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.

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.