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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Inside the Chamber – June 24, 2018Enrollment is now open for the 2018-2019 Class of Leadership Catawba that will kick off on August 9th. The purpose of Leadership Catawba is to create a pipeline of individuals from business, government and non-profits who are aware of all aspects of Catawba County – our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats – and who accept the challenge to go forth ...read more
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Thursday, June 07, 2018
Chamber to produce Made Magazine & Talent Attraction Guide   This week, we will launch the design and publishing process for the 2nd edition of the Made Magazine, a workforce guide targeting the next generation of talent, our middle school and high school students, as well as, their key influencers, school counselors and parents.  Utilizing captivating photography, engaging personal success ...read more
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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Inside the Chamber: Catawba County is Home to Heroes  In April, we had the distinct honor of hosting 39 veterans and their families (over 100 people, including spouses and children) for our second all-expenses paid community experience and hiring event, “Welcome Home Hickory Metro.”    Nineteen employers partnered with us and contributed generous sponsorship investment to sustain the vision of ...read more
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Monday, May 28, 2018
Inside the Chamber: “50 Ideas in 50 Minutes” Last Tuesday, Connie Saunders, Shareholder Relations & Events Manager, and I had the privilege of co-facilitating a workshop we titled, “50 Ideas in 50 Minutes” at our “Tapping Into Talent Symposium.” The human resource professionals and senior level leaders from business and industry who attended spent valuable time with peers comparing notes, ...read more
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
It was a steamy summer in the pit of the south in Savannah, Georgia, where I first realized that women could lead.  I was a bright-eyed pony tail seventh grade tourist meandering the cobblestone streets sporting a green vest adorned with embroidered spheres along with a group of my closest girlfriends when I discovered that the passion of one woman propelled her to lead and nurture a global ...read more
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Thursday, May 03, 2018
Inside the Chamber: “Tapping Into Talent”  The economic climate in Catawba County is healthy – unemployment is low and sales volume and business confidence are high as indicated by our 2018 Partnership Survey results.  As a direct result of these key indicators of a tight labor market, it was no surprise that attracting and retaining qualified talent was cited as the most critical community issue ...read more
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
Inside the Chamber:  April 19, 20183rd Graders are Making. Living. Better. Have you ever seen our community through the eyes of a third grader?  I have and it’s vibrant, energetic, fun and inviting.  As a matter of fact, it is so inviting that after hearing their “sales pitch” on why people should move here, I believe I could actually hear the sound of new residents running, not walking, to ...read more
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Inside the Chamber: 4/11/2018   Volunteerism is alive and well in Catawba County. I know, because I have asked many of you about your level of commitment to our community. As I travel throughout our county, meeting with many of you each week and hearing your stories, I see firsthand the passion you have. You not only genuinely love where you live, but generously pour yourselves into your ...read more
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Thursday, March 22, 2018
2018 Partnership Survey Results As the President of your Chamber, my greatest concern is what keeps you up at night.  What are the most critical community issues that are impacting your business? Inhibiting your growth? Impacting your ability to maximize your profit?  As an organization, we continue to pursue value and relevance every day.  Therefore, it’s imperative that we ask the right ...read more
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Tuesday, March 06, 2018
This week’s “Inside the Chamber” was authored by Kim Dahlsten, Vice President of Operations at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce  3.6.2018   Inside the Chamber:  Dedication to Thin Mints   I don’t know about you, but I see Girl Scouts and their cookies everywhere these days.  I see them on my trip to the grocery store, at the mall, at a local restaurant and even at the craft store.  Who ...read more
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Monday, March 05, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: On Thursday, March 1st, a Graduation Luncheon was held in honor of the thirty-nine business and community leaders who graduated from the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce’s 43rd Class of Leadership Catawba. 43 years and running, Leadership Catawba pulls together people of diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated leadership potential throughout our ...read more
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
2.27.2018 – Inside the Chamber  “Welcome Home Hickory Metro”   "At the end of the day, we're not saying, 'hire a vet' or 'hire a service member because it's the right thing to do. That is a given. What we're saying is, 'Hire someone because they're a proven success in driving bottom line results,' "said Kimberly Williams, Executive Director of NC4ME (North Carolina for Military Employment), at ...read more
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Monday, February 26, 2018
Inside the Chamber 2/21/2018 :  2017 Community Leadership Award Recipient Named  Fred Rogers, infamously known as “Mister Rogers” perfectly defined community leadership in his quote — “We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say, "It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem." Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider ...read more
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Thursday, February 01, 2018
Inside the Chamber:  Others are catching windWe all ooze Catawba County’s new slogan, “Making. Living. Better.” Why? Because it is us, about us and what we do.  We are a community of makers and doers, who enjoy a good quality of life while working together to make a difference for the better. And guess what? Others are starting to catch wind.   Allow me to remind you of some of the positive ...read more
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Thursday, January 25, 2018
An entrepreneurial legacy began as an American dream.  Roxy Te Owens, the designer and owner behind Society Social, a line of home furnishings, and co-star of HGTV’s upcoming pilot episode based in Hickory of “Carolina Reno,” says that her value of hard work and hometown was inherited from her parents.  “My parents had the belief that in America, hard work can make dreams happen no matter who you ...read more
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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Inside the Chamber: Your Chamber ROI  Why do you invest in the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce? To support the economic viability of Catawba County? To take advantage of professional development opportunities for you and your team? To become more involved in the community? As a platform to connect with other business owners and representatives? Like any investment, you expect to yield a ...read more
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Thursday, January 11, 2018
1.11.2018  Inside the Chamber: Chamber Welcomes New Staff   I am pleased to announce our newest team members, Connie Saunders & Ben Hoyle. Both Connie and Ben bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise, talent and experience to their individual roles at the Catawba Chamber. Please help us welcome them to their new roles and the Catawba County Chamber family.       Connie Saunders, MA Shareholder ...read more
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Thursday, January 04, 2018
Inside the Chamber: 2017 Annual Report Released Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Shareholders and Investors, thank you for your partnership and investment that led to the advancement of our mission in 2017.  We're proud to release our Annual Report which features many of your Chamber's success stories in the areas of talent recruitment and development, entrepreneurship and small business ...read more
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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Inside the Chamber: 2018 Chamber Priorities   Your Chamber is committed to working closely with our collaborative partners to grow our population and fill jobs in 2018 and beyond.  The following is a summary of our 2018 program of work priorities.  To our Shareholders & Investors, thank you for your annual partnership with is directly invested into accomplishing this work on behalf of business ...read more
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Monday, December 18, 2017
Guest Column - Inside the Chamber, 12/12/17  “Hello, my name is Tiffany Brooks and I’ve had the privilege to serve as the Intern at the Chamber of Commerce for the past several months. I’m pleased to say, I will walk across the stage this week and proudly become a Lenoir-Rhyne University Alumnus! In addition to having a degree in Business Management, I’m a reliable, driven, bubbly professional ...read more
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Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Inside the Chamber: “Good Vibes”  The Law of Vibration states that everything in the Universe moves and vibrates at one speed or another without ceasing. Every object, inanimate or living, has its own vibrational frequency, even our thoughts and feelings.  Furthermore, the law states that we attract objects or people who are emitting the same or similar frequency.  Hence positive energies ...read more
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Monday, November 27, 2017
THANK YOU to our 2017 Chamber Investors!  These organizations are within an elite group of businesses known as our Chamber Investors.  They have made a vital commitment to driving economic prosperity & business competitiveness success in Catawba County through their voluntarily enhanced annual investment. Please allow me the opportunity to recognize them for their corporate leadership and ...read more
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
11.15.2017 National Apprenticeship Week  Over the last five years, the number of individuals enrolled in apprenticeship programs across the United States has significantly increased. According to the US Department of Labor, there are more than 545,000 apprentices across the country, 4,800 of whom are in North Carolina.  Since 2013, Catawba County employers Technibilt, Sarstedt USA, GKN Sinter ...read more
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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Inside the Chamber:  November 9, 2017   The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce is once again partnering with Lenoir-Rhyne University and the Kauffman Foundation to promote and co-host Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), an annual, international initiative aimed to inspire and recognize entrepreneurs. Kicking off today, Sunday, November 12th , will be a week-long of events happening ...read more
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Inside the Chamber:  Please Don’t Tell My friend found himself in East Village on a business trip in Manhattan around dinnertime.  Yelp told him that the best place for a hot dog was Crif Dogs that was conveniently located down the street from his hotel.  After venturing two blocks over, there it was, a sign “Crif Dogs,” in the shape of a giant hot dog bearing its catch phrase, “Eat ...read more
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Inside the Chamber:  “Telling Our Story”   Is there anything more compelling than a great story?  Storytelling is the oldest way to communicate important information - and arguably the most effective. Used properly, the power of a well-told narrative is quickly understood and long remembered. Marketers, whether of widgets, experiences or even communities, can harness this power with creative ...read more
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
10.12.2017 Inside the Chamber: You’ve Got to Jump!  I would like to invite you to join us for our 2017 Women's Leadership Conference, “You’ve Got to JUMP!” presented by Frye Regional Medical Center on November 8th at 74 South at Moretz Mills. Utilize this opportunity for high-quality professional development training, a team building retreat or as simply a way to treat your best team members.  ...read more
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Thursday, September 28, 2017
NC Institute of Political Leadership and Catawba County Chamber of Commerce to Host “Hometown Debate”  The North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership and the Catawba Chamber of Commerce will co-host a “Hometown Debate” on the topic of the state’s education policy at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton on October 24 at 7:00pm.  Continuing their popular “Hometown Debate” series that ...read more
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Monday, September 25, 2017
9.20.2017 Inside the Chamber: 2017 Edison Project Finalists Announced  The 6th Annual Edison Project Entrepreneurial Competition is a celebration and recognition of the entrepreneurial spirit of the Greater Hickory Metro. After much deliberation over the record of applicants, we are proud to announce this year’s finalists.     These entrepreneurs, who have an idea for an innovative, viable ...read more
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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Inside the Chamber:  Septemner 7, 2017I want to share the words of someone who is dear to me, a patriot, a helicopter pilot, a veteran, but for me, most importantly, my dad, Retired Lt. Colonel Lee E. Moritz, Jr.. His words honor a young man, a warrior, and Catawba County native, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  This past Friday, through tomorrow, Monday, Sept 11th, the City of ...read more
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
8.30.2017 Inside the Chamber: Welcome Home Hickory Metro  In two weeks, from Friday, September 15th – Sunday, September 17th, we will have the distinct honor of hosting up to fifty veterans and their families who are seeking stability and fulfillment in their next phase of life outside of the armed forces for a special weekend getaway, we’re calling “Welcome Home Hickory Metro.”    This bold ...read more
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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Inside the Chamber: Power of Partnership 8.23.2017Helen Keller once stated, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Your Chamber works every day to improve our community in inspiring and innovative ways, but economic viability and growth does not happen in a vacuum.  It requires more than the power of cooperation, more than the power of support and collaboration, it takes the ...read more
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
8.16.2017 Inside the Chamber: Welcome Home Bears!   Welcome Home Bears! Starting this week, the population in Catawba County will grow by just over 2,600.  Our blood will turn a slightly deeper hue of red as we proudly welcome Lenoir Rhyne University students back in town as classes officially start tomorrow, Monday, August 21st.  What are some ways you can engage with these ...read more
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Inside the Chamber, 8.9.2017 – Leadership Catawba Class of 2017-2018  Allow me the privilege of introducing the 2017 -2018 Class of Leadership Catawba:Abigail Meachem, Catawba Science CenterAdrienne Opdyke, Children's Advocacy and Protection CenterAmber McGhinnis, Martin Starnes & Associates, CPAs P.A.Brennan Fox, Davidson, Holland, Whitesell & Co, PLLCBrett Lehmons, Carolina West ...read more
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Thursday, August 03, 2017
8.2.2017 Inside the Chamber: Future Engineer Camps focus on STEM  According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations have grown by 17.0% in the last decade, while other non-STEM occupations are growing at 9.8%.  STEM jobs are the jobs of the future and are essential for the sustained growth and stability of our local and global ...read more
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Welcome Kim Dahlsten, IOM, VP of Operations  I’m excited to announce that Kim Dahlsten, IOM, joined our team this week as Vice President of Operations.  Dahlsten will serve as the administrative officer for the organization and will oversee the organizational development and programming functions of the organization from overseeing staff, establishing benchmarks and performance goals, planning & ...read more
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Inside the Chamber: The Science of Buzz  This week, I had the privilege of learning and growing alongside of approximately 1,200 of my peers from across North America at the Association for Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.  I heard from futurists, consultants, industry colleagues, as well as, subject matter experts aimed to educate, evoke reflection, ...read more
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Enrollment is now open for the 2017-2018 Class of Leadership Catawba that will kick off on August 10th. The purpose of Leadership Catawba is to create a pipeline of individuals from business, government and non-profits who are aware of all aspects of Catawba County – our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats – and who accept the challenge to go forth after graduation and make a ...read more
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News, Chamber
Thursday, July 06, 2017
When you think of “Chamber of Commerce” what comes to mind?   Powerful people in pinstripe suits or patent pumps sitting around board room tables? Fancy galas, clinking glasses or business cards being exchanged? Big business and big scissors cutting to applause?   Do optimism, enthusiasm, patriotism or pride come to mind? Perhaps you think, expensive, unnecessary, or "no clue!"  Can I be frank?  ...read more
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
 “New Shareholders & Investors of 2017”Please allow me the pleasure of boasting the names of our newest Shareholders and Investors whom have invested in the mission of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce in 2017.  These business owners, in addition to their like-minded peers who can be found in our online membership directory at www.catawbachamber.org, have demonstrated their commitment to ...read more
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Inside the Chamber: 6.14.2017 --- “Operation Hire”  "At the end of the day, we're not saying, 'hire a vet' or 'hire a service member because it's the right thing to do. That is a given. What we're saying is, 'Hire someone because they're a proven success in driving bottom line results,' "said Kimberly Williams, Executive Director of NC4ME (North Carolina for Military Employment) at our Future of ...read more
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Thursday, June 08, 2017
Leader In Me Reaps Results, Develops Future Talent The National Association of College and Employers (NACE), an organization which links college career placement offices with employers, recently surveyed a sampling of hiring managers asking them to rank which skills they prioritize when hiring entry-level 21st century talent.  Despite all the emphasis that academia places on hard skills, soft ...read more
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Thursday, June 01, 2017
Need Speed? Slow down!After completing her most successful year in business, Michelle Ellwanger, Executive Coach and Owner of Edge Coaching in Hickory, decided she needed to slow down to speed up.  “We reached the point of having more clients than we had space for.  Unfortunately, the growth was particularly stressful and I found myself slacking on self-care.  I didn't like the unhealthy physical, ...read more
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Monday, May 22, 2017
World-Class Leadership Event Coming in August Just this week we were pleased to formalize our partnership with Christ Church- Mountain View Campus as they bring a world-class two-day leadership development event to Catawba County on August 10th and 11th.  The Global Leadership Summit is a premier training event to help leaders and emerging leaders recalibrate, recommit, and renew their passion ...read more
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