Friday, August 28, 2020

Weekly Village Update 8.27.20


Chamber News
Become a Chamber Board Member
The Chamber has few board vacancies to fill specifically in the retail, accommodations and professional services sectors. The Chamber board has a distribution of seats among business sectors. Terms are two years with an option of renewing up to three terms. If you are interested in serving along with other Blowing Rock business community leaders on the Chamber board, please email Charles Hardin at or call to get more information.

Chamber members may nominate any other Chamber member or you may nominate yourself. If you nominate someone else, please let them know that we will contact them. 
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)
Business & Entrepreneurial Development Committee Goal Complete!
High-speed Internet is a very important consideration for people considering relocating to Blowing Rock, especially those who plan to work from home, start a new business, or buy an existing business. The Business & Entrepreneurial Development Committee of the Chamber’s EDC has thus long been seeking to expand the high-speed Internet options available in the Blowing Rock area. We are very pleased to announce that a High Country company, SkyBest Communications - the wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyLine Membership Corporation, recently celebrated its arrival in Blowing Rock with a ribbon-cutting. As SkyLine Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Edward Hinson explained, “Blowing Rock is a natural fit for us. Even with a bustling downtown, the deficiencies in broadband communication services really stood out. Working with the community, we were able to make a business case for bringing fiber here. We aren't investing in yesterday's technology. Bringing just 10-15-20 Mbps service to a customer doesn't cut it anymore. We're bringing symmetrical Gig-level speeds – both ways (uploading and downloading). That's taking us into the future, meeting the demands that have been created by advances in technology.”
NC Broadband Survey
We urge all homeowners and businesses to complete the broadband survey below sent to us by Blue Ridge Energy from the North Carolina Department of Information Technology.

The survey will gather information on locations with adequate internet access and speeds with the results used to determine which communities receive future grant funding for high speed internet service. Click here for more information on how to take the survey.

For homes or businesses WITH internet service, take the survey at

For homes or businesses WITHOUT internet service, text "Internet" to 919-750-0553
Blowing Rock Community Calendar
It's time to gather details for the 2021 Blowing Rock Community Calendar! As always, our goal is to have the calendar printed and ready for distribution by Thanksgiving weekend. The calendar lists Town and civic events, as well as festivals, event series, and cultural programming. Please send your public events for inclusion by September 30. We know that 2021 may still warrant some tentative planning, so the usual scheduling disclaimers will reflect that.

Photo submissions are also welcome! The image theme for 2021 is animals, so we're accepting photos of birds, deer, or other wild High Country critters, as well as pets enjoying mountain activities. Photos must be high resolution for printing, and the cutoff date is the same: September 30.
Send events and photo submissions to
To submit your news to our weekly newsletter, email by Wednesday.

Our newsletter reaches over 1,000 member contacts each Thursday!
Upcoming Activities & Meetings

Member News
Live Music at Egg Rollin
Egg Rollin is hosting the Keith Stroud Band on September 4th from 4pm-8pm.

Join them for great food, drinks and southern classic rock!
Book Signing at BR Antiques Co-Op
Enduring Southern Homes by Eric Ross

Book signing at Blowing Rock Antiques Co-Op

September 5th from 4-6pm
September 6th from 1-3pm
Blue Ridge Conservancy Raffle
Enter for a chance to win an awesome outdoor package from our friends at Footsloggers Outdoors and Mast General Store!

Tickets are $10 apiece and can be purchased on the website store.

Winners will be announced on September 8th.
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.
Famous Toastery Grand Opening! Dine with them seven days a week from 7am-3pm.
More events and updates can be found on our online calendar.

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

Our newsletter reaches over 1,000 member contacts each Thursday!
Thank you to our 2020 Chamber Partners!

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