Business Podcasts, Blogs, & News of Note

Great business stories abound all around the Shenandoah Valley, so each month we gather them all in one place for easy reading/listening. Enjoy this month’s mix of entrepreneurial wisdom, tenacity, and joys of small business ownership. Plus get ideas to help grow your business and some reminders about why living and working here is so exciting.  If we miss something outstanding, please message us to add to next month’s edition!

Business Stories You’ll Love

Staunton Stories with Father & Sons Barbershop

Tarrod Dobbing is the owner of Father & Sons Barbershop, which is located at 115 Greenville Avenue in downtown Staunton. Tarrod has been cutting hair for over 26 years and is a licensed master in 4 states. Listen to the latest episode of Staunton Downtown Development Association’s Staunton Stories to learn more about Tarrod’s entrepreneurial journey!

Waynesboro at Work with Plaza Antigua

Meet Chris Ornelas, GM and owner of Plaza Antigua in this episode of Waynesboro at Work. Chris shares his journey from Mexico at four years old to owning his own restaurant in Waynesboro. Learn how he pivoted in response to COVID-19 and hear some new exciting plans happening at the restaurant. Visit to learn more.

Tips & Trends to Grow Your Business

Looking for more ways to get the word out about your business during the holiday season and beyond? Cross promotion can be a very effective way for small business to not only stand out, but to develop relationships and spread good will within the local business community. Here are some great tips for building cross promotions from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce blog.

What can you do as a small business to stay top of mind and encourage customers to return to your business? Email marketing is an inexpensive and easy way to do both. Not sure how to get started? This blog post from Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce offers up ideas for building your list and making your email marketing strategy a win for your business.

More Reasons to Love Living & Doing Business in the Valley

There’s no question that the Shenandoah Valley’s agricultural heritage is instrumental in the success of our food and beverage industry and adds to our quality of life. Follow along as the Shenandoah Valley Partnership makes cornbread at Wade’s Mill in Rockbridge County and dishes on what makes the Shenandoah Valley such a great place to do business.