Coldwell

Banker PremierPat Snyder, a realtor with Coldwell Banker Premier in Basye, was named one of five realtors receiving the Good Neighbor Award by Virginia Realtors for her charitable volunteer work.

The award gifts $500 to the nonprofit charity that the Good Neighbor is involved. She has devoted her time and talents to benefit the Virginia Cooperative Extension, which focuses on helping under-served families by creating a better awareness of personal finances and a healthier lifestyle. She serves in a hands-on financial educational role, and her many hours of service this year have earned her the title of Master Financial Education Volunteer. Snyder says she also enjoys coaching her fellow real estate agents and teaching her clients, especially informing first-time homebuyers about topics like the transaction process, maintaining good credit, making a budget, and more.

Snyder has been a real estate salesperson for over 25 years. She can be reached at 540-856-3100 or at 1618 Orkney Grade, Suite A, in Basye.

Regional job fair The Dr. Dave Leadership Corp. will host a virtual regional job fair from 12:30-2 p.m. and again from 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday.

Agencies in Winchester and the counties of Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Clarke will be presenting. Job seekers may register on Eventbrite and a confirmation email will be sent with a link to register on Zoom. The cost for businesses to participate ranges from $135 to $200 for both sessions.

Registration or further information is available at https://tinyurl.com/y6226csg.

Networking luncheonThe Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce will host a networking luncheon from noon-1 p.m. Oct. 27 at Hampton Inn & Suites in Woodstock. The theme is “This is Not Business as Usual-Getting Ready for Holiday Shopping.”

Presenters will be Susan Haynes with Clementine Vintage and Skyline Paintball; Jon Henry with Jon Henry General Store; and Suzanne Soliday with Suzanne’s Studio. They will be discussing and sharing best practices, tips, events and ideas to have a successful holiday “selling” season.

Information, registration: https://tinyurl.com/y5yc3hu4.

Virtual hiring eventThe Virginia Employment Commission and the Virginia Career Works Centers will sponsor a virtual hiring event from 1-6 p.m. Oct. 29.

As many as 100 employers will be featured. Job seekers are encouraged to review the training video.

Registration: https://tinyurl.com/y72erquu. Information: Ashley.Moslak@VEC.virginia.gov.

Credit union

DuPont Community Credit Union recently held a special credit card campaign, Dine Out & Make a Difference, that benefited its members and the community. During the months of July and August, the credit union’s credit card holders were rewarded with four times the rewards points or 4% cash back for making restaurant purchases, which was especially important as many local restaurants experienced significant slowdowns due to the pandemic. The credit union also committed to donating 1% of all restaurant purchases to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, where every $1 donated helps provide four meals. As a result of the campaign, the credit union donated $13,394 to the Food Bank, which will help provide over 53,000 meals for families in need.

Loan forgivenessThe U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less.

The loan forgiveness application can be found at https://tinyurl.com/yx9ou9u2. Instructions for completing the application can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5zxvhwy.

GO Virginia grantThe Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO Virginia) State board has approved an $81,813 grant proposal submitted by a regional partnership between Harrisonburg Economic Development, Frederick County Economic Development, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center and the Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center.

This grant creates a Small Business Resiliency Team program with the goal of providing expanded business support services and technical assistance to area businesses in the wake of COVID-19 challenges. The program will deploy Business Resiliency Navigators to guide growth-oriented businesses through a dedicated and well-designed process for achieving incremental and sustainable growth throughout the pandemic recovery period.

Business Resiliency Navigators will work directly with small businesses, assisting with E-commerce, financial management and marketing needs. The focus will be on tourism, retail, health care and professional services businesses, however other companies will be considered. In addition to providing assessments, development of action plans, strategic counseling and targeted training, the program will provide for services such as accounting, bookkeeping, website development, or e-commerce assistance rendered by industry experts as recommended by the SBRT.

Participating localities include the counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Rockbridge, Rockingham and Shenandoah and the cities of Harrisonburg, Waynesboro and Winchester. Frederick County Executive Director Patrick Barker will administer the grant.

For more information on the Small Business Resiliency Teams, visit the SBDC websites at www.ValleySBDC.org or www.lfsbdc.org or contact Joyce Krech at 540-568-3227, krechjh@jmu.edu or Christine Kriz at 540-868-7094, ckriz@lfcc.edu.

For more information on GO Virginia, visit the Shenandoah Valley Partnership at https://theshenandoahvalley.com/ or Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development at https://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/gova.

Pesticide workshops

The Virginia Cooperative Extension will be holding pesticide recertification workshops for private pesticide applicators for categories 90 and 91 who have been notified that their license will soon expire. There are three options available for recertification:

• Traditional in-person classes will be held in Page, Shenandoah and Rockingham counties and at the Boyce Fire Hall in November, December and January. The schedule can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y56rpy35.

• Online class: contact Bobby Clark at 540-459-6140 or email raclark@vt.edu.

• At home: receive class materials by mail, complete a simple quiz and return the quiz to Matt Booher, 540-564-3801 or mrbooher@vt.edu or Doug Horn at 540-245-5750 or doughorn@vt.edu.

An additional option is to retake the 50-question multiple-choice exam. Information: Bobby Clark at 540-459-6140 or email raclark@vt.edu.

F&M BankF&M Bank has announced the Woodstock Café is a winner of $500 in its Local Business You Love contest. Fort Valley Nursery in Woodstock was among businesses in the bank’s Top 10 winners. They were each awarded an advertising package with Harrisonburg Radio Group. Information: Kelsey Dean at 540-217-6410.

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