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Annual Gala

Join us at the Annual Excellence in Business Awards Gala as we celebrate innovation, business, community, and prosperity in the Bedford area!

We will kick this night of networking off at 5:30PM. Guests are encouraged to mingle and bid on amazing silent auction items graciously donated by 40+ Chamber members, individuals, and businesses across the region. Grab a cocktail from the cash bar, and enjoy the beautiful views of Cedar Oaks as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Dinner will begin around 6PM and will be served by Blackwater Creek Catering. Guests will have assigned seating.

Once everyone is settled, the reception ceremony will begin for the Excellence in Business Awards. You can find more information about these annual awards and this year's finalists in the section below.

We will also be kicking off Phase Two of our land purchase campaign at the Annual Gala! Thank you to all of the businesses and community members who helped us reach our goal for Phase One by purchasing a commemorative brick.

Cash payment is appreciated for the silent auction. Learn more about our gracious silent auction donors further down the page!

If you are interested in donating an item to our silent auction, please call us at 540-586-9401 or email Foster at -- we would be most appreciative! 🙂

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The Annual Gala is the biggest Bedford Chamber business gathering of the year! It is also our biggest fundraiser, with all proceeds supporting the Chamber's mission & services.

Join us in gathering for an evening of fine dining, socializing, music, celebration, & the reception of our Excellence in Business Awards.

You are Invited!

Thursday, September 14


Cedar Oaks Farm

4671 Forest Road, Bedford, VA

Excellence in Business Awards

The Excellence in Business Awards were created to honor Bedford area businesses and organizations for their innovation; to celebrate their vision; and publicly appreciate their contributions to the quality of life in the community.

Winners will be revealed for the first time at the Bedford Chamber’s Annual Gala on September 14, 2023, at Cedar Oaks Farm.

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A company of (51) or greater employees that has made a significant contribution to the growth of Bedford, is recognized for the integrity of its business operations, and has demonstrated an active interest in participation in civic and benevolent activities in the area.

Previous Recipient: Sam Moore Furniture (HF Custom)

A company of (50) or fewer employees that has made a significant contribution to the growth of Bedford, is recognized for the integrity of its business operations, and has demonstrated an active interest in participation in civic and benevolent activities in the area.

Previous Recipient: Apocalypse Ale Works

A business primarily involved in agricultural input, production or output that has contributed significantly to the advancement of agriculture in the Bedford Area. Examples include wineries, orchards, farms, stables, etc.

Previous Recipient: Little Otter Flower Farm

A not-for-profit organization as defined by the IRS that displays a commitment to good and ethical business practices, and provides outstanding programs/services that directly impact the Bedford Community.

Previous Recipient: Anxious for Nothing.

A person who has contributed time and/or money to the community through his or her involvement in civic organizations or improvements, service in government, or any outstanding effort made for the betterment of the community.

Previous Recipient: Travis Thomas, Community Resource Officer with Town of Bedford PD.

An emerging business started in the last 2 years, whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to the profession and increased levels of leadership, responsibility and sphere of impact.

Previous Recipient: Bridge Street Cafe.

We aren't lying when we say Cedar Oaks is one of the most beautiful places in Bedford!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Please email Foster Garrett at if you are interested in sponsoring, volunteering, donating to our silent auction, or contributing to our Annual Gala in another way.

Thank You for Donating!

Whether it be to the silent auction or otherwise, thank you so much for donating. We greatly appreciate everyone who contributes to our Annual Gala, as it has been our biggest fundraiser for many years. All of the proceeds go towards the programs, events, and services that the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce uses to support our ever growing and ever changing business community.

Frosted Ridge Confections

Arthur's Jewelry

Revelle Hamilton

Wipledale Farm Greenhouse

National D-Day Memorial

Virginia Furniture Market

Minnick Enterprises

London Salt Spa

Overstreet Hardware

Jo & Co Jewelers

Peaks of Otter Lodge


Claytor Nature Center

Ivy Hill Golf Course

Hot Shots

CS Threadz

Blue Ridge Beverage Service

Gary's Garden Center

Beale's Beer


Goose Creek Studio

The White Bounce House of Lynchburg

LJ's Creations

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Bedford County Economic Development

Bower Center for the Arts

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

The Well

Bridge Street Cafe

Bedford Area Family YMCA

The Cottage Gate


O'Reilly Auto Parts - Moneta

Pro Tech Fabrications

Benjamin's Restaurant

Apocalypse Ale Works

Peaks View Hydro

Emerson Creek Pottery

Foster Fuels

Centra | Tickled Pink Gift Shop

Keep Bedford Beautiful Commission

Sam Moore Furniture

Opera on the James

Peaks of Otter Winery