February Newsletter2009 - Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce
GREATER MOUNT AIRY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Special points of
Springs and Rehabilitation and Wellness Center 2994
March 26, 2009
Luncheon 12 noon
Cross Creek Country
Club Mount Airy
April 2nd, 2009
Mount Airy News
p.m. Renfro Street
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce has
released the 2008 Autumn Leaves Festival economic
impact study resulting in $8,446,493.00.
The study was conducted during the 42nd annual Autumn Leaves Festival held October 10th, 11th & 12th, 2008 in Mount Airy. Information was collected and complied
from 930 surveys completed by visitors and analyzed by Dr. Erick T. Byrd, Associate
Professor Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality, University of North
Statistics from the impact study show that the average party size attending the festival was 3, average age was 48, average gender was female and the majority of
people who attended stayed an average of 1 day in our area.
Twenty Nine states were represented and visitors from Canada, Philippines and
Sweden – the following are the top states in ranking;
74.2% were from North Carolina, 13.6% from Virginia, 1.8% from South Carolina,
1.7% from Florida, 1.1% from West Virginia, 1.0% from Tennessee, .4% from Ohio
and Pennsylvania, .3% from Maryland and Georgia and .2% from Texas.
The surveys were completed by people ranging from 19 to 83 years old and mostly
female 63.65% verses 36.4% male; 78.2% were in town for the festival, 7.6% were
visiting relatives, 4% for “Mayberry” and 10.1% for other reasons.
8.9% stayed overnight (average night rate $130.72), 34.5% ate in restaurants
(spending $60.30 on food), 81% shopped in stores or with craft vendors (spending
an average of $39.14), 4.8% spent $130.82 on entertainment, 28% spent $22.25 on
automotive. The average party spent $156.73 while attending the festival.
The Direct Economic Impact of the 2008 Autumn Leaves Festival was
$8,446,493.00 (eight-million, four-hundred forty-six thousand, four-hundred ninetythree dollars).
The Autumn Leaves Festival received the “BEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE” Silver
award in 2008 by the BLUERIDGE COUNTY MAGAZINE and has been recognized
as one the Southeast’s Top Twenty Tourism Events by the Southeast Tourism
CHAMBER CHAMPION !!!
Our Chamber Champion for February is Sheets Transfer
& Storage Co. Sheets has been a long time Chamber supporter. They have helped move furniture and have delivered items for the Chamber. They are always willing to
help. A huge thank you goes out to February’s Chamber
Champion Sheets Transfer and Storage, Inc!
In 1971 Jerry Sheets, owner, went in with his father to purchase a moving company that
started out of his father’s basement. Sheets began adding one building at a time to their now
27 present buildings. Also in the office is Teresa Martin. She is Sales Representative, Office
Manager, “Whatever Extroidanaire”.
Recently, Sheets Transfer and Storage, Inc. became a Penske Truck Rental location.
Sheets Transfer and Storage provides rental storage, moving service and office space.
Let Jerry and Teresa serve your business needs.
Sheets Transfer and Storage, Inc.
271 Hickory Street
Mount Airy, N.C. 27030
From the bubbling sound along the creek bank, to the beautiful views of the lake and
rolling hills, to the aroma coming from the Hoback kitchen that brings you back to grandma’s
house, your soul is immediately transformed to a peace and tranquility that only nature can
provide. This 1920 homestead will provide you with an unforgettable memory. Cindy and
Gary Hoback purchased this property full of history in 2003 and opened the Bed and Breakfast in 2004. In addition to handling the maintenance of the farm, Gary also raises black angus cattle which can be seen on the property. Cindy, with her charming personality and hospitality, brings the B&B to life.
Wolf Creek Farm is a B&B that welcomes families with children. Whether you just
need a day or a weekend getaway, Cindy assures this will be an adventure for each member
of the family. The B&B will tailor the getaway to your specific desire. They offer a variety
of adventures, with safety at the top of their list, including fishing, hiking, swimming in the
pool, hayrides, campfires and creek exploration. Also offered, a relaxing view for those that
would just like to sit back and enjoy the view, a good book and a great cup of coffee. Your
out of the box vacation can be found just 6 miles from Mt. Airy. The homestead lends itself
to spirituality and would be great for a church outing. There is also plenty of space to spread
out for your next scrapbooking getaway.
Talking with Cindy and Gary on the “front porch”, I found myself indeed swept away
by the beauty to even talk about business. I did manage to find out that Cindy and Gary are
very involved in their surrounding communities. In addition to being Chamber members in
Mount Airy, they are also members in Patrick County. For Mt. Airy, the Hoback’s suggest
guests experience Mayberry for shopping, dining and tourism. Gary and Cindy also volunteer at the Northern Hospital of Surry County.
Give Cindy and Gary a call to see how they can plan your
next special get away.
Gary & Cindy Hoback
688 Gid Collins Lane
Ararat, VA 24053
Tourism Partnership of Surry County – Located at 200 North Main Street Mount Airy NC 27030.
Phone (336) 786-6116 x 3 or visit www.discoverncfoothills.com
The purpose of this partnership (TPSC) is to create a joint tourism and marketing campaign to promote
travel, expand tourism and provide other tourism related expenditures to benefit areas within the corporate jurisdiction of the member organizations which is made up of Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain, Dobson,
Elkin and Surry County Tourism Development Authorities (TDA’s). This partnership was founded in July
2008 and is the collective body of the four municipalities and Surry County tourism efforts. Each TDA
contributes funding from their own occupancy tax collections (occupancy tax is paid by visitors who stay
in local motels, hotels and B&B’s) and with this pool of funds, the partnership is able to promote the entirety of the county; enabling smaller communities to be able to actively promote their sites and attractions. The Tourism Partnership of Surry County Board consists of members from each of the four municipalities and the county. Chair - Valerie Oberle, Vice-Chair- Jessica Icenhour, Secretary/Finance –
Joe Walker other voting board members are Chris Knopf and Ed Shelton.
Chelli & Associates – Located at 104 West Main Street Pilot
Mountain, NC 27041. Phone (336) 368-4878. Chelli & Associates
was founded in March 2007; President is Chelli Perry Brunner
and Business Development Director is Cheri Soriano. Chelli &
Associates offers professional corporate marketing, graphic design and brand development for local business since 2007. Complete brand management under one roof to guarantee your
brand’s integrity – from commercial printing and mail services to
promotional products and apparel, working within your budget!
Cheri Soriano, Chelli Perry Brunner and Jennifer Scott sit in front of Chelli & Associates office on West main Street in Pilot Mountain.
Skyline Memorial Gardens– Located at 432 Old Buck Shoals Road Mount Airy, NC 27030. Phone
(336) 786-6306. Skyline Memorial Gardens serves families at a time of loss; helping every family memorialize life with dignity. Pre-need arrangement consultations are available. Contact Sales Manager Linda W. Ford for additional information.
LEFT Linda Ford – Sales
Manager at Skyline Memorial
Gardens and Kelly Davis –
Family Service Counselor.
RIGHT Eric Chilton and
Rick Coburn of Skyline
Chamber Surprise Patrol visits
Ligon Electric Supply
The Chamber Surprise Patrol paid an unexpected
to visit to Ligon Electric Supply located at 998
West Pine Street in Mount Airy on Tuesday February 24, 2009. This Chamber Ambassadors and Chamber staff showed up with balloons, cookies and a basket of candy for the staff at Ligon Electric. Dale Marsh had
been watching the Chamber Surprise Patrol gather in the parking lot and was curious …….he thought we could be from the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes!
Once inside the Chamber Surprise Patrol informed the employees that we just
wanted to say Thank You to Ligon Electric Supply for being a Chamber member. We
gathered in the main lobby and introduced ourselves to the staff, met each of the
staff members and learned about Ligon Electric Supply. Branch Manager Dale
Mayes was visiting another location and missed all of the fun.
Ligon Electric Supply is owned by, State Electric Supply Company that was founded
over 57 years ago. The company was born in Huntington, WV in 1952 when Art
Weisberg loaded his pickup truck with light bulbs, extension cords and fuses and
then hit the road selling to grocery and hardware stores that were so numerous back
then. State Electric Supply Company has evolved into one of the nation’s largest and
best-known electrical distributors, one with more than 700 employees at 40 branch
locations in five states. State Electric is Customer Focused and Quality Driven
through their Quality People, Products, Processes, and Planning.
Ligon Electric Supply
998 West Pine Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Store Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am-5:00pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and
Open House held at the Joan &
Howard Woltz Hospice Home
On Wednesday February 11th hundreds of people attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home located at 945 Zephyr Road in
Dobson. An Open House immediately followed with guests celebrating the grand
opening and being able to tour the home and the wonderful amenities and services
offered to patients as well as family members. How very lucky we are to have such a
state of the art Hospice home in Surry County. Congratulations to Mountain Valley
Hospice & Palliative Care and all who worked so hard to bring this dream to fruition!
The Woltz Hospice Home
In order to meet this compelling healthcare need in our community, Mountain Valley
Hospice has built a hospice home in Dobson, NC, conveniently located for people living in Surry, Yadkin and surrounding counties. Comfortable and family-friendly, the
22,0000 square foot home has 20 patient suites with private baths, as well as a
chapel, volunteer room, common family kitchen and gathering area, a children’s playroom, screened-in porches and a beautiful courtyard. As a place both homelike and
close to home, this unique setting will allow terminally-ill patients and their families to
rest easy and focus on what matters most—the simple joys of being together.
Joan & Howard Woltz Hospice Home
945 Zephyr Road
Dobson, NC 27017
For additional information contact the Mountain Valley
Hospice & Palliative Care corporate office at 401 Technology
Lane, Suite 200 Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Phone: (336) 789-2922 or 1-888-789-2922
Chamber Surprise Patrol visits Mount Airy City
Board of Education Administration Office
The Chamber Surprise Patrol paid an unexpected visit on Tuesday February 10,
2009 to the Mount Airy City Board of Education Administration Office located at
130 Rawley Avenue in Mount Airy. As the group entered the lobby Jill Arrington
seemed excited to see the ambassadors and Chamber staff members who arrived with a candy basket, cookies and balloons just to say thank you to the
Mount Airy City School system for being a Chamber Member. Superintendent Dr.
Darrin Hartness was meeting with School Board Chair, Wendy Carriker reviewing
the budget when the Chamber Surprise Patrol knocked at the door. Dr. Hartness
welcomed the group in and even seemed to enjoy a break away from budget issues. The entire Mount Airy City Board of Education City Administration staff
joined in the fun and for a photo.
Thank you Dr. Hartness and staff for taking time out of your busy morning to
spend with the Chamber Surprise Patrol! The Mount Airy City Board of Education
Administration Office is located at 130 Rawley Avenue Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Phone (336) 786-8355 or visit www.mtairy.k12.nc.us.
Tracy Hamilton Workforce Carolina,
Julie Perkins –Perkins
& Associates Financial Group and Jennifer Hatcher - Comfort
Keepers arrive with
candy and balloons.
Surprise Dr. Hartness and
Jill Arrington is excited
to see the Chamber
The Mount Airy City Board of Education Administrative staff and Chamber Surprise
Patrol pose for a photo. Pictured are: Jill Arrington, Alice Venable, Vickie Chilton,
Vickie Cameron, Cindy Perry, Gail Cox, Elaine Hauser, Amy Sawyers, School Board
Chair - Wendy Carriker and Superintendent Dr. Darrin Hartness. Chamber Surprise Patrol members include; Tracy Hamilton, Julie Perkins, Jennifer Hatcher and Betty Ann
SERVPRO hosted Open House at NEW location
Scott Lawson and the SERVPRO staff hosted an Open House at their new location, 1217 West Lebanon Street Mount Airy on February 5th from 12noon until
5:00pm. Chamber members and guests were treated to refreshments and tours of
the new location. The spacious facility now allows SERVPRO to not only clean
and restore business and home contents but to warehouse them until other arrangements are made; along with additional space for more equipment and products. The staff was informative and the tour was interesting. Thank you
SERVPRO for inviting us to your new location!
For all of your cleaning and restoration needs
1217 West Lebanon Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Cloud 9 Coffee and Truliant Federal Credit Union host
Chamber Business After Hours Event
Cloud 9 Coffee and Truliant Federal Credit Union teamed up to host a Chamber Business After Hours
event on Thursday evening February 12th at Cloud 9 Coffee located at 2123 Rockford Street Suite 200 in
Mount Airy. Chamber member, Truliant Federal Credit Union located at 3200 Truliant Way in WinstonSalem, NC partnered with a local chamber member for a fun and entertaining evening of networking.
Chamber members and guests were treated to coffee, smoothies and wonderful sweet treats all available
at Cloud 9 Coffee and great complimentary promotional items furnished by Truliant Federal Credit Union.
Chamber members and guests enjoyed meeting the Truliant and Cloud 9 staffs and hearing from each of
the businesses and what they specialize in. It was a casual evening of getting to know other chamber
members and some of our newest members to. Thank you Truliant Federal Credit Union and Cloud 9 Coffee for a great Business After Hours event!
Tammy Needham – Construction Lending Coordinator, Gil
Johnson –Business Partner
Consultant and Dianne
Romano – Mortgage Originator for Turliant Federal Credit
Traci Hamilton of Workforce Carolina and Jessica Icenhour – Mount
Airy Tourism Director enjoy the coffee and smoothie selection.
Past Chair -Greg Perkins introduces Crystal Dalton to the
group. Crystal her husband
Jason own Cloud 9 Coffee.
Eric Hodges of Hodges Realty draws for a door prize as
Eric Chilton and Rick Coburn of Skyline Memorial Gardens,
Brandt Scholz of B&L Customer Jewelers and Julie Teague
of Mayberry Consignments & Souvenirs look on.
The Wachovia Bank “Girls”,
Wilma Green, Jackie Palmer,
Sandra East and Billie Goins
smile for the camera.
Holds Open House
Northern Pediatrics held an Open House from 1:00pm – 3:00pm on Saturday
February 21, 2009 at their new office located at 100 Northpointe Boulevard in
Hundreds of families turned out for the event and festivities. Car seat checks were
done by Surry County Emergency Services in the parking lot; face painting was a
popular activity for many children….spiders and flowers adorned many young
cheeks, purple balloons for the kids and tasty refreshments were enjoyed by
all. Northern Pediatrics also provided a lot of valuable information for parents of
young children. The medical office is beautiful and decorated for the young patient.
The staff at Northern Pediatrics consists of: Dr. Mae Daniels MD, Dr. Melinda Darling MD, Dr. James Robertson MD, Dr. Andrew Robertson MD, Dr. Lori
McClanahan MD, Dr. Peter Barbian MD, Molly Easter FNP, and Shannon Sanders
FNP. The Open House event was great and everyone seemed to have a great
100 Northpointe Boulevard
Mount Airy, NC 27030
MOUNT AIRY CITY SCHOOLS
On March 5, NCDPI released the First Consolidated Report on School Crime and
Violence, Suspensions and Expulsions and Annual Dropout Rates. Mount Airy City
Schools ranked in the top five among the 115 school districts in North Carolina.
One attribute to the ranking is the alternative learning program. Instead of sending
students home for a few days they are assigned in an alternate learning environment.
Continuing the learning experience, Mt. Airy experiences one of the lowest dropout
rates in N.C.
"We have strategies in place and are striving to make our schools even safer places to
work and learn; this report provides data that indicate those efforts are leading to
~Dr. Darrin Hartness, Superintendent
John S. Clark Company, LLC
John S. Clark Company’s Wilmington, NC Division has been ranked as the second largest
General Contractor in the Wilmington area. The rankings were published by the Greater
Wilmington Business Journal and were based on 2008 volume.
John S. Clark Company is one of the oldest and largest general building contractors in
North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad and in the Southeast, and a leading provider of in-house
Founded in 1958, the company has headquarters in Mount Airy and full-service offices
in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and Wilmington, N.C. Its broad expertise covers
industrial, commercial, multi-family, retail, health sciences, technology and institutional
construction. It also handles tenant upfits and building improvement projects.
Someone has to pick top wines so the business journal took the
challenge. Here are our Chamber members that made the list of
top wines of the Triad.
Old North State Winery Bare Bones Chardonnay.
Shelton Vineyards 2005 Estate Bottled Yadkin Valley Chardonnay.
How do "relationship marketing" and business networking relate to one another?
Effective networking is all about building relationships. Successful business people understand that networking and relationship marketing are more about "farming" than they are
about "hunting." It's about building long-lasting connections with other professionals.
Relationship marketing involves building deep networks strongly rooted in a bond or connection that is developed over time with other people. Among the most important connections
are those with your referral sources, with prospects these referral sources bring you and with
customers you recruit from the prospects. These relationships don't just spring up full-grown;
they must be nurtured. As they grow, fed by mutual trust and shared benefits, they evolve
through three phases: visibility, credibility and profitability
Ivan Misner is the founder and CEO of Business Network International(BNI), which has more than 2,700 chapters throughout the
world. He is also the author of five books, including his New York Times bestseller, Masters of Networking, as well as Entrepreneur Press' forthcoming Masters of Success.
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS: C’s TO SUCCESS !
CREATIVITY is needed to look at products, services, distribution and infrastructure in a NEW and DIFFERENT way.
CONFIDENCE is a key to problem solving and growth.
Knowing that you
are doing what you do best and surrounding yourself with a team that compliments your strengths.
CASH is king….or should we say cash is queen!
Stay on top of your billing
and receiving. See where you can cut costs.
COMMUNITY Be involved ! Network, Network, Network!
Hint: Get involved in what your Chamber is doing!!!
For three generations, the Folger and
Folger law firm has served the Mount
Airy area. The Folger and Folger law
firm was started by his grandfather
sometime in the late 1800s or early
1900s. Fred Folger Jr., 82, recently announced his retirement after practicing
law since 1953.
Fred said that he will miss seeing the
people but, will enjoy doing as little as
possible for a while… atleast until he gets
The Surry Arts Council is accepting applications
for the 2009-2010 scholarship program.
Scholarships are available for college-bound students, college students and artists who are pursuing a degree
or continuing education in music, drama, dance, television/film/communications, visual arts, commercial art,
arts administration or other arts-related fields.
A limited number of scholarships are also available for middle and high school students who will be attending
a summer arts camp or workshop.
Applications are available at the Surry Arts Council office or online at www.surryarts.org. Applications must
be returned to the Surry Arts Council by April 24 at 5 p.m. Auditions will be held May 20 at the Andy Griffith Playhouse at 6:30 p.m.
For additional information, call 786-7998 or email at [email protected] Award recipients will be notified by May 29.
Surry Community College
is announcing its new mid-semester
classes. These are all online classes, and run March 6th through May
Intro to New Testament
Technology and Society
Elementary Spanish II
Intro to Sociology
Registration is going on now through March 6th in Student Development
(A building). If you have any questions, please call to speak with a counselor at 386-3264.
COMING SOON !
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce and Mount
Airy Visitors Center would like to Thank Gerald Culler for his
hard work and dedication with bringing these wonderful tournaments to our area!
March 6-8, 2009
7th Annual Mayberry March Madness Girls Basketball
Tournament (100 Plus Teams)
March 27-29, 2009 YBOA State Qualifier
May 8-10, 2009
YBOA State Championships (80-100 teams) May 16 18, 2009 Boys Tournament
For More information on these Tournaments please visit:
Downtown 2009 Mount Airy Bridal Fair-Sponsored by the
Downtown Business Association
March 21st 10am - 2pm Fashion show starts at 2:30 pm held at the Old
May 22, 2009-Vintage BMW Tour-Vintage at the VineStaying at The Hampton Inn Shelton Vineyards but coming to
downtown Mount Airy on May 22, 2009. They will be downtown
from around 12noon and will have a meet and greet at Old North
State Winery starting at 5pm. Be in the area May 22-24, 2009 in
Dobson at Shelton Vineyards.
DID YOU KNOW ?
LONELY PLANET SPOTLIGHTS SURRY COUNTY AND THE
The Division recently worked with Lonely Planets' Alex Leviton,
whose “Lonely Planet: Andy Griffith's TV Utopia Is Real” was
picked up by the Salt Lake Tribune. In the article, the real-life
town of Mount Airy is compared to Mayberry, of “The Andy Griffith
Show” fame, saying Mount Airy is "as close to small-town utopia
as it gets." The article also featured North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, calling it "a Southern ‘Yapa Valley.’" Other sites that were
mentioned in the article included Pilot Knob Inn, Pilot Mountain
State Park and Aunt Bea's Barbecue. To find out more, visit
WASHINGTON POST FEATURES YADKIN VALLEY WINE
In its Sunday Travel section, The Washington Post featured the
Yadkin Valley Wine Trail in the article “Savoring the Flavors of
North Carolina's 'Napa'.” The Division’s PR team provided research support to writer Diane Daniel for the article. McRitchie
Winery & Ciderworks, Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery, Elkin
Creek Vineyard and Brushy Mountain Winery were among the
wineries highlighted in the article. To find out more, visit http://
NC Secretary of Commerce weighed in heavily on the importance of Tourism at The Surry Economic Development
Partnership Annual Luncheon. He mentioned that Tourism
was the 2nd largest Industry in the State of North Carolina
Business N ame
200 N. Main St. Mount Airy, N.C.
The Mission of the Greater
Mount Airy Chamber of
Commerce is to advance,
promote and encourage
successful business growth
for our members.
V ISIT US ON-LINE
WWW.MTAIRYNCCHAMBER. ORG AND
YOUTH LEADERSHIP SURRY:
YLS was scheduled to meet at Raven Knob in February. Chamber staff had planned to drop in on the fun but, mother nature
had other plans. Although the meeting was cancelled for a mix
of freezing rain, snow and sleet, we got to spend time with YLS
leaders James Reams, Learning for Life Executive for the Old
Hickory Council, Art Blackwood and James Cox with the Boys
Scouts to find out what they had planned for the year.
From Left James Cox, James
YLS selects 30 students within the top 20% of the junior class
Reams and Art Blackwood
for the program from the area high schools in the county. Students learn things such as leadership and team building skills, history and tourism, recreation, non profit organizations, healthcare, education and local government.
Sponsoring Agencies are The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, Yadkin Valley
Chamber of Commerce, Elkin, Mount Airy and Surry County School Systems.
To find out more about Youth Leadership Surry , contact James Reams at 336-401-9435.