Thursday, August 20, 2020

Weekly Village Update 8.20.20


Chamber News
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Part-Time Job Fair
The Blowing Rock Chamber will be representing Blowing Rock businesses at the App State Part Time Job Fair on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Need help? Submit the following information to Regina by Tuesday, September 1st to be represented at the job fair.

  • Business Name
  • Contact Information
  • Job Title (Ex: Host, Desk Clerk, Retail Sales)
Tarleton Reappointed to NCDOT Board
Cullie Tarleton has been reappointed as a member of the N.C. Board of Transportation by Gov. Roy Cooper. Tarleton will continue representing Division 11 which consists of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. He originally joined the board in 2017.

Tarleton brings decades of leadership experience in communications and broadcasting to the board as a retired senior vice president and general manager of WBT, WBTV and WCCB-TV. He also served in the N.C. General Assembly from 2007 to 2010 and served on various boards of directors for nonprofit and charitable organizations.
He will work with NCDOT staff to make decisions about transportation policies and priorities. He serves with 19 others from across the state who represent NCDOT’s 14 highway divisions and six areas of statewide interest.

Cooper appoints members representing the 14 highway divisions while the speaker of the N.C. House and the N.C. Senate President Pro-Tempore each appoint three at-large members.

Tarleton is a native of Union County and resident of Blowing Rock. He is also a veteran of the N.C. National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves.
Outdoor Economy Conference
The Outdoor Economy Conference connects, educates, and inspires leaders and doers working to grow the outdoor industry and craft an economy that's intimately tied to the well-being of their places and communities.
Join hundreds of other community and outdoor industry leaders to take action together and build an outdoor economy that works for all!
  • Touchless, infrared thermometers have been reduced another 37% with Chamber member discount prices ranging from $26.99 - $44.99 (depending on how many you order).
  • Starting prices for 2oz sanitizer (gel or liquid) has been reduced 57% to $1.13 - $1.35 a bottle with member discount.
  • 3-ply mask starting price has been reduced by an additional 13%, now $0.37-$0.54 per mask with member discount.
  • A gallon of liquid or gel sanitizer has been reduced 12%, now $26.96-$33.75 per gallon ($.21 per oz), with member discount.
  • KN95 starting prices have been reduced 9.7%, now $2.25 - $2.84 per mask with member discount.

**New Products Now Available**
  • Face Shields
  • Alcohol Wipes

The Small Business Center offers a wide variety of FREE workshops to help your small business succeed. Register online today!
8/3 - Making Quality Video For Your Small Business
8/4 - How to Start a Business
8/18 - Developing a Business Plan
8/20 - Selling Online Today
8/25 - Basics of Bookkeeping
9/1 - Build Your Business Influence with LinkedIn
9/2 - Basics of Capturing Visuals for Your Business
9/10 - How to Find Your Customers Using Social Media
9/10 - Funding Your Business
9/15 - Finding Customers for Your Business
9/21 - Google My Business
9/28 - Using Facebook and Instagram
9/30 - Grant Writing: What the Pros Know
10/1 - How to Start a Business
10/2 - Creativity in Multimedia & Commercial Video
10/5 - Using Video and YouTube
10/8 - Basics of Bookkeeping
10/12 - Public Relations and Influencer Marketing
10/29 - Maximizing the Value of Your Business
Upcoming Activities & Meetings

Member News
Rosen Sculpture Competition
Now on View
For the last 34 years, the annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition has showcased contemporary American sculpture in outdoor settings across the campus of Appalachian State University. The sculptures in this year’s competition represent a diversity of styles from biomorphic to whimsical to thought-provoking. The artists have expressed their three-dimensional concepts with expert craftmanship utilizing a variety of materials, designs and techniques to create their sculptures.
American Red Cross Volunteers Needed
Local volunteers are needed for the 2020 hurricane season! Join the Disaster Response Virtual Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, 9/1 from 12-1 pm to learn more about how you can help your neighbors and community in times of need! Sheltering and Health Services roles will be discussed along with day to day volunteer opportunities.

RSVP Required by 8/28/20. To sign up, visit: ; Questions? Contact or 336-646-4047
The online auction is available for preview and can be accessed by visiting or
'Hope Survives' Online Auction to Benefit Hospitality House
Bidding begins August 14 on nearly 225 items, valued at over $65,000

As previously announced, Hospitality House of Northwest North Carolina is moving forward with its largest annual fundraiser in a virtual way on August 20. However, the online auction portion of the event will begin August 14 at 12 p.m.

This theme for this year’s event, “Hope Survives,” speaks directly to the challenges and obstacles facing the homeless, hungry and impoverished individuals and families that rely on the programs and services of Hospitality House.

The wine social and silent auction had become a much looked-forward-to staple of the annual Hope Luncheon in years past. This year, the silent auction transforms to an online auction that will be open for a full week beginning Thursday August 14 at 12:00 p.m. and run through Thursday August 20 at 12:00 p.m.
Free Wifi for Students
Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation will be offering 5 Work Stations for students Grade K-12. The Work Stations will be open Monday through Friday from 7:45AM-3:45PM starting August 24th, 2020 in the Rec Center.

Students under 12 years old will need to be accompanied by a guardian at all times during their session. Upon entry, masks will be required at all times, the temperature of each individual will be taken, and health related questions will be asked. Parks & Recreation staff will sanitize each Work Station at the end of each day. You may also access Town Park WiFi anywhere inside Memorial Park for free. Please note that this is not a tutoring or child care service. Please call our office at 828-295-5222 for any other questions.
We'd love to see you!
The Chamber Team is glad to see our businesses re-opening! Email Regina to let us know you're open and we will stop by for a socially distance visit.
The Plein Air Festival is going on through Saturday. You might notice almost 80 artist around town painting.
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening at the Blowing Rock Holiday Express. View photos of the renovation here!
More events and updates can be found on our online calendar.

To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email by Wednesday.

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