Committees

Mission: Provide an alternative networking event that is attractive to different segments of the membership.

Goal:

  • Produce a bowling tournament that provides an opportunity for networking and team-building that is financially successful.

Action Steps:

  • Plan and coordinate the annual Times-News/Macon Bank Chamber of Commerce Gutterball Classic.

  • Secure catering sponsor and beverage sponsor for the event.

  • Secure 32 teams for the tournament.

  • Secure prizes for top teams and individual bowlers.

  • Recognize sponsors, winning teams, and individuals in the Chamber Business Report and Times-News.

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Mission: To enable the Chamber to successfully implement its Action Plan by successfully coordinating the organizations Major Fundraising events.

Goals:

  • Ensure that major fundraising events are financially viable activities.
  • Ensure that sponsors receive proper recognition for support given to major events.
  • Promote and coordinate The Chamber’s Major Events.
  • Develop a CEO Roundtable.

Action Steps:

  • Coordinate the Chamber’s Annual Dinner
  • Coordinate the Chamber Gutter Ball Classic bowling tourney
  • Coordinate the Chamber Business Expo
  • Evaluate new events hosted by the Chamber
  • Develop a CEO Roundtable designed to bring together top reps from area businesses for networking purposes. May provide an opportunity to forge important relationships and cooperative action.

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Mission: To ensure the emerging and current workforce have the skills or opportunity to gain the skills to meet the employer needs for Henderson County.

Goals:

  • Improve the skill sets of students graduating or otherwise leaving the K-12 system and entering the workforce.
  • Communicate training/educational opportunities for the current workforce and un/underemployed that improve opportunities for advancement.
  • Support school administrators, teachers, students, and parents who are involved in the educational process.
  • Determine higher education needs in Henderson County and assist with awareness and promotion of activities and programs that support these needs.

Action Steps:

  • Coordinate and secure sponsorships for the New Teachers Event.
  • Coordinate and secure sponsorships for the NC Scholars Luncheon.
  • Advocate for higher education in Henderson County by promoting college access activities, including 1)BRCC Open House, 2)College Planning, and 3)Financial Aid workshops.
  • Coordinate and manage the Junior Leadership Development Class.
  • Coordinate the Chamber Challenge Trivia Contest as a fundraiser for the Education Committee’s activities.
  • Promote and advocate for the higher educational needs of Henderson County.  Look at goals of Children and Family Services, United Way Agenda, and JobLink goals to promote. 
  • Assist HCPS and other school staff with developing opportunities for shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships for students, teachers & professionals in the community.
  • Assist BRCC in coordination of the high school junior Career Day.
  • Expand professional development partnerships between local schools, BRCC and local high-tech companies.
  • Assist in promoting Advantage West’s “Creative Juices” competition.
  • Assist BRCC in promoting college access programs and activities including College Planning workshops, Open Houses, and Financial Aid Workshops.
  • Expand professional development partnerships between HCPS schools, BRCC, local employers and high-tech companies, including 1)communicating regarding job skills needs, 2)collaborating to create opportunities for student job shadowing, internships, and apprenticeships, and 3)helping BRCC coordinate the STEM Camps & programs.
  • Assist in recruiting business volunteers to participate in “Mad City Money” simulation.
  • Communicate with local employers regarding job skill needs and future skill needs.
  • Continue working with WCU, UNCA, and others to encourage higher education opportunities in Henderson County.
  • Determine need for a Henderson County Job Fair.  If none, promote and co-sponsor the regional “Homecoming Job Fair”.
  • Continue support of the Futures 4 Kids program in the Henderson County Public Schools.
  • Assist with and promote the Non-Profit Symposium for Counselors.

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Mission: To act as the customer service arm of The Chamber and to organize networking activities and special events, as well as encourage existing and new member involvement.

Goals:

  • Increase retention by involving new and existing members (90%).
  • Offer numerous networking opportunities throughout the year.
  • Help members celebrate successes and assist start-up businesses with publicity.
  • Welcome new members to The Chamber and educate them regarding the benefits of membership. 

Action Steps:

  • Coordinate monthly Business After Hours events for the membership.
  • Coordinate and manage the Annual MEGA After Hours.
  • Coordinate “greeters” for Business After Hours events.
  • Coordinate two “ice breaker” activities at selected Business After Hours events.
  • Initiate personal contact with all new members within one month of join date.
  • Coordinate a minimum of four Power Networking events annually.
  • Coordinate and attend ribbon cutting events and other special events for members.
  • Organize and conduct 2 "Chamber 101" events for new and existing members.
  • Recognize the Ambassador of the Quarter and Ambassador of the Year.
  • Coordinate Quarterly AM Power Hours networking meetings.
  • Coordinate 4 Chamber SurPrize Patrol events annually.
  • Create a specific plan for “touching” members during the year.
  • Recognize new members at Business After Hours by providing yellow ribbons to wear with name tags.
  • Recruit new Ambassadors.

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Mission: Provide a forum for manufacturing representatives to network, share information, address issues and explore opportunities for working together.

Goals:

  • Build strong relationships between industry leaders and community leaders.
  • Build a peer-to-peer network among area manufacturers.

Action Steps:

  • Coordinate three Industrial Division meetings annually.
  • Coordinate four “Plant Tours” for Industrial Division and all Chamber members.
  • Select the Industrialist of the Year and present award at Chamber Annual Dinner.
  • Coordinate a “social” event for area plant managers and local leaders to provide and networking opportunity.
  • Coordinate and secure sponsors for the annual Pig Pickin event.
  • Explore feasibility of sponsoring a major manufacturing seminar/training event for local companies.

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