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Welcome to the official blog of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce.

This year we are making a concerted and enthusiastic effort keep our members connected to each other and to the community at large. Our categories include Chamber Events, Food & Brew, From the Executive Director, In and Around the Community and Member Shout Outs. These categories are bound to change (our humble word for "grow" and "improve") as the weeks and months unfold.

Two ways you can make sure you stay connected with what's happening at the Chamber, with our Members, and in the Community is to subscribe to the RSS Feed or the Newsletter (see right sidebar).

Here's to a prosperous, productive, and of course, happy 2020.

Being Productive

March 30, 2020

Stay Connected Keeping busy and being productive is one of the best ways to stave off boredom and depression. Many of us are finding ourselves out of kelter with our normal routines because of the threat of COVID-19. Whether working from home, on a lay-off, or retired the thought of being quarantined tends to make…

Help for Businesses

March 24, 2020

A message from Economic Development Director Paul Worley Good Afternoon, We understand that these are difficult times for everyone, especially our business community. There is a plethora of issues that we are all facing and and lots of information each day regarding assistance programs. Tri-County Community College, County Government, Local Chambers, NC Works Career Center…

What’s not to “Luv”? An Interview with Vera Confer

March 23, 2020

What’s Not to “Luv”? An Interview with Vera Confer of Luv N Mountain Soap by Vera “As a person who struggled in high school chemistry and college chemistry I’m amazed that I like all this stuff,” says Vera Confer, owner of Luv N Mountain Soap by Vera, suiting herself up with mad scientist laboratory gloves,…

The Coronavirus has impacted our Community

March 20, 2020

A Word from the Director Looking Out for Each Other…. Trying times; that is what we are experiencing. The Coronavirus has impacted our community. How should we handle it? I have seen much kindness and unfortunately much anxiety and fear. The constant Coronavirus barrage on all major news networks leaves little room for doubt that…

An Interview with Dr. Anne Merkel

March 3, 2020

An Interview with Dr. Anne Merkel Hard to believe but we’ve already burned through the first two months of 2020. That means we’ve blown past interesting monthly observances like January’s Healthy Weight Awareness Month, National Global Belly Laugh Day, and February’s Leap of Kindness Day, just to name a few. March is Women’s History Month…

An Interview with David Vowell

February 23, 2020

Providing art experiences for the community – An Interview with David Vowell of the Cherokee County Arts Council The roles of the Valley River Arts Guild, the Arts Council, and even the Murphy Art Center get confused by visitors to our area – and even some locals. David Vowell, Executive Director of the Cherokee County…

Local Savor – Get your Cue here!

By System Administrator | November 12, 2019

Famous North Carolina Barbecue; visitors from all over the world have heard tell of it. But what many do not realize is even in North Carolina there is a Barbecue…

October Networking!

By System Administrator | October 30, 2019

Our October AfterHours was hosted by The Bake Shop. Owned by Wayne Peacock and Eugene Apanasevich this stylishly adorned little bakery on the corner of Tennessee Street boasts some the…

You Need A Buddy

By System Administrator | September 24, 2019

No need to go to Connecticut, all you need is a buddy to run or walk our Glo Train 5K in Murphy! Not feeling that distance? Find two buddies and…

Citizen of the Year

By System Administrator | September 18, 2019

Each year the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce awards a Business, Organization, and Citizen of the Year at the Annual Dinner. Last year, Larry Kernea of Murphy Electric Power Board was our Citizen of the Year. Our 2017 Cherokee County Citizen of the Year, Ann Miller Woodford of Ann’s Tree African American Art, is gaining much deserved notoriety.
So now the question on everyone’s mind… Who will be awarded the 2019 Citizen of the Year at the Annual Dinner Thursday September 26th?

Big Sweep with Mainspring

By System Administrator | September 13, 2019

Each year, Mainspring Conservation Trust organizes Hiwassee BigSweep. We invite you to be a part of this SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21st, 8:30am-12:30pm.
Contact Sara Posey at 46 Valley River Avenue in downtown Murphy and let us know… What’s your favorite way to preserve the beauty of our region?

Summer Memories

By System Administrator | September 11, 2019
Valley River RV

We welcome new businesses, announce new locations, and celebrate anniversaries with Chamber Members. Ribbon Cuttings are a wonderful opportunity to announce in the Cherokee Scout, share on social media, and invite the business community to learn of all the wonderful things happening at your business or organization.

Murphy Honors Vets

By System Administrator | September 6, 2019

Murphy is home to many veterans and when someone asked why we didn’t have a Veterans Day parade, Brenda McPherson-Mahoney of Rocking M Retreat felt compelled to make it happen.
We’re giving you plenty of notice to start planning your float, so the only question is, just what will you bake for the cake auction?

September Networking

By System Administrator | September 3, 2019

We’ve all just enjoyed the last of the Summer holidays, so it’s obviously time to start planning the next vacation! Join us this Thursday, September 5th at Cruise Planners in Downtown Murphy. We’ll be networking with Judy Bruce, your local Land & Cruise Expert, and our business community. Bring your business card and stop in any time between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.

Dinner for Three….

By System Administrator | August 31, 2019

Or just drinks….. Well our pick for August was Daily Grind & Wine; Forks and Corks 2019 Best Drink Winner. This little joint is truly the local hang out. Whether…

2020 Census

By System Administrator | August 27, 2019

The 2020 Census is approaching and it is more important than ever that everyone is counted; once, only once, and in the right place. Why It Matters Hospitals. Fire departments.…

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