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.
Emerging Leaders Application

Emerging Leaders Application

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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Tonia Stephenson

Tonia Stephenson

Tonia Stephenson began serving the Burke County community on July 9, 2018 as the
President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. She has spent most of her professional
career in the Chamber world, beginning with the High Point Chamber of Commerce, then
the Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce serving in different capacities.
For six years, Tonia served as the Executive Director for The Salvation Army Boys &
Girls Club in High Point. At the Boys & Girls Club, her focus was to revitalize the Club
facilities, raise the number of children served, provide quality programming, and put the
Club in good financial standing.

Tonia is a graduate of High Point University, with a double major of Business
Administration and Home Furnishings Marketing. She is a graduate of the U. S.
Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute at Villanova University and became a
Certified Chamber of Commerce Executive in 2014. She is a member of VEDIC
(Valdese Economic Development Investment Corporation) and CACCE (Carolinas
Association of Chamber Executives) Board of Directors. Tonia was named the Business
Woman of the Year from the High Point Chamber of Commerce, one of the 40 Leaders
Under 40 from The Business Journal, and was named the Member of the Year for the
Archdale/Trinity Chamber of Commerce, where she served on the Board of Directors for
six years.

Tonia is married to her best friend, David, and loves to spend time with him traveling for
long weekends. She also enjoys hiking trails, cross-stitching, and reading.

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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, contact us today!

Click here to Join Now

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Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

Professional Development    •    Community Activism

About Us

The Emerging Leaders began in early 2019 when the Burke County Chamber of Commerce and the Burke County United Way came together to create a steering committee. Both saw a need for the development and support of the young professionals in our county, and more opportunities for them to connect, network and give back to their community. 

The mission of the Emerging Leaders program is to create opportunities for enriching professional development, networking and community engagement to young leaders in Burke County. 

Through networking events, volunteering opportunities and leadership training, our members leverage the powers of other Burke Emerging Leaders to connect, serve, and grow both professionally and personally. Burke County Emerging Leaders is completely open to all young professionals aged 21-40. There are currently no yearly membership fees.


Since the pandemic began, the Emerging Leaders Steering Committee has been cautious about holding public events. As we enter into 2022, we plan to begin hosting local events once again that allow young professionals to network, grow professionally and give back to their community through service or philanthropy. Past philanthropy opportunities have included collecting items for a different local charity organization at each event, and “adopting” a family for Christmas. To stay on top of upcoming events and other updates, visit the Emerging Leaders Facebook Page.

For more information on joining the Burke County Emerging Leaders, fill out the contact form here!

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