identified was from Galton's Great Man theory (K. E. Clark & Clark, 1990). "Leadership was royalty, battlefield heroes, and other wealthy and successful individuals who were thought to possess inherent talents and abilities that set them apart from the population at large."  Although the theoretical keystones of leadership  have changed over time, in many ways the basic functions of leadership-providing direction, decision making, establishing goals, communicating and resolving conflict- have not changed.

     In today's business world, leadership is characterized by using either a Transformational Approach, meaning they focus on initiating change in an organization or a Transactional Approach, meaning they work with thin the existing system. Another approach worth mentioning is the Charismatic Approach. Regardless of the approach, the bottom line is that true leaders impact the people around them, whether  it be positively or negatively.

     It would be nice to think that with all the information available, and all the research pertaining to leadership, that people would invest in themselves, lose their egos, and develop their skills to lead in  beneficial ways.  However, after reading an article by Jay Baugham, "Pitting People Against Each Other, Why Do It" I was shocked about an experience he shared. He cites witnessing a youth football team training together. The youths had varying and different skill levels and abilities. The team strategies that the coaches employed were to pit the youngsters against each other under the premise of motivation and teamwork.  They did this by poking fun and highlighting failures and weaknesses, all in the name of bringing the players out of themselves and pulling them together as a team.  Really? I liken that type of leadership to my own fish bowl theory, where rather than giving direction, feedback or positive motivation,  leaders gather all the beta fish, throw them in a bowl together, and watch to see which one will survive. 

     Iwan Baranskay, management professor at Wharton, gave some of the best feedback on these tactics through one of his studies, "Rankings and Social Torment". He found that  giving workers feedback about their performances relative to their peers has quite the opposite effect. As a matter of fact it causes workers to become complacent and de-motivated, and even created depression. Complacency and depression are not the two words you want to hear about your workforce.

     The most valuable insight any leader can have is the understanding that leadership has an impact, and that impact, whether positive or negative, will have repercussions relative to the success of an organization.  Leadership is not easy;  it requires an individual to put aside natural human tendencies, ego and look at the bigger picture.  Good leaders maintain ethics and morals while at the same time being transparent. Effective leadership requires  you to lead with your heart and know that is strength.

    Eiji Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation President, said "Doing the right thing, when required, is a calling from on high. Do it boldly, do as you believe, do as your are." 

     Work hard, be productive, but above all else stay postie

    Peggy White

    Executive Director

    540-674-1991

    peggywhite@pulaskichamber.info


  • 27 Jul 2017 11:32 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members:

     Have you ever heard the song by Toby Keith "I wanna Talk About Me"? The lyrics to that song, "want to talk about me, Want to talk about I, Want to talk about number one"......those lyrics are what compelled me to write this weeks letter. The I versus we mentality.  It's everywhere, they are even writing songs about it. It is all over the business world. In business the  I verses WE syndrome is known as the silo mentality. It has become almost an epidemic as the world is becoming more and more competitive and change is happening faster than we as human beings can process. When the silo mentality takes hold in an organization the results can be devastating, reducing  the efficiency, depleting moral, and effecting the ability to achieve the goals of the organization, with  repercussions that could result in the eventual demise of the company.  

     All of us play a role in this mentality. Which role we chose to play is our choice and is determined by our egos, insecurities, motivations, and fears. Strong leadership and proper training can elevate some of the negative attributes. While it may be true that the burden of developing a team is the responsibility of the leadership. We need to be agreeable to the goals and vision that are presented.that especially If they have properly communicated a unified vision, and a clearly stated goal. When properly communicated it creates an environment of trust, thus empowering the individual's to feel part of the team.  

     There are also four more key factors according to Brent Gleeson, "The Silo Mentality" for  any team to thrive: knowledge, collaboration, creativity, and confidence.

    Creating a team environment is not an easy task. Look at some of the leadership and co-workers you have worked with in the past. One person can poison an entire team.

    If leadership allows the I mentality into their place of business and allow individuals the I mentality, managers are setting themselves up for resentment and cynicism from the rest of the team. Sooner or later you will encounter the immature employee., The one that won't play nicely with their co-workers. The one that will cut anyone's throat, the showboat and the one that needs all the attention.

     I guess I'm old school when it comes to dealing with this I mentality. I rely on what my mother once told me -if someone has to tell you how rich, good looking, or smart they are they're probably not.

     Work hard, be productive, and above all else stay positive. 

    Peggy White, Executive Director

    540-674-1991

    peggywhite@pulaskichamber.info


  • 24 Jul 2017 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    SUBMITTED BY:   SHEILA D. NELSON

    ON BEHALF OF PULASKI COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

                   THE MARKETPLACE at the historic Train Station in downtown Pulaski is celebrating its 5th season this year!  Everyone was so proud that first evening five years ago when six vendors set up to sell fresh, locally grown produce!!!  Prior to this opening, the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce had spent months planning, researching, networking, and meeting to develop a blueprint for a farmers’ market that would be successful in the Town of Pulaski.  At that time the elements of shopping, food, beverages, and entertainment were lacking in the area, so one goal was to provide these things as well as introduce people to the benefits of locally sourced food.  Recognizing that the vendors were micro-businesses which needed to be profitable, the Chamber chose Tuesday evening (an “off-night” as farmers’ markets go) to enable the participating vendors to continue with whatever larger Saturday venues in which they already participated and to make some additional funds in Pulaski.  Since ensuring the profitability of the vendors was and continues to be a major priority, other things were required to entice people to come out to shop on Tuesday evenings.  It was necessary to make THE MARKETPLACE a destination, “the place to be,” on Tuesday evenings.  More and more people began to stop by, and the market gradually grew.

                   After the first year, the Chamber published a book featuring their vendors and were cited in Bon-Appetitt Villa Appalachia, helping to make the second year extremely profitable for the vendors, which had grown to over twenty participants. Year three brought some changing economic factors and by year four it became incumbent on the Chamber to rethink some of the strategies while continuing to attract the same demographics that appreciate fresh produce and locally sourced food.

                   In the spring of 2017, the layout was upgraded and the music was changed to a more acoustic style with a band only once a month.  Musicians appearing this season include Magic Moments, Ron Ireland, Billy Steele, Pratt Brothers, Steve Smith, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Audio Rain, and Virginia Wild.  Whitebarrel Winery joined Westwind Winery to provide beverages along with continuing the craft beers from local distributor and supporter Virginia Eagle.  Fresh lemonade is also available.

    Town of Pulaski Mayor Nick Glenn came up with a new idea which has been very successfully incorporated into THE MARKETPLACE this season:  sponsorships are being taken.  In addition to advertising the sponsors and benefitting the local non-profit food banks, these sponsorships also help assure profitability to the vendors.  Sponsors for this season include Downtown Exxon, MasTech Utility Service Group, Martin’s Pharmacy, Highland Ridge Health & Rehab, Pulaski YMCA, State Farm – Webb Donald, Colley Architect, and New River Resource Authority.  A group is chosen by each week’s sponsor to receive the benefits of that week’s sponsorship.  Those chosen this season include the Emergency Needs Task Force,Our Daily Bread, Heritage Cares, Farm 2 School, and the YMCA with the Farm to Table Dinner.  The food banks obtain fresh local meats, vegetables, fruits, and breads to help feed the hungry in our community.

    A thank-you letter from just one of the beneficiaries stated, in part, “Thank you so much for your donation of food, of 102 pounds of fresh bread, produce, eggs and meat to the Emergency Needs Task Force of Pulaski County….Your support makes it possible for us to offer a ‘hand up’ to those in need.  Your donation helped us feed many families in our community.”

      Everything cooked and sold at THE MARKETPLACE this year is made from locally sourced ingredients. The sellers either used their own meats and vegetables or purchase their ingredients from other MARKETPLACE vendors.  Hudson Beef, LLC – Old School Hamburgers are made with local farm raised beef and lettuce/onions from their farm.  Johnny Ray’s uses pork purchased from Stump Ridge; the pork is then slow cooked at the Train Station all day and sold at THE MARKETPLACE; Southern BLTs

    are also available. P. J. Slaughter has cooked meat raised by the NRV Sheep and Goat Club.  Local chefs P. J. Slaughter and Loren Hunter sold shredded pork tacos made from locally-sourced ingredients (meat from Stump Ridge and vegetables from Pear Tree); they sold out within one hour!!!  Chef Paul Etzel from LewisGale Hospital – Pulaski and Food City also participate in the Culinary Showcase to show healthy dishes that can be prepared from the produce that is currently in season.  Chef T from the Draper Mercantile was recently at THE MARKETPLACE purchasing ingredients for her culinary creations from Amy Tanner of Pear Tree Hill Farm.

       

                The first Farm to Table Dinner with Chefs P. J. Slaughter and Loren Hunter was held at the July 18, 2017 MARKETPLACE to benefit the YMCA.

                   Virginia Tech Extension is often present to share recipes and/or distribute healthy samples, but always to promote healthy eating.

                   Young Entrepreneur Academy graduates Isabella of Forget Me Knot Designs and D.J. Roark of Greenhouse Down South have been selling at THE MARKETPLACE on some Tuesdays throughout this season. 

    Lizard Licks, a relatively new business in town, got started at THE MARKETPLACE. 

    A recent communication from another local business showed the way participation in THE MARKETPLACE has helped that business:  “THE MARKETPLACE was the initial building block for the Blue Ridge Fudge Lady.  I was able to use THE MARKETPLACE to build a strong local customer base as well as some outside customers who still order online!  THE MARKETPLACE provided the Blue Ridge Fudge Lady one of the best stepping stones, which allowed us to grow into a local retail store!  Many repeat customers coming in today were initially MARKETPLACE customers!”

              

         Some of the other currently participating vendors include: Pulaski Grow (produce grown usingaquaponics);  Cobb Hill Alpaca (alpaca yarn, socks, honey, greens); Daisy’s Kitchen (baked goods); Mountain Mama’s (handmade personal care items); Kelley Family Farm (produce, jewelry, glass items); Debbie Grubb (baked goods); Stump Ridge Farms (pork products:  sausage, uncured bacon, ribs, tenderloins, brats); JWC Farms (greens, tomatoes, herbs and other produce); Chestnut Ridge Berry Farm (blueberries, canned items, other produce); Pear Tree Hill Farms (our heaviest produce vendor:  greens, squash, green beans, tomatoes, cabbage, and much more); Laughing Duck Farms (fresh ground horseradish, produce, eggs, herbs); Dave Knight (local honey); Haunted by Waters (handmade fishing lures); Oh Tutu (craft items), and Pycone Creamery (local ice cream).

                   Greg East, Town of Pulaski Town Councilman, recently commented, “The Chamber has year after year exceeded the Town’s expectations for the farmers’ market.  This year is no different.  They have put together a market that is great for the customer, the vendor, and most importantly, for our community.  THE MARKETPLACE is the place to be on Tuesday evening!”

                   Peggy White, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, has this to say about this season of THE MARKETPLACE, “One of our favorite aspects of THE MARKETPLACE is that it has become a community gathering spot for the citizens of the Town of Pulaski and surrounding areas.  The Chamber of Commerce cares about THE MARKETPLACE vendors as well as the customers who visit.  The Chamber makes everyone feel welcome, actively includes the community (such as honoring World War II Veterans in early June), and supports local agriculture and artisans.  New this season, the Chamber has initiated a MARKETPLACE sponsorship which is a win-win-win for all.  THE MARKETPLACE sponsor donates money to the Chamber for the purchase of fresh produce, meats and baked goods from the vendors.  The food items are then donated to area food banks.  The sponsor receives acknowledgement, the vendor makes a sale, and nutritious foods are distributed to people within the community who may not have access to fresh foods.  Throughout the years, the Chamber has consistently listened to vendor and customer feedback and has worked hard to set up THE MARKETPLACE to be the best market it can be for vendors, customers, musicians, and the Town.  It is a community hub, and we have made lasting relationships from our involvement with THE MARKETPLACE.”

                   Many other events periodically contribute to the efforts to give THE MARKETPLACE a true sense of community.  Some of these include Pulaski Proud, Cass Long & her Country Line Dancers, Salute to Schools to highlight all the Pulaski County School programs, Pulaski County Library with activities for kids and to promote the summer reading program, Healthcare night featuring various healthcare vendors in the area, the list could go on and on……………..

                   THE MARKETPLACE continues to evolve and become a family of sorts.  After a worker with one of the food vendors suddenly and unexpectedly passed away earlier this season, there was a wreath placed in his memory and a sympathy card for everyone who wished to sign.  The following note was received from the gentleman’s family:  “We wish to express our deepest gratitude to all the friends and neighbors of THE MARKETPLACE.  We wish to thank you all for the consolation you gave us during such a trying time…..straight from my heart.  Thank you.”


                   Ms. White, Chamber Executive Director, continues her reflections about THE MARKETPLACE: “Our focus on THE MARKETPLACE is based on the fact that ‘food’ is the single-most unifier on the planet.  All cultures and religions have celebrations and events based around food.  Food brings us all together.  Pulaski County needs to embrace its rich agricultural heritage and we have tried to bring attention to that heritage with THE MARKETPLACE HERITAGE FARM SERIES written by Sheila D. Nelson and featuring a Pulaski County farm each month.  Agriculture is still the number one industry in Virginia:  hence, big business, small business, micro business.”

                   About the future of THE MARKETPLACE, she says: “This is our fifth season and we are still going strong and changing to meet the demands of the local and regional economies.  As we look toward the future, I see THE MARKETPLACE continuing to be the heart of the community driven by the significant role that food plays in our lives.”

                     Danielle Hiatt, current President of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce,shares her feelings about THE MARKETPLACE:  “THE MARKETPLACE is so important to our community because it gives us an opportunity to shop, eat, and spend locally.  We have access to high quality foods and produce that are not only local, but picked for us at peak quality.

                   “It’s so exciting to see how THE MARKETPLACE brings the New River Valley together.  The variety of events provide something for everyone.  THE MARKETPLACE encourages health and wellness while supporting the arts and other aspects of life in Pulaski County.

                   “THE MARKETPLACE is made possible because of the Town of Pulaski.  The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce appreciates the Town’s commitment to provide our area with such a distinct place to visit and enjoy.

                   “We invite you all to join us and check us out online at Pulaskimarketplace.com for this season’s calendar of events.”

                   Hope to see YOU at THE MARKETPLACE!!!!


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