Burke County Chamber of Commerce
Award Places Burke Hospice & Palliative Care in Top 100

Award Places Burke Hospice & Palliative Care in Top 100

Burke Hospice & Palliative Care has been honored with the first annual Deyta Hospice Honors Award for 2103, placing the organization among the top 100 hospices in the US for customer satisfaction. Deyta, LLC, is a national leader in helping thousands of healthcare and other businesses measure and manage customer satisfaction.  Birgit Lisanti, President & CEO of Burke Hospice, said she and her team use Deyta’s results and other information to “improve the quality of care delivered to patients and families on a continuing basis.”  The non-profit serves Burke, Catawba, Caldwell, Avery, McDowell, Rutherford, Cleveland and Lincoln counties of Western North Carolina.

Silver Fork Winery Adds On-site Eatery

Silver Fork Winery Adds On-site Eatery

 The Farm to Fork Eatery is now open at Silver Fork Winery. Betty Sperry brings her own unique combination of fresh flavors, while focusing on organically or locally sourced produce, breads and cheeses.  Paired with Silver Fork Wines, the menu offers an assortment of salads, sandwiches and Panini’s that are all made to order.  The Farm to Fork Eatery is open on Saturdays and Sundays.  Visit Silver Fork Winery’s web site to see the many special events that make the winery a great destination for locals and visitors alike.

 

Mission Transition Job Fair Set for June 26

Mission Transition Job Fair Set for June 26

The Fourth Annual Mission Transition Burke County Job Fair will be held Thursday, June 26, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Conference Center at the Foothills Higher Education Center. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required but job seekers are encouraged to arrive early because event organizers expect a large turnout. The Job Fair draws between 60 and 80 employers each year. 

 

To prepare for the event, job seekers can participate in a class at the Division of Workforce Solutions called NC Works Orientation. The class is held each Monday and Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and assists job seekers with NC Works online registration and writing a resume. The class is free and open to the public. Spots can be reserved by calling 828-438-6161.

 

Employers interested in attending the Job Fair should contact Hope Hopkins by June 19 at 828-764-9373. This year’s event is sponsored by The News Herald, a part of BH Media Group; the Burke County Chamber of Commerce; the Western Piedmont Council of Governments; Leviton; McDonald’s; Aaron’s; Olive Hill Community Economic Development Center; Silver Quarter Solutions; Adecco; and Burke Development, Inc. The Fair is also supported by Vocational Rehabilitation; Burke County; Western Piedmont Community College; and the NC Division of Workforce Solutions.

 

New Leads Groups to Start in September

New Leads Groups to Start in September

Ever feel like you’re looking for new business leads in all the wrong places? Then you may want to check out a potential solution from your Burke Chamber.
The Chamber is in the process of organizing two Leads Groups where Chamber members who are not competing for the same customers can share leads for potential new business with each other. Chamber member Chad Burel from Edward Jones investment services is “leading” the project and working with the Chamber toward a September start-up. Current plans call for a Thursday lunch meeting called “Leads for Lunch” at Friday Friends restaurant from 12-1 pm and a morning session on Fridays called “Leads for Breakfast” at Abele’s Family Restaurant from 8-9 am.

If you are tasked with growing your business and are interested in participating in a Leads Group, there are some basics you need to know:
  • You or your company must be a member in good standing of the Burke Chamber.
  • Each Leads Group is limited to 25 members.Each member works in one of 25 business categories, and there will be no duplication of the category among the members.
  • Each member is required to bring three leads to each meeting.
  • Your company may participate in only one leads group.
  • Leads must not be shared with outside competitors
Look for more information soon, including a membership application and a brochure for the groups.
Chamber’s New Biz Wiz Page Premiers in Wednesday’s News Herald

Chamber’s New Biz Wiz Page Premiers in Wednesday’s News Herald

Starting this Wednesday News Herald readers will see a new page focused on the members, programs and services of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce. The Biz Wiz will be published every two weeks using stories developed by the Chamber on a page designed by the staff of the newspaper. 
 
“The Biz Wiz is a great step toward creating a more positive buzz about business and manufacturing in our county,” said the Chamber’s Interim CEO Jerry Davis. 
“Becoming the premier partner, advocate, voice and resource for Burke County business involves sharing the kinds of stories and information you’re going to see on the Biz Wiz,” he added. “We want the page to be lively, surprising, informative and high-energy, something you’ll want to linger over as you read the paper.”
Another goal is to make the Chamber itself stronger by drawing new members to the value of Chamber membership, “We also want to remind current members of the benefits they have but may not be using,” Davis said.
A Tablet or Laptop for Every BCPS High School Student?

A Tablet or Laptop for Every BCPS High School Student?

Burke County Public Schools has an exciting opportunity to apply for a three-year, $3-million grant called the Investing in Innovation Development Grant. The goal of the grant is to put an electronic tablet or laptop in the hands of every high school student in the school system. That’s roughly 3,250 high school students having the latest learning tools at their fingertips. In education circles, this is referred to as personalized education with 1:1 devices.  Before BCPS would distribute the devices, teachers would need the latest training to aid  students in using the portable computers to their fullest. The grant would include training for those who train the teachers — school instructional coaches, instructional technology facilitators and AIG coaches. The grant requires a 15-percent ($225,000) in-kind or cash match from various businesses in the community. BCPS is asking Chamber members to consider how their company may be able to help the school system attain that 15% mark. Suggestions include donations of equipment (such as 8 gig switches), employee time to help with training, space and machines on which to train, programs created for students to use their devices as learning tools, or financial support to actually purchase the hardware. The school system is also open to any suggestions members may have on how their company can help. Please contact Cheryl M. Shuffler, Public Relations Officer Burke County Public Schools, (w) 438-2989 | (c) 432-6216,cmshuffler@burke.k12.nc.us.

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