Welcome to the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce
The Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization comprised of businesses
serving our community. With over 600 members, the Chamber acts a voice for businesses in the region
while also providing opportunities for networking, collaboration, and increased community exposure.
The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1959 and has been actively involved in
all facets of our business community ever since. Our programs are designed to encourage a strong local economy
by creating an environment where businesses thrive and community and commerce work together for the future
of Martinsville-Henry County. Learn more by exploring our website!
Startup Martinsville-Henry County
C-PEG LAUNCHES 2019 STARTUP MARTINSVILLE-HENRY COUNTY APPLICATION PROCESS
MARTINSVILLE, VA (November 13, 2018) - The Chamber's Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG) is launching its application process for Startup Martinsville-Henry County for the 2019 round. Startup Martinsville-Henry County is an entrepreneurial mentoring program with an intensive eight-week entrepreneurial boot-camp program for startups and four-week boot-camp for growing companies. The application process is competitive and requires that applicants agree to the program guidelines. January 8, 2019, is the application deadline.
Partners include C-PEG, City of Martinsville, Henry County, the Campbell Family Group and the George W. Lester, II fund through Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia, Inc. Additionally, Appalachian Power is a sponsor of Startup and Grow Martinsville-Henry County, and American National Bank is the small business sponsor for Chamber and C-PEG events.
Since 2015, when the initiative originally began as Startup Martinsville in the Uptown Martinsville area with a Community Business Launch grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the geographic area has grown to include the entire footprint in the City of Martinsville and Henry County thanks to support from both locales and private sector funding.
To date, the initiative has successfully graduated 103 individuals from its training program, awarded 27 businesses with over $170,000 in cash and in-kind funding. These businesses have created over $800,000 in new capital investment and created 90 new jobs.
C-PEG partners with Patrick Henry Community College to deliver the entrepreneurial boot camp sessions as well as Longwood’s Small Business Development Center, SCORE and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation and a host of staff from the City and County, local entrepreneurs and business experts.
The United States Chamber of Commerce renewed the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce's
Five-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to recieve Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive
self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.
"This designation for the Martinsville- Henry County Chamber of Commerce is significant to our organization as less than 2% of local chambers in the country are accredited at the five-star level", said Lisa Watkins, president of the M-HC Chamber of Commerce. She added, "we are extremely proud to serve our members as one of three local chambers in the Commonwealth of Virginia with this rating".
Local chambers are rated Accredited, 3-Stars, 4-Stars, or 5-Stars. The final determination is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members.
The U. S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
The Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce's mission is to foster an environment where business can be created and flourish.
Donate to C-PEG, the MHC Chamber's Charitable Affiliate
Join our nonprofit, Martinsville-Henry County Chamber's Partnership for Economic Growth, to support business development in the Martinsville-Henry County community.
"I enjoy our Chamber membership and find it a great way to meet other business people in the community."
~ Patricia Cassidy - Comcast Spotlight
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