Ambassador Application

Ambassador Application

Interested in joining the Ambassador Program? It is important to understand the reasons an Ambassador is critical to the Chamber.  The Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business and professional people dedicated to the economic well-being of their community.  The Members are the Chamber! As an Ambassador, you represent the Chamber, your business and the community. A Chamber Ambassador serves as the army of “Chamber Champions” and is an imperative extension of the Chamber.  As such, your position is an important one. The organization’s strength lies in the number and diversity of its Ambassadors. With the dedicated support of Ambassadors,  we can accomplish collectively what no one business can do alone. In saying that, we need members who are ready to stand strong and be committed to Growing Business and Building Community!  Please read the Ambassador Program 2021  expectations and evaluate if you can commit to these terms.

Once you have done so, please complete and submit your application below.

Ambassador Application

Ambassadors are Chamber members in good standing who volunteer at events and programs. They have the opportunity to increase their network and leadership skills. They enjoy the rewards of making new contacts, strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources.
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    Ambassador Mission Statement: To serve as an active volunteer extension of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce to cultivate, promote and maintain a positive relationship between Chamber members and the community. Ambassadors are: Individuals from Burke County Chamber of Commerce member companies. Committee member performance will be reviewed annually to determine their continued enrollment . Time Commitment: One year commitment and have a working knowledge of the Chamber and its mission. Volunteer for a minimum of one Premier Event and attend at least four Celebration Service Events, and at least one Networking event per year. * I will carry out the mission of the Ambassadors and represent the Burke County Chamber of Commerce in a professional manner, including dress. * I will positively promote the Chamber throughout the community whenever possible. * I will be informed about the events, activities, and work of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce in the community and work to engage new members into the offerings of the Chamber. * I will ensure that my company remains in good standing with the Burke County Chamber of Commerce. * I will meet the minimum requirements earned in a given year and realize that failure to do so may result in my dismissal from the Ambassador Program. * I understand that failure to meet the attendance, duty, conduct, or professional expectations of the program may result in my dismissal from the Ambassador Program. * My workplace is aware of my possible involvement as a Ambassador of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce and supports me making the necessary commitment of time.

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.

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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.

75th Anniversary Annual Meeting

75th Anniversary Annual Meeting

November 19, 2020

Did you miss the 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting? Are you interested in hearing what the Chamber has been up to?

Join us in Celebrating the following Award Recipients!
* Ambassador of the Year – Janet Hannah
* Citizen of the Year – Chris Rice
* Business of the Year – Farris Insurance Agency, Inc

Watch The Burke County Chamber of Commerce 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting Video LINK

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YOUR Chamber

The Burke County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to Growing Business and Building Community. The Chamber has been a trusted resource for local, regional and national businesses and their employees since 1945. We are an independent organization governed exclusively by our local board of directors and not a construct of a national or state organization. Members rely on our full calendar of networking and learning opportunities as well as our assistance in navigating complex issues facing the business community. The Burke County Chamber of Commerce works every day to build a stronger community for businesses and for residents.

Business Investment

Membership in the Burke County Chamber of Commerce is an investment in your business and community.  As a business owner, you play an essential role in Burke County’s success.

Exclusive Perks!

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First Step!


Get to know others in your community, develop partnerships, and support other businesses.


When our members grow and expand, so to does the quality of life in Burke County.  We are here to help your business thrive!


Become more aware of community and business issues, help solve problems, and get support with your needs.


Learning Is Key! Below are links to some training opportunities that are designed to help you achieve your business objectives.

Meet YOUR Chamber Team


Tonia Stephenson

President & CEO

Tonia began serving the Burke County community on July 9, 2018 as the President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce…Read More

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Hollie Phillips

Member Relations Specialist

Hollie joined the chamber is May 2016. Phillips has an extensive background in sales and human resource management.

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Regina Tipton

Member Relations Specialist

Regina joined the team in 2020. Tipton graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

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McKenzie Peeler

Communication Specialist

McKenzie joined the team in September 2018. Peeler is highly skilled in social media and communication marketing. 

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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.
Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

August 19 – Applebee’s Restaurant Groundbreaking
August 21 – Ambassadors’ Surprise Patrol
September 2 – Alray Tire Ribbon-Cutting
September 11 – Business After Hours at Silver Fork Winery Sponsored by Community One Bank
September 25 – 19th Annual Chamber Golf Classic at Silver Creek
October 16 – Business After Hours at The Beanstalk Zip Lines
November 13 – Second Annual Chamber Business EXPO

Watch for details about September’s Business for Breakfast Coming Soon
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