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Focusing on the ATHENA Leadership Model 8 Principles

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Kanuga Conference Center

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Join us for the first annual ATHENA Leadership Dinner coming up Tuesday, February 6th from 5:30 - 7 pm at Kanuga Conference Center, 130 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville.

Established leaders are encouraged to invite an emerging leader to attend this event. Conversations will happen, lives will be touched, leaders will be inspired, and friendships will be formed. All conversations will center around the 8 principles of The ATHENA Leadership Model shown above.

You are encouraged to attend and bring a guest! Cost is $50/per person or $80/for you PLUS a guest. Registration and prepayment are required.



Business Accelerator Program

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The Chamber has partnered with Blue Ridge Community College to develop a Business Accelerator Course that will kick off Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

This is a 6 month, twelve course program that will train students on the fundamentals of starting a business, preparing a business plan, accounting, IT, marketing, time management, budgeting, and so much more.

Cost for the course is $295. Partial scholarships are available through BRCC. Below and attached is the complete course outline.





Session One – January 10, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Kick off

  • Entrepreneurship overview and importance, connecting exercises, panel discussion
  • Understanding innovation

Session Two – January 24, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Fundamentals in starting a business

  • To borrow or not to borrow
  • How to get a loan
  •  A line of credit
  • Sources of financing
  • Credit report
  • Legal structure, proprietorship, LLC, other
  • Do you need a business license?
  • Do you have to pay or collect sales tax?
  • What are the building, sign and occupancy permits?
  • Any business permits needed?
  • Do you need a business license?
  • Importance of research
  • Dealing with partnerships
  • Developing operating/pay/income agreements

Session Three – February 7, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Preparing a business plan

  • Idea formation
  • Executive summary
  • Vision statement
  • Mission statement
  • Competitive edge
  • Marketing plan
    -  utilizing research
  • Cash flow planning
  • Preparing P&L and balance sheet statements
  • Break even analysis
  • Human resource requirements (structure, org. chart, job descriptions)
  • Business owner’s credentials
  • Facility requirements
  • Timelines

Session Four – February 21, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Review and critique business plans

  • Executive summaries
  • Open review (questions, suggestions for improvement, path forward to complete
  • Panel with former winners of business plan contest and their success stories
  • Panel with successful local business owners
  • Encourage to participate in Chamber’s Business Plan Contest

Session Five – March 7, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Principles of effective selling

Principles of effective marketing

  • Best websites/software for market research
  • Website developers that provide the best value
  • Effective utilization of social media
  • Effective networking tools
  • Tagline
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Logo
  • Brand Strategy
  • Need for timely creation of trademark and URL

Session Six – March 21, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Accounting and Information Technology

  • The difference between a bookkeeper and an accountant
  • Why and when to use an outside CPA
  • Funding the business
  • The short comings of Quick Books
    - must break out sales by major product/service group
    - must break out cost of goods sold by major product/service group
    - must track gross profit by major product/service group
    - must compare actual results by line item to the monthly and year-to-date budgeted amounts
  • Proper procedures for segregating financial responsibilities to protect against theft
    - invoice approvals
    - payroll approvals
    - collection of receivables
    - Deposits in bank
    - segregating personal check books and credit cards from business checking and credit cards
  • Best financial hardware/software packages software packages for your industry
  • Best firewalls to prevent “ransom”

Session Seven – April 4, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Human resource issues

  • Addressing employee performance issues
  • Holding effective employee performance appraisals
  • Developing effective job descriptions
  • Developing a written employee disciplinary system
  • Establishing employee incentive/bonus programs that work
  • Administration of worker’s compensation (on the job accidents)
  • Administration of unemployment compensation
  • Hiring and firing
  • Record keeping
  • Team building

Session Eight – April 18, 2018
8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Effective owner time management

  • Three key time management wasters
        - working “in” the business instead of “on” the business
        - not keeping a weekly written “to do list” and improperly prioritizing work
        - using a “band aid” and not solving the root cause of the problem
  • Problem solving
  • Working on the “right stuff”
  • Utilizing written “to do lists”
  • How to properly prioritize your work
  • Efficiency versus effectiveness
  • Conducting effective meetings
  • The crisis of entering the small business “red zone” (strong growth)
  • Effective project management

Session Nine – During Small Business Week: April 29 thru May 5, 2018

Business Plan/Growth/Rising Star awards event

  • Networking with other business owners, advising, putting it all together, Alumni/ongoing network, successful local small business owners, wrap up

Session Ten – May 16, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Preparing an annual budgeted financial operating plan

  • Check list of the operating plan tools to use annually
  • Sales, cost of goods, overhead and profit projections by month
  • Utilizing the monthly financial budget to compare actual results to
  • Developing timely action plans to achieve the financial budgeted profit
  • Establishing operational measurements and quantified, objective goals
  • Establishing timely flash reports on operational measurements compared to goals
  • Developing effective action plans to achieve operational goals

Session Eleven – May 30, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

New business development

  • Business development is comprised of three key categories:
    • marketing
    • sales
    • service
  • Non-traditional versus digital marketing programs
    • word of mouth
    • staying in touch
  • Expanding your market
    • widen you price range of offerings
    • widen your product offerings
    • widen your geographic radius
    • widen your served market
  • Non-traditional marketing
    • creating Sources of Sales Leads
    • networking
    • using Service to Generate More sales
    • using Selling to Generate More Business
    • prospecting
    • value
  • Features & benefits
  • Free ways to generate additional business
    • contractors/service/installation businesses
  • Capturing more retail prospects
    • in store
    • street fairs
  • Creating more retail sales
    • “hit” rate
    • add on selling
    • e-mails
  • Generating free loans in retail
    • gift cards
  • Inventory turnover
  • Generating free cash flow
  • Breakeven point
    • knowing and determining required sales

Session Twelve – June 13, 2018

8 am – Noon @ Chamber office, 204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville

Leadership, communication and Skype interviews

  • Group survival exercise

If you are interested in registering for the course, registration is being handled through the Small Business Center at BRCC and will open in early December. Please contact the Chamber at 828-692-1413 to have your contact information placed on a list to be called when registration is open.

The Business Accelerator Program is an initiative partnership between:

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Tuesday, January 30th 

5:30 - 7 pm

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

125 S. Main Street, Hendersonville

  • Join your fellow Vision Henderson County Alumni and hear what the Alumni Association has planned for 2018
  • Network with Alumni of the Vision Henderson County and Leadership Henderson classes
  • Bring $$$ for the Raffle Basket - all funds raised support the John L. Boyd Tuition Assistance Endowment
  • No charge to attend but RSVP's are requested

Presented by:

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RSVP by calling 828-692-1413 or via email.

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The 95th Annual Chamber Dinner & Awards Program

honoring 2017 Board Chairman Dave Modaff

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Blue Ridge Community College Conference Hall

180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock

Spirits @ 5:30 pm - Dinner @ 6 pm - Awards @ 7 pm

$50 per person or $500 for a reserved table of 8


Presented by

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Biz Plan Art     The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Business Plan Contest with the winner receiving free services such as advertising, tax, legal, marketing and more!
     Most businesses that do not have a well written business plan under perform financially. Developing a business plan isn't just a paper exercise - it is a vital tool to increase profitability. A well prepared and executed business plan will grow sales, employment and improve the bottom line.
     There are several FREE opportunities to learn how to turn your ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success.

Saturday, January 13 from 8:30 am - 5 pm
BRCC Technology Education & Development Center Room 201

Wednesday, January 17 from 9 - 11 am
Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville
Registration required by calling 828-692-1413 or via email.

Saturday, February 10 from 8:30 am - 5 pm
BRCC Technology Education & Development Center Room 201

Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 am - 5 pm
BRCC Technology Education & Development Center Room 201

The 5th Annual Business Plan Contest is open to start-ups as well as existing businesses. You do not have to be a Chamber member to participate. Electronic submissions are due to the Chamber by Friday, April 6, 2018. A panel of judges will select the winner and present the award at a reception on Monday, April 30 - part of Henderson County's Small Business Week.
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Vanessa Mintz 0507The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Morris Broadband, Pardee Hospital and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 11th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Professional Women’s Luncheon on May 10th to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Founded 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Vanessa Y. Mintz brought the ATHENA award to Henderson County in 2008 and she embodied the values underlying ATHENA Vanessas VisionInternational’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of predominantly out-of-t0wn professional judges, based on Athena leadership criteria.

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

Roxanna Pepper, Children & Family Resource Center (2017)

Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance (2016)

Judith Long, Free Clinics (2015)

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat's School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.

The Henderson County Recipient will be invited to join ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients and other leaders at the annual ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Summit, held each spring in Chicago.

ATHENA International is nationally underwritten by KPMG.

Local sponsorship is provided by:


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State Farm 2016

Deadline for nominations is March 23, 2018.