Monday, September 28, 2020

Weekly Village Update 9.25.20


Chamber News
Coming Soon - Chamber Membership Renewal!
The Chamber sends out our annual membership investment dues on October 1st.

The invoice you receive will be for your 2021 membership.

If you have any questions, please call the Chamber at 828.295.7851 or email Regina.
Happy Small Business Week!
It is National #SmallBusinessWeekLearn more about what the Small Business Administration is doing for their virtual conference here.
Blowing Rock Farmers Market
The Blowing Rock Farmers Market has been extend to Thursday, October 15th!

Enjoy a few more weeks of fresh flowers, bread, local meat, goat cheese, eggs, and more!
Blowing Rock Young Professionals

Interested in learning more about the Young Professional? Email

Are you a Blowing Rock Young Professional (ages 21-40) or do you know a young professional who is looking to get more involved?

A few members of the BRYP will be at the Blowing Rock Farmers Market on Oct. 1st to meet new members & share more information on the group.
Have you taken the Census?
Deadline quickly approaching!

There are only a few weeks left to take the Census! The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade.

Rapid Recovery Loan
The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program now allows businesses to borrow up to $250,000 with no payments and 0.25 percent interest for the first 18 months, and includes a 102-month repayment term. Start your application now!
Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) Program to help museums, amusement parks and others
Some North Carolina small businesses that have experienced extraordinary disruption to their operations due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic may benefit from a $40 million relief program to help offset fixed costs like rent, mortgage interests and utility bills, Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday (yesterday).
The N.C. Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR), administered by the N.C. Department of Commerce, can provide up to $20,000 in relief funds per qualifying business location. Business applicants from certain industry sectors that have not been able to operate during the COVID period may apply for up to two of their business locations.
Eligible applicants are amusement parks, museums, bars, banquet halls (with catering staff), bowling alleys, indoor fitness and recreation centers, movie theaters (except drive-ins), dance halls, and bingo parlors.
Applicants can apply for up to four months of mortgage interest or rent expenses, and utility expenses. Applications to the program should open next week and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must certify that they were closed during the period April 1 through July 31, 2020; they expect to be able to operate after the COVID crisis has passed; and they have not been reimbursed by any other federal source for the expenses for which they seek reimbursement through this program.
Commerce will begin accepting applications soon. Business leaders can learn about the MURR program by registering for one of the free educational webinars offered by Commerce during the next two weeks. To find out more, click here.
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Upcoming Activities & Meetings

Member News
HCBCF Blood Drive
Saturday, October 3rd
Tanger Outlets
11am- 4pm

All donors will recive a $10 gift card and a $10 charitable donation will be made for every blood donor!

Seasonal Jobs at Samaritan's Purse
It’s that time of the year again! Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child has seasonal, paid employment opportunities available and would like to share them with the local community.
They have need for over 700 people and there are many jobs available for team coaches, warehouse workers, certified forklift operators, Class A drivers, and mail processing staff. The processing season begins mid-November and runs through mid-December. These positions are temporary, full-time opportunities, Monday through Saturday, and require a solid commitment for the duration of the project.
Applications are open now through October. Instructions for applying online can be found on the Samaritan's Purse website under “Get Involved” - “Employment” - “Operation Christmas Child Processing Center Seasonal"
The Schaefer Center Presents..!
The 2020-21 season of “The Schaefer Center Presents…” performing arts series, presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, announces its fall series, which will be presented in an all-virtual format Oct 9-Dec. 4.

The series traditionally offers students, faculty, staff and the community a diverse array of music, theatre and dance designed to enrich the cultural landscape of the campus and surrounding area, showcasing some of the finest artists around the globe, the nation, and the region. The virtual experience will be no exception, featuring a varied lineup that includes livestreamed and pre-recorded theatre, music, and other events — from American Shakespeare Center and Watkins Family Hour to the university’s own Hayes School of Music and a special event with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.
The Children's Council is asking for your input!
The Children's Council of Watauga County, Inc. is seeking input from our community for our strategic planning process. Please complete this quick survey so they can access what our community already knows about their work, what they doing well, and/or what they need to be doing to better serve young children in Watauga County.

Even if you don't know much about them, your input will be helpful. Please respond by September 30, 2020.
Sporting Clay Tournament
The Hunger & Health Coaliton is hosting a Sproting Clay Tournament at the Chetola Sporting Reserve October 10th & 11th.

All of their fundraising goes straight back into making these programs stay open, and continually able to help anyone in

Give them a call at 828-262-1628 if you'd like to donate or join the team of amazing volunteers.

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.
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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