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Arts Organizations

A! Magazine for the Arts
A! Magazine for the Arts is a publication of Arts Alliance Mountain Empire.

Americans for the Arts
A nonprofit organization focusing on advancing the arts in America.

Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME)
Nurturing, advocating & celebrating the arts.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
A membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies

Virginia Commission for the Arts
An agency of state government whose mission is to support and stimulate excellence in all of the arts, in their full cultural and ethnic diversity, in order to enhance the quality of life, to stimulate economic development, to support educational advancement, and to make the arts accessible to all Virginians.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH)
For more than thirty years the mission of VFH has been to develop the civic, cultural, and intellectual life of the Commonwealth by creating learning opportunities for all Virginians. Their purpose is to bring the humanities fully into Virginia’s public life, assisting individuals and communities in their efforts to understand the past, confront important issues in the present, and shape a promising future.

American Craft Council
The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943. With a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the many gifted artists today who are working with a variety of materials.

Chambers of Commerce

Bristol Chamber of Commerce
20 Volunteer Pkwy
Bristol, TN 37620
(276) 989-4850

Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 2818
Grundy, VA 24614
(276) 935-4147

Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Visitors Center, Carroll County
231 Farmers Market Drive, Suite 5
Hillsville VA 24243
(276) 730-3100

Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 1989
Clintwood, VA 24228
(276) 926-6074
Fax – (276) 926-4198

Floyd County Chamber of Commerce
Post Office Box 510
Floyd, VA 24091
(540) 745-4407

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 158
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
(540) 483-9542
Fax – (540) 483-0653

Giles County Chamber of Commerce
101S Main Street
Pearisburg, VA 24134
(540) 921-5000
Fax (540) 921-389

Lee County Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 417
Pennington Gap, VA 24277
(276) 546-2233

Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
612 New River Road
Christiansburg, VA 24073
(540) 382-4010
Fax (540) 382-4390

Patrick County Chamber of Commerce
20475 Jeb Stuart Highway
PO Box 577
Stuart, VA 24141
(276) 694-6012
(276) 694-3582

Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
4440 Cleburne Blvd.
Pulaski, VA 24084
(540) 674-1991
Fax (540) 674-416

Radford Chamber of Commerce
27 West Main Street
Radford, VA 24141
(540) 639-2202
Fax (540) 639-2228

Richlands Area/Tazewell County Chamber of Commerce
1413 Front St
Richlands, VA 24641
(276) 963-3385

Russell County Chamber of Commerce
331 West Main Street
P. O. Box 926
Lebanon, VA 24266
Fax (276) 889-8002

Scott County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 609
Gate City, VA 24251
(276) 386-6665

Smyth County Chamber of Commerce
214 West Main Street
Marion, VA 24354
(276) 783-3161
Fax (276) 783-8003

Washington County Chamber of Commerce
179 E. Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
276.628.3984 (fax)

Wise County Chamber of Commerce
765 Park Avenue
Post Office Box 226
Norton, VA 24273
(276) 679-0961
Fax (276) 679-2655

Wytheville, Wythe, Bland Chamber of Commerce
Post Office Box 563
Wytheville, VA 24382
(276) 223-3365
Fax (276) 223-3315

Tourism Resources

Blue Ridge Travel Association of Virginia
A non-profit membership organization promoting tourism in the17 county region of the Blue Ridge Highlands of Virginia. Those counties of Bland, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wythe, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem in mid-southwestern Virginia.

Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority
Promotes tourism in the seven coalfield counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Wise, Tazewell and the city of Norton.

Business Resources

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provide consumer protection and encourage environmental stewardship.

Department of Business Assistance
The Virginia Department of Business Assistance is the economic development agency dedicated to the growth and success of the Commonwealth’s business community. Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1996, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance ensures that businesses and entrepreneurs have a principal point of contact with state government for inquiries and services.

Ninth District Development Financing, Inc. (NDDF)
A Revolving Loan Fund that was established by Congressman Rick Boucher for use in the Ninth Congressional District. NDDF is a tax-exempt corporation that was founded to make loans to new or expanding non-profits and small businesses that are tourism related.

People Incorporated Financial Services
A community development financing institution created to provide financing solutions to viable businesses that build wealth and create jobs for low-income and low-wealth families and to provide high quality service to businesses that build on the community’s assets.

Small Business Administration
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States.

Small Business Development Center
We are an organization of 29 local SBDCs across Virginia providing professional business counseling, training and information resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses.

Southwest Virginia Agricultural Associations, Inc.
Providing a bridge for the Southwest Virginia Agricultural Community and its consumers through the SWVA Fresh Direct Website featuring local producers and their products, with an emphasis on agritourism, Farmers Direct Markets, Farm & Vineyard, Greenhouse & Nursery, Non Timber Forest Products, Organic and Naturally Grown and Value Added/Processed Food and Fiber.

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
NASS is committed to providing timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.

Virginia Cooperative Extension
Helping people improve their lives by providing research-based educational resources through a network of on-campus and local Extension offices and educators.

Virginia Farmers Direct Marketing Association
The Farmers Direct Marketing Association is a non-profit organization that encourages and supports direct marketing efforts within Virginia.

Virginia Green
Virginia Green is the statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia’s Tourism Industry. It is run as a partnership between DEQ, the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Hospitality and Tourism Association.

Virginia Tech Community Viability Program
Focusing resources and efforts on improving human health and nutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for devastating and debilitating diseases.

Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC)
The overriding goal of all of VTC’s activities is to “serve the broader interests of the economy of Virginia by supporting, maintaining and expanding the Commonwealth’s domestic and international inbound tourism and motion picture production industries in order to increase visitor expenditures, tax revenues and employment.”

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