Thursday, February 21, 2019

Weekly Village Update 2.21.19

Commerce Communications

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Chamber Events & News

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Constant Contact Email Marketing Discounts for Chamber Members
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Questions? Call the Chamber at 828.295.7851
Plan to SAVOR More this May!
SAVOR Blowing Rock is May 2nd - 5th! Want to participate? Here are a few ways you can align with SAVOR:

·     Taste - we need restaurants to sign up! Email Amanda to participate!

·     Seminars - email Loni if you would like to offer a food or beverage seminar!

·     Special Events - do you have any special events planned for SAVOR weekend? Call 828.295.7851 or email Loni to discuss. We will promote your efforts!

·     Sponsor - we are still looking for sponsors for Taste, Vintner’s Village, and Gospel, Grits & Gravy. Click here for details.

·     Volunteer - sign up here!

Workshop is for businesses that have at least two years of successful sales, and those responding to Requests for Proposals for government solicitation.
Federal Proposal Writing Workshop
February 28th at 9 am
Government procurement counselors from the North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will lead an informative and interactive workshop guaranteed to jump-start your next federal proposal. Learn how to:

·  Identify contract opportunities that are realistic for you.
·  Understand how the government describes what it needs.
·  Prepare responsive and effective proposals.
·  Improve your chances at winning government contracts.

Workshop will be held in Hickory, NC and is free; pre-registration required. Learn More & Register

Our State Magazine Features Watauga County
Watauga County is included as one of the 37 counties along the route of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Our State Magazine's March photo essay, The Never-Ending Trail. Also featured in the Western section of the issue’s Carolina Calendar is Heroes on the Mountain on March 2nd at Appalachian Ski Mountain.

Project Dance Foundation
Project Dance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, exists to equip and encourage dancers through training and performing opportunities. The Carolina Snowbelles, a scholarship program of Project Dance directed by former Rockette, Cheryl Cutlip, offers precision training to local dancers 10 and up.

Member Events & News

Coffee Club
February 22nd at 8:30 am
Join Billy Chick, Edward Jones Financial Advisor the last Friday of each month through April for a brief presentation on current events in the market and economy. An informal discussion to follow. Meet in the conference room at Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce; coffee and donuts provided.

Questions? Call 828.295.6176.

TAC Talk: The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region
February 28th at 6 pm
This event was rescheduled from November 15th at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. The experience of food serves as an evocative lens onto colonial settlements and antebellum plantations, New South cities and Civil Rights-era lunch counters, chronic hunger and agricultural reform, counterculture communes and iconic restaurants of the evolving South. In this session, Dr. Ferris will explore how food, as cuisine and as commodity, has expressed and shaped southern identity to the present day.

More events can be found on our website calendar of events.

Newsletter item submissions must meet policy guidelines and be received no later than 5 pm Tuesday prior to publication.

Chamber Information and Meetings

Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, February 26th at 8 am
Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, March 6th at 8 am
Business Before Hours: Wednesday, March 13th at 8:30 am, Studio M Salon
Business After Hours: Tuesday, March 19th at 5:30 pm, Green Park Inn

All meetings are held in the Chamber Boardroom unless otherwise noted.

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