The December Business for Breakfast Presents

A Focus on the Economy in the New Year 
“An Economic and Market Overview
and What’s Ahead in the Markets?”
Michael Skordeles
Senior Vice President and 
Private Wealth Management Equity Strategist
SunTrust Bank
Hosted by:
Rod Harrelson, Catawba Valley Commercial Banking Relationship Manager SunTrust Bank and
Amy Hayes, Senior Vice President, Private Financial Advisor
SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.
Friday, December 5th, 2014
8:00 am
(Buffet line opens at 7:45 am)
 Ervin Community Room 
Grace Ridge Retirement Community
500 Lenoir Rd., Morganton, NC 
Free to Chamber Members
$15 cash or check at the door for Non-Chamber Members
Reservations are required as a full house is expected, so 
RSVP today to the Chamber at 437-3021 or  

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A record crowd attended the 2014 Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Burke Chamber, on October 21. More than 100 citizens gathered in the Leviton Auditorium at Western Piedmont Community College. Chamber Board Chairman Scott Mulwee served as the moderator, as candidates for the NC House and Senate, Burke County Commission and Burke County Sheriff fielded questions and recapped their platforms. Early voting in Burke County started on October 23.Election Day will be Tuesday, November 4.


The December Business for Breakfast will continue a Burke Chamber tradition with a focus on the economy in the year ahead. The speaker will be Michael J. Skordeles, Senior Vice President of the Investment Advisory Group of Sun Trust Banks, Inc. The breakfast program will be held on Friday, December 5, at 8 am in the Ervin Community Room at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. Additional details will be announced in the weeks ahead. Skordeles recently joined the Investment Advisory Group as a Market Strategist, providing specialized research, equity portfolio analysis, investment strategies and expert commentary. With 19 years of investment experience, he came to Sun Trust from Morgan Keenan, where he was a Managing Director and Market Strategist, writing extensively about the markets and the economy and helping manage a $1.6 billion portfolio. He previously served with McDonald Investments, Key Corp and The Prudential. He is the co-founder and past president of the Mid-South Association for Business Economics in Memphis, TN.


Business Showcase Logo - Hollywood (2014)



Join other Burke Chamber members for a fun filled Hollywood-themed afternoon at the second annual Business Showcase on Thursday, November 13, at the Old Armory Building, located at 306 W.McDowell St. in Morganton. From 3-5 pm admission will be limited to Chamber members, so they can network, share information about products and services, and grow business. Admission will be free for Chamber members throughout the afternoon’s event. From 5-7 pm, the doors will open to the public, with a nominal $3 admission. Claim your share of prizes, including a free booth at the next Business Showcase, for the best use of our Tinseltown theme. At press time, there were only three booths available at just $150, and they will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Please call Stacey Ripley at the Chamber at 437-3021 to reserve yours.
Platinum Sponsor 
CHS Blue Ridge Vertical CMYK

Business Showcase Logo - Hollywood (2014)

Under a Monte Carlo casino theme, more than 50 businesses and 800 people attended the Chamber’s first Business Showcase last year, making it the single most successful event of 2013. This year’s expo on Thursday, November 13, will be even bigger and better, as an A-List of Burke County businesses display their products and services under a Hollywood theme. The venue will again be the National Guard Armory in Morganton where a red carpet, paparazzi, a photo booth and plenty of glitz and glitter will greet star watchers from across the community. Area businesses are invited to the Showcase from 3-5 pm, with doors open to the community from 5-7 pm for a $3 admission. Participating business reps are encouraged to adopt the Hollywood theme into their displays and attire. The most creative will win a free booth for the 2015 Business Showcase and a gift certificate for $150 in Chamber services, a total value of $300. The next two favorites among the judges will win a free booth for next year’s expo. Booths are expected to sell out quickly, so reserve your place today by calling Stacey Ripley at the Chamber at 437-3021. Booths are $150 each.


If your company would like to be a hole sponsor at the 19th Annual Chamber Golf Classic on September 25 at Silver Creek, please call the Chamber and reserve your hole. Hole sponsorships are just $175.00, and each sponsor has the opportunity to man the hole and provide information Golf Classic on their products or services to the 96 golfers playing the course. To be a hole sponsor, please call Dorothea Jolly or Stacey Ripley at the Chamber at 437-3021. We want to express sincere thanks to our players, sponsors and donors for the response to this year’s golf event. The field of players filled up very quickly, hole sponsorships were claimed early and the items donated for the prize packages and raffle will make for an exciting 19th hole at the Silver Creek club house to cap the day.



It’s our community’s premier program for identifying future leaders and equipping them with the information they need to Leadership Burke understand how Burke County works. Limited to 30 participants, Leadership Burke provides Chamber members a unique opportunity to recognize up-and-coming or new leaders in their company or organization with an exciting immersion experience into five of Burke County’s key sectors:

– Business, Manufacturing and Economic Development
– Healthcare and Human Services
– Education
– Arts, Culture and History
– City, County, State and Federal Government

Leadership Burke 2014 will begin on October 2-3 with an outstanding two-day orientation, leadership development and team building program led by Linda Lindsay that has been one of the highest rated activities by past participants. Subsequent sessions will combine classroom settings, guest speakers, panel discussions and extensive fields trips across the county for a firsthand look into what drives the economy, decision-making, learning, healthcare, the social safety net, culture and much more. The call for participants will be e-mailed to Chamber members today with a deadline for participant applications of Friday, September 26. Tuition for participants employed by Chamber members is the same as last year at $450. Tuition for non-Chamber members is $550. If you or a participant from your company would like to enroll, click here for the application form.