March-April 2015

Board Members 2015

Bob Buchanan, President
Irma Mitchell, Vice-President
Teresa Sheets, Secretary
Robin McCann, Treasurer

Junior Boothe
Jennifer Boyd
Dewitt Cooper
Larry Davidson
Sharon Gemmell
George Hayes
Travis Roberts
Regina Sayers
Richard Weaver
Susan Weaver
Dorothy White
Sara White

Pam Meade, Executive Director

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Welcome New Members - January & February

Lauren Jones
Join Date: 01/15/2015

Bandy, Cline & Associates
Samuel H Johnson
Join Date: 02/06/2015

MR Landscape, Inc.
Andy McCann
Join Date: 02/25/2015

Thank You, Renewing Members - January & February

Appalachian Power
Mary Begley
Member Since: 09/17/1991
Renewed On: 01/26/2015

John H. Boothe, Jr.
John Boothe
Member Since: 02/15/2012
Renewed On: 01/12/2015

Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council
Jennifer Brown
Member Since: 01/12/2009
Renewed On: 01/12/2015

Dr. Glenn Catron, DMD
Glenn Catron
Member Since: 03/16/2000
Renewed On: 02/27/2015

Main Street United Methodist Church
Anthony Grills
Member Since: 11/06/1991
Renewed On: 02/27/2015

Walmart # 2761
Rose Gullion
Member Since: 12/18/2013
Renewed On: 02/03/2015

Tazewell Mall
Charles Hart
Member Since: 11/03/2002
Renewed On: 02/09/2015

Sam's Club 6569
Chuck Pennington
Member Since: 07/06/2007
Renewed On: 02/27/2015

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Amy Pless
Member Since: 10/18/2007
Renewed On: 02/03/2015

Business over Brunch "BOB"

The Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce is beginning a Business over Brunch “BOB” in April. The meetings will be held monthly on the third Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:00.  This is a good opportunity to learn about other companies and organizations in our own backyard and to get ideas on how to run your business.  Each participant will get a chance to introduce themselves and the business they represent.  This is a great time to bring your business card and marketing materials to distribute.  There will be a speaker at each meeting. Registration is required – there is a $5 charge which includes lunch.
The first “BOB” will be on Wednesday, April 15th, and held at the Tazewell Chamber.  Commissioner of Revenue, David Anderson, will be the speaker for the April meeting.  Lunch is provided by Subway.  RSVP Required.  For more information or to RSVP call 276-988-5091 or

Main Street Moments featuring Summerfest Accepting Vendor Applications

Main Street Moments featuring Summerfest is on Saturday, July 25th.  If anyone is interested in participating as a vendor, please call Vickie Boothe at 276-988-8235.

Calendar of Events

SATIRA - Free Family Meal
Tazewell County Fairgrounds
Fuller Peery Building

"Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer"
Tazewell County Boardroom
108 E. Main Street
Tazewell, VA 24651

Coach Bill Mitchell Scholarship Spring Craft Show
Tazewell County Fairgrounds - Nuckolls Hall
515 Fairground Road
Tazewell, VA 24651

Easter Egg Hunt
Lincolnshire Park

Women of Tazewell County
Tazewell County Library
310 East Main Street
Tazewell, VA 24651

Gallery Grand Re-Opening & Exhibition Opening
Historic Crab Orchard Museum

Concealed Weapon Permit Class
Thompson Valley Community Center

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
American Legion Building
Central Street
Tazewell, VA 24651

QuickBooks Classes
04/14/2015- 05/05/2015

Business over Brunch "BOB"
Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce
165 Chamber Drive
Tazewell, VA 24651

3rd Annual Tazewell Spring Expo
Tazewell County Fairgrounds

Comic Con
Tazewell County Public Library
310 E. Main Street
Tazewell, VA 24651

Back of the Dragon
Tazewell County Fairgrounds
515 Fairgruond Road
Tazewell, VA 24651

Main Street Moments featuring Summerfest
07/23/2015- 07/25/2015
Tazewell Main Street

Tazewell County Fair
07/31/2015- 08/08/2015
Tazewell County Fairgrounds

You can submit your events on-line at → Event Calendar → Submit Your Event

Contact Information

The Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce advances and promotes the interests of businesses in the Tazewell, Virginia area through the development of civic, commercial, agriculture, educational and cultural life of the community.  Any individual, association, company, estate or firm residing in Tazewell County or doing business here is welcome to join!  Our office is located just off 460 at Exit #2 near the Magic Mart Department store.  Our web site is  You may contact us by e-mail or 276-988-5091.
We are looking for content from Chamber members about your industry that would be interesting to others.  If you would like to contribute an article of 150-500 words about important things happening in your field or share knowledge that would be of benefit to the membership and community, please contact Pam Meade at

A Word From the President

Bob Buchanan

Our annual meeting is over and it has been cold and snowy outside, so it was a good time to sit by the fire and reflect on the past year and the plans for the upcoming year.  It’s almost like planning your garden for the spring, full of hope and promise but knowing there will be dry spells and pesky insects and deer.
I can’t help but think of the leaders from our community that we lost in February.  Bob Brittain and Jack Chambers were not only good friends of mine, but I learned so much from these gentlemen.  I was able to observe them in the boardrooms and in the work sites and how they dealt with employees and coworkers.  This has been an ongoing learning experience for me for the past twenty-five years.  I have been truly blessed.
Who will be our leaders be in the future?  Are the actions that we’re taking today in our personal and business life influencing a future leader?  Obviously we influence each other in some respects.  Let’s hope that it is all positive.  Our civic organizations, Lions and Rotary clubs, are excellent ways to enhance leadership skills. They are great organizations that give back to community.  We all need to encourage growth of these organizations, but sadly their membership base is declining.
The Tazewell Chamber is also a great organization to build leadership and organizational skills.  The Chamber is there to give back and to support our business community.  We are very fortunate to have an outstanding chamber board who knows the value of hard work and how to work as a group to achieve a common goal.  Each of our Board members wants to see Tazewell grow and prosper.  I am sure on this board will be some of our future leaders. 

Ribbon Cutting - Bandy, Cline & Associates

Bandy, Cline & Associates has expanded their operations by adding an office in Tazewell.  Sam Johnson, a Tazewell native, is the CPA at the office, located at 640 E. Riverside Drive across from Grant’s.    Phone number is 276-302-0055

Ribbon Cutting - John David & Company Salon 2

John David & Company opened their salon in Tazewell beside nTelos and across from VDOT.  The salon opened on Tuesday, February 3rd.  Call 276-701-5684 for information and appointments.

February Business Spotlight - First Sentinel Bank

The Business Spotlight was on First Sentinel Bank in February.  Since its original charter in 1978, First Sentinel Bank has grown into one of the leading community banks in the area.  First Sentinel has locations in Richlands, Tazewell, Claypool Hill, Bluefield and Lebanon with loan production offices in Wytheville, Princeton and Abingdon.  George Hayes manages the Tazewell branch with Jessica Neal as Head Teller; Anna Lowe, Asst. Head Teller; Kayla Whitt and Cynthia Epperson, Tellers and Samantha Crigger, Loan Officer. 


Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Banquet

The Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Banquet was held on Friday, January 16th at the American Legion Building.  Eric Young, author of "The Unreconciled" and Tazewell County Attorney was the Special Guest Speaker.  Chamber President Bob Buchanan gave a progress report of the events and accomplishments from 2014 and plans for 2015.  The membership approved the slate of officers and board of directors for the coming year.   The meal was catered by Southern Graces Catering.

The following members were honored with 2014 Awards:

Hall of Fame
John “Junior” Boothe, Jr.
Member of the Year
Dorothy White
R. E. Dodson Business Award

Bill T. Foster
Spirit of Tazewell Award
Claudine Blankenship
Bettie Byrd St. Clair
Volunteerism Award
Dorothy White

Welcome New Directors

Welcome our new board members for 2015:

Jennifer Boyd - Legislative Assistant to Senator John Edwards of Roanoke
Travis Roberts - Weekend Weather Anchor/Multimedia Journalist, WVVA
Richard Weaver - Owner, Clinch Valley Printing
Susan Weaver - Owner, Clinch Valley Printing

Valentine Dance

The Chamber held the Annual Valentine Dance on Saturday, February 14th at the VIP Room in Tazewell.  Everyone who attended had a great time in spite of the uncooperative weather.

Tazewell Spring Expo

It is time to get ready for our 3rd ANNUAL SPRING EXPO!  Last year we had 100 vendors and we expect this year to be even more successful. 
The Spring Expo was designed to bring our community together.  It will be held at Tazewell County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 16th.  We have a day full of food and fun for the kids and adults.  This is your opportunity to showcase your business.   Last year we offered lots of activities for kids of all ages and we are planning to have even more this year. 
If you have any questions you may contact Pam Meade at the Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce , 276-988-5091 or Sara White at 276-970-3950. 

Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce Layout - March-April 2015