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Chamber previews upcoming events

In an attempt to get the community more aware, the Lincolnton-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce will start to hold media conferences quarterly. The first meeting was held Thursday. Christina Arlow, with Translations, Plus speaks on Leadership Lincoln, an upcoming program.
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The Lincolnton/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce previewed upcoming events Thursday in the first media conference of the year.
The annual Spelling Bee, the Leadership Lincoln program and the chamber’s Business After Hours were among the topics covered.
Media conferences will be held quarterly to make sure word gets out on chamber events.
Ken Kindley, Chamber President said the idea came from the Catawba Chamber of Commerce.
“We want to make contacts and help promote businesses,” he said.
Sue Pangburn, Chair of Business After Hours, spoke on the importance of attending these events which are held monthly.
“It provides the opportunity to get to know people of different businesses and learn about them,” Pangburn said.
The next Business After Hours will be March 18 at the Cultural Center from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
“It allows people to interact in a more low key environment,” said Stephen Starnes, Chair of the Chamber.
Also coming up is the Seventh annual Adult Spelling Bee which will be held at 7 p.m. March 23 at the Citizen’s Center.
Last year there were 32 teams and $9,800 was raised for the Education Foundation in Lincoln County and for the Chamber. Lincoln Medical Center won the competition.
Leadership Lincoln is also a popular program, designed to motivate individuals in the community.
The nine-month program allows participants to gain the tools, skills and network required to be effective leaders.
Christina Arlow, Vice-Chair of Strategic Planning and Membership Development heads up the program.
She said 83 people will have graduated from the program this coming June, which was started in 1998.
“This program is open to chamber members and non-chamber members,” she said. “If you have not participated in the program, I urge you to look into it, it is an experience you will never forget.”
The program is held October through June , with sessions being held once a month.
A staff appreciation luncheon will be held April 14 at the Citizen Center in order for employers to appreciate their staff members.
Also discussed was the large number of grand openings that are being held in the community for local businesses.
Kindley, said there were 22 grand openings held last year.
“This means new jobs, a new tax base and a new opportunity for businesses,” he said.
Cain Leonard, Membership Chair also spoke on the upcoming Membership Drive.
April 13 to May 21 will be the dates to get members to try and get new potential members involved with the Chamber.
This year will be a NASCAR theme.
Leonard said the goal is to get 50 new member businesses.
Kindley said last year the chamber signed up 70 new members. by Amy Wadsworth

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