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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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News, Chamber
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
Categories: Chamber, Chamber of Commerce News
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
Categories: Chamber, Chamber of Commerce News
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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News
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
Categories: Chamber, Chamber of Commerce News
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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News
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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News
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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News
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
Categories: Chamber, Chamber of Commerce News
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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News, Chamber
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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News, Chamber
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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News, Chamber
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
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News, Chamber
Monday, May 15, 2017
Inside the Chamber 5/10/2017:  Welcome Madison Weaver!   Please allow me to introduce our newest addition to the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce team, Madison Weaver.  Madison joined our staff last week as the Director of Shareholder and Investor Development. In this role, she will serve as our master storyteller, responsible for recruiting and retaining new Chamber partners.    A Burke County ...read more
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Tuesday, May 09, 2017
For Immediate Release: Monday, May 8, 2017  From: Danny Hearn, Interim PresidentCatawba County Chamber of Commercedhearn@catawbachamber.org  828 612 0967  Re: “Metro Chambers Join for 2017 Edison Project”  The 7th Annual Edison Project competition is now being presented for the first time by not only the founder, The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce but the Caldwell County Chamber and the ...read more
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Thursday, May 04, 2017
Tourism in Catawba County By the Numbers What do the numbers $252,790,000, 2,280, 500,000, 20, 136 & 31 have in common?  Economic impact generated by tourism in Catawba County.  Our collaborative partners at the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau have been dedicated to marketing the assets of our community as an ideal destination for meetings, conferences and events since 1997.  Please ...read more
Categories: Chamber, Community, Chamber of Commerce News
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Four Leadership Lessons I’ve Been Reminded of in 4 Weeks  On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, my family grew by two feet….10 fingers and 10 toes.  Corey, big brother Jeb and I welcomed a healthy baby boy, McCoy Lee Keisler, into our lives.  The last four weeks transitioning from two-on-one defense to man-to-man coverage in the Keisler household has been a complete whirlwind, but also an important time of ...read more
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
"Coffee Klatches, Electric Cars and First Fifteen"  Gone are the days where people operated more like machines, where they lived to work, ended the year with unused vacation days, and boasted about their grueling hours of overtime.  Employers now have to appeal to a new generation in the workforce. These children of the former generation experienced the other side of the coin, growing up on TV ...read more
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
How is Your Existence Justified?    There’s nothing like a punch between the eyes from the Peanuts Gang.  Yes, you read it correctly, you know, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and the gang.  It all started with a typical Lucy and Linus brawl.  “When are you going to get rid of that stupid blanket?, Lucy exclaimed.  “Never!, replied Linus.  “What are you going to do with it when you grow ...read more
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News, Chamber
Thursday, March 02, 2017
Community Leadership Award Recipient Exemplifies Service before Self Leaders don’t just give; they roll up their sleeves. For this reason, in 2013, with the help of Duke Energy, the Catawba County Chamber initiated the annual Community Leadership Award. Our desire was to recognize and celebrate the efforts of individuals in Catawba County who go above and beyond to make a positive impact toward ...read more
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Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Future of Catawba County Summit  On Wednesday, March 22nd from 7:30am to noon, the business community will convene at 74 South at the Moretz Mill to hear more about several of the Chamber’s priorities for 2017.  The Future of Catawba County Summit, presented by PNC Bank, is a platform dedicated to focusing on solutions that address the critical issues that our community is facing.   I’m ...read more
Categories: Chamber of Commerce News, Chamber
Thursday, February 16, 2017
For Immediate Release:  The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce names new leader  The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Lindsay M. Keisler, IOM, as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Keisler will succeed Danny Hearn who retired in September 2016 after serving the Catawba County Chamber for twelve years.    Keisler has served as the Interim President and ...read more
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Thursday, February 09, 2017
3,000 jobs? Where, What & How?   After a recent article titled “Catawba County faces demographic shift” published on January 30, 2017, HDR reporter Michael Praats accurately quoted me as saying, “Currently in the county, over 3,000 jobs need to be filled. With a maximum of 1,700 graduating seniors annually to pool from and only just over half remaining in this community for education and work, ...read more
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
The US Chamber’s American Growth Agenda  On Wednesday, January 11th, Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce outlined their “American Growth Agenda” during their “State of American Business Summit” in Washington DC.  “It’s very clear what our nation’s top priority must be: to restore our country to vigorous economic growth in order to expand jobs, incomes, and opportunities ...read more
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