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October 7, 2020 Newsletter


The Chamber hosts many events throughout the year. This is all possible by the contributions of our dedicated volunteers. I am extending out an invitation in need of additional volunteers to make all upcoming events a success. We will need Chamber members to volunteer for the following committees: 2021 Events Orange Uncorked Wine Festival (May - 1st & 2nd) Business & Industry Picnic (Date - TBD) Orange Street Festival (September 11th) If you have a special talent or feel inspired to volunteer, please respond to: Office # 540-672-5216


FALLAPALOOZA 2020 Virtual Fall Festival Exploring the beauty of Orange County, Virginia Photo and Video Contest From: October 9th - November 27th We are happy to be hosting a photo and video entry contest that will consist of a person’s favorite photo/video of an Orange County destination, location or business. The photo entry should include two sentences explaining your photo. The Video entry should be no longer than two minutes. Please include commentary by video taker. A winner will be announced each Friday. Each weekly winner will receive a $10 gift card from a Orange County Chamber of Commerce business. The grand prize winner will receive accolades in the Orange County Review, on and all social media pages. Grand Prize Winner Will receive four tickets to the Orange Uncorked Wine Festival May 1&2, 2021. Under the age of 21 will receive a $50 gift card. All content received will be the property of the Chamber and be used in marketing materials online and printed collateral materials. Rules for Photo and Video Contest Contestants may submit their photo/video entries to:


Send Us Your Fall Discounts and Sales will be published on the Orange County Chamber of Commerce website from our members that would like to participate. Participants, please send all fall discounts and sales to:


Upcoming Events Tuesday, October 13th Business First Coffee hosted by The Town of Orange at The Orange Community Center from 8-9 am. Saturday, October 17th Unionville Brewery Oktoberfest. We will have a Ribbon Cutting at 6:00 pm to kick off the festivities Thursday, October 22nd Business After Hours hosted at Graze Steakhouse from 5 pm. - 7 p.m.


Chamber Member Spotlight Congratulations to One of Americas Best Nursing Homes for 2021! Dogwood Village

We are pleased to share with you, that Newsweek and Global Data Research Statista announced on October 2, 2020 that Dogwood Village has been selected as one of the America's Best Nursing Homes for 2021.

The ranking identified the 400 top facilities across 20 states. Dogwood Village also ranked in the top 10 best facilities for Virginia. The date analysis put a big emphasis on Covid-19 response by facilities and the protocols put in place to keep residents safe. Dogwood Village residents continue to remain Covid-19 free thanks to continued efforts by all of the facility staff.

At Dogwood Village of Orange County, we’ve established a tradition of excellence, as residents have enjoyed our unique quality of care since 1970. Our dedicated staff provides a warm and friendly environment emphasizing care with compassion. Person-centered care is our primary focus as we learn the routine and preferences of each resident.

We establish goals of care upon admission to assure that appropriate interventions are utilized as the resident participates in their treatment plan and potentially improves their level of functioning.

Dogwood Village of Orange County 120 Dogwood Lane Orange, VA 22960 Phone: (540) 672-2611 Fax: (540) 672-3187


2020 QUADTANK PITCH COMPETITION AND QUAD COUNTY BUSINESS SUMMIT GO VIRTUAL Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office is pleased to announce it will co-host the 2020 QuadTank Pitch Competition and Quad County Business Summit along with the Economic Development Offices of Greene County, Louisa County, and Fluvanna County, the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center on November 17, 2020. The QuadTank Pitch Competition will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and the Quad County Business Summit from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The 5th Annual Quad County Business Summit will be all virtual. The event will feature keynote speaker Sandy Sponaugle from Platinum PR. Participants will also hear from Hope Lawrence of Hudson Henry Baking Company on how her Fluvanna business has reached its current level of success. The Summit will also include breakout sessions and opportunities for virtual networking. The event is free for Quad County business owners. Interested participants can register at “In light of current pandemic, the Quad County Business Summit Planning Committee decided to take these events virtual to ensure that our rural entrepreneurs and businesses owners would still have access to this valuable network of resources,” noted Rose Deal, Project Manager for Orange County Economic Development. Similar to last year, The Summit will also include the QuadTank, a winner take all pitch competition. The QuadTank is available for new or current business owners from the participating counties. Businesses should prepare a business plan and pitch their plan to the panel of judges. The final presentations and judge questions will be hosted live the morning of November 17th, for all participants to view. The grand prize for the QuadTank is $5,000. Last year’s winner was JB Cakes of Orange County. This year the Quad Counties are inviting Madison County businesses to participate in the Summit as special guests! Madison County entrepreneurs can view the QuadTank and participate in the Summit with fellow Central Virginia business owners. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are listed on the Summit website: Please save the date, November 17th, to virtually attend this event. For more information, please contact Rose Deal, Project Manager at (540) 672-1238.


Round 2 of the Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant program will open on October 5th, get started today by submitting your interest form in order to be eligible for up to $8,000 in forgivable grant funding. You must complete the interest form at as the interest form generates your invitation to apply for the grant. This is a required step in the process. The application will be an online form, backed by Lenderfit, a secure document and communication management application for loan and grant applications. For full program details please go to Community Investment Collaborative Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. #thinkorangeva


Gordonsville Gives Back Small Business Grant Program The Town of Gordonsville is pleased to announce a new grant program that will provide relief to small businesses, private schools, and non-profits in the Town that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gordonsville Gives Back small business grant program will offer forgivable grants up to $10,000 to qualified businesses and organizations using federal CARES Act funds allocated to the Town. Gordonsville Gives Back is based on a similar grant program developed by Orange County and will be administered by Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), a Charlottesville non-profit. The grant application process will open on October 5, 2020 and will close on October 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. Gordonsville businesses and organizations with up to 50 employees are strongly encouraged to apply and should start the grant process now by completing the online interest form at While this is NOT the actual grant application, the information captured in the interest form will be used to notify prospective applicants when the solicitation of grant applications begins on October 5, 2020. This is a required step in the process. For a full overview of the program, please go to Town Manager Deborah S. Kendall stated, “The success of our business community and the non-profit organizations that support our citizens is vitally important to the Town. To support them and to help foster their success during this challenging time, our Town Council is pleased to allocate a significant portion of the Town’s CARES Act funding allocation toward this grant program.” For more information, please contact the Town at (540) 832-2233.


The James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage Fantastic news - the museum will be the site for the "Charters of Freedom" monument. Foundation Forward is the educational non-profit that places these monuments; they aim to have one in every county in the U.S. $0.00 cost to taxpayers. Culpeper's monument will be dedicated on the 24th of this month. Their connection to the community goes beyond the monument as they provide educational booklets/worksheets for school field trips as well as professional re-enactors when requested. The monument will be located in the area of the old cement pad - which places it in eyesight of the Maples Marker and will hopefully encourage visitors to that site as well. 129 Caroline St , Orange, VA 22960 (540) 672-1776


Due to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person events, and out of an abundance of caution for the health of our community, Pamper Me Pink will be moving to a virtual format for 2020 activities presented by Pepperberries and Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center. During the month of October, Pamper Me Pink will share inspiring stories, provide valuable education from medical experts, showcase community support and offer prizes to those participating in the “Where is Pink?” game on Facebook.


October 10 is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Global Holiday Underscores Need for Palliative Care This Sunday, October 10, hospices and palliative care providers across the world will be working together for the annual World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. They will be sharing a simple message, “Palliative Care: it’s my care, my comfort.” “In the landscape of the coronavirus pandemic and in reflecting on the massive impact it has had on our society and healthcare system, palliative care has never been more important,” said Hospice of the Piedmont President & CEO Ron Cottrell. “Access to palliative care is key to addressing the myriad symptoms and pain that seriously ill patients experience. Hospice of the Piedmont is proud to serve the needs of our community with our palliative care program, Piedmont Care. Access to and information about palliative care is a basic human right.”

As part of recognizing World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, Hospice of the Piedmont seeks to raise awareness about the needs – medical, social, practical, and spiritual – of people living with a life-limiting illness and their families. Through social and public media coverage, our organization aims to share information and to ultimately increase availability and access to hospice and palliative care. Almost 57 million patients and families need palliative care annually, but only a fraction of those in need receive care. The need for palliative care is expected to increase 87% by 2060. Palliative care ensures that caregivers and family members receive the best support to provide care and comfort for their loved ones at home or in care facilities. You can learn more about our palliative care program, Piedmont Care, at For more information about World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, visit About Hospice of the Piedmont Founded in 1980, Hospice of the Piedmont is the only community-based nonprofit hospice organization serving central and northern Virginia. We serve the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Greene, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock. Hospice of the Piedmont provides high-quality, compassionate care to terminally ill patients and their families, plus grief support for community members coping with the death of a loved one. Hospice of the Piedmont is committed to providing care and support services to all members of our community regardless of their ability to pay. Hospice of the Piedmont is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for compliance with a comprehensive set of national standards. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care.


Unionville Brewing Co. First Annual Oktoberfest and Ribbon Cutting!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Live music from 6-9 Steven Bruce & the Falling Stars Unionville Brewing Company is a farm to glass grass roots nano brewery located in Unionville VA. We use farm grown and local ingredients to bring out the flavor of our region. Join us for great beer, delicious food, and live music! 24333 Narrow Gauge Road, Unionville, VA 22567


The chamber plans on spotlighting veteran owned businesses in November. If you are a veteran business owner, please reply to

Let us know of any specials or promotions your business would offer to veterans on Wednesday, November 11th. Specials and promotions will be advertised on the chamber's social media pages and website.


REC hasn’t been able to be at local events in-person this summer, but that hasn’t stopped the Cooperative from being active in the community. Below is a story of how REC has continued to provide nonprofit organizations support during the coronavirus pandemic.

REC Cares: Community Gives Continue Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) hasn’t been able to participate in community events like usual, but that hasn’t held the Cooperative back from supporting the communities it serves. “We adapted quickly in early spring to move resources we would have used at community events toward groups that are helping those in need,” said Casey Hollins, director of communications and public relations. This summer, REC provided financial support and donated items to local groups so they could continue doing their work in their communities. REC typically enjoys meeting member-owners at farmers markets during the summer months, though unable to attend in person, REC donated hundreds of reusable tote bags to markets in Clarke County, Ashland, Bowling Green and Mineral for shoppers to use. REC also donated $1,000 to the Lord Fairfax Area Branch of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank; Winchester Rescue Mission; Front Royal CCAP; and the Boys and Girls Club of Madison. “The coronavirus pandemic has impacted every aspect of people’s lives,” said Brian Wolfe, senior public relations specialist. “These community gives will help organizations that are facing a higher demand for emergency services, clothing, food and child-care needs.” REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit


Home Instead Senior Care, the world's trusted source of non-medical home care, is looking for a staffing coordinator to join our team and mission of enhancing the lives of aging adults in our community. Must be organized, responsible, detail oriented and able to work in a fast-paced environment. Excellent verbal and written communication and computer skills, the ability to exercise good judgement and work independently as well as part of a team are critical. This position is a critical link to ensure operations continue uninterrupted. This candidate is responsible for all aspects of scheduling in order to provide the highest quality service. DUTIES include, but are not limited to: Ensure all Client service needs are fulfilled Coordinate CAREGiver schedules on daily basis, ensuring proper bill and pay rates Ensure CAREGivers are educated to each client's needs Ensure Client/CAREGiver are best matched Ensure Client/Family aware of all schedules and changes Participate in On-Call phone rotation BENEFITS: Competitive Pay Overtime Potential Paid Holidays 401k Matching Program Paid Training Referral Bonuses Direct Deposit Vacation and PTO Dental and Vision benefits COUNTIES SERVING: Culpeper, Orange, Madison, Rappahannock and Page All interested applicants should complete an application at:


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