MEET THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Membership in the Chamber offers the best opportunity to network with your fellow business leaders. Just check out these great programs:
"BUSINESS AFTER HOURS"– Hosted by Chamber members, each event is held on the third Thursday of each month 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Don’t miss these monthly get-togethers—the food and drink are great and the networking opportunities are priceless.
ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER – a gala affair where the members choice for the top business awards are presented.
INSURANCE SOLUTIONS – SMLRCC has partnered with Chamber Solutions to provide members with money saving plans like the discount prescription card program.
VISITORS AND NEWCOMERS GUIDE TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE – published annually. Providing a wealth of information on the lake area featuring year-round events, activities, amenities and Chamber membership directory.
REFERRAL LEADS PROGRAM – our data base of inquiries is emailed or faxed to our members twice a month.
WEBSITE EXPOSURE - www.visitsmithmountainlake.com
Your business is displayed in up to three category listings, 1500-character description, key word search options and free links to our site—and we’re registered through 400 search engines.
Throughout the year, the Chamber promotes special events to increase business in the area and enhance the community calendar. Your participation in marketing an event is very much appreciated.
ADVERTISING & MARKETING PROGRAMS
Chamber membership includes a free professional listing in the annual Smith Mountain Lake Visitors & Newcomers Guide. Our ongoing campaign is focused on promoting the lake as a premier destination through proactive advertising and marketing. You'll find our marketing in publications such as the Virginia Travel Guide, Blue Ridge Parkway Guide, Blue Ridge Country, Shenandoah Valley Guide and many more. In addition, the chamber provides brochures to Visitor Centers, Chambers and tourist attractions throughout the surrounding states.
THE VISITOR CENTER
The Chamber operates a state certified Visitor Center open 6-days a week and fulfilling 30,000 informational inquiries annually. Members are encouraged to display their business cards and/or brochures or to purchase wall advertising space at the Visitor Center.