Leadership Burke Application

Leadership Burke Application

Leadership Burke Application

Tuition is $600 for Chamber members and $850 for non-members. This fee covers all program expenses.

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Applications Due Friday, September 26 Leadership Burke 2014 Starts October 2-3

Applications Due Friday, September 26 Leadership Burke 2014 Starts October 2-3

It’s our community’s premier program for identifying future leaders and equipping them with the information they need to Leadership Burke understand how Burke County works. Limited to 30 participants, Leadership Burke provides Chamber members a unique opportunity to recognize up-and-coming or new leaders in their company or organization with an exciting immersion experience into five of Burke County’s key sectors:

– Business, Manufacturing and Economic Development
– Healthcare and Human Services
– Education
– Arts, Culture and History
– City, County, State and Federal Government

Leadership Burke 2014 will begin on October 2-3 with an outstanding two-day orientation, leadership development and team building program led by Linda Lindsay that has been one of the highest rated activities by past participants. Subsequent sessions will combine classroom settings, guest speakers, panel discussions and extensive fields trips across the county for a firsthand look into what drives the economy, decision-making, learning, healthcare, the social safety net, culture and much more. The call for participants will be e-mailed to Chamber members today with a deadline for participant applications of Friday, September 26. Tuition for participants employed by Chamber members is the same as last year at $450. Tuition for non-Chamber members is $550. If you or a participant from your company would like to enroll, click here for the application form.

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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Reasons to Join

As a business owner, you play an essential role in Burke County’s success. Business owners like you are the leaders, job creators, community builders, and the engines of our economy. When you join the chamber, you’ll enjoy more opportunities to advance your business and our community and a generous package of exclusive perks and member benefits.

  • Greater Connections | We offer over highly visible events, programs and celebrations each year. That means multiple opportunities to develop new relationships, grow your referrals, and expand your network.
  • Greater Visibility | From event attendance to investor opportunities and affordable advertising opportunities, the Chamber helps you promote your company and share your brand message with member companies — and countless potential new customers.
  • Resources for Greater Growth | Businesses of all sizes and business owners of all experience levels can leverage the Chamber for growth. Whether it’s planning tools, free business consultations, educational workshops, peer-to-peer business roundtables, or more, at the Chamber, it’s our business to help you grow yours.
  • Attract and Retain Great Talent | We work side-by-side with you to welcome, connect, and engage your talent. Our wealth of affinity groups help connect diverse professionals with their peers — within our membership and our community.
  • Become a Greater Leader |  You can take part in Burke County’s pre-eminent programs for leadership development. Our leadership programs equip talented professionals to shape careers, transform companies, and fuel change throughout the community.
  • Have a Greater Voice |  The Chamber works tirelessly to further the policies, ideas, and opportunities that will improve the climate for Burke County businesses. Whether you need help getting a sign approved, have a taxation situation, or have an industry-specific problem that’s affecting your business, the advocacy team at the chamber is ready and able to help.

Choose an appropriate level of support.

Burke County businesses come in all shapes and sizes and so do Chamber memberships. Whether you’re a startup or a billion-dollar corporation, there’s a membership level that’s tailored to fit your business.

Joining the Burke County Chamber of Commerce is an investment in your business, your brand and your community.  No other business organization is as deeply plugged into what is happening in Burke County.  No other business organization brings together the decision makers and leaders who make things happen.

To learn more about how membership with the Chamber will benefit your business and our community complete the form below and a member of our staff will contact you.

For more information on investment levels and pricing: CLICK HERE

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Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

Do you want to grow your social capital, develop more leadership skills, learn from your peers, and best of all build new friendships with people around the community?

If you are between the ages of 21-40 and would be interested in joining the Burke County Emerging Leaders, please submit your application below. Someone from our team will be in contact with you.

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Business for Breakfast Dec. 4, 2015-Economic Forecast

Business for Breakfast Dec. 4, 2015-Economic Forecast

Make Your Reservations Today
Minami to Present Annual Economic Forecast on December 4         
Tom Minami, CFA, CFP
December’s Business for Breakfast features a perennial favorite among Chamber members: the Annual Economic Forecast for the year ahead. This year’s guest speaker will be Tom Minami, CFA, CFP, Senor Vice President for SunTrust Investor Services, Inc.,and Private Financial Advisor with SunTrust Private Wealth Management.
The program will be held on Friday, December 4, in the Community Room at Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton and is free for all Burke Chamber members. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Chamber at (828) 437-3021 or e-mailingcfreeman@burkecounty.org. The breakfast buffet will open at 7:30 am, and the program will begin at 8 am sharp.
Tom has more than 20 years of comprehensive wealth management experience.  Prior to joining SunTrust in September of 2015,

he held leadership and advisory roles at Wells Fargo/Wachovia.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Duke University.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Certified Financial Planner™ certification. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA North Carolina Society.

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge to Transform Valdese Campus

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge to Transform Valdese Campus

Editor’s Note: Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is Burke County’s largest private employer. As a leading corporate citizen, it is

an active member and supporter of the Burke Chamber, does business in our county and is involved with numerous community-based organizations. The system serves as the healthcare safety net for thousands of uninsured and under-insured citizens in Burke County, providing $63 million in care last year with partial or no payment. At the same time, our community healthcare system faces the financial challenges of the Affordable Care Act, federal mandates to purchase expensive information technology, reduced payments for services from the government, and a seismic shift from traditional inpatient care to outpatient care. Last week, the system’s Board of Directors announced a proactive plan designed to respond to these trends and challenges by concentrating outpatient care at the Valdese hospital and inpatient care at the Morganton facility. In the interest of transparency and to provide Chamber members with information that led to the Board’s decision, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge shared the following information with your Chamber.
Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge’s Board of Directors voted [last] week to transition Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge – Valdese to an outpatient health center and transfer inpatient care to its Morganton campus. This decision was based on the current patient population’s needs and an overall commitment to ensure long-term access to high-quality healthcare for the community, according to information from the system.
“With this decision, the Board, leadership and teammates at Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge are looking to the future,” said J. Michael Bridges, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We envision Valdese as a healthcare center of the future – the first of its kind in our region. This is an investment in the care of the communities we serve.”
Valdese’s transformation will take place over a 2-1/2  year period. The transition will begin with increasing outpatient surgeries performed at Valdese and moving all inpatients from Valdese to Morganton. These two steps will be complete by the end of this year.
Emergency services, cancer care and other outpatient services will remain at Valdese. In fact, plans include renovating and expanding the Emergency Department and upgrading the Cancer Center. The planning and preparation process will begin this summer and construction should begin by first quarter 2015.
“There is a tradition of high quality care and service at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge – Valdese. Transforming Valdese into an outpatient health center will allow us to provide the right kind of care for our patients at the right place, all while being more efficient and keeping Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge viable in the ever-changing healthcare environment,” said Kathy Bailey, President and CEO.
Today, more patients than ever are receiving care in settings other than an inpatient bed. New technology, more advanced treatment methods and healthcare reform have led to more care being provided outside the walls of a hospital. In 2013, almost 95 percent of patients cared for at Valdese were outpatients, so focusing on that model of care delivery will better match actual utilization of services.

“Our overall focus continues to be on creating a patient and family-centered environment within Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge,” said Bailey. “We believe the transformation at Valdese will help us achieve that goal for this community.”

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