Congressmen Goodlatte and Griffith Receive Spirit of Enterprise Award

The Roanoke Regional Chamber, Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Congressman Morgan Griffith with the Spirit of Enterprise Award today for their support for pro-growth policies in the first session of the 115th Congress.

“The Spirit of Enterprise Award represents the value and importance of keeping the essence of business and all that they do in the forefront. Businesses, great and small, are engines in our economy,” said Joyce Waugh, president and CEO of the Roanoke Regional Chamber. “They inspire, innovate, create jobs, generate revenue, and give to arts and culture and health and human services entities in their communities. The Spirit of Enterprise Award affirms what Congressmen Goodlatte and Griffith believe and know to be true about business in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.”

The U.S. Chamber’s prestigious Spirit of Enterprise Award is given annually to members of Congress based on their votes on critical business legislation as outlined in the Chamber’s How They Voted scorecard. Members who supported the Chamber’s position on at least 70 percent of those votes qualify to receive the award.

“The Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce is honored to be able to present the Spirit of Enterprise Award to Congressmen Goodlatte and Griffith,” said Jill Sluss, executive director of the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber. “We are grateful to Congressmen Goodlatte and Griffith for supporting the pro-growth policies that provide assistance to our local businesses that create such a positive impact on our local economy.”

The U.S. Chamber recognized 249 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 48 members of the U.S. Senate in March with the Spirit of Enterprise Award. This is the 30th year that the Chamber has formally honored the accomplishments of this select group of members of Congress.

“It’s a good time to be doing business in America, thanks to a slate of legislative accomplishments that laid the groundwork for more job creation and economic growth,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The efforts of these elected leaders to advance commonsense, growth-oriented legislation will help Main Street American businesses thrive. We commend these members of Congress for their commitment to promoting and protecting American free enterprise and economic prosperity.”

During the first session of the 115th Congress, the U.S. Chamber scored members on seven Senate votes, including those on tax reform legislation and the confirmation of Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch; and 14 House votes, including votes on tax reform legislation, access to Medicare, and lawsuit abuse. Various votes in support of small businesses were also scored.


About the Roanoke Regional Chamber

The Roanoke Regional Chamber fosters the growth of our members and our community by offering relevant programs and events designed to address business needs, solve business problems and increase opportunities for members. The Chamber promotes regional business by providing invaluable referrals and connections and influencing public policy to benefit all businesses. The Roanoke Regional Chamber believes that if something impacts your business and the growth and success of our region, It’s Our Business too. For more information, please visit RoanokeChamber.org.

About the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1934, the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce has worked to strengthen the business climate of the community. The Chamber is operated through a volunteer board of directors that determines policies and sets goals. A president presides over all board meetings. Day-to-day operations are managed by a paid executive director and support staff. Chamber members are encouraged to participate as volunteers for committees and events. The Chamber’s mission is to create, develop, promote, and support quality business opportunities in the Salem-Roanoke County Community. For more information, please visit s-rcchamber.org.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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. For more information, please visit uschamber.com.

I-81 Survey – The Voice of the Business Community

It’s time to improve I-81.

As directed by SB971, VDOT is currently developing an I-81 Improvement Plan and studying financing options for the corridor.

The voice of the business community is extremely important as transportation leaders, stakeholders, and elected officials consider improvements and funding solutions for I-81.

This survey, conducted by the I-81 Chamber Coalition, is being sent to our Chamber members in Virginia so that we may share your input with VDOT and our elected officials.

We invite you to take this five minute survey by September 1

Click here to learn more about the ongoing VDOT study and opportunities for public involvement:



I-81 Chamber Coalition:

Greater Augusta Regional Chamber

Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Chamber

Roanoke Regional Chamber

Shenandoah County Chamber

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Happy Chamberversary

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  • Alam Design Group/ Family Builders, LLC
  • Blue Eagle Partnership, LLC
  • Boone Homes, Inc. of Roanoke
  • Carpet Factory Outlet, Inc.
  • Coldwell Banker – Townside REALTORS
  • Cole & Associates CPAs, LLC
  • Dixon, Hubard, Feinour & Brown, Inc.
  • Draper Aden Associates
  • Fashion Floors
  • Feeding America Southwest Virginia
  • Fire and Life Safety America
  • First Bank & Trust Company
  • Fleet Feet Sports
  • Foundation for Roanoke Valley
  • Highway Motors, Inc.
  • Home Instead Senior Care
  • Hurt & Proffitt
  • Liberty Tax Service
  • Mill Mountain Theatre
  • Montano’s International Gourmet
  • Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC
  • NewCity
  • Opera Roanoke
  • Physicians To Children, Inc.
  • Premier Parking
  • Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority
  • Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner
  • Star City SkyCams
  • The O’Connor Group
  • U.S. Cellular
  • UBS Financial Services, Inc.
  • Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association
  • Wells Fargo
  • Whitescarver Engineering Co.
  • Wholesome Harvest Baking, LLC
  • Wisler Plumbing
  • Workforce Unlimited
  • Wurth Revcar Fasteners, Inc.