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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.
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Here's to a prosperous, productive, and of course, happy 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…
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 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,…
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 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…
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…
Hoppy Trout Brewing Co. was built by a couple passionate about craft beer. Thomas, the Master Brewer, spent three years practicing his recipes every weekend until his wife, Kristin, insisted the mounting kegs of beer be shared at last. Hoppy Trout is now a well known and respected establishment in Andrews, with their delicious craft beer at a variety of eateries throughout Cherokee County and Western NC. You can get a taste of Hoppy Trout Brewing’s locally crafted beer at the 5th Annual Forks & Corks – Local Savor.
FORKS & CORKS – LOCAL SAVOR provides an opportunity for new and established food & beverage businesses to share the best of our local flavor to our eclectic mix of locals and tourists. You can visit us at the Welcome Center to purchase your tickets for June 6th at 5:30-7:30pm at The Hackney Warehouse in Downtown Murphy. We’re open Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-3:00.
It’s time to step out of the office and spend a day on the beautiful golf course at Mountain Harbour Golf Club. Take in the beauty of our mountains in Western North Carolina and enjoy a little friendly competition on Wednesday May 8th.
Debbie Bruce, owner of Creative Designs here in Murphy and Instructor at Tri-County Community College teaching esthetics is our Ambassador of the Month. Married to John Bruce of Mountain Insurance, Debbie raised a family here and understands the value of small town living. We encourage you to meet Debbie if you are one of the few who do not know her. Come to one of our events – you are so sure to see her there.
Rod Brown’s best advice as you seek to insure your family or business is to ask a lot of questions. Truly take the time to really look over your policy and ask all the questions, including: What type of claims are covered or not? What could happen if I have to make a claim? Better yet, give Rod and Farley Insurance a call to see how best they can protect your greatest investments. You may even get a discount as a Chamber member.
Joining them are Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers of Tri-County Community College, Jason Forrister of Murphy High School, Tony Powell, Dave Stevens of Cherokee Scout, Brenda Mahoney of Rocking M Retreat, Chamber Ambassador Elo-ly Bailey, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Director Sherry Raines, Chamber Ambassador Corey Bailey, Aggie and Doug Heath, Rachel Grano of Mother’s Hemp, Bruce Lazarus of iServe Residential Lending, Becky McConnell, Shellee Hendricks, Ambassador Sherry Palmer, and Daniel McNabb of Hiwassee Dam Schools.
This annual event hosted by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce has quickly become a favorite among residents and tourists alike. Forks & Corks is the perfect excuse to visit…
The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce enthusiastically kicked off the Grand Re-Opening of Murphy Health & Fitness Thursday February 28th with a Ribbon Cutting. The festivities included Murphy’s Chophouse and Daily Grind & Wine catering, the Kona Ice of Blairsville truck, door prizes, membership specials, and the #ShaveThePounds weigh-in with 2030 Director, Murphy Mayor Rick Ramsey, Andrews Mayor James Reid, and Tim Radford of WKRK.
A great big thank you to Lydia Gray for making us all feel so welcome. It was a great evening of networking with Kula Wellness, Mother’s Hemp, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Harrah’s Valley River, America’s Home Place, Miller Well Drilling, iServe Residential Lending, USHealth Advisors-Tom Maynard, PNC Bank-Murphy, Bistro 29, Murphy Business Association, ROTOR Consulting, LLC, Kathryn Brown Jenkins, TCCC’s Small Business Center, AirMedCare Network, Murphy / Peace Valley KOA Holiday, Kona Ice of Blairsville, Murphy Health & Fitness, Appalachian Angels, McNabb Properties, Judy Bruce-Cruise Planners, Valley River RV Resort, Cinderelly’s Housekeeping, WKRK, First United Methodist Church-Murphy, and so many others. Thank You!
Venue Manager, Lydia Gray and her sister, Brooke Bridges, are joined by Cherokee County Chamber Director, Sherry Raines, and Becca McNabb. Many thanks to Cherokee County Arts Council, NC Vocational Rehabilitation, First Citizens Bank, McNabb Properties, Kula Wellness, USHealth Advisors-Tom Maynard, iServe Residential Lending, Cherokee County Master Gardeners, and Ambassadors: Corey & Elo-ly Bailey, Sherry Palmer, Barbara Hughes, and Union County Chamber of Commerce members and staff.
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