The boys of summer may be winding down but for our Burke County Public Schools and Western Piedmont Community College, it’s a season opener. Hear what’s in store for 2014-2015 at our next Business for Breakfast, as the Chamber welcomes BCPS Superintendent Larry Putnam and WPCC’s new President, Dr. Michael Helmick, to the podium. With education always a top item on the business community’s agenda, a great crowd is expected in the Ervin Community Room at Grace Ridge Retirement Community
Burke County Public Schools Supt. Larry Putnam

on Thursday, September 18.

WPCC President         Dr. Michael Helmick

Grace Ridge is our sponsor for this year’s series of breakfast programs. Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP. Call the Chamber at 437-3021 or e-mail The event is free for Chamber members and $15.00 per person for non-members, payable by cash or check at the door. A hot breakfast buffet, prepared by the culinary team at Grace Ridge, will open at 7:45 am. The program will begin shortly after   8 am, so plan to arrive early for good seat and to mix, mingle and network.

Cap your work day with two hours of award-winning wines, excellent fare and productive networking at our next Business After Hours today CommunityOne Bank will be the exclusive sponsor for the event at Silver Fork Winery. Relax to the music of Sorella Jack while you enjoy delicious tastings from Root & Vine and Farm-to-Fork Eatery. It all takes place today, Thursday, September 11, from           4:30-6:30 pm. Join your fellow Chamber members for this outstanding  Business After Hours, and be sure to bring plenty of business cards!

Education will take center stage at the next Business for Breakfast on Thursday, September 18, at 8 am in the Ervin Community Room at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. Burke County Public Schools Superintendent and Dr. Michael Helmick, the new president of Western Piedmont Community College, will be the guest speakers. Look for more details in the next Chamber newsletter, but please hold the date for this important community event from your Burke County Chamber of Commerce and plan to attend. The event is free for Chamber members but reservations will be required, so plans can be made for the hot breakfast buffet.

Great networking, fine wines, wonderful food and unparalleled views are all on the agenda for the first Business After Hours following the summer break. For the second consecutive year, CommunityOne Bank will be the sponsor, and Silver Fork WinCommunityOneery will be the setting on Thursday, September 11, from 4:30-6:30 pm. Chamber members will be treated to a free wine tasting or a member discount on glasses of wine, in addition to savory foods from Root and Vine and the Farm to Fork eatery. Reservations are not required.

With the 19th Annual Chamber Golf Classic, presented by Carolinas HealthCare system Blue Ridge,  just fiveGolf Classic Logo - CMYK weeks away, the field of golfers is nearly full, so here’s your pre-tourney check list:

 Sign up to be a hole sponsor. Sponsorship is just $175. Your company or organization’s name will be displayed at the hole, and you’ll have the opportunity to man the hole with information about your company’s products or services.

 Sign up to play. Only a few slots remain in the field of 96 golfers, and they’ll be gone long before the September 15 deadline, so don’t delay in signing up. The individual entry fee is $85, but you can save by entering a twosome for $145 or a foursome for $315.
Donate a door prize in your company’s name and be part of our amazing raffle.

To be a hole sponsor, play in the Classic or donate a door prize, contact Stacey Ripley at the Chamber at 437-3021 or

The 2014 Chamber Golf Classic will be held at the Silver Creek Golf Club on Thursday, September 25. The format will be Captain’s choice. Lunch will be available during the warmup starting at 11:30 am, with a Shotgun Start at 1:00 pm. The “19th Hole” reception will start at 5:00 pm in the clubhouse with skill prizes and door prizes awarded to the winners.

Montreat College has extended its deadline for the Fall 2014 term enroll in the Bachelor of Science program in Psychology and Human Services.  Montreat will accept applications Montreat College through Friday, August 22, 2014, for the program that will be taught in Morganton. Fall classes will begin Tuesday, August 27 at Western Piedmont Community College (Main Campus). To arrange a personalized information session, call Patricia Thompson right away at 828-475-2431.  If you are interested in applying for the Fall Term, open these two documents: Opportunities and e-packet.

Then apply for free at:


Branch Manager Sylvia Ross is pleased to announce that United Service Credit Union at 705 West Fleming Drive is now Self-Help Credit Union. Self-Help is a non-profit, member-owned, federally insured, state-chartered credit union in North Carolina that provided more than $168 million in financing to families, businesses and non-profits in 2013. Founded in 1980, the credit union is one of three entities under the umbrella of the non-profit Center for Community Self-Help that also includes the Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending. Under the banner of the Center for Community Self-Help, the three organizations provide financing, technical support, consumer financial services and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream, including women, low income, low wealth, rural and minority clients and communities with the mission of “Creating and protecting ownership and economic opportunity for all.” According to Self-Help, the credit union has, over time, demonstrated that low income borrowers pose no greater credit risk than other borrowers. Those  borrowers range from non-profits, child care centers, community health facilities and public charter schools to residential and commercial real estate projects and have proven their determination to repay their loans, build their businesses, improve their communities and build wealth. While its name is new, the credit union has served the community from its location for 16 years. For more information, contact Sylvia at (828) 433-7383 or visit

If you’ve been curious about the stately and striking log home located just off I-40 at Exit 118, then you’re invited to take a first-hand look inside at the Timber Block Open House on Saturday, August 23, from 9 am-5 pm and Sunday, August 24, from 12 pm-5 pm. There will also be workshops at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday addressing solid log homes vs modern building products and processes. Timber Block Homes feature revolutionary R30 insulation, Energy Star Certification and HERS certification. Plus, new “Neighborhood Envy” incentives creates special

 opportunities to be a Timber Block home owner, while saving time and expense from design to move-in. For more information about Timber Block and the upcoming open house, please call