Chamber to hold campaign kick-off at new Morgan Ridge location

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 7, 2016

SALISBURY – The Rowan County Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 2016 Total Resource “Olympics” Campaign on Monday, Aug. 15, 5 – 7 p.m. in conjunction with the “Business After Hours” mixer, which will offer a sneak peak at Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery & Eatery at 421 N. Lee St.

The mixer will be co-sponsored by Walser Technology Group.

Morgan Ridge’s new facility will not be open to the public until its grand opening on Labor Day weekend.

The theme of the campaign is “Chamber Champions — Go for the Gold!” Team captains will be dressed in Olympic-style costumes and challenge each other in mini-athletic competitions during the event. The Total Resource Campaign is sponsored by Cloninger Ford & Wal-Mart.

Tim “Titan” Norris (Healthcare Management Consultants), chair-elect and campaign chair, has selected a great group of team captains: Wendy Barnhardt (“Navigator,” Rowan-Cabarrus Commu­nity College); Sherry Boyd (“Team USA Eagles,” Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast); Gary Blabon (“Apollo,” Novant Health Rowan Medical Center ); Teresa Dakins (“Toga’s,” Trinity at Home); Nicole Holmes Matangira (“Medals,” Matangira Recycling); and Wendy Roueche (“Team Rio,” F&M Bank).

After the kick-off, all campaign volunteers will participate in a professional sales training session by Tamara Bunte, Institute for Advanced Results Company in Charlotte. Bunte trains the Charlotte Chamber staff and volunteers and conducts sales seminars around the country. The sales training sessions are Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 4 p.m. or Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m. Both sessions will be held at the Gateway Building at 204 E. Innes St.

The campaign runs through Sept. 16 with prizes being awarded at the chamber’s Sept. 19 board meeting. The goals are: 90 new members; 90 percent retention of first year renewals; and $5,000 in non-dues revenue. Each team captain has recruited 10 team members to assist them. Great prizes will be awarded for all the volunteers participating. The top producer will win a vacation package valued at over $2,500. In addition, there are some special perks for all new members who join during the campaign.

The Rowan Chamber’s mixer and campaign kick-off is free and open to members and interested business people who are thinking about joining the chamber. However, reservations are required by Friday, Aug. 12 by 5 p.m. to 704-633-4221 or