Thursday, January 7, 2021

Weekly Village Update 1.7.21


Chamber News
WinterFest January 28-31
This year we will not be hosting the Polar Bear Plunge or any ticketed events, but we are working on creating a fun weekend focused on celebrating the restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities in Blowing Rock.

Want to add something to the schedule of events? Email Suzy the information.

Check out for a listing of activities.
Last Call - Award Nominations
We need your help with selecting our 2020 Chamber Award Winners. Tell us, "who" is the best in the following categories:

·    Renovation / New Commercial Construction
·    Best Customer Service - Business Service
·    Best Customer Service - Hospitality
·    Best Customer Service - Sales
·    Leadership and Service to the Community
·    Jerry Burns Ambassadorial Award
·    Business of the Year

This year's Chamber awards include new categories. Please read the descriptions carefully and include not only the nominee's name but also your reason for the nomination to ensure each nominee is fairly considered for the award. You are also welcome to nominate your own business, again be sure to provide the reason why you should win.

Nominations must be submitted no later than January 8th, 2021 to be considered.

A ballot of finalists in each category will be sent to all Chamber members for popular vote to determine the final winners, which will be announced on February 15th.
5th Annual High Country Economic Kickoff
The 5th Annual High Country Economic Kickoff is scheduled for Thursday, January 28th from 9:00-10:30am, produced from the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country and distributed via Zoom by AppTV.

The event is co-hosted by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce and is presented by Peak Insurance Group, with additional support from Skyline National Bank4 Forty Four and Allen Wealth Management.
Dr. Harry Davis, longtime Appalachian State Walker College of Business faculty member and member of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, will deliver his 2021 Economic Forecast. Dr. Davis serves as both Dean and Instructor for the North Carolina School of Banking. 

Register online HERE. Use code "BRCHAMBER" for a $5 discount.
Vaccine Interest Form
Press release from AppHealthCare:

We have launched a COVID-19 vaccine interest form for anyone interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone can fill out the form regardless of which phase they will fit into.

The interest form will provide us basic information about someone in order to determine which phase they will fall in. If someone is eligible for the vaccine in the current phase and has provided a valid email and phone number, they will receive a link to schedule an appointment. If someone is eligible for the vaccine outside the current phase, their information will be collected and will receive notification when it is their turn to get the vaccine. The information someone provides will be kept private and secure. We will not ask for any personal information like credit cards, passwords, social security numbers, etc. The form can be found on our website here.
PPP Loan Forgiveness & Restaurant Relief Articles
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Upcoming Activities & Meetings

Member News
Insider's Report: Your 2020 Parkway Successes
Donors truly championed the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2020, despite all the obstacles the year presented. This presentation will highlight the many accomplishments made possible by your gifts during a 30-minute webinar beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 12.

Last year’s successes include the completion of renovations at The Bluffs Restaurant, preserving the photographic history of the Parkway, vista clearing, and more. Sign up to see the impact of your gifts and volunteer efforts within the park you love. Register at
Horton Hotel Rooftop Photo Sessions Available
We know it's cold outside, but nothing warms your heart like getting your photo taken with your bestie, your sweetie or the rest of your family members! So many of us are stuck inside this winter, which is why we are providing a fun experience and outing on the Horton Hotel Rooftop. 

Enjoy the view of downtown Boone complete with a cozy fire, refreshments and a fun photo mini-session! 

Blood Drive
The Blowing Rock Rotary Club and the Red Cross will be hosting a Blood Drive at Tanger Outlets on Tuesday, January 19th from 11:30am - 4:00pm.
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.

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Thank you to our 2021 Chamber Partners!
Important Contacts

NC Governor
Roy Cooper
US Senator
Thom Tillis
US Senator
Richard Burr
US House Representative
Virginia Foxx
NC House Representative
Ray Russell
NC Senator
Deanna Ballard

US President
Donald J. Trump

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