When we decided to have what we hope to be an annual event, the theme was to recognize two legacy businesses that have stood the test of time and have been in the County for more than 40 years – Poole’s Funeral Home, the oldest running business in the County and Johnson’s Brothers located in the Town of Surry and two referred to as rising stars, those in the County less than 5 years; we are grateful for their decision to take the rural route to Success in Surry County and are blessed to have them in our community. The stunning Hampton Roads Winery and Vineyard and cultivating that entrepreneur spirit of this community- Crystal’s Catering and Sweet Treats.
The purpose of the event is to pay special recognition to our awardees but also to all the businesses in Surry County including the Towns for their hard work, dedication and investment of the local community. Economic development is vital to sustaining a quality of life and businesses are the cornerstone of what makes communities prosper. Our goal is to say thank you, we appreciate you. Also, it is an opportunity for us to talk about how we can help and support each other, give positive energy and how we can build a stronger business climate in the County. The best ideas often come from business owners. We are at a perfect setting to do so as this is an opportunity to relax and network with each other.
When economic development staff and our counterparts at the region and state (VGR and VEDP) conduct visits to businesses throughout the year, this is an opportunity for staff to solicit feedback directly from the business community. The dialogue and information collected during these visits helps County leaders shape strategies to more efficiently and effectively serve the business community.
Thanks to the Surry County Chamber of Commerce for supporting and co-sponsoring this event especially on their scheduled meeting night and Ellen Templeton of the Crater Longwood Small Business Development Center who has great information to share after the award presentation. Businesses interested in sponsorship next year, please contact us. A good number of businesses are represented; Mr. Harold Jones, chamber president will recognize who’s present. Also opportunity exist to connect business to the resources they need to be successful as well as to bring the community together to learn and grow by way of our business showcase; after Mr. Jones, Pat Bernshausen will introduce the showcase, followed by David Harrison to recognize our officials and special guests.