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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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Thursday, May 02, 2019
Today marks the start of National Small Business Week (May 5-11). For more than 50 years, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. We are proud to also take this privilege to acknowledge and celebrate local entrepreneurs in Catawba County ...read more
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Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Inside the Chamber: 4/10/2019  “Welcome New Shareholders & Investors!”  Please allow me the pleasure of boasting the names of our newest Shareholders and Investors whom have made the voluntary investment in support of the mission of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce over the past six months.  These businesses, in addition to their community-minded peers who can be found in our online ...read more
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Thursday, April 04, 2019
Inside the Chamber: National Volunteer Week, April 7-14, 2019    Catawba County’s legacy goes beyond making quality goods to making quality lives.  From making things to making a difference, Catawbans traditionally care about not only making life better today, but also ensuring a better community for future generations.  From the ferocious way our community came together almost overnight 75 ...read more
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Inside the Chamber March 28, 2019:  3 C Chamber  Chambers of Commerce generally fall into two categories: “3C chambers” and “3P chambers”. Three C chambers are catalysts, conveners, and champions; meanwhile, three P chambers focus their efforts on parades, pageants, & parties.   While all chambers are different in focus, one common thread of valuable and relevant Chambers is that they tackle ...read more
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Inside the Chamber – March 14, 2019  Congratulations to the 2018 – 2019 Class of Leadership Catawba!One Thursday, March 14th, we had the honor of graduating 32 business and community leaders from our 44th class of Leadership Catawba!   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 ...read more
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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Inside the Chamber: The Future of Catawba County  What will Catawba County look like in 50 years – the year 2069?  What will we, as a community, do, start, build, launch, renew, innovate, establish, and envision in the present that will make a lasting impact on generations to come? That will alter or change the trajectory of our future? As the ancient proverb states, “What trees will we plant in ...read more
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
Inside the Chamber:  2-14-2019   Last week, I had the honor of shining a light on iconic businesses and organizations celebrating milestone anniversaries.  This week, I’ll conclude this two-part series recognizing several more with rich legacies.  I asked each organization to share their history, but specifically about which one of their core values they think has enabled them to continue to ...read more
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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Inside the Chamber: Iconic Milestones HonoredIt has been brought to my attention over the last several months that a handful of iconic businesses and non-profit organizations in Catawba County are celebrating milestone anniversaries.  To honor these Chamber partners and pillars in our community, I’d like to spend the next two weeks shining a light on their rich legacy.  I asked each of them to ...read more
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Your Chamber has hit the ground running in the New Year on behalf of the business community in Catawba County.  Here’s a run-down of several exciting projects and initiatives we’re hard at work on:   The 2nd edition of the Made Magazine is in its final proofing stage.  This is an educational tool designed and published in-house to promote local careers and educational opportunities to local ...read more
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Thursday, January 03, 2019
6 Resolutions for the New Year  If you could do one thing better tomorrow than you do today, what would that be?  Benjamin Franklin once said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.” If you haven’t already adopted your own resolutions for 2019, here are some ideas:  Listen to understand, not to respond.  Are you too quick to ...read more
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
A Reflection on Gratitude Do I say I’m grateful or do I truly live gratefully?  This week, I spent some time reflecting upon these words.  What does it mean to “live gratefully”?  To me, living gratefully is more than feeling appreciation for what we have.  We begin thinking about possessions, wealth, health, family, friends or any of the other items on the list of life’s pleasures and privileges. ...read more
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Thursday, November 15, 2018
Inside the Chamber: 11/15/2018  “Welcome New Shareholders & Investors”  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 so far in 2018.  These business owners, in addition to their like-minded peers who can be found in our online partner directory at www.catawbachamber.org, ...read more
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Thursday, November 01, 2018
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 and ...read more
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Thursday, October 25, 2018
Inside the Chamber: Law of Reciprocity Have you ever felt compelled to do something for someone who has helped you along the way – even if they’ve never asked anything of you in return?  This innate urge is not just a guilty tug on the conscience, but social psychologists call this most powerful law of human nature the “Law of Reciprocity.” It’s so powerful that you may even repay an act of ...read more
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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Inside the Chamber: Leadership Advice Worth Following   What's the best leadership advice you have ever received? Sometimes, it takes just a small sound bite to inspire, motivate, or keep you focused.  I reflected this week on some of the advice I’ve been given along the way and thought I’d pass along the favor.    1)    Surround yourself with inspiring beings Those words are prominently ...read more
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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Inside the Chamber: MFG Day 2018   This week, on Friday, October 5th, we will recognize Manufacturing Day, a celebration of a significant piece of who we are at the core: people who make and do; crafters and innovators; a people who produce products that are shipped all over the world to solve problems and fill vital needs.  This day, which annually occurs on the first Friday in October, was ...read more
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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Inside the Chamber: 2018 Women’s Leadership Conference I would like to invite you to join us for our 2018 Women's Leadership Conference, presented by Frye Regional Medical Center on November 6th at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. Utilize this opportunity for high-quality professional development training, a team building retreat or as simply a way to treat your best team members.  Each ...read more
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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Talent & Opportunity Meet at Talent Jam Hickory Metro  Talent Jam: Hickory Metro, Presented by My Work Choice, is a regional mash-up of a job fair, speed professional matchmaking and a connection event.  On Thursday, October 11th from 5:30pm – 8:00pm at Lenoir Rhyne University in the Belk Centrum Auditorium in Hickory, your Catawba County Chamber and Economic Development Corporation will take a ...read more
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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Inside the Chamber:  Are you a seed?     A wise individual once told me that an effective leader is like an apple seed, instead of an apple. One apple contains five seeds; however, the number of apples that one seed will yield is immeasurable.  The impact that leadership has on your organizations not only impacts morale, productivity and effectiveness today, but your ability to achieve ...read more
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Thursday, August 23, 2018
The following was written by Nathan Huret, Director of Existing Industry Services with the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation about his recent experience in representing the Catawba Military Taskforce for “Operation Boss Lift” at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas:   “The sign read, “It has been zero days since our last rattlesnake incident.”   Joking, but quite truthful – the sign was ...read more
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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Inside the Chamber: “The Robots Have Arrived”In September of 1997, in her book “The Death of Distance,” Frances Cairncross, economist and author, predicted the economic and social effects of technological change.  She stated that the falling cost of internet, mobile phones and other telecommunication technology would drastically change the way we live.  AA&T consultants predicted that by the ...read more
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Thursday, August 09, 2018
Inside the Chamber Column:  "Deeper and wider" According to our recent Partnership Survey we distributed and analyzed in early 2018 out of the 670+ who responded, 47.7% stated that they are facing a shortage in talent that restricts their ability to meet demand.  Furthermore, 49.2% stated that they expect their level of employment to continue to increase over the next twelve months.  When asked ...read more
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Thursday, August 02, 2018
Inside the Chamber: Intern Reflection  The following was written by Allison Guthrie, Intern, at the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce.    “I always thought that an internship was supporting the staff by doing odd work for their clients, doing all the filing that fell behind and making or retrieving coffee.  One will put in hours on mundane tasks simply to get your foot in the door, prove ...read more
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Inside the Chamber:   Julyt 26, 2018Announcing our 2018-2019 Class of Leadership Catawba   I am pleased to announce our 2018-2019 Class of Leadership Catawba!  This program is not meant for individuals who prefer to passively sit back in their seats and observe.  Catawba County needs community leaders, like those listed below, who seek to understand the critical issues facing Catawba County and ...read more
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