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Professional Development

Ensure that your staff is putting their best foot forward with the following professional development opportunities.

Upcoming Tourism Networking Meetings

  • Grant Writing Etiquette 101 - February 20, 2019, 12:00-2:00 @ Patrick Henry Community College 

To make your grant writing stand out from other proposals and increase your chances of getting your grant funded, you have to know how to write grant applications effectively. This session will offer an overview of the grant-writing process and give you tips to prepare a stronger proposal.

Patrick Henry Community College's Sarah-Beth Morrison will walk participants through some of the components typically required in grant proposals, as well as dispel some of the biggest myths about grants. This seminar will focus on writing proposals; it will not cover finding grants or grant writing services.

Register ONLINE or by calling Beth Stinnett at 276.403.5940!

Business Ambassador:

Does your front line staff know where to send visitors to the area? Ensure that they have up-to-date knowledge by allowing our team to inform them of the many attractions and points of interest that Martinsville-Henry County has to offer. Call 276.632.8006 or email Tourism@YesMartinsville.com to book a workshop for your business. 

Ambassador Training

FAM Tours

Get on the bus and (re)discover what you've been missing in Martinsville - Henry County, Virginia! If you are looking to expand your staff’s knowledge of the many amenities that MHC has to offer to our visitors, you are encouraged to participate. In this fast-paced, half or full day, Familiarization (FAM) tour, participants will visit a variety of businesses and attractions in the area to learn more about each one.

Participants can better cross-promote our area amenities with the knowledge they will gain as a community ambassador, and it is the perfect way to network. You may be surprised by a thing or two, even if you are a lifelong Martinsville - Henry County resident! Contact us today so you can be in the know.


"I enjoyed seeing all the attractions and your beautiful Visitor Center. It was a pleasure to spend the day in Martinsville-Henry County! My staff and I will be sending visitors your way! - Tonya Koger, Tourism Relations Manager, Virginia Welcome Center in Lambsburg


“I have learned so much about the many beautiful and wonderful assets in our community. I have lived here my entire life and did not know about all the fun activities available. We have visited many places from the Philpott Marina to the Smith River Sports Complex with many stops in between. At the end of a FAM tour, you feel appreciative and thankful to live in a community that offers so many opportunities for us to enjoy and all you have to do is walk outside and have fun. Life is good in Martinsville and Henry County!” - Robin Campbell

Call 276.632.8006 or email Tourism@YesMartinsville.com to schedule a tour for your employees. 

Small Business Training Events

Our colleagues in the EDC's Small Business Division offer a variety of training events that will also enhance your business. Visit their site for a complete list of courses.  

Past Tourism Networking Meetings

September 2018 - Marketing Reviews (one on one) 

April 2018 - Tourism Marketing Co-op Grants 1-on-1s

February 2018 - Facebook Changes for Business

December 2017 - How to Get Listed on Virginia.org and VisitMartinsville