2023 Annual Dinner & Silent Auction

Business of the Year:
Kalyan Hospitality accepted by Adam Perry

Kalyan Hospitality actively seeks growth in the best emerging markets emphasizing the right hotel brand and product at the right time. The company joined the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce shortly after opening Tru by Hilton in Farmville and has expanded locally with The Inn at Blackstone. The expansion has helped to bring much needed accommodations for visitors working or going through training at FASTC. The opening of The Inn has brought Blackstone employment opportunities and additional commerce to the area. 

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Nellie Shelor Carwile

Nellie and her husband purchased Winn Furniture nearly 50 years ago. She continued to successfully run the business after her husband's death while also raising her children. At the time, women run businesses were rarely heard of. Nellie exhibited great strength and fortitude and proved to be a true leader and inspiration to others. It is especially fitting to bestow this honor to her family during Women's History Month. 

Chamber Member of the Year:
Theresa Buzzetta

Theresa is the owner of Design Essentials by Theresa, a website & graphic design company. She has volunteered numerous hours to promote our local businesses and has put into action many innovative ideas that have improved how the Chamber services our local business and community. Theresa has also created a club called the Adopt Don't Shop Club of Virginia that showcases the animals available for adoption from the Nottoway County Animal Shelter. To date 30 dogs and 10 cats have been rescued and adopted. 

A Big Thank you to the businesses and individuals who donated items & services for the Chamber's 2023 Silent Auction!

Blackstone Herb Cottage

Taa Daa Bakery & Bartender Brandon Jenkins

Bright Lights Entertainment