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 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.

Burke County Board of Realtors® Awarded Placemaking Grant to Help Improve Morganton Community

Burke County Board of Realtors® Awarded Placemaking Grant to Help Improve Morganton Community

Burke County Board of Realtors® Awarded Placemaking Grant to Help Improve Morganton Community

The Burke County Association of Realtors®

Members of the Burke County Board of Realtors® joined Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen on October 21 for a Chamber ribbon-cutting marking the installation of the first bike rack and fix-it station in the City Hall courtyard.

received a $2,300.00 Placemaking Micro-Grant from the National Association of Realtors® to help make the Morganton community a better place to live and work by transforming unused public spaces into vibrant community places.

The grant was intended to help Realtor Associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement and maintain placemaking activities in their commu-nities. The board used the funds to install a custom bike rack designed and fabricated by Oak Hill Ironworks and a bicycle fix-it
Realtors partnered with the Morganton Downtown Development Association (DDA) and the City of Morganton’s Main
Street Office on this project titled “Bike
Racks for Downtown Morganton.” This
Oak Hill Ironworks made the new bike rack that is designed around the The Burke County Association of Realtors® logo of a home
project was initiated by the DDA earlier this year after receiving complaints from area residents and businesses about not having adequate spaces to securely store bicycles. During the month of June, businesses — including, Brown Mountain Bottleworks, Hamilton Williams Gallery, Bucks Pizza, Small and Martin Orthodontics — teamed up with the DDA to help fundraise for downtown bike racks. Along with these businesses, the B
urke County Board of Realtors® applied for and received a Placemaking grant to assist in the installation of a bike rack and fix-it station in downtown Morganton. Additional bike racks are planned to be installed in the Spring of 2016.
Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state Realtor® associations to help them and their members initiate placemaking projects in the community, like turning a parking lot into a farmer’s market or a vacant lot into a playground. Realtor® associations and their Realtor® members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these improvement efforts.
The Burke County Board of Realtors® and the DDA celebrated with a ribbon cutting of the first bike rack and fix-it station installed in downtown on Wednesday, October 21. Guests in attendance were Burke County Chamber of Commerce, Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen, Morganton Trading Company, City of Morganton, Morganton Downtown Development Association and members of the Burke County Board of Realtors®. After the ribbon cutting, everyone was invited to Buck’s Pizza for lunch.
For more information on the Bike Racks for downtown Morganton initiative, please contact Abby Gentry at 828-438-5280. To find out more about National Association of Realtors® placemaking grants visit,
“Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits”

“Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits”

Business-4-Breakfast-LogoGuest Speaker ~ Ben Sugarwalla
Vice President, Territorial Sales for AIG
Up Close: Grace Ridge’s New Look

Friday, July 31
Breakfast Buffet Opens at 7:30 am
Program Starts at 8 am
The more you know about Social Security, the better you can make the most of your benefits. Join us for a very timely and practical program, whatever your age, You’ll also enjoy breakfast in Grace Ridge’s beautiful new dining room and take a firsthand look at the new lobby, theater, chapel, library and more at our area’s leading retirement community.
Call the Chamber at 437-3021 to reserve your seats for this special summer Business for Breakfast.     FREE for Burke Chamber Members.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Now Open in Morganton

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Now Open in Morganton

Burke County is now home to a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Representatives from the company’s home office in Lebanon, TN, along with local management and staff, were hosts at an early morning ribbon cutting and at special events for community leaders and public service workers on Friday, June 19. The restaurant and retail store officially opened to the public yesterday

Reed Mutzberg, who began his Cracker Barrel career eight years ago, has been named general manager.”We are excited to bring Cracker Barrel to Morganton and become a part of this charming community,” Mutzberg said. “The new layout of the store is one way we are staying true to our mission of pleasing people while making subtle yet distinct changes that will create an even better experience for our guests, who will find the same menu and retail merchandise they love and will still see original pieces of Americana on display.”
Located off Exit 105 on I-40, the Morganton Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is the 39th in North Carolina and 635th in the country. This newest member of Burke County’s business community created about 185 new jobs, including management and hourly staff positions. This team will serve customers seven days a week in a family-friendly atmosphere that will include not only the restaurant but also retail shopping in its Country Store. Expected to serve about 1,000 guests every day, the new Cracker Barrel can seat 169 diners in its more than 8,000 sq. ft. venue.

Besides bringing new full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs, Cracker Barrel plans to use local vendors and suppliers when possible. Its economic impact will also be felt in tax revenues (property, payroll, sales. etc.). At Cracker Barrel, breakfast is available all day with lunch and dinner options


beginning at 11 a.m. Cracker Barrel serves home-style meals prepared from scratch like homemade chicken n’ dumplins and also offers Wholesome Fixin’s, classic country meals with a lighter twist – full of flavor and under 600 calories.

Each Cracker Barrel location is uniquely decorated with real American artifacts, memorabilia and signage collected by a team of Americana experts. The walls of Cracker Barrel stores reflect the nation’s rich history and gives each of location a homespun appeal for local residents and an interesting twist for visitors.

Cracker Barrel’s signature rocking chairs beckon guests to sit a while on the porch.

Cracker Barrel’s signature rocking chairs Along with dining in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Cracker Barrel guests can enjoy shopping in the old country store for toys, games, food items, apparel, accessories and other unique items. Gift wrapping is complimentary and purchases can be shipped directly from the store.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, TN, and

now has 635 stores in 42 states. “Cracker Barrel provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants,” said General Manager Reed Mutzberg. “Guests are cared for like family, while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage, all at a fair price. We are looking forward to serving residents and visitors alike and to becoming an integral part of this community.”
To keep up with the latest news on the Morganton store, visit
Burke Integrated Health Ribbon Cutting

Burke Integrated Health Ribbon Cutting

BURKE INTEGRATED HEALTH celebrated its opening in May with a interribbon cutting and family fair at its location on 350 East Parker Road in Morganton. Director Michael Shoupe manned the Chamber’s scissors to make it official. Burke Integrative Health is an collaborative partnership among Burke Primary Care, A Caring Alternative, Cognitive Care and Catawba Valley Behavioral Health.  They have partnered to provide not only primary care but also treatment for patients with behavioral health and substance abuse issues. Look for more information in the next Chamber newsletter.

Psalms Urgent Care/Solid Rock Family Medicine Open New Offices

Psalms Urgent Care/Solid Rock Family Medicine Open New Offices

Psalms Urgent Care/Solid psalmsRock Family Medicine have moved from their College Street location behind Burke Pharmacy to new, more visible offices at 304 South Green downtown Morganton. Along with staff and guests, owner Barbara Deaton, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP, BC celebrate the move with a ribbon cutting on May 21. She opened the center in April 2010 as a result of her concerns over limited to access to routine healthcare services in Burke County during weekends. Today, the urgent care center still accepts walk-in patients. Appointments are required for Solid Rock Family Practice

Ther-Equine Completes New Riding Arena

Ther-Equine Completes New Riding Arena



Eight months ago, well-wishers gathered at the Stone Creek Equestrian Center to break ground on constructing a new covered riding arena. On May 18, staff and guests celebrated its completion with a morning ribbon-cutting. Besides recreational riding, the equestrian center is home to Ther-Equine, a non-profit program that brings healing therapy to people with physical, emotional or mental challenges through the use of horses in a unique and exciting approach to therapy. The new arena  is equipped with ramps so that riders can mount the horses or be assisted as needed. Fences and gates provide additional safety measures. In addtion to Therapeutic Riding led by certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors, Ther-Equine offers a “Stable Life,”

a holistic recovery model for those with mental, emotional, trauma, and substance use issues. Another program, “Hippotherapy,” is a physical, occupational, or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes the movement of the horse as part of an integrated treatment program. For more information on these programs,  volunteering, donating or to make an appointment for evaluation with Ther-Equine, call Wendy Bradshaw at 828-443-0272, email or visit     Ther-Quine can also be found on Facebook.

Walmart Opens Neighborhood Market

Walmart Opens Neighborhood Market

To the raising of the Stars and Stripes and the strains of the national anthem, more than 100 people gathered Wednesday morning for the opening of

Store Manager Gene Taylor and Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen formally open the new Walmart Neighborhood Market.
the new Walmart Neighborhood Market at 1001 North Green street. Store manager Gene Taylor and Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen made it official, cutting the ribbon and opening the doors for early shoppers, local dignitaries and Walmart associates who arrived early for the 7 am ceremony and first day of business. The 41,000 square foot building features not only traditional grocery store items but also an in-store pharmacy with a drive-through. The Walmart Neighborhood Market will be open 24/7 and provide about 100 full- and part-time jobs. Taylor cited himself in talking about growth opportunities the company provides for its associates, recounting how he started as an hourly worker, eventually advancing to manage a store.
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