Surry Businesses Recognized at Annual Business Roundtable











May 17, 2022   

TOWN OF SURRY, Va. On Monday, May 10th, Surry County’s Department of Economic Development hosted their annual “Business Roundtable” event in collaboration with the Surry County Chamber of Commerce, where the Chamber of Commerce held their membership drive and awards ceremony. The Surry County Business Roundtable is intended to open the lines of communication between government and businesses. The event hosted over 50 attendees from businesses throughout Surry County.  

The Business Roundtable agenda included introductions from all participants, with presentations from: Surry County Director of Economic Development Yoti Jabri; a presentation by guest speaker, Randy Brown, who is the Business Service Manager for the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, followed by Carol Wiedel, Chamber President, who gave remarks and presented business awards.   

The following Business Awards were presented by the Chamber’s president: 

  • The “Inspirational New Business Award” was presented to Just for Kicks Cupcake Shop in appreciation for bringing smiles and filling the need for quick food and sweets.    
  • The “Outstanding Community Support Award” was presented to 7/11 and Jim Snyder in appreciation for leading his team in providing the necessity of daily life with good service with a smile and encouraging the community by supporting local events.   
  • The “Preserving Surry’s Agricultural Heritage Award” was presented to Slade Naturals and LaSonya White in appreciation for her commitment to Surry’s agricultural history as a third-generation farmer and her investment in the youth of Surry through 4-H and establishing community gardens.  

The following Key to the County Awards were presented by the Department of Economic Development: 

“I am thrilled that we had over 50 attendees at the annual Surry County Business Roundtable. I want to thank Randy Brown, Business Service Manager for the Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, for being our guest speaker. I also want to thank Carol Wiedel, President of the Surry Chamber of Commerce, for the collaboration; and for recognizing the great things our County’s businesses provide for our community. We look forward to more collaboration between Chamber, businesses and other organizations in the future,” says Yoti Jabri, Economic Development Director of Surry County.

Photos from the 2022 Annual Surry County Business Roundtable: 

Farmer Joe’s Greenhouse:             Key to the County:                       Meats of Virginia:                        Slade Farm:                 Just for Kicks:

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Press Contact:

Yoti Jabri
Director of Economic Development
County of Surry, Va.
Telephone: +1 (757) 294-5090

About Surry County, Va. Economic Development

Surry County, Virginia‘s potential for economic growth is strong … a customized approach to business incentives, utility infrastructure, abundant natural resources, homegrown hospitality, rural charm and unexpected connectivity are just a few reasons to consider growing your business in Surry County. Their strategic location makes the locality easily accessible to major cities, airports, ports and institutions of higher education. They provide the ideal location for business and industry. They desire to do business in the following industry sectors: retail, manufacturing, logistics & distribution, agribusiness, food & beverage processing, energy production and more. Surry has an excellent school system … Their schools are the pride of the community. Learn more about Surry County Public Schools: School Division Website / School Quality Profile. 

About Virginia’s Gateway Region EDO

VGR is the regional economic development organization that markets the independent localities within the Tri-Cities of Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights, in addition to the outer-region counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex as well as the incorporated towns within them. VGR focuses its efforts on new and existing business investment and job creation with the goal of funding the region for economic prosperity.