February 2011 - Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce

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February 2011 - Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce
THE CHAMBER CHATTER
Issue 1
February
Volume 4
Friday February 22nd
Ambassador League Breakfast
Holiday Inn Express
8:00-9:00 a.m.
Relationships
Thursday February 24th
Business Development
Committee Meeting.
12 Noon Chamber Board Room
Friday March 4th
Ribbon Cutting
Greater Mount Airy
Habitat for Humanity
3:00 p.m.
Tuesday March 8th
Business Academy
Holiday Inn Express
8:30-10:00
Tuesday March 15th
Business After Hours
Choice Physical Therapy
and Chiropractic
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Thursday March 24th
Awards Luncheon
Cross Creek Country Club
12 Noon
Would you like to meet new sales
contacts and build relationships for
referral partners? Would you just
like to get to know some of the
businesses in our community?
You are invited to attend our
“GRAND”
SPEED NETWORKING EVENT.
THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH
Cross Creek Country Club
Speed Networking
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Social
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sponsorships still available!
You must RSVP your spot!
[email protected]
Creativity
Marketing
Business
Support
Growth
Networking
Ideas and
Development
2011 Business Trends
There are several projections and articles about the business trends for 2011. In
most of these articles businesses will continue through 2011 being conservative in
spending and hiring. They will do more with less. Although businesses are still
focused and watching the economy closely, they also are optimistic and are looking
at creative ways to promote their business.
Networking to build face-to-face relationships continues to be the cheaper option
of promoting themselves locally. Steve Strauss writer for USA TODAY discusses
in a January 3rd article that Facebook is where the action is right now. With this
being the hottest item, why not make a presence? Other things such as mobile
apps and discount websites such as Groupon and the Hot Deals Mount Airy News
are advertising are on the rise. People will be more mobile this year and are
searching businesses and services through smart phones.
To stay on top The Mount Airy Chamber is full swing into Facebook. You can find
us under Mount Airy Chamber. Our Connects Weekly email continues to promote
member events. We are now featuring Hot Deals, which are coupons you create,
and are listed on the website and our Facebook page. Hot Deal Coupons you
create are $10.00 for 3
months.
Businesses will search for and
tap into these low cost trends.
Networking continues to be
the most cost effective way to
promote your business. We
hope that strategic networking will continue to be a part
of your growth plan and invite
you to attend any of our
upcoming Chamber Events.
Bring a Guest!
Please help us
welcome our new
members!
Mayberry Mules Wagon Rides – Located at 276 Lindsay Creed Road Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Phone 336-710-2783 or visit www.mayberrymules.com. Mayberry Mules Wagon Rides was established in 2008 by owner, Gary Dollyhigh. Mayberry Mules Wagon Rides are available on most Saturdays in downtown Mount Airy for $5.00 per person through the greater historic downtown area. Sit
back and enjoy the sites and attractions for approximately a mile long excursion that is stress free,
relaxing and slow moving! Mayberry Mules Wagon Rides is a seasonal attraction dependent upon
the weather. During the spring, summer and fall rides are available Friday through Sundays. Call
336-710-2873 for an updated schedule. See Historic Downtown Mount Airy from a new perspective…a wagon ride.
Mayberry Mules Wagon Rides
276 Lindsay Creed Road
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-710-2873
www.mayberrymules.com
Sink Family L.P. – Located at 29 Hollyview Farm Mount Airy, NC 27030. Phone 336-786-8051. The
Sink Family Limited Partnership consists of property in Mount Airy NC that houses several businesses, including a medical supply company, a Dollar Store and the Golden Corral to name a few.
The Sink Family was instrumental in the early development of the greater Mount Airy area and continues to be some of the strongest advocates for the continued growth and success of Mount Airy.
Sink Family L.P.
29 Hollyview Farm
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-786-8051
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Edward Jones – Britt F. Wright – Located at 184
West Independence Boulevard Mount Airy, NC
27030. Phone 336-789-2079. Your Financial Advisor,
Britt F. Wright is ready to serve you. Edward Jones
serves nearly 7 million investors and has more offices
than any other investment firm in America. They attribute a great deal of their success to their
principles and personal, long-term approach to investing. Edward Jones has consistently been
ranked among the best companies to work for by FORTUNE Magazine and their employees tend to
stay for years. Edward Jones is still a privately owned company; Edward Jones has a very personal
feel that's almost like family. Edward Jones offers these services and more….retirement, education,
investments, estate and trust planning, borrowing solutions, saving solutions, insurance, trust management and online account services to all clients.
Edward Jones – Britt F. Wright
184 West Independence Boulevard
Mount Airy, NC 27030
33-789-2079
Wendy’s – Located at 1906 Rockford Street Mount Airy, NC 27030. Phone 336-786-6576 or visit
www.wendys.com or www.tarheelcapital.com. The General Manager of Wendy’s 014 is Sandy Prevette and the District Manager is Curt Miller. The Wendy’s Mission is to deliver the highest standards
in quality, service, and cleanliness! The Wendy’s location here in Mount Airy is part of Tar Heel Capital. Tar Heel Capital owns 75 restaurants in North Carolina and South Carolina and is one of the one
of the largest Wendy's franchises in the world. The Tar Heel Capital's flagship restaurant in Boone,
NC is the only two story, free standing Wendy's in the country and one of the busiest in the world.
Tar Heel Capital recognizes the value of the crew and management as their most important asset,
and the key to their continued growth. Since Tar Heel Capital began, their team has been recognized nationally as one of the best franchisees in the Wendy's System. Great food, great value and a
friendly staff!!!
Wendy’s
1906 Rockford Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-786-6576
www.wendys.com
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Surry County Tourism Development Authority (Surry
County TDA) – Located at 118 Hamby Road, Suite 342
Dobson, NC 27017. Phone 336-401-8390. The Surry
County Tourism Development Authority was established
January 27, 2009 and is responsible for serving the public
by promoting travel and tourism in areas of Surry County not within incorporated areas. Assistant County
Manager, Economic Development and Tourism, Chris Knopf oversees this effort with the assistance of Secretary, Tammy Johnson.
Surry County Tourism Development Authority
118 Hamby Road, Suite 342
Dobson, NC 27017
336-401-8390
About Face – Located at 325 East Main Street Wytheville, VA 24382. Phone 423-989-3223 or visit
www.aboutfacebristol.com. Established in January 2010, About Face Skincare, Aesthetics & Weight Loss is
owned by Sue Cressel a Family Nurse Practitioner with 30 years of nursing experience. Supervising Physician is Shannon M. Finch, MD Board Certified Family Medicine and Office Manager is Sherri Shaffer. About
Face currently has three locations; Bristol Tennessee, Cedar Bluff VA and Wytheville VA.
About Face Skincare, Aesthetics & Weight Loss assists clients in obtaining beautiful skin and a healthy
weight by providing quality products, services, and counseling at an affordable price. About Face can help
you become more confident with your appearance and healthier at affordable prices! The unique group of
service providers will work with you to achieve the look you long for, at the price you can manage.
Services and products offered include the following;
Aesthetics -Microdermabrasion, -Glycolic Facials, -Oxygen Facials, Jessner Peel, Waxing, Eyebrow and
Lash Tinting, Micropeels, Dermaplaning, Botox Injections, Juvederm, Restylane/Perlane and Eyelash Extensions.
Weight Management – Nutrition Classes, Phentermine (all milligrams), Lipovite Injections, B-12 Injections,
Carb Blocker, Calcium Pyruvate, Chromium, Acti-Plus, Coral Calcium, Hoodia, Colon Cleanse, Flax Seed Oil
and Omega 3.
Skincare – Obagi Products and La Roche Posay Skin Products. Also available is Lavish Lashes.
Don’t wait another day to become a new, more beautiful you!
About Face
325 East Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382
(276) 228-8446
www.aboutfacebristol.com
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O2 Energies, Inc. – Located at 19510 Jetton Road,
Suite 300 Cornelius, NC 28031. Phone (704) 4909696 or visit www.o2energies.comm. O2 Energies,
Inc. was founded by Joel Olsen, Managing Director.
O2 Energies was founded to develop turn-key, ground
mounted solar power plants on the U.S. East coast. In
addition, O2 Energies provide consulting services for corporate clients wishing to grow their
business in the renewable energy market, and advocate for a state energy policy that promotes
renewable energy generation. O2 energies offers clients an in-depth understanding of solar
technology, state energy policy, project ownership and tax structuring. O2 Energies has developed
relationships with utility companies, public policy makers, regulators, and local government officials,
as well as with project investors and strategic partners to design, develop and deliver profitable
turnkey solar power plants to private investors.
O2 Energies has formed a strategic partnership with Pike Electric Inc. who has been branching out
into alternative energy systems in addition to its traditional focus on electricity. O2 Energies has
leased land adjacent to the waste water treatment plant located off of US highway 52 south from the
city of Mount Airy to build the first solar farm in our area. The initial construction for phase one is to
begin immediately with phase 2 and 3 to follow. By spring Mayberry Solar Farm should be up and
operating. The 1-megawatt facility will generate enough power to offset the consumption of 200
households. The city will have no funds invested in this project but will receive money from the lease
as well as extra property tax revenues generated by construction of the solar plant.
Mayberry Solar Farm will draw new interest to our community from those who have never seen a
solar farm and those who want to see how it is constructed. This allows us to show that we are
progressive and could be an extra tool for our business and economic development locally.
O2 Energies, Inc.
19510 Jetton Road, Suite 300
Cornelius, NC 28031
(704) 490-9696
www.o2energies.comm
The Copper Pot Restaurant –Located at 123 Scenic Outlet Lane (1-77 & Hwy 89 in the Scenic
Outlet Plaza) Mount Airy, NC 27030. Phone 336-352-4108. The Copper Pot is a new dining
experience with a country atmosphere. Open for breakfast (served until 11am), lunch and dinner.
The Copper Pot is locally owned and operated by Tracy and Greg Hiatt and is open Monday through
Thursday 6am – 8pm, Friday and Saturday 6am – 9pm closed Sunday. Daily plate specials to select
from as well as everyday specials and breakfast plates, child plates, sandwiches, seafood, meat and
chicken entrees, wings, salads and desserts! The Copper Pot Restaurant is cooking up something
just for you so come hungry!
The Copper Pot
123 Scenic Outlet Lane
Mount Airy, NC 27030
(336) 352-4108
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Southern Style Spotlight – Located at 129 Norval Lowe Road Lowgap, NC 27024. Phone 336-352-4439.
Established January 1, 2011, Southern Style Spotlight is a new start-up business for Owner, Richard Hiatt.
Southern Style Spotlight is a website that promotes fine dining, area wineries, local vineyards, Bed & Breakfasts, unique boutiques and specialty Shoppe’s and other travel and tourist destinations. The website
www.southernstylespotlight.com is being developed and will be up and running soon. Richard wants to share
the wonderful experiences that can be found here in Mount Airy, Surry County and the surrounding area with
a wide audience; inviting them to visit, shop, dine and stay here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At the same time Richard will promote other cities and locations that have something special and enjoyable about them. Sounds like this is another opportunity for our community to show what makes us special…..we expect to hear a lot from Richard in the next few months!
Southern Style Spotlight
129 Norval Lowe Road
Lowgap, NC 27024
336-352-4439
…..website being developed…..
www.southernstylespotlight.com
Dobson Blue Ridge Medical Group - Located at 111 North Corner Street Dobson, NC 27017. Phone 336386-8270 or visit www.blueridgemd.com. Dobson Blue Ridge Medical Group was established in 1994 and offers adult internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Zuzana Banas, M.D. is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Dr. Fraiza Rais-Reynolds is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Kim Johnson, L.P.N. is
the Manager of the Dobson office. Dobson Blue Ridge Medical Group is accepting new patients for family
medicine, including children (pediatrics), adult internal medicine, geriatric medicine, cardiology, pulmonary
medicine, as well as referrals from other providers. Their doctors are on staff at Northern Hospital of Surry
County in Mount Airy and at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.
Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm with same day appointments, extensive in-office testing
and Dobson Blue Ridge Medical Group accepts most insurances including Medicare.
Quality “Family Doctor” Care close to home!
Dobson Blue Ridge Medical Group
111 North Corner Street
Dobson, NC 27017
336-386-8270
www.blueridgemd.com
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Getting to know…
Katie Cramer with Rogers Realty
It is a pleasure to have Katie Cramer part of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of
Commerce. Both Katie and her husband Roger Cramer are Real Estate Brokers
with Rogers Realty, Inc. and are very active in the Greater Mount Airy Chamber
of Commerce. Her husband Roger will serve on the upcoming 2011 Chamber
Board of Directors. Katie feels involvement in the Chamber of Commerce and
our local community helps to expand one’s network, keeping one abreast of
what is happening in our area, and provides opportunities to give back to those
we serve.
Katie comes to Mount Airy in 2006 from Rhode Island after marrying Roger Cramer. Growing up she moved
around from New York to Connecticut, to Boston, then spending the last 34 years between Massachusetts and
Rhode Island. Katie has an impressive resume starting as a Human Resource Manager, Teacher with a Masters
in Education, Head Hunter, Kitchen and Bathroom Designer then finally settling on her love of Real Estate. Her
love for all things related to housing helped lead her to her new career path. “I love helping others find their
dream home.” Katie said. “I believe to be a successful realtor/broker; one must listen thoroughly to client’s
needs and wishes. By being a good listener as well as being flexible, I can trust my instincts to explore options
a buyer may not have contemplated.” “A win-win situation is what I call a successful conclusion,…my client’s
smiles are worth a million words!” Katie feels a smooth transaction is part of acquiring the “perfect home” and
builds trust that can lead to referrals and continued relationships.
Katie is the 2011 President of the Surry County Board of Realtors. She served as the President Elect for 2010
and a Chairperson for 2009 & 2010. She was awarded the 2009 Realtor of the Year!
Katie has come to love Mount Airy as home. “Mount Airy is an extremely welcoming town to newcomers. It is
truly a unique experience being from the North to have complete strangers wave and speak as you pass
by.” Being a newcomer, Katie explains The Chamber provides an inviting atmosphere to meet and network with
business leaders in our area. “Relationships are what it is all about.” The Chamber does make a difference in
relationship building and promotion of our local businesses maximizing growth potential.
Katie is very involved in our community. She is a Heritage Foundation Member and a Habitat for Humanity Build
Days Volunteer. She is seen at many Chamber Events supporting business growth in our area! Katie we are so
glad to have you in Mount Airy and part of our Chamber family!
Katie has a son Matt McCrystal, Step Daughter Catrina Alexander , Son-in-law Mel Alexander and grandchildren
Jackson and Macy Smith.
Give Katie a call if you are thinking of buying or selling a home.
Katie Cramer
Rogers Realty & Auction Co., Inc.
Cell: (336) 325-6454
Office: (336) 789-2926 x 116
1310 EMS Drive
Toll Free: (800) 442-7906
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Fax: (336) 789-2310
Email: [email protected]
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Website: www.rogersrealty.com
Ribbon Cutting held at
Medical Weight Loss Partners
Medical Weight Loss Partners, a
division of Northwest Medical Partners located in the ProHealth Center
at 280 North Pointe Boulevard, in
Mount Airy held a Ribbon Cutting
and Open House for the NEW office
on Tuesday December 14, 2010.
Over thirty five Chamber Members,
Guests, and Local Dignitaries met in
the office lobby at 12:30 for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to the New
Office. Mount Airy Mayor Deborah
Cochran, City Manager Barbara
Jones and City Commissioner Steve
Yokeley were on hand for the event. Dr. Nelson Gardner, Linda Griffith, and Mayor Cochran spoke to the
group prior to the ribbon cutting.
An Open House immediately followed with the staff giving tours of the new spacious office and its wonderful
new amenities. The office was beautifully decorated in logo colors for the event. Teal ribbons and yellow tape
measure ribbons were placed through out the office area, even the ornaments and decorations on the Christmas tree matched. Refreshments and appetizers were set up for the guests along with information packets
about the weight loss program including calorie conscious holiday recipes. Photo boards of success stories
with before and after patient photos were on display so you could see the difference this program has made
in peoples lives.
Medical Weight Loss Partners was established January 5, 2009 and is a part of the ProHealth Center which is
a multi-use state of the art facility housing the ProHealth Fitness Center and Northwest Medical Partners. The
mission of Medical Weight Loss Partners is to provide access to a comprehensive weight loss program of
sound guidance, nutritional and fitness counseling, strategies for achieving and maintaining a health weight,
and the support and environment that will empower one to achieve optimal health. Under the guidance of
Linda A. Griffith, MSN, FNP-BC, the Director of Weight Management and the Medical Weight Loss Partners
staff over 1600 patients currently enrolled have lost 43, 200 pounds; the biggest loser has lost 192 pounds.
Plans for the future are to develop a pediatric program due to the need. North Carolina ranks 14th in the nation in overweight and obese adolescents; 25% of kids 2-18 years old are obese and in Surry County there is
approximately 42% overweight.
Medical Weight Loss Partners has developed a healthy sensible weight
loss program that becomes a lifestyle change in the way you eat. Medical
Weight Loss Partners will make the journey fun and show you how to
make this a permanent part of your life! Call 336-719-6006 today and
change your life!
Medical Weight Loss Partners
a division of Northwest Medical Partners
ProHealth Center
280 North Pointe Boulevard
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-719-6006
www.prohealthweightloss.com
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Ribbon Cutting and Open House held at new State Farm Insurance Office
Victor Zamora
Owner/Agent.
The Official Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Event were held on Thursday January 13,
2011 at the new State Farm Insurance office
located at 1448 Edgewood Drive, Suite 300
Mount Airy, NC 27030. Over fifty Chamber
Members, Local Dignitaries, Guests and
Clients were welcomed by Owner/Agent
Victor Zamora and his wife Angelia along
with the State Farm staff to the new office. The office is conveniently located in the shopping center off of Edgewood Drive and within sight of Wal-Mart. State Farm Agency Field Executive, Aaron
Beam, the Mayor of Mount Airy, a Mount Airy City Commissioner, the City Manager, State Farm
Field Representatives and the State Farm Insurance Staff took part in the ceremony held in front
of the new office. Following the ceremony, guests were invited back inside for delicious refreshments and an opportunity to congratulate and celebrate with Victor and his staff.
Victor Zamora and his staff are excited about the opportunity to serve the residents of Mount Airy
with all of their insurance needs as well as their financial needs. State Farm offers insurance and
financial services, auto loans, mortgages, credit cards and retirement planning. State Farm, a
name well recognized for auto, life, home, disability and health insurance. Stop by and say Hello
to Victor and his staff at State Farm Insurance and congratulate them on the opening of their new
office!
State Farm Insurance
1448 Edgewood Drive, Suite 300
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-789-8893 (phone)
336-789-8259 (fax)
Victor Zamora Owner/Agent
www.victorzamorainsurance.com
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Ribbon Cutting and Open House held at new
State Farm Insurance Office
Debbie Blinkhorn
Owner/Agent
The Official Ribbon Cutting and Open House Event were
held on Thursday January 20, 2011 at the new State Farm
Insurance office located at 1207 West Lebanon Street Mount
Airy, NC 27030. Owner/Agent, Debbie Blinkhorn welcomed
everyone to the new State Farm Office conveniently located
in the Westwood Center with Food Lion.
Over forty Chamber Members, elected officials, guests and
clients were welcomed by Debbie and her staff to the new
office. State Farm Agency Field Executive, Aaron Beam and
Agency Field Consultant, Bob Roycoft was on hand for the
ceremony along with Mount Airy Mayor Deborah Cochran and
Mount Airy City Commissioner Dean Brown.
Following the Ribbon Cutting ceremony out front of the new office, guests were invited back inside for
delicious refreshments and an opportunity to congratulate Debbie and her staff and tour the office.
Debbie Blinkhorn and her staff are excited about their new office and the opportunity to serve the
residents of Mount Airy with all of their insurance needs as well as their financial needs. State Farm
offers insurance and financial services, auto loans, mortgages, credit cards and retirement planning.
State Farm, a name well recognized for auto, life, home, disability and health insurance. Stop by and
say Hello to Debbie and her staff at State Farm Insurance and congratulate them on the opening of
their new office! Office Hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm, Tuesday and
Thursday 8:30am – 6:00pm.
State Farm Insurance
Owner/Agent Debbie Blinkhorn
1207 West Lebanon Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-783-0400
[email protected]
http://www.debbieblinkhorn.com
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Ribbon Cutting Held at
The Copper Pot
Restaurant
The Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Copper Pot Restaurant was held on Friday January 21,
2011 at 3:00pm. The Copper Pot Restaurant is located at 123 Scenic Outlet Lane (1-77 & Hwy 89 in
the Scenic Outlet Plaza) in Mount Airy, NC. Over
twenty-five Chamber Members and guests received
a warm welcome from Owners, Tracy and Greg
Hiatt and their wonderful staff.
Guests were given a raffle ticket as they entered for door prizes that Greg Hiatt would give away after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The Copper Pot Restaurant was busy with regular customers who
took part in the celebration. The Copper Pot had prepared a wonderful table of appetizers for their
guests consisting of a fruit tray, a yummy cake, cookies and other delicious sweets. Everyone had a
great time getting to know Greg, Tracy and their staff….it was such an enjoyable experience because the people at The Copper Pot Restaurant are so warm and friendly. We can’t wait to go back
for dinner!
The Copper Pot is a new dining experience with a country atmosphere and a welcoming staff. The
Copper Pot is locally owned and operated by Tracy and Greg Hiatt and is open Monday through
Thursday 6am – 8pm, Friday and Saturday 6am – 9pm closed Sunday. Open for breakfast (served
until 11:00am) lunch and dinner. Daily plate specials to select from as well as everyday specials
and breakfast plates, child plates, sandwiches, seafood, meat and chicken entrees, wings, salads
and desserts! The Copper Pot Restaurant is cooking up something just for you so come hungry!
The Copper Pot Restaurant
123 Scenic Outlet Lane
Mount Airy, NC 27030
(336) 352-4108
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Chamber Surprise Patrol Visits
Sawyers & Sawyers Accounting Services
On Tuesday December 14, 2010 The Chamber Surprise Patrol
paid an unannounced visit to Sawyers & Sawyers Accounting
Services located at 813 South Main Street Mount Airy, NC
27030. Braving another winter day of frigid temperatures and
blustering winds The Chamber Surprise Patrol blew through
the front door at Sawyers & Sawyers Accounting Services with
a basket of candy, a box of cookies and two “wild” bunches of
balloons just to say “Thank You”.
Once inside and we got the door closed, we were greeted by
Carolyn Sawyers who looked somewhat surprised or maybe it
was all the wind and cold air that came in with us. We told her
that we were The Chamber Surprise Patrol and we were there
to say “Thank You” to Sawyers & Sawyers Accounting
Services for being a Chamber Member. Carolyn called for her
husband, Jerry who quickly came from an adjoining office to
see what was going on. Surprise Jerry…It’s the Chamber
Surprise Patrol. Here to say Thank You for being a Chamber
Member and for your continued support over the last sixteen
years! Sawyers & Sawyers Accounting Services has been a
Chamber Member since April 20, 1994.
We spent the next thirty minutes talking to Jerry and Carolyn
about the business, their family and friends that we had in
common. Sawyers & Sawyers is a small locally owned and
operated accounting office with three employees; Jerry and
Carolyn Sawyers and Meagan Castle. Several years ago Jerry
had needed some assistance and had called Surry Community
College for an accounting student. They referred Meagan
Castle to him and Meagan has been with Sawyers & Sawyers
since then.
Our visit to Sawyers & Sawyers Accounting Services was the
last Chamber Surprise Patrol visit of 2010. Jerry, Carolyn and
Meagan, thank you for taking time away from your business to
spend with us….we had a great time!
Sawyers & Sawyers Accounting Services
813 South Main Street
Mount Airy, NC 27030
336-786-5935
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John S. Clark Company has hired Julie Wall Perkins, PHR as their
new Human Resources Manager. Ms. Perkins has extensive
experience in the Human Resources field having held similar
positions with other local companies. She most recently had
been providing human resource consulting services for small
businesses in the area through her own firm. She will be located
in the company’s headquarters in Mount Airy.
Justin Whitley has been promoted to Project Manager.
Justin will operate from the company’s Wilmington, NC office
location.
Nathan Long has been promoted to Project Manager.
Mr. Long joined the company in 2005 as an Assistant Project
Manager. He will continue to work out of the Mount Airy Office.
Kirk Matthews has been promoted to Project Manager.
Mr. Matthews joined the company in 2007 as an Assistant Project
Manager. He will continue to work out of the Mount Airy Office.
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Mount Airy Parks and Recreation
Hires Youth and Adult Athletics
Program Supervisor.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the
addition of Peter D. Raymer as Youth and Adult
Athletics Program Supervisor for the Mount Airy
Parks and Recreation Department. This vacancy
was created by the retirement of Terry Pruett. No
stranger to smaller communities, Peter is a native
of Statesville, North Carolina. He has a degree in
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
from NC State University, graduating Suma Cum
Laude. Upon graduation, Mr. Raymer also
worked in a variety of capacities for the
Honolulu YMCA. For the past three years, he
has been employed by the Raleigh Parks and
Recreation Department and has done a wide
variety of athletic duties within adult and youth
sports programs. Peter is a member of the North
Carolina Parks and Recreation Association, is a
certified soccer official and enjoys a variety of
hobbies including playing sports, working out,
barbequing and listening to live music. Mr.
Raymer states, “I have already met so many
wonderful people and look forward to serving
this community. It is my goal to learn from the
program participants and to implement quality
programs for people of all ages.”
Insteel Industries Acquires Assets of Ivy Steel & Wire
Insteel Industries, Inc. (NasdaqGS: IIIN) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Insteel
Wire Products Company has purchased certain of the assets of Ivy Steel & Wire, Inc. ("Ivy")
for a purchase price of approximately $51.1 million.
Former Resin Technology President Joins NCFI Polyurethanes
NCFI Polyurethanes announced today the addition of James Doose as a senior technical advisor. Doose, former chief chemist, founder and president of The Resin Technology Company, will work with NCFI’s leadership team in analyzing and reviewing current products, and
new product development.
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For more information contact Teresa Lewis, WorkForce Carolina, Inc. 711 West Independence Blvd. Mount Airy N.C. 27030. 336-789-8220.
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Fiftieth Annual Meeting of
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce
The Fiftieth annual Meeting of The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce was held on Thursday January 27, 2011 at Cross Creek Country Club. Over two hundred and ten Chamber Members
and guests attended the anticipated annual event. The Annual Meeting is a tradition for the
Chamber and their Members. The 2011 Board of Directors and Officers were installed, Britta
Needham, 2010 Chairmen of the Board gave her farewell speech and incoming 2011Chairmen of
the Board, Gary Lawrence delivered his address. Donna Leger, President of Central States Manufacturing Inc. was the Guest Speaker for the evening and Dr. Frank Sells announced the 2010 Citizen of the Year recipients.
This special evening would not have been possible without the support of our Members and the
Sponsorship of these Chamber Businesses:
The Event Sponsor for the evening was RBC Bank.
Associate Sponsors for the evening were: BB&T, BB&T Blue Ridge Burke Insurance, Duke Energy Carolinas, CenturyLink, Haynes Strand and Company, PLLC, Mount Airy Newspapers, Inc.,
Northern Hospital of Surry County, SouthData, Inc. and Workforce Carolina.
The Citizen of the Year Award was sponsored by Workforce Carolina and the Wine Sponsor was
Shelton Vineyards.
Donna Leger, President of Central States Manufacturing, Inc. was the guest speaker for the evening. Mrs. Leger spoke about the beginning of Central States Manufacturing in a small plant and
the successes that the company has had through the years due to the employee owners and the
values that the company represents. She said she wants Central States to be a positive impact on
the community and on families through the company’s Giving Back Program.
Central States Manufacturing, Inc. opened a $4.5 million facility in the Piedmont Triad West Industrial Park in Mount Airy, NC in August 2010. The Arkansas based company makes metal building
components used in both commercial and residential construction. Central States Manufacturing,
Inc. has facilities in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana and Texas.
The announcement of the 2010 Citizen of the Year recipients was delivered by Dr. Frank Sells,
former President of Surry Community College. With the announcement of Ed Shelton and Charlie
Shelton as the 2010 Citizens of the Year, the crowd rose to a standing ovation. Dr. Sells noted the
monumental contributions, investments, political clout and vision has shaped and molded our
community like never before. The Shelton’s vision was the inspiration behind the local wine industry emergence in Surry County. We recognize and applaud their contributions, investments
and their leadership that has guided our region through the formative years of fostering and nurturing the Yadkin Valley Wine Region and Hospitality Region. The Shelton brothers rose from
their seats and came forward to receive their plaques and to say a few words.
Britta Needham, 2010 Chairmen of the Board delivered the charge to the 2011 Chamber Board of
Directors and Officers. Gary Lawrence, 2011 Chairmen of the Board followed with a brief address
to the Membership in attendance.
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Donna Ledger, President
Charlie Shelton and Ed Shelton
Central States Manufacturing
Citizens of the Year
Britta installs the 2011 Board
Gary presents Britta with a
plaque as a thank you to her
service to the Chamber.
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In the month of January 2011 the staff greeted 1,408
Visitors into the Mount Airy Visitors Center and Mount Airy
Chamber of Commerce. The Top 10 States Represented
include: NC, VA, TN, FL, NY, WV, OH, PA, GA, and IL.
International Visitors from Canada, South American and
Switzerland in the month of January 2011.
In 2010 the Staff of the Mount Airy Visitors Center
greeted 76,243 Visitors which was up 13.4% from 2009.
The Top states represented in 2010 include the following:
NC, SC, TN, VA, GA, PA, OH, WV, FL and KY. (Close Running
between KY, NY, MD and AL) Top International Visitors
From Canada.
www.visitmayberry.com
UPCOMING EVENTS in 2011/Tourism Efforts
May 6-15, 2011– Filming Working with a Film Crew from Savannah that would include around
30+ people who want to come to Mount Airy to film in our area including several places in the
downtown area. Jessica Icenhour will provide assistance to this group with lodging while they are
here. Upcoming dates and locations to come! This will bring a huge impact to Mount Airy while
they are here.
May 28, 2011 -Antique Rolls Royce’s and Antique Bentleys– This group will be bringing over 50+
Antique cars to downtown Mount Airy and having a lunch at Trio Restaurant for all the attendees
up to 50 people.
Labor Day Weekend—East Coast Trike In 2011-This event will be held for a 2nd year in Mount
Airy during Labor Day Weekend and out at Veterans Memorial Park. Last year there were over
300 Trikes and approximately 1,000 people went out to the park to participate in events going on
at the Trike Show. They came back a few weeks ago and donated $500 to the Surry County
Fosters Child Association from the money raised at the 1st Trike In that was held during Labor Day
of this past year.
Sept 28-29, 2011 Preservation NC- The Preservation NC Annual Conference will take place in
Mount Airy. This annual conference usually brings over 300-400 people and last year it was held
in Durham, NC. (Thursday/Friday after Mayberry Days) We are the lead organization on this
event and have a committee of people assisting in this effort.
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Supporting LOCAL
businesses and Chamber
Members F1R$T, keeps
58% more of your dollars
and jobs in our
community strengthening
our local economy!
200 N. Main St. Mount
Airy, N.C. 27030
336-786-6116 Main
336-786-1488 Fax
V ISIT
US ON- LINE
WWW.MTAIRYNCCHAMBER. ORG
AND WWW. VISITMAYBERRY. COM
THE
CHAMBER IS NOW ON
The Mission of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is to advance,
promote and encourage successful business growth for our members.
Betty Ann Collins - President
Email: [email protected]
786-6116 Extension 6
Yvonne Nichols - Executive Assistant and Autumn Leaves Festival Director
Email: [email protected]
786-6116 Extension 5
Jessica Icenhour - Tourism Director
Email: [email protected]
786-6116 Extension 3
Tanya Taylor- Membership and Communication Director
Email: [email protected]
786-6116 Extension 4
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