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Apr 20, 2022

We recorded today's conversation for The Valley Business Today on location at Shaffer's BBQ & Market in Middletown. Shaffer's owner, Matt was recently named the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber's Small Business of the Year at their Greater Good Awards which took place on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.

Vanessa McAllister, Director of Programs & Events for the chamber was my co-host today. Joining us for the conversation was Frederick County Sheriff, Lenny Millholland who was recently named Citizen of the Year, and Barry Lee who received the Lifetime Community Impact Award. We talked about the event and what winning meant to each of them. The conversation was full of stories and laughter.

The purpose of the Greater Good Awards is to celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for the contributions they make to the quality of life and economic stability of our region through genuine community commitment, dedication to excellence, and ethical and creative business practices. Award winners are chosen by an impartial committee of past Chamber board chairs. Awards include Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Non-profit of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Emerging Leader Award, James R. Wilkins Sr. Legacy Award, and Lifetime Community Impact Award.

Other award winners from the event were:

Katrina Smith - RE/MAX Synergy | Entrepreneur of the Year

Valley Proteins, Inc. | Large Business of the Year

David Kent | Emerging Leader

Winchester Rescue Mission | Non-Profit of the Year

Vanessa also told us about the newly named Legacy Awards

Before we wrapped our conversation, Vanessa gave us a few details for some upcoming events: Corporate Challenge, Valor Awards & Valley Business Women's Night Out.

For more information about the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber or to watch the replay of the Greater Good Awards, visit their website:  and follow them on Facebook.