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Thursday, May 21, 2020
 Lives or Livelihoods? Both.   The dichotomy between public health and economic health, I believe, will go down in history as the most divisive debate of the century. Restarting the economy to protect livelihoods is being placed in direct competition with protecting lives from this highly contagious and at times, fatal disease.  Coronavirus-19 has wreaked havoc and caused major damage, some of ...read more
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Thursday, May 14, 2020
 Inside the Chamber:  May 14, 2020 “You were made for such a time as this.” is a statement that I play repeatedly in my mind as I push forward and lead my team, our organization and the business community in these unprecedented times.  I find the most irony in the fact that the military term, “VUCA” (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity), was first coined during the year that this ...read more
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Monday, March 30, 2020
Catawba County United Way establishes COVID-19 response fund   For more than 75 years, donor gifts to the Catawba County United Way have supported community resources that serve struggling families across our county. Because of the economic pressures created by the current COVID-19 outbreak, workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Children who rely on ...read more
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Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Inside the Chamber February 27, 2020There are many aspects of your business that you can control –things such as product innovation and quality, customer service, internal processes and procedures, your company’s brand and marketing messaging and who you hire to join your team.    There are aspects of business, however, that are outside of your control, yet directly impact your ability to grow, ...read more
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Monday, January 20, 2020
Catalyst (cat·a·lyst):An agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.    Sparking community transformation takes action and vision. Your Chamber, alongside of our collaborative partners, serves as a game changer for business and a driver for economic growth and advancement.  Over the past eighteen months, I’ve had the pleasure of regularly convening a group called, “The Catalyst.”  ...read more
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Our Chamber Ambassadors are an extension of our Chamber team that helps serve our organizations’ 850 Shareholders and Investors.  They are our public relations team and are highly visible throughout your Chamber and the community.    We are deeply grateful for the Ambassadors’ commitment to generously serve local business and support our mission. This group of dedicated volunteers builds and ...read more
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The following was written by Emily Kiziah, Intern, at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. In the six months that I have been with the Chamber, I can easily say that I have developed into a better professional and citizen. Through my time serving as intern, I have been engaged in transformative experiences that have pushed me out of my comfort zone into areas that I would have never navigated ...read more
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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Inside the Chamber Column—  “This week, I attended the NCIDEA Foundation Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Conference in Raleigh with over 400 other leaders from communities across our great state that are passionate about fostering vibrant ecosystems of support for our innovators, job creators and heroes of main street.  The agenda was packed full of thought leaders from across the country on ...read more
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Last Monday, we hosted the Tapping Into Talent Symposium in partnership with the Catawba County EDC, K-64, Catawba Valley Community College and Lenoir-Rhyne University.  We brought together leaders in business and education to spotlight local resources and best practice efforts by companies in the region regards to talent attraction, retention and development.  Topics included work-based learning ...read more
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Serving Those Who Have Served - Overcoming The Hesitation  The following was written by Nathan Huret, Director of Existing Industry Services with the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation and Co-Lead of the HKY4Vets, an talent recruitment initiative led by the Catawba Chamber and the Catawba EDC:   “As I was doing my weekly content creation/search for our various social media ...read more
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Thursday, September 05, 2019
If you were to set out on a kamikaze rampage to “kill your community” how would you do it?  Doug Griffith, educator and author of, “13 Ways to Kill Your Community”, committed himself and his research to identifying common behaviors or even dysfunctions which overtime contribute to the success or demise of communities across the country.  He uses “reverse psychology” to prove his point that ...read more
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Thursday, September 05, 2019
PART 2: 13 Ways to Kill Your Community If you were to set out on a kamikaze rampage to “kill your community” how would you do it?  Last week, I highlighted the first 7 ways that author and educator, Doug Griffith states in his lecture and book, “13 Ways to Kill Your Community.”  If you didn’t read my column last week, here’s a quick summary to catch you up:  Griffith committed himself and his ...read more
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Monday, August 26, 2019
Inside the Chamber: “Tapping Into Talent”  Employers continue to be challenged with turning to more unconventional or innovative solutions to meet their needs for qualified talent to fill their open positions.  Weekly, my team, along with our collaborative partners at the Economic Development Corporation, K-64 and Catawba Valley Community College stand in the gap with ideas and local resources to ...read more
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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Inside the Chamber: Talent Toolbox  In a tight labor market like the one we’re experiencing, you may be challenged with turning to more unconventional or innovative solutions to meeting your talent needs and often times don’t know where to start. As a result, with help from several Leadership Catawba graduates, The Talent Toolbox application was created to provide a comprehensive digital ...read more
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Chamber intern welcomes challenges, more  Note: The July 1st column in the Hickory Daily Record was written by Emily Kiziah, an intern at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. Kiziah is a senior at Lenoir-Rhyne University majoring in multimedia communication and will intern with the Catawba County Chamber for the summer and fall 2019 semesters. During her time at Lenoir-Rhyne University, ...read more
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019
For Immediate Release July 16, 2019  ACCE Contact:  Bethany Orban Marketing & Communications Manager 703-998-3560 borban@acce.orgLindsay M. Keisler named Forty Under 40 for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives   Lindsay M. Keisler has been awarded the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives 2019 Forty Under 40 award.   The Forty Under 40 award is a ...read more
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Thursday, July 11, 2019
Inside the Chamber:  Mid-Year Return on Impact   Catawba County Chamber Shareholders and Investors, please accept our sincere gratitude for your investment that provides resources and influence which enables your Chamber to tackle the most critical issues impacting business in Catawba County.    Through the work of your Chamber team, volunteer leadership and collaborative partners throughout ...read more
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Thursday, June 20, 2019
“The story of the Hickory Chamber of Commerce* is a story of action. A story of people working together to get things done for the good of their community.”   I proudly smiled as I read these opening lines of a true gem that I discovered this week contained in a book that was published to commemorate the City of Hickory’s Centennial in the year 1970. The title of the article, “Chamber of ...read more
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Thursday, June 06, 2019
Inside the Chamber:  June 6, 2019  I once heard a poem written by Charles Franklin Benvegar, titled “Builders and Wreckers” and I’ve kept it in my desk drawer ever since. It goes like this….”As I watched them tear a building down, a gang of men in a busy town. With a ho-heave-ho, and a lusty yell, they swung a beam and the side wall fell. I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled, and the men ...read more
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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Inside the Chamber: Does Your Floor Creak?“Let’s go to the Candy Barrel”, said my mother.  To a little girl, no other six words strung together in one sentence could be more exhilarating.  As we entered into Mast General Store in downtown Boone, we were met with friendly greetings and smiling faces from their various attendants.  The store’s appearance was always the same, outdoor clothing lined ...read more
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