The mission of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce is to create value for our members by representing their interests and needs, and by being their voice of business, thereby, strengthening the quality of life and the continued development and prosperity of our community.
Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce 2016
Program of Work
The Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce will serve as the catalyst for proactive change in the business community while developing, expanding partnerships to achieve common goals.
We are a membership based organization comprised of over 700 businesses and professionals. We believe that the long term economic vitality of a community is driven by successful businesses. We serve as a unified voice for business in public affairs.
Much of our programming is directed towards building a network of contacts for our members. Spending money locally with other Chamber members expands the community’s economic prosperity. Through various leads groups, business after/before hours, Business Expo, breakfast clubs, workshops/seminars or our extraordinary Ambassadors program we offer members the opportunity to grow their local business. Additionally, we expect to offer over 100,000 referrals of local Chamber members to the vast number of internet and telephone inquirers.
Perhaps just as important are the initiatives that we undertake to help build a sense and spirit of “community”. When creative, energetic and passionate people pull together for a common cause, good things happen. In many cases, the Chamber has been an organizing force. Together, through the coordinative efforts of the Chamber, we can accomplish many more things that any of us could do on our own.
Divisions of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce
(VP – Maureen Moore, EnergyUnited)
The purpose of this division is to build the membership of the organization and to provide networking opportunities for the economic well-being of the membership.
· Complete the year with over 700 members
· Keep retention of existing members at 86%
· Maintain a vibrant Ambassadors program that meets monthly
· Serve as a social media “connector” for our membership
· Schedule and host Business after Hours monthly and other networking events as needed.
· Communicate via email with the membership once a week to note upcoming events.
· Coordinate the publication of “The Connection” the bi-monthly magazine of the Chamber
· Initiate the 2016-17 2014-15 Leadership Statesville program
· Re-develop the Chamber website, www.statesvillechamber.org and monitor utilization
· Institute the first phase of a Tiered Dues Structure for the membership
· Oversee and coordinate the Young Professionals organization
· Oversee the “future5” initiative that recognizes leaders 35 years and younger
Public Policy Division
(VP – Dustin McCrary, Law Offices of Dustin McCrary)
The purpose of this division is to serve as a proactive and unified voice for the business community in local, state and federal government.
· Maintain weekly contact with local officials as it relates to matters of pertinence to the business environment of Statesville and Iredell County,
· Communicate periodically with state and federal officials as it relates to matters of pertinence to the business environment of Statesville and Iredell County,
· Coordinate public forum for candidates running for public office
· Maintain relationship with the local transportation organizations to voice our areas of interest and concern.
· Survey the membership, as needed, to determine areas of public policy areas of interest or need.
· Support the Connect NC Bond Referendum for public vote on March 15, 2016
(VP – Jeff Smith, Piedmont HealthCare)
The purpose of this division is to provide programming devoted specifically for local businesses to enhance profitability.
· Provide periodic meetings of businesses along the Sullivan Road corridor that are impacted by the construction of I-40 to ensure good communication as it relates to traffic flow and other concerns
· Help coordinate and market seminars and workshops through the Mitchell Community College Small Business Center.
· Develop a quarterly meeting of the local realtors in Iredell County to understand obstacles and opportunities for this valued business sector
· Aid in the coordination of the Iredell County Health Forum
· Coordinate the four Leads Groups of the Chamber
· Quarterly update metrics that determine economic vibrancy of the community.
· Coordinate quarterly “Secrets to Long Term Success” lunch
· Coordinate the annual NC Safety Awards banquet
· Serve on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Statesville Regional Development
· Support an interchange at the intersection of I77 and Jane Sowers Road that will provide access to the northeast quadrant of the I77/I40 intersection. This will also aid in easing the congestion on Sullivan Road.
· Develop a Marketing Task Force that seeks to develop strategic plan to market our community to young families ages 32-45 as an attractive place to relocate.
· Oversee, in conjunction with Mitchell Community College, the Job Fair that connects job opportunities with job seekers.
Troutman Area Council
(VP – Andrew Whitaker, Andrew Whitaker State Farm Insurance)
The purpose of this division is to provide an avenue for the business community and leaders in the Troutman area to become actively involved in the vitality of the area.
· Hold quarterly meetings with the business and government leaders in Troutman around pertinent topics.
· Increase participation and membership by 15%
· Seek areas and programs that will encourage people from Troutman to be more involved with overall Chamber programming.
· Promote the continued utilization and expansion of Troutman/Engineered Sintered Components Park.
Coordinate the purpose and practices of the North Carolina Small Town Main Street Program for a further revitalized energy in the community.
· Hold at least two Party in the Park events in which the community gathers
· Coordinate the 2nd Annual Troutman Chair Front Porch Fest
· Begin dialog with Town officials, NC Department of Transportation representatives regarding the possibility of development of a Visitors’ Center near Exit 42 on I77.
Education & Workforce Development
(VP-Brian Nicolay, Flow Automotive)
The purpose of this division is to serve as a liaison between the business and education communities. We will undertake programming that serves to raise the profile of local education, teachers and students.
· Coordinate Youth Leadership Iredell program, a nine month program for the top juniors at local high schools in which they are led through topical explorations of Iredell County.
· Maintain close relationships with the LeaderinMe schools through the Iredell-Statesville School to understand how the business community can continue involvement
· Maintain partnership with the “Teaching for Jobs” program initiated by Statesville Regional Development in which teachers are provided information on the local job market, particularly in the fields of advanced manufacturing
Convene and coordinate Talent Attraction Task Force that will attempt to connect possible employees, within the area as well as outside the area, to Statesville/Troutman to work.
(VP – Caroline Brown, AlarmSouth)
The purpose of this division is to provide programming that will build energy and excitement within the membership and community at large, while providing valuable revenue to the organization.
· Coordinate the Chamber’s Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
· Coordinate the Annual Business Expo
· Coordinate the Birdie, Bogeys and Business Golf Tournament
· Coordinate the Corporate Spellin’ Bee
· Co-coordinate Piedmont HealthCare Friday after Five
· Co-coordinate Statesville Pumpkinfest
LEADERSHIP OF THE GREATER STATESVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Chair – John Green, Iredell Health System
Treasurer – Alex Walker, Walker, Robinson and Clark Insurance
VP – Business Development – Jeff Smith, Piedmont HealthCare
VP – Public Policy – Dustin McCrary, Law Offices of Dustin McCrary
VP – Troutman Area Council – Andrew Whitaker, Andrew Whitaker State Farm Insurance
VP – Special Events – Caroline Brown, AlarmSouth
VP – Education & Workforce Development – Brian Nicolay, Flow Automotive
VP – Membership – Maureen Moore, EnergyUnited
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Terms Expiring 2016
Doug Hendrix (blueharbor bank) Rich Gustin (Amesbury Textiles)
Rita Moore (Doosan Infracore) Brian Nicolay (Flow Automotive)
Pritesh Nagaraji (Comfort Inn & Suites) Jason Cole (Twisted Oak American Bar and Grill) Brian Sohovich (Edward Jones Investments)
John Green (Iredell Health System)
Terms Expiring 2017
Freddie Morrison (City of Statesville) Dustin McCrary (Law Offices of Dustin McCrary)
Mary Palmes (Coldwell Banker) Alex Walker (Walker, Robinson and Clark Insurance)
Joe Wegmiller (Goodyear) Chad French (Davis Regional Medical Center)
Terms Expiring 2018
Jeff Smith (Piedmont HealthCare) Maureen Moore (EnergyUnited)
Mike Nowell (BB&T) Kristi Madison Pfeuffer (Doug Madison Realty)
Andrew Whitaker (Andrew Whitaker State Farm Insurance)
Darbah Skaf(Statesville Housing Authority) Eric Millsaps (Statesville Record & Landmark)
Lori Marlow (Excel Real Estate)
One Year Appointed Terms
Todd Williams (Iredell-Statesville Schools) Caroline Brown (AlarmSouth)
Michael Smith (Statesville Regional Development) Nancy Keith (Cooperative Extension Service)
Marin Tomlin (Downtown Statesville Development Corp.) Joel Sprinkle (Chair of Ambassadors)
Ron Smith (Iredell County Manager)
Ann Bailie (Town Manager of Troutman) Larry Pressly (City Manager of Statesville)