Burke County Chamber of Commerce
Check Out “Open for Business” in The News Herald

Check Out “Open for Business” in The News Herald

New Chamber members celebrating their grand openings with ribbon cuttings are in the spotlight in a new feature in the News Herald called “Open for Business.” Three businesses were highlighted in the first “Open for Business” feature that ran in the Friday, June 27, edition on page A8 and in the Monday, June 30, edition of the newspaper on page 14. They were Western NC Real Estate, Marketing Uncorked and Mission My Care Specialty. “Open for Business” is an extension of the Chamber’s new “Biz Wiz” business page that’s published monthly in cooperation with the newspaper. Ribbon cuttings are one of many Celebration Services provided to Chamber members in addition to groundbreakings, company anniversaries, dedications and other commemorations. If your company is nearing such a milestone, call the Chamber at 437-3021 and let us help you make it a truly special event.

Field Day at the Berry Archaeological Site – Saturday, June 21

Field Day at the Berry Archaeological Site – Saturday, June 21

Warren Wilson College, Western Piedmont Community College and the Exploring Joara Foundation invite the public to a field day event at the Berry Archaeological Site in Morganton this Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will have the chance to see a portion of the newly discovered moat, which was found during last summer’s excavations.

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Field day activities at the Berry Site will include archaeology demonstrations, displays of Native American artifacts recovered from the site, hands-on learning activities and pottery demonstrations. Admission is free and parking is available on-site, though $5 donations per car are encouraged. For more information about the event and to learn more about the many other year-round events offered by the Exploring Joara Foundation, visit ExploringJoara.org or call 828-439-2463.

Supporters Urged to Contact Key Senators Now Effort to Bring WNC School of Science and Math to Morganton at a Critical Point In General Assembly’s Budget Process

Supporters Urged to Contact Key Senators Now Effort to Bring WNC School of Science and Math to Morganton at a Critical Point In General Assembly’s Budget Process

With a decision on the state’s proposed budget looming, supporters of locating the Western North Carolina School of Science and Math in Morganton are being asked to contact three key legislators without delay.
Rountree Collett is one of many community, business, elected and educational leaders involved in the effort. “We started out with companion bills — sponsored by our Burke County delegation — that provided funding for the advance planning for the project,” Collett said. “Unfortunately, the initial Senate budget stripped out the funding but left in place language generally favorable to the idea of our goal.  We were initially worried about the same thing happening in the House, but we succeeded in getting amended language into the final House budget providing the funding for advanced planning.”
Now the House and Senate versions of the budget are headed to a conference committee where differences between the two versions — including the funding provisions around the WNCSSM will be worked out. Collett said the goal of supporters is to keep the House’s language in the final budget bill.
The Burke Chamber is one of many organizations across Western NC supporting the plan to place the school in Morganton. 
If you or your company support this regional effort, please consider calling, e-mailing or writing the following key western NC Senators right away and encouraging them to work with Senator Warren Daniel to keep the House version of the western NCSSM language (specifying Morganton location and funding) in the final budget bill:
Senator Dan Soucek      Dan.Soucek@ncleg.net
                                       919-733-5742
                                       NC Senate
                                300 N. Salisbury  Street – Room 310
                                Raleigh, NC  27603-5925
Senator Austin Allran      Austin.Allran@ncleg.net
                                       919-733-5876
                                       NC Senate
                                       300 N. Salisbury Street – Room 625
                                       Raleigh, NC  27603-5925
Senator Ralph Hise        Ralph.Hise@ncleg.net
                                        919-733-3460
                                        NC Senate
                                        16 W. Jones Street – Room 1026
                                        Raleigh, NC  27601-2808
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.
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