Earlier this summer, F&M Bank announced the second annual Local Business You Love contest – a $10,000 giveaway for locally-owned, small businesses located throughout the Shenandoah Valley. In 2019, a group of employees created and launched the contest, and for a first year campaign, our expectations were blown away!
“We were thrilled to host the contest again this year and support our neighbors in small business who continue to persevere through an extremely difficult season,” said Mark Hanna, President & CEO.
The contest opened in early August, and over a two week period, we relied on public nominations. Residents of Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham and Augusta Counties, as well as the Cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro (and neighboring counties and cities), nominated the local businesses they love and shared why they deserve $10,000. F&M Bank received nearly 600 nominations making it quite a task to narrow down the list to 10!
Following the announcement of our Top 10, we opened the contest for public voting. Over a two week period, we received over 2,300 votes to determine our $10,000 winner! On October 6th, F&M Bank celebrated the Top 10 nominees during a reception at the Inn at MeadowCroft in Swoope, VA.
When we received over 2,300 votes, we knew we couldn’t just give away one cash prize, so instead, we surprised our guests and added a $1,500 prize for 2nd place, a $1,000 incentive for 3rd, and a $500 prize for 4th and 5th place.
- 1st Place – Gloria’s Pupuseria, Staunton
- 2nd Place – Crossroads Cafe & Catering, Penn Laird
- 3rd Place – LTD7, Staunton
- 4th Place – Woodstock Cafe, Woodstock
- 5th Place – Lowery’s Guttering, Siding, and Windows, Stuarts Draft
Plus, all businesses in our Top 10 were awarded an advertising package with Harrisonburg Radio Group to include a featured interview with WSVA’s Jim Britt and 20 branding messages.
The remaining businesses in our Top 10 are as follows: Fort Valley Nursery (Woodstock), Traditions Family Restaurant (Harrisonburg), Blessings Christian Bookstore (Harrisonburg), Green Valley Book Fair (Mt. Crawford), and Creative Wonders Learning Center (Stuarts Draft).
Making our communities better is a core value we live by at F&M Bank. Although our contest is over, will you join us as we continue to support our neighbors? From restaurants to recreation, the Shenandoah Valley is packed full of extraordinary, locally-owned businesses.
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