Thursday, August 29, 2019

Weekly Village Update 8.29.19

Upcoming App State Events for Professional Development & Small Business Owners - Register Now

Leadership Summit
Friday, September 27th
This one-day, interactive conference will lead participants through self-discovery and allow them to gain a foundation for effective leadership.

Sessions will focus on: 
·     Identifying and understanding your leadership potential  
·     Enhancing employee motivation 
·     Successful conflict resolution
·     Improved group decision-making

Registration also includes:
·     A ticket to Saturday's (September 28) App State home football at 3:30pm
·     Admission to the Walker College of Business pre-game tailgate at 12pm
·     Professional Education padfolio and travel coffee mug

HR Summit
Friday, October 11th

The one-day event will have attendees from northwestern North Carolina, Charlotte, eastern Tennessee, and the Atlanta area and will provide managers, leaders, and teams with the latest research and tools for managing human resources.

Topics include: 
·     Workforce planning and hiring Millennial talent 
·     Learning and development
·     Diversity and inclusion
·     Data analytics

Attendees will also have the opportunity to: 
·     Participate in breakout sessions to gain hands-on practice 
·     Earn continuing education credits from SHRM and HRCI
·     Network with other HR professionals 

CCC&TI Offers Online Courses for Small Business
Online Training opportunities in September
9/10 – Basics of Bookkeeping – 6pm-8pm (Live Online)

9/12 – How to Start a Business – 6pm-8pm (Live Online)

Upcoming Chamber Events
Farmer's Market every Thursday 3-6 pm, Park Avenue
Art in the Park - September 7th & October 5th
Concert in the Park (Memorial Park) - September 8th & October 6th at 4 pm

Business Before Hours at the Community Club Library
September 11th at 8:30 am

Business After Hours at Blowing Rock Medical Park
September 17th at 5:30 pm

Partner Appreciation Dinner at Best Cellar
September 24th at 6 pm - email Loni if you are interested in partnership

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Special Chamber Member Only Opportunities for WinterFest
We are busy planning WinterFest 2020! This event boosts business during a slower time of year, brings new faces and return visitors to the High Country each year, which often lead to relocation.

·     We need our downtown businesses to sponsor ice sculptures to help us make the town look festive and beautiful. You get to pick the design (or work with the ice sculptors who have great ideas). Email and she'll bring an order form to you and do all the leg work!

·     Lodging: Email your package offers for the website. We promote you at no cost to you!

·     Restaurants: Save the date for WinterFeast - Jan. 23rd

·     All members: If you'd like to be involved in WinterFest in any way, reach out to with your ideas. We host these events to support you!

Cycle NC will bring 900+ riders to Blowing Rock on Sept. 28
The Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride starts in Blowing Rock on September 28th! This means we'll be welcoming a large crowd- nearly 900 riders have already registered for the event. A mobile campsite is being set up in Davant field, and some riders are staying in local hotels. That Saturday night will be a very busy evening for restaurants! There is also a home game at ASU, so we'll all need to be ready for crowds. The ride begins at 7:30am on Sunday morning, and all riders will be out of town by 9:00am.

This event has required a lot of advance planning. Event coordinators met this week with several members of Town departments to discuss details. If you have any questions about the event, please email or call the TDA at 295-4636.

Send Your Events By Sept. 30 for the Community Calendar
It's that time again! The printed Blowing Rock Community Calendar will be compiled next month, so please send your 2020 event dates soon. Any event that invites the public, or any open community event or meeting should be included! The photo theme for 2020 will be a collection of historic postcards. Send events to for consideration.

Member News

·     Village Cafe will be open on Labor Day, 8 am - 2 pm.

Mast General Annual Tent Sale
August 30 - September 2

This year's Tent Sale will be inside, so don't worry about rain or even dark of night! The sale venue is National Guard Armory in Boone. It's just a short drive from the Mast Store in Downtown Boone. There's lots of parking adjacent to the building.Everything at The Armory is 50% OFF suggested retail prices.  

• Friday, August 30 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Saturday, August 31 - 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Sunday, September 1 - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
• Monday, September 2 - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Register for the 20th Annual Blue Ridge Conservancy 5K Run / Walk (Mayview Madness)
Race Date: September 21st
8 am - 5K run / walk
9 am - 1 mile kids fun run

Register by September 1st to guarantee your preferred race t-shirt size!

Out of town? Register for a VIRTUAL RACE and run or walk your 5k wherever you want to support BRC! (T-shirt + shipping included!): $20.00 per runner.

Watauga Humane Society's Annual Fur Ball at Blowing Rock Country Club
Saturday, Sept. 14 from 5 pm - 10:30 pm
Celebrating our 50th with a 50s theme!

Contact Alice Roess for more information:

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 pm
Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, “The Schaefer Center Presents…” kicks off its 2019-20 season with a high-energy concert by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 pm at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets to Preservation Hall Jazz Band are available at the Schaefer Center Box Office or online at For more information, visit or call 828-262-4046.

This week in photos

We would love to visit your business!
Have something new going on you'd like to show off?
Call us and we'll feature you! (828) 295-7851

Thanks to all who attended our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner!
Each year we treat our volunteers to a fun meal together.

Chamber & TDA staff tour Grandfather Mountain Behind the Scenes
with Teresa Cody!
Left to right: Sarah Goff (events), Suzy Barker (events & membership), Amanda Lugenbell (TDA), Charles Hardin (CEO), Teresa Cody (Grandfather Mountain PR), Harrison Herbst (visitor center)

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