The Burke County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to help our members celebrate important business milestones.  Below are photos from some of our most recent Celebration events!

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Founder Hope Lowman cuts the ribbon as CEO Wendy Ward (to her left), staff and guests celebrate the opening of the staffing firm's fourth office.
Founder Hope Lowman cuts the ribbon as CEO Wendy Ward (to her left), staff and guests celebrate the opening of the staffing firm’s fourth office.

Catawba Valley Staffing Opens Valdese Office

Catawba Valley Staffing has opened a new office in Valdese at 152 Main Street East, adding to its other offices in Morganton, Marion and Hickory. Owner and president Hope Lowman was joined by daughter and Chief Executive Officer Wendy Ward, manager Melanie Townsend, staff, Valdese Town Manager Jeff Morse, Burke Chamber Ambassadors and community guests at a ribbon cutting and reception last month. Catawba Valley Staffing specializes in securing employees for local, national, and international businesses in the region, including manufacturing, health and medical, clerical, technical and professional companies. “We are an organized team of professionals dedicated to developing positive employment relationships that benefit our employees, our businesses, our communities, and our families,” said Wendy. For more information, call (828) 522-1076 or visit

Atlantic Bay Mortgage Opens in Morganton
Senior Mortgage Banker Jennifer Wright led a grand opening in December for Atlantic Bay Mortgage’s new office at 105 North Green St. in Morganton. “My goal is to assist my client with the best mortgage product that meets their needs and helps them with long term home ribboncutting2ownership,” Jennifer said. “These clients range from first time home buyers to buyerswho are moving up or down sizing. I strive to make it a good experience for them with open communication and dialogue.. Atlantic Bay Mortgage specializes in a wide range of financing options, including conventional home loans, FHA home loans, USDA home loans, VHDA home loans, VA home loans, jumbo home loans and reverse mortgages. Atlantic Bay also underwrites To Be Determined (TBD) files before the client has a property. This means the client can be fully approved prior to finding a property.  Having lived in Burke County for most of her life, Jennifer brings more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry and over 12 years experience in mortgage lending to her new business. For more information, call (828) 348-7837.

Breathe Yoga & Wellness Connects Mind and Body
Rhonda Cook believes the exercises in posture, breathing and meditation practiced in yoga should be part of a well-rounded, balanced approach not only to a person’s physical health but also to a healthy mind. So, earlier this month she celebrated the opening of Breathe Yoga & ribboncutting4Wellness at 131 West Union Street in Morganton.  The facility offers a variety of traditional and non-traditional  yoga classes for       fitness and for health, as well as personalized therapeutic body and mind practices adapted to individual needs.  “The mission of Breathe Yoga & Wellness is to provide instruction, practice, and support that encourages individual and community health,” said Rhonda, who is a yoga therapist. “It’s why we are a member of the Foothills Holistic Alliance, a local network of practitioners who share values grounded in complementary wellness.”  Breathe Yoga & Wellness will offer a variety of class styles and levels and allow purchase of unlimited monthly memberships, class packages, gift cards, great yoga products, drop-in pricing, specials, discounts, workshops, online check-in and pay options, tons of parking in the back and walking distance to other spots in our vibrant little downtown.Students of Breathe Yoga & Wellness are eligible to receive special rates on group classes, private sessions, and special events through its referral program. For more information, visit the facility or contact Rhonda at

New Carolina Rugs & Flooring Has You Covered

To better serve its many customers, Carolina Rugs & Flooring has relocated to a new and larger location at 906 West Union Street in Morganton . Owner Rob Thawley marked the move with a ribbon cutting just before Christmas. Rob is now offering an expanded line of traditional oriental and ribboncutting

contemporary rugs, laminate and vinyl flooring, custom cabinets, home decor, and doors, and discounts are a specialty. “From formal oriental style rugs and rugs for your lodge or cabin to hard-to-find rugs for the kids’ room, we have you covered,” Rob said. “The same is true for flooring of all styles and types, as well as cabinetry. If you are re-modelling or simply want a fresh new look, we can pull it all together for you.” For more information, stop by the store located adjacent to Silver Creek restaurant, call (828) 475-1192, or visit Rob’s Facebook site: “We will soon launch a website that will have more than 10,000 rugs available,” Rob added.