The Burke Chamber has partnered with NC-based CPI Security to provide a customized security system for the Chamber offices. To introduce its services to Burke County, CPI is also making a special offer exclusively to Burke County Chamber business members. 
“We are delighted to welcome CPI as one our newest members and, for the first time, to have an extra level of security in place for our Chamber headquarters,” said Chamber President & CEO Jerry Davis.
CPI’s Chris Revis said the company, in operation for 20 years, is one of the only providers to design, install, monitor and service its own state of the art technology security systems for business and residential clients. “CPI has a dedicated Quality Assurance team, round the clock monitoring and 24 hour customer care. All of our installation and service technicians are full-time CPI Security employees, professionally trained and Installation Quality Certified,” he said. CPI’s inTouch platform keeps businesses and home owners connected to their property with real-time information, including remote interactive services like system alerts, video monitoring, temperature, lighting control, fire alerts and door control.
To celebrate joining the Chamber, CPI Security has two special incentives for members who purchase a system by February 28 and have it installed by March 15, 2015. 
First, CPI will install its Residential Realtime Response security system with full cellphone backup (no land line needed) for $99 and issue a $99 credit, making the installation and the following equipment package free (or apply your $99 coupon toward your BUSINESS security package):
–  Realtime speaker/mic
–  InTouch app (view/save video and arm/disarm through your smart phone)
–  LED keypad
–  7 door OR window contacts
– 1 motion detector
– 1 fire communicator
– 2 wireless interior cameras (720pHD, requires Internet access)
Second, CPI will apply a $100 credit toward monthly monitoring. 
Call Chris at (828) 803-7690 or email him at to schedule a security analysis walk through of your facility or if you have questions. Also, look for news about a special CPI event to be held at the Chamber offices on February 27.

The Movoto Real Estate Blog has ranked Morganton 18 on its list of the safest cities in North Carolina, based on the newest FBI Uniform Crime Report. For the second years in a row, the Village of Pinehurst topped the rankings. Rankings were determined by dividing crimes into four categories: murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes. Movoto then calculated the number of crimes per person (per capita) in each of the 68 places in North Carolina with populations of 10,000 people or more. From there, it ranked each place with a score from 1 to 68 according in the above criteria, with scores closer to one being safer. Next, Movoto weighted these rankings so that murders, violent crimes, and property crimes each made up 30 percent of the overall score, while the total number of crimes made up just 10 percent. And finally, these weighted rankings were averaged into an overall Big Deal Score, where the lowest score went to our safest place. 


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.
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