Burke County Chamber of Commerce
Have “Phun, Phun, Phun” on May 1 at Phifer Wellness Center!

Have “Phun, Phun, Phun” on May 1 at Phifer Wellness Center!

Need some energy at the end of your work day?BC_Busniness-After-Hours-Logo

Then make plans to enjoy a healthy blend of fitness, food, fashion and great door prizes at Phifer Wellness Center for our next Business After Hours.  It’s all set for Thursday, May 1, from 4:30-6:30 pm.  Supporting Chamber members include Belk of Morganton, The Tea Tree in Glen Alpine and Morganton Natural Foods.

“We’re inviting all our fellow Chamber members to bring a friend to Phifer Wellness Center for this special event. Come as you are after work or bring a change of clothes,” said Shea Rostan, the center’s manager.  “We’ll have something for everyone. Whether you’re already physically active or just want to explore how to live healthier, you’ll have a fun and relaxed time at this Business After Hours. It will be a great opportunity to network in an informal setting, too, so bring your business cards.”

“In addition to all the activities we have planned, we will have tours of our 26,000 sq.ft. facility, one of the largest centers of its kind in Western NC,” she added. “We are really looking forward to having Belk of Morganton, Morganton Natural Foods and the Tea Tree join us for this event.”

  • 4:30            Healthy Food  & Drink Demos by Morganton Natural Foods, The Tea                             Tree and PWC
  • 4:30-5:00    “The Eight Natural Laws of Health” with guest speaker Tanya Papuga
  • 4:30-6:30    Fitness Fashions for 2014 by Belk of Morganton
  • 4:30-6:30    Tours of PWC
  •  5:00           Water Aerobics
  •  5:00           Bodybar Strength Training
  •  5:30           Dodgeball  Tournament
  •  5:30           Wallyball
  •  5:45           Yoga

There will also be drawings for some great door prizes, including a one-year member-ship to Phifer Wellness Center, massage sessions, a  juicer, men’s and women’s athletic shoes, personal training and logoed PWC gear. Tickets for Belk of Morganton’s Charity Sale on May 3 benefiting area non-profit organizations and schools will also be on sale. Phifer Wellness Center is located in Morganton on the campus of Grace Hospital (Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge) at Exit 105 off I-40.

Business After Hours is free to Chamber members, but reservations are required to help sponsors plan the event. Please call Dorothea Jolly at the Chamber at 437-3021 by 5 pm on Monday April 28, so you don’t miss out!

2014 Cornerstone Awards Nominations Due March 24

2014 Cornerstone Awards Nominations Due March 24

You still have a week to nominate an outstanding Burke County business and Chamber member – including your own company — for one of the Chamber’s prestigious Cornerstone Awards. Submit your nomination by next Monday, March 24 using the attached form. Send it to or drop it by the Chamber’s offices at110 East Meeting Street in downtown Morganton. The Foundation Award recognizes Burke County’s Businesses of the Year. The Impact Award pays honor to a for-profit, community-minded business for its commitment to projects and programs that improve Burke County’s quality of life.  The Diversity Award recognizes minority-owned and independently-operated and controlled businesses. The awards will be presented during special ceremonies on May 15.

Christine Andrews Is Ambassador of the Year — Christine Andrews from Farris Insurance was named the 2013 Ambassador of the Year at the Burke County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at CoMMA on February 25.

Christine Andrews Is Ambassador of the Year — Christine Andrews from Farris Insurance was named the 2013 Ambassador of the Year at the Burke County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at CoMMA on February 25.

Gold Sponsor
Gold Sponsor

Andrews currently serves customers from Farris Insurance’s Morganton and Connelly Springs offices. Altogether, she has worked in the insurance industry for nearly 20 years, but her employer said she is much more than member of the staff.

“First and foremost, Christine is a servant, in both her professional and personal life,” said Kevin Farris who along with brothers, Rick and Tim, own the insurance firm. “At work, she is tireless in her pursuit of solutions to every customer’s individual needs.  In the community, she is active in her family’s church, her children’s schools and in the Chamber as an Ambassador. At Farris Insurance, we consider her a member of the family.  Her willingness to serve and her desire to be the best that she can be are two key ingredients to the recipe of how to become a great ambassador.”

Ambassadors serve as volunteers for the Chamber. Stacey Ripley, the Chamber’s Membership Development Director, oversees the Ambassadors program. She works personally with every Ambassador not only to help them make the most of their volunteer experience but also to make their service to the Chamber and its members as meaningful as possible.

“Ambassadors represent many of our 400-plus member businesses and serve as a critical link between the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, its members and the greater business community,” Ripley said.  “You’ll see them assisting the staff at ribbon cuttings and open houses for new or expanding businesses and the wide variety of special events sponsored by the Chamber. They are up and coming community leaders, too, so we routinely call on them for their ideas and suggestions on ways to add value to the programs and services we offer as part of Chamber membership.”

Three outgoing members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors were also recognized at the Annual Meeting. Board Chairman Scott Mulwee presented plaques honoring Richard DeAugustinis, Linda Lindsey and Kenneth W. Wood for their years of service to the organization and to Burke County’s business community.

Ripley said the Chamber welcomes new volunteers from companies who are currently members or are planning to join. For more information, call the Burke County Chamber of Commerce at 828-437-3021.

Legislative Reception Set for March 21

Legislative Reception Set for March 21

Duke-Energy-Logo-4c (2)Four state lawmakers will be our guests on Friday, March 21, when the Chamber hosts the annual Legislative Reception from 8-930 am at the Community House in Morganton.

State Representatives Hugh Blackwell, Mike Hager and Josh Dobson and State Senator Warren Daniel will preview the upcoming Short Session of the NC General Assembly that begins in May. Tickets to the Legislative Reception are $15.00, and seating is limited, so call the Chamber today to reserve your seats at 828-437-3021 or e-mail Dorothea Jolly at djolly@burkecounty.org.


2014 Annual Meeting

2014 Annual Meeting

Space is filling up fast, so if you don’t make your reservations this week for the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, here’s a partial list of what you’ll miss:

– A selection of delicious foods and desserts by JD’s Smokehouse, Downtown Delights, My Local Bakery and Reed’s Catering
– Local libations by Silver Fork Winery and Fonta Flora Brewery
– Live music by a string quartet
– Networking opportunities at every turn
– The presentation of our Ambassador of the Year Award

The event will be held next Tuesday, February 25, at CoMMA from 6-7:30 pm. To encourage all Chamber members to attend, the ticket price has been reduced to $25 per person this year from last year’s $40 price.  To join the fun, call the Chamber at 828-437-3021 or e-mail Dorothea (djolly@burkecounty.org) to purchase your tickets. By the way, your ticket price includes two complimentary beverages, so what’s not to like?. Special thanks go to Farris Insurance, our 2014 Gold Sponsor for the Annual Meeting.



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