Burke County Chamber of Commerce
“Education Double Hitter” Headlines   Business for Breakfast on September 18

“Education Double Hitter” Headlines Business for Breakfast on September 18

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.

Be Sure to Bring Your Business Cards  CommunityOne to Sponsor Next Business After Hours  at Silver Fork Winery on September 11

Be Sure to Bring Your Business Cards CommunityOne to Sponsor Next Business After Hours at Silver Fork Winery on September 11

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.
Be a Player! Be a Sponsor!  Put on Your “A Game”  at the Chamber Golf Classic

Be a Player! Be a Sponsor! Put on Your “A Game” at the Chamber Golf Classic

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 sripley@burkecounty.org.

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 Offering Psychology and Human Services Degrees in Morganton

Montreat College Offering Psychology and Human Services Degrees in Morganton

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: https://www1.cfnc.org/applications/Montreat_College_Adult_Undergrad/apply.html?application_id=3636


United Services Credit Union Is Now Self-Help Credit Union

United Services Credit Union Is Now Self-Help Credit Union

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 www.self-help.org.

Mark Your Calendar for the Timber Block Open House

Mark Your Calendar for the Timber Block Open House

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 
Dr. Helmick Leading WPCC into New Academic Year

Dr. Helmick Leading WPCC into New Academic Year

The Burke Chamber welcomes Dr. Michael S. Helmick as the new president of Western Piedmont Community College. Dr. Helmick succeeds Dr. Jim Burnett as the sixth president of WPCC.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve Western Piedmont Community College as the next president  of the institution,” said Dr. Helmick. “I look forward to continuing the outstanding legacy of Dr. Jim Burnett, and I am pleased to be returning to WPCC to work with the exemplary faculty and staff who serve the needs of the students in the region.” Dr. Helmick assumed his new role on August 1.
Dr. Helmick’s appointment represents a homecoming,of sorts. He had previously served as vice president of academic affairs at Western Piedmont. During that time, he supported establishment of the Burke County Manufacturers Association (now the Burke Manufacturers Executive Council), helped to increase student enrollment over 20 percent in curriculum areas, developed new programming and cooperative agreements with Burke County Schools, and worked on several college-wide initiatives including the long range plan, the facilities master plan, employee salary plan and as a team leader for the Richardson Complex Visioning Project.
“My wife, Melinda, and I look forward to renewing past relationships in Burke County and once again becoming active members of the community,” he said.

Dr. Helmick had been president of Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, N.C., since March of 2011. Among other accomplishments during his tenure there, Dr. Helmick raised private and public funds to develop a Simulated Hospital, a Center for Creative Woodworking, an advanced welding training facility and a state-of-the-art fabrication lab to train workers for the welding and metal fabrication industries. He also worked with a regional conservation foundation to develop new hiking trails on the college’s campus and established the first Brewing, Distillation and Fermentation community college program in the United States.

Before Western Piedmont Community College, Dr. Helmick served as a vice president of academic affairs at Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort, S.C., dean of technical education at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., director of the Institute for Business and Industry Training and Tech Prep at Northeast State Technical Community College in Blountville, Tenn., and assistant principal in the Washington County Virginia Public School in Abingdon, Va. He also has experience as a small business owner and CAD drafter at Tennessee Eastman Company in Kingsport.
“Dr. Helmick brings a diverse range of experiences and skills to Western Piedmont that we know will take Western Piedmont to the next level in providing higher education and workforce development opportunities to Burke County,” said Ron Martin, chairman of the Search Committee.  “We had a very qualified pool of candidates to apply for the presidency of Western Piedmont, but Dr. Helmick’s existing knowledge of the community and college, innovative approach to programming and the shared potential he sees in the future of the College set him apart and in line to be our next leaders.”
Excitement Building around Burke Chamber’s Fall Agenda

Excitement Building around Burke Chamber’s Fall Agenda

Led by the 19th Annual Chamber Golf Classic on September 25, the Burke Chamber is planning a fall agenda as exciting as the fall colors in Western NC. Here’s a preview and some reminders:                           

August 19, 330 pm – Applebee’s Restaurant Groundbreaking 
August 21Ambassadors Prize Patrol
September 2 – Ribbon Cutting at Alray Tires
BAH Trademark
September 11, 430-630 pmBusiness After Hours at Silver Fork Winery sponsored by CommunityOne Bank.

Golf Classic

September 25 – Golf Classic at Silver Creek Presented by 
Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge – It promises to be the best yet! Registration information will be released next week. For information about hole sponsorships ($175) or being a tournament sponsor with special benefits, call the Chamber at 437-3021.



Leadership Burke

September-November, Leadership Burke – It’s the right time to be thinking about up and coming members of your team who your company would like to send to this leadership development course. Look for details to be announced soon.
November 13, Business Showcase – Put your business in the spotlight before fellow businesses and hundreds of consumers at our second annual expo. Details coming soon.
Plus, look for news about upcoming Business for Breakfasts and other special member events over the coming months.
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