Chamber News

Charlotte Chamber Economic Development Among Tops for Job Announcements, Investment and Website Visits
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce has been recognized by Atlas Advertising as one of the highest performing economic development organizations in North America. Of 208 communities surveyed in Atlas’ annual benchmarking report, the chamber ranked 11th for jobs announced, 15th for the amount of capital investment announced and second for the number of

Manufacturers Council Visits Bürkert Contromatic Corp
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber's Manufacturers Council hosted its quarterly “Hot Topic” meeting on Oct. 28 at Bürkert Contromatic Corporation. Bürkert is one of the world’s leading companies for measurement, control and regulation technology. Some 50 Charlotte Chamber members toured the company's facility wbere they got a firsthand

International Outreach
Thursday, October 30, 2014
It is not unusual for high-ranking officials from other countries or international business clients to visit the Charlotte Chamber but four in one week is a rarity. Just as notable was the diversity of the countries represented: the Czech Republic, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Sven Gerzer, international economic development recruiter, was the Charlotte

East Chapter Crowns Power Up Winner
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Only the Power Up Chapter Challenge Grand Finale remains in the 2014 competition. Monique Prato, co-founder of Bumbalooza, was crowned the East Chapter’s 2014 Power Up finalist on October 21. She competed against Davon Bailey of HAH App, LLP and Byron Brewer of OnlineDonations. Prato will move on to the grand finale to compete to win the grand prize

Workforce by the numbers: Business and finance still our economic engine
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
With the great recession in our rear-view mirror, employment in business, finance, sales and marketing are well above pre-recessions levels and forecast to experience stable growth over the next few years. These occupations comprise the largest of the sectors we’ve analyzed, accounting for 174,502 jobs in our region, with 32,996 (19 percent)

Chamber Vice President Wins Harvey B. Gantt Community Service Award
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Charlotte Chamber Vice President of Governmental Affairs Carrie Cook has been awarded the Harvey B. Gantt Community Service Award from the Southern Piedmont Chapter of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators. Cook was presented the honor at the organization's Marks of Excellence Gala on October 4, 2014. Cook joined the chamber team on June 2.

Chamber Announces New Board of Directors
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce the newest members of the Board of Directors. Congratulations to the following 12 individuals selected to represent the Class of 2017: Brion Blais President, Speedpro Imaging Industry: Manufacturing Angela Broome Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Industry: Nonprofit Amy

Chamber Taps Curran to Fill 2016 Chairman Role
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Curran shares his vision for when he becomes chamber chair. The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce has tapped Ned Curran as its chair for 2016. Curran, who is president and CEO of The Bissell Companies, replaces Laura Schulte, who announced Thursday that she is retiring as president of Eastern Regional Banking for Wells Fargo. Just last week, Curran was named

Nashville Selected as Site of 2015 Inter City Visit
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is headed to Nashville, Tennessee, for its 2015 Inter City Visit. Incoming Chair Tom Skains made the announcement to nearly 200 members attending the organization's Fall Planning Retreat in Asheville, North Carolina, October 9-10. The city was chosen because of its focus on entrepreneurism, diversity and higher education.

Curran Named 2017 Chamber Chair
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce announced today that Ned Curran, president and CEO of the The Bissell Companies, has been named as second vice chairman on the executive committee. As a part of the appointment, Curran will serve as chairman in 2017. The announcement was made during the chamber's annual planning retreat in Asheville, N.C., by incoming

Chamber Economic Development Study Examines Charlotte’s Competitiveness
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Charlotte’s post-recession economy is diversifying and gaining strength, thanks to a workforce “talent boom” that has brought a greater number of educated newcomers to the city than to Atlanta, Dallas or Nashville, a new has study found. But a consultant hired to analyze the city’s competitiveness warned Thursday that while

Skains Shares "Together for Charlotte" Vision
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Metro Chapter Names Power Up Winner
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Only one chapter competition remains this year in the Charlotte Chamber’s Power Up Chapter Challenge. Townes Mozer of Lenny Boy Brewing Co. was named the Metro Chapter’s Power Up finalist on Tuesday, September 23. He competed against Barbara Green of Sensibly Chic Designs for Life, Mark Iafrate of the Beer Exchange and Ryan Rutledge of eosMYCO,

NC Commerce Secretary Calls for Direct Flights to Asia
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Charlotte: Silicon Valley of the South
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Is Charlotte the Silicon Valley of the South? Perhaps not yet, but there is no doubt the region is quickly making a name for itself. More than 600 jobs were announced this week by one of the country's fastest growing private technology companies. It is that trajectory that has fueled the local business community's interest in IT and why the Charlotte

Chamber Recruiters Travel to Asia
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Charlotte Chamber economic developers Eileen Cai and Kati Hynes will return home today after a whirlwind Asian recruitment trip to three countries and a total of five cities over 18 days. The first stop was Singapore where the pair met with Sealed Air Corporation executives including Vice President Yagmur Sagnak, who also heads the company's Asia, Middle

Bridging the Generation Gap
Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals hosted its quarterly luncheon on September 17 and explored the topic, “Bridging the Generation Gap: How to Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace.” Karen Shearer Dunn, Professor of Communication at Queens University delivered an insightful and practical presentation on the three primary generations

Charlotte to the Capitol – A Focus on Regionalism and Collaboration
Thursday, September 11, 2014
The 2014 Annual Charlotte to the Capitol trip was a valuable opportunity for members to connect, learn and foster stronger regional collaboration. 2014 marks the first time the Charlotte Chamber has held the trip in conjunction with the North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit hosted by members of our congressional house delegation. Also new

Dear Gov. McCrory: Incentives Matter
Friday, September 5, 2014
The Honorable Patrick L. McCrory Office of the Governor 20301 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-0301 Dear Governor, We are writing to make a request, along with others in economic development circles, that you call legislators back to Raleigh for a special session to address only legislation containing job creation programs. These items were

Economic Collaboration is Focus of Chamber Open House
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber hosted its quarterly Member Orientation and Open House on Wednesday, August 20, with a special tribute to the organization's regional, international and diversity partners. Representatives from 11 neighboring chambers, four international chambers and two diversity groups were spotlighted. While the Charlotte Chamber has long held the

Vote Yes for City Bonds Campaign Kicks Off
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Voters will have an important decision to make when they go to the polls in November. They will be asked to vote on a city bonds package that includes significant improvements to the community's streets, housing and neighborhoods. Expect to hear and see more about the bonds in the weeks and months to come. For now, check out this brief look at what is

Workforce by the Numbers
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The term skills gap has sprung up so often it has reached buzz-word status, similar to big data or green jobs. It means different things in different contexts, and to some means nothing at all. For the purposes this research, we focus on the gaps found in middle-skills employment, specifically found in health care. Middle-skills employment can be defined as

Manfacturers Council Tours Award Winning Business
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber’s Manufacturers Council held its most recent meeting at Boxman Studios. The group was able to take a tour of the facility and hear from CEO and founder, David Campbell, about the company’s phenomenal growth since its creation in 2008. Just this week, the business was listed at 120 on the Inc. 500 list. Campbell says the

2014 Health Care Summit Draws Record Crowd
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Healthy Charlotte Award Winners
Friday, August 15, 2014
The Carolinas HealthCare System Healthy Charlotte award recognizes member companies who have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices to encourage, support and celebrate healthy habits. We believe the experiences shared and benefits realized through promoting healthy lifestyles by Charlotte area businesses have the power to inspire other area

Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful Names Chamber Staffer to Board
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ashley Hedrick, director of industry relations at the Charlotte Chamber, has been selected to serve on the Keep Mecklenburg Beautiful Board. Hedrick manages the chamber’s GreenWorks and BusinessFirst programs, among her other responsibilities. "I am excited about the opportunity to have an even greater impact to inform those in our local community

Ballantyne Chapter Names Power Up Winner
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Only two more Charlotte Chamber Chapter Power Up competitions left before the grand finale in November! The Ballantyne Chapter named Rahsaan Kearney of Evolution Ortho as its 2014 finalist on Thursday, August 7. Kearney will move on to the grand finale on November 20 to compete to win the grand prize of $25,000. He competed against Aly Faber of Peace In

I-77 Managed Lanes Project
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The N.C. Department of Transportation is moving forward to improve 26 miles of the I-77 corridor from Uptown Charlotte to the Lake Norman area. NCDOT has signed a contract with Cintra to construct this project through a joint venture with F.A. Southeast, W.C. English, and the lead design firm of The Louis Berger Group. The Public-Private Partnership (P3)

2014 Charlotte Chamber Health Care Summit
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber’s annual Health Care Summit is scheduled for August 15 with national industry experts and business leaders. This year’s theme, “Value Over Volume,” explores integrated health care and why Charlotte is rapidly becoming a destination for health care. Health care executives and physicians will share what they are

Charlotte Among Nation's Best for Small Business Friendliness
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, today released new data showing that small businesses rate Charlotte highly for its friendly regulations and overall small business friendliness. More than 12,000 entrepreneurs nationwide participated in this year’s survey. The Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey is

SouthPark Chapter Chooses Power Up Finalist
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Four Power Up chapter competitions down, only three more to go! The fourth finalist in the Charlotte Chamber’s Power Up Chapter Challenge was announced on Tuesday, July 8. Dr. Richard Dest, co-owner of Belvedere Family Dentistry, is the 2014 SouthPark Chapter finalist, moving on to the grand finale on Nov. 20 to compete for $25,000. Dest competed

Chamber Research Director Joins CRVA Board
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Paul Hendershot, director of research for the Charlotte Chamber, has been named to the Charlotte Regional Visitors' Authority ( CRVA) Board. The position is a three-year term that is appointed by Mayor Dan Clodfelter. The 13-member board provides leadership and guidance to the CRVA's CEO and staff. Prior to joining the Charlotte Chamber team, Hendershot

To Smoke or Not to Smoke?
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Does your place of business allow smoking or tobacco products inside? Mecklenburg County Commissioners want to know, and they're hoping you'll take this short survey to help them decide whether to require any business establishment that serves the public be smoke-free. Please take a few minutes to answer this very short survey (three questions) by clicking

Mac Everett Named 2014 Citizen of the Carolinas
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - Mac Everett has been named the 2014 Citizen of the Carolinas by the Charlotte Chamber. It is the most prestigious honor given by the chamber and will be presented at the organization’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 2. Everett’s selection was officially announced today by 2014 Charlotte Chamber chair and Carolinas HealthCare System CEO,

10 Tips for Marketing Success
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Understanding the basic principles of marketing can assist businesses of all sizes in meeting overall goals. Are you marketing effectively? Tuesday, the Charlotte Chamber SouthPark Chapter hosted a luncheon featuring speaker Nepheterra Estrada (Neph), director of public relations for Pride PR, who shared her “10 Tips for Marketing Success.“

University City Chapter Crowns Power Up Finalist
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The University City Chapter crowned the third finalist in the 2014 Power Up Challenge at its June 12 luncheon held at UNC Charlotte's PORTAL Building. Congratulations to Louise Fuller, owner of NC Guitar Works! Fuller will advance to the grand finale on Nov. 20 to compete for the $25,000 grand prize provided by Duke Energy. She competed against Colby Foster

Introducing the Power of Women Series
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber is launching a new program series and networking platform called Power of Women (POW). Designed to inspire and empower women, as well as connect women’s professional groups and organizations in the Charlotte region, POW seeks to: Foster greater collaboration and partnerships among Charlotte’s professional women’s

Kentucky Business Leaders Look to Learn From Charlotte
Monday, June 2, 2014
Monday, June 2 – More than 300 business and community leaders from Kentucky’s largest cities – Louisville and Lexington – arrive on Sunday to study best practices that can be used to build on the current collaboration between the two cities and strengthen the region. The 2014 Leadership Expedition has landed in Charlotte to explore

Charlotte Moves Up on American Fitness Index
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - The 2014 American Fitness Index has ranked Charlotte 27th out of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country – improving nine spots since last year. The annual report was released less than six months after Michael C. Tarwater, Charlotte Chamber chair and Carolinas HealthCare System CEO, challenged the local business

Let's Talk Immigration
Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Immigrant Integration Task Force, the Latin American Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber of Commerce, hosted a Community Listening Session on Thursday, May 29 at the Charlotte Chamber offices. It was standing room only with businesspersons from all sectors of the economy expressing their

Community Listening Session Coming Thursday
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Immigrant Integration Task Force, the Latin American Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a Community Listening Session on Thursday, May 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Chamber offices located at 330 S. Tryon St. The Immigrant Integration Task Force is comprised of

New Faces Around the Chamber
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber is pleased to introduce two new faces in two key roles on the team. Carrie B. Cook joins the chamber as vice president of governmental affairs and Paul Hendershot is the director of research. Cook most recently worked with U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, leading the senator’s Charlotte Regional Office. In that role, she served as the

NorthWest Chapter Power Up Winner Crowned
Friday, May 16, 2014
Look out Charlotte! The second finalist in the Charlotte Chamber’s Power Up Chapter Challenge was announced on Thursday, May 15. Brandon Dierker of Collar Perfect, LLC is the 2014 NorthWest Chapter finalist, moving on to the grand finale on Nov. 20 to compete for $25,000. Dierker competed against Noelle De Atley of Creative Thinking Group, Reginald

Small Business Month
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Did you know that as much as 80 percent of the chamber's members are small businesses? There is no doubt they represent the backbone of our business community. Whether you own a small business yourself or simply want to support your favorite locally owned establishment, May is the month to do so as the Queen City marks annual Small Business Month. There

Dear Congress: Do Something About the Highway Trust Fund
Thursday, May 8, 2014
May 7, 2014 Dear Members of Congress: Transportation infrastructure investments in our metropolitan regions are key to America’s long-term economic competitiveness. That’s why leaders of metropolitan regional chambers of commerce and economic development organizations from across the country urge you to address the impending insolvency of the

Governor Proposes Teacher Compensation Plan
Thursday, May 8, 2014
This week, Gov. Pat McCrory proposed a major overhaul in teacher compensation practices in the state of North Carolina. His plan will be reflected in the budget he will propose to the General Assembly during the short session set to convene next week. We commend Gov. McCrory for working towards a plan that will better compensate all our state's teachers. We

2014 Carolinas HealthCare System Healthy Charlotte Awards
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
2014 Carolinas HealthCare System Healthy Charlotte Awards The Charlotte Chamber Healthy Charlotte Council is proud to announce the inaugural Carolinas HealthCare System Healthy Charlotte Awards. The Carolinas HealthCare System Healthy Charlotte Awards recognize member companies that have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices to encourage, support

American Fitness Index Chair Challenges Chamber
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber, under the leadership of 2014 Chairman Michael C. Tarwater, is focused on helping make Charlotte nationally recognized for its healthy initiatives and robust health services industry. To accomplish this goal, the Healthy Charlotte Council was created to support the achievement of a top 10 ranking in the American Fitness Index (AFI)

SouthWest Chapter PowerUp Winner Crowned
Thursday, April 24, 2014
April 24 marked the first competition of the 2014 Charlotte Chamber Power Up Chapter Challenge. Congratulations to April Whitlock, owner of Fundanoodle, the SouthWest Chapter finalist! She competed against Jason Boudrie of Elite Wellness, Brian Mangum of BrightFlow Technologies and Mark Pauley of PhoneAxiom, LLC (DealSpot™). Fundanoodle is an

Ready to Work: Raising a Qualified Workforce
Thursday, April 17, 2014
How will North Carolina businesses prepare young people for future jobs? Join business, political and education leaders from across the state for a special summit to discuss ways to close the skills gap. This summit will include a presentation by Bob Schwartz, author of Harvard University’s Pathways to Prosperity report, about the economic importance

2014 Power Up Challenge Kicks Off
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Who Will Advance for a Chance to Win $25,000? Great things come from humble beginnings! Be a part of the next great thing by participating in the Charlotte Chamber's SouthWest Chapter Power Up Challenge. Competing for a cash prize and package of in-kind services, local entrepreneurs and small business owners will present how their businesses can support the

Chamber Approves 2014 Legislative Agenda
Thursday, April 17, 2014
As the start of the short session of the N.C. General Assembly approaches, the Charlotte Chamber has formally adopted its 2014 legislative agenda. Job creation, taxes, transportation, regulatory reform and education continue to be pillars of the chamber’s advocacy efforts Here's a comprehensive look at the issues your public policy team is lobbying on

Ireland Appoints N. C.'s First Honorary Consul
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A longtime Charlottean will become the state's first Honorary Consul of Ireland. Dr. John Young has been a leading member of the Irish community in Charlotte for more than 20 years having helped found the Irish Society of Charlotte in 1986 and served as its president. He is also the founder and chairman of the McLaughlin Young Group, a recognized leader in

Charlotte’s economic development partners focus on the future
Friday, April 11, 2014
Charlotte’s economic development partners focus on the future The following letter appears in the Charlotte Business Journal today, April 11, 2014 Today is a new day for the City of Charlotte. We have a new mayor, and Charlotte has banded together to ensure that our great momentum continues to move us forward. This City enjoys a storied history as

Latin American Chamber and Charlotte Chamber Team Up to Network
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Charlotte Chamber and the Latin American Chamber joined forces for the first time on April 8 for a tapas style Business After Hours networking event. It was held at the Hampton Inn & Suites SouthPark at Phillips Place. More than 150 people turned out to network while tasting fare from local restaurants and enjoying music performed by a Latin

Manufacturers Council Tours Flextronics
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The chamber's Manufacturers Council hit the road for the first "Hot Topic" meeting of the new year on March 11. The event was hosted by Flextronics, a manufacturer that supports a variety of customers across industry sectors including medical, aerospace and defense, automotive, industrial, energy networking and mobile consumer markets. Those in attendance

Public Policy Update
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
What's All the Noise About Walls? The chamber is working to reschedule the planned February 12 Transportation Committee meeting on proposed noise walls. The group was to hear from Louis Mitchell, N.C. Department of Transportation Division 10 engineer, on the status of the proposed noise walls for portions of interstates 77 and 277. The rescheduled

The 2014 YPs
Friday, February 7, 2014
The second annual YPs was held at The Fillmore in the NC Music Factory on February 6 honoring the accomplishments of 21 outstanding young professionals aged 21-39 years old. The event was a huge success with more than 400 people in attendance - double the number of its inaugural year. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees; and a special

Swiss Consul General Talks Foreign Investment and the Arts
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Andreas Maager, Consul General of Switzerland (ATL), was one of many dignataries on hand for the opening of an exhibition at the Bechtler Museum of Art featuring acclaimed architect Mario Botta. While here, he spoke with Charlotte Chamber leaders and others in the business community about foreign investment opportunities. Considered one of the century's

Cost of Living
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The 2013 year-end cost of living index is out, and Charlotte continues to shine as one of the nation’s most affordable metro areas to live. In fact, of the top 40 metro markets in the U.S., Charlotte ranks 13th in affordability at 95.4 percent of the national average. This puts Charlotte well below cities like Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and

Charlotte Chamber Debuts Headquarters Marketing Publication
Thursday, January 30, 2014
For companies looking for a place to grow and prosper, a city where employees will want to live and raise families, Charlotte, N.C., and its surroundings offer plenty of attractions. To compose a long list of reasons, it’s only necessary to talk with leaders of the businesses that call the metro area home. They mention the North Carolina universities

Gillmore Named 2013 Ken Akers Award Winner
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Chamber President Bob Morgan presented the 2013 Ken Akers Award to Dale Gillmore at the Board of Advisors meeting on January 27 at Electrolux. Gillmore is co-founder and partner of Boatsman Gillmore Wagner PLLC, a public accounting firm providing business advisory, tax and audit services for private businesses. As current chair of the Charlotte Chamber's

Chamber Partners with Charlotte Startup Weekend to Help Entrepreneurs to Flourish
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Charlotte, NC – January 9, 2014, future entrepreneurs from the Charlotte community will participate in the sixth annual Charlotte Startup Weekend at Packard Place, January 24-26, an event where both experienced professionals and novices go through a 54 hour crash course in taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch. “There’s a

McIntyre Receives Excellence in Leadership Award
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
One of Charlotte’s best-known and most highly respected leaders was presented with the prestigious Excellence in Leadership Award on Tuesday, January 21st at Myers Park Country Club at the Rotary Club of Charlotte’s meeting. Jane McIntyre, CEO of United Way of the Central Carolinas, was the unanimous choice of this year’s selection

The Future of Energy in Charlotte
Thursday, January 16, 2014
For its first luncheon of the New Year, the Charlotte Chamber’s NorthWest Chapter decided to switch things up and met at Duke Energy’s EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station in Huntersville. Chuck Morris, plant manager at McGuire Nuclear Station, spoke to the group after a showing of “The Great Inland Sea,” which documented Lake

Panther Pride Citywide
Thursday, January 9, 2014
The Carolina Panthers will face the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for the NFC divisional playoff game Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1:05 p.m. ET, marking the Panthers first playoff appearance since 2008. From tailgating hotspots to rich Panther traditions, Charlotte’s got a lot of ways for you to make this weekend the ultimate

The YPs
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals (CCYPs) made chamber history in 2013 by hosting the first Charlotte Chamber Young Professional Awards – The YPs. The second annual YPs will honor 21-39 year old professionals who have been selected as finalists from a competitive pool of nominees in the following categories: Young Professional Newcomer,

CMEDI is Making News
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative (CMEDI) is making big news in recent weeks with three MBEs being recognized for their companies' successes. Construction company Metcon just received top honors in awards presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency. Among the accolades: 2013 National Minority

Tarwater Takes the Helm
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The following are the remarks made by Michael Tarwater upon officially accepting leadership of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce for 2014 The Greater Charlotte Area continues to be the envy of communities all over the country. The list of national accolades bestowed on Charlotte is broad and prestigious. According to Forbes, for example, we ranked as a

Carter Challenges Chamber to Remain Energized
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The following are the remarks made by outgoing Charlotte Chamber Chair Brett Carter at the 2013 Annual Meeting My time as chairman will end in just a few minutes. We, all of us, have powered up Charlotte this year and set the stage to flourish. Let me share a few highlights of what we – our executive committee, our volunteers and our members

U.S. Transportation Secretary Gets a Standing Ovation
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The following are the remarks made by Secretary Anthony Foxx to the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Thank you very much. It’s great to be back, Charlotte. Thanks, Bob Morgan for your kind words – and to Immediate Past Chair Brett Carter for the invitation. I left Charlotte 154 days go. A lot has happened in Washington since then, including

2013 Belk Innovation in Diversity Award Winners
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Belk, Inc. and the Charlotte Chamber advocate for the economic and civic value of an inclusive business community. To showcase Charlotte Chamber member businesses that are demonstrating outstanding leadership and practice by driving business and community results through innovative diversity and inclusion in the workplace, economy and beyond, the Charlotte

Darnell Honored for Diversity Work
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Each year the chamber's Annual Meeting includes an element of surprise and this year's event did not disappoint. Only a handful of people knew why former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl was included in the night's program. Long recognized for his work as a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity in the workplace, McColl was honored by the Charlotte

What We Are Thankful for This Holiday
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
There is much to be thankful for as 2013 draws to a close. I can think of 3,240 reasons why. That's the number of businesses that belong to the Charlotte Chamber representing 22,538 individuals. Bob Morgan often says "the Charlotte Chamber is the best chamber in the U.S.," and there is no doubt that our members make it so. Hats off to all of you on this

Charlotte Chamber App
Monday, November 25, 2013
As participants in the Chamber’s Member Discount Program, we wanted to share some exciting news with you. The Charlotte Chamber has developed a new mobile app designed to drive business to our members, like you. The app allows chamber members to access from their smart phones discounts and coupons provided by other members. We are currently in the

Sustainability in Charlotte
Friday, November 22, 2013
Are you interested in sustainability? Is your business looking for ways to go green? Check out the chamber’s newest publication on sustainability in Charlotte, featuring helpful tips for improving energy efficiency and reducing waste and highlighting sustainability initiatives already in place. There are many ways for a business to go green, one of

Networking and Fun at Autumn FoodFest
Friday, November 22, 2013
On Wednesday evening, the Charlotte Chamber SouthWest Chapter hosted Autumn FoodFest, its annual signature event, in Whitehall Corporate Center. More than 250 attendees enjoyed food samples, giveaways and great networking with businesses in the SouthWest Chapter footprint. Nine restaurants competed in this year’s competition for best appetizer,

Indonesian Delegation Visits Chamber
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Sixteen members of Indonesia's parliament met with the Charlotte Chamber economic development team on November 21. The group is interested in learning more about American business recruitment practices and wants to establish a working relationship with Charlotte's business community. Sven Gerzer, the chamber's Indian and European sector recruiter,

2013 Wells Fargo Green Award Winners
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Wells Fargo Green Awards recognize member companies who have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices in the products they produce, the services they provide, and within the culture of their company. We believe the experiences shared and benefits realized through integrating sustainable practices into products, services, and culture by

Germany Embassy Chooses Charlotte for its Six-City National Road Trip
Thursday, November 14, 2013
The German Embassy in Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the American Council on Germany (ACG), made a stop in Charlotte on November, 14, as part of their Skills Inititative Road Trip. The six city tour is designed to introduce the German style dual vocational training system to U.S. businesses. The tour kicked off November 13, in Atlanta before coming

Bobcats Chamber Day and a Chance to Win Tickets to the Heat Game!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The chamber is offering a couple of unique opportunities for members to rally for the Charlotte Bobcats at two upcoming big games by engaging on social media. Plan to attend Chamber Day at Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday, Nov. 25! Join fellow chamber members to cheer on the Charlotte Bobcats while they play the Boston Celtics. Click here and log in to

Charlotte Chamber to Lead Delegation to Germany
Thursday, October 31, 2013
It is no secret that Germany tops the list of countries who have a presence in the Charlotte region. The current number stands at 191 German companies with offices here and thanks to the chamber's European recruiter, Sven Gerzer, the list keeps growing. It is no coincidence that Sven came to the chamber a year ago from Munich. "German people like to

Get on the Bus
Friday, October 25, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber's NorthWest Chapter inaugural bus tour, “Busopoly,” was a huge success. The guided on-site, interactive Monopoly-style bus tour highlighted businesses in the NorthWest Chapter footprint. Thank you to the NorthWest Chapter board, Busopoly event chairs and Busopoly sponsors: Hendrick Luxury Auto Mall Northlake Mall RK Motors

Chambers of Commerce from Across the Country Urge Attorney General Holder to Settle Suit with American Airlines and US Airways
Thursday, October 24, 2013
CHARLOTTE – More than two dozen Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups have joined the growing chorus of support for the combination of American Airlines and US Airways. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today, the long list of business advocates said the creation of the new American “will benefit the U.S. economy, the

Letter to Attorney General Holder to Urge Settlement of American Airlines and US Airways Suit
Thursday, October 24, 2013

Below is the letter signed by 26 business organizations from across the country calling for the Department of Justice to allow the combination of the two airlines to proceed


2013 Charlotte Chamber Candidates' Reception
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Final Power Up Chapter Winner Crowned
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the East Chapter hosted the chamber’s final Power Up Chapter Challenge of 2013. Congratulations to Tony Rodono, owner of City Prints, for being selected to move on in the competition. He competed against Jim Van Fleet with Launchpad Code Academy and Lindsey Haaser with Advocations. City Prints will now compete in the Power Up

Yodle Celebrates Expansion in North Charlotte
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Yodle, Inc., officially celebrated its expansion to a new office space in North Charlotte on October 15. Local dignataries and company leaders were on hand for a ribbon cutting and tour of the new 35,000-square-foot office located in Cambridge Corporate Center at 10101 Claude Freeman Drive. The company expects to create approximately 130 new jobs in

Metro Chapter Power Up Winner Named
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Wayne Davis and Paul Solitario On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Metro Chapter hosted the chamber’s sixth Power Up Chapter Challenge of 2013. Congratulations to Paul Solitario, principal and chief financial officer of International ThermoDyne, LLC, for being selected to move on in the competition. He competed against Steven and Nikki Sacks of Podanize

Minneapolis Selected as 2014 Inter City Visit Site
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is headed to Minneapolis for its 2014 Inter City Visit. While plans are still very much in the beginning stages, excitement about the trip is already building. It has been 20 years since the chamber last traveled to the North Star State. A key reason for returning to Minneapolis is its business and civic programs designed

Wells Fargo’s Laura Schulte Named Charlotte Chamber Chair in 2016
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce announced today that Laura Schulte, Wells Fargo president of Eastern Regional Banking, has been named as second vice chairman on the executive committee. As part of this appointment, Schulte will serve as chairman in 2016. The announcement was made during the chamber’s annual planning retreat in Pinehurst, N.C., by

Charlotte Chamber Of Commerce Receives 2013 North Carolina Excellence Award
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
September 24th 2013 - The Charlotte Chamber Of Commerce has been selected for the 2013 North Carolina Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC). Each year the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in

A Look Inside the Charlotte Chamber
Thursday, September 19, 2013
In our quest to be the most dynamic chamber of commerce in the country, your Charlotte Chamber is excited to introduce a cool, new social tool we're using to provide you a virtual tour around the city and inside our office. Check out the first series of images we've posted and tweeted this week. We invite you to comment, share them with others and let us

Advertise with the Chamber!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Are you looking for a new way to market your business? Hoping to promote your product to an even broader audience? Then you ought to consider advertising in the Charlotte Chamber's economic development publications. More than 70 publication's are produced by our economic development and research teams annually to help sell Charlotte to new and expanding

New Chair Leads Chamber's Young Professionals
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals (CCYPs) develop informational programs, as well as networking events, for young professionals ages 21-39 and connect them to volunteer opportunities within the chamber and the broader community. CCYPs is led by a board of directors, consisting of chamber members, who are committed to cultivating a young and diverse

Retail MarketPlace
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Lowe's Companies, Inc. and Belk, Inc. have partnered with the Charlotte Chamber to create an event focused on bridging the educational gap with small and diverse businesses as it relates to how to do business with large retailers. Learn how to partner with retailers to drive differentiation through continuous improvement and innovation. The event

Education Bond Referendum on November Ballot
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber's public policy team is once again leading the charge to support two critical education bond referenda totaling $500 million. The issue will go before Mecklenburg County voters on November 5. Here's how the funding breaks down: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has 18 projects in a $290 million package designed to relieve overcrowding;

Diversity in Charlotte Publication is Unveiled
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Diversity in Charlotte is the Charlotte Chamber’s newest publication on minority-owned business and supplier diversity programs. Read about companies that are committed to providing opportunities to employees and diverse businesses, and diverse business owners who are thriving in Charlotte. The piece features interviews with executives from Wells

Retired Chiquita CEO Gets Up Close and Personal
Thursday, August 29, 2013
It has been nearly a year since Fernando Aguirre abruptly stepped down as CEO of Chiquita Brands International. These days Aguirre is busy serving on three major corporation boards while also working privately with a minority NFL player to establish an investment fund for players after they retire. Aguirre was the featured guest at the August 28

GreenWorks and Aviation Groups Team Up to Tour Charlotte Douglas
Thursday, August 29, 2013
For the first time, the Charlotte Chamber's GreenWorks and Aviation committees hosted a joint meeting for chamber members. The groups received a quarterly update from Brent Cagle,interim aviation director for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, as well as an update from Chuck Allen, managing director of government affairs with US Airways. Patrick

Enroll Your Rising Star, Diverse Talent in Emerging Business Leaders!
Friday, July 26, 2013
We need your help in identifying tomorrow's leaders! Consider enrolling your company's rising star in the next class of Emerging Business Leaders (EBL). EBL is a talent development program designed to enhance the leadership competencies of high-potential, diverse professionals who will ultimately create competitive advantage for Charlotte’s workforce

The Great Divide: A Blue City in a Red State
Thursday, July 18, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber's Bob Morgan joined host Chris William on the Carolina Business Review program on WTVI (PBS) Friday, July 12. Morgan along with Martin Marietta's Ward Nye and Deepal Eliatamby, CEO of Alliance Consulting Engineers, discussed transportation and infrastructure issues critical to businesses in North and South Carolina. In the excerpt

Lessons Learned in Houston
Friday, July 5, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber's Inter City Visit to Houston has come and gone but the lessons learned in Texas will no doubt have a lasting impact. Chamber CEO and President, Bob Morgan summed up thoughts in a letter to the editor of today's issue of the Charlotte Business Journal (seen below). Local leaders and trip sponsors shared their key takeaways during a

That's a Wrap! Chamber Survive & Thrive Series Comes to an end
Thursday, June 27, 2013
The final Survive and Thrive! Breakfast on June 19 featured a tour of Hissho Sushi. During the tour, CEO Philip Maung shared his success story of how he came to America in 1989 with $13 and how he now manages 400 sushi bars across the United States. The Survive and Thrive! series began five years ago with small businesses in mind. The Charlotte Chamber

Houston, Here We Come!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
2013 Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Inter City Visit to Houston Fact Sheet **Follow us on Twitter | #CLT2Houston** This year’s trip to Houston is the 58th annual Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Inter City Visit. We also visited Houston in 1956, 1966, 1977 and 1998. Recent destinations have included: * 2012: London and New York (In

Great Expectations After European Economic Development Trip
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Willkommen zu Hause, Sven! The Charlotte Chamber's newest economic developer, Sven Gerzer, just returned from a 10-day trip to Europe where he logged 1,900 miles by car and flew on two domestic flights while visiting 10 cities in four countries. It was no European vacation for the native German turned Charlottean. Gerzer was there on a mission to lure

Multicultural Business Owners Forum
Thursday, June 20, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber is teaming up with the Charlotte Business Journal to help sponsor the Multicultural Business Owners Forum on June 26. The event, held at the Hilton Charlotte University Place, begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. It will include educational sessions, a Small Business Growth Strategies Expo and a luncheon featuring a presentation titled,

Ukrainian Mayors Visit Charlotte Chamber
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber's public policy team met with a delegation of Ukrainian mayors visiting Charlotte this week. The group, hosted by the International House, is here as part of the Open World Program. The program enables Russian and Eurasian elected officials and emerging civic leaders to observe the American democratic system firsthand. During the

Bring on the X Games
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Business leaders in the Charlotte region are throwing their support behind the effort to bring the ESPN X Games to our area beginning next year. Charlotte Chamber President and CEO, Bob Morgan was among six leaders who signed a letter of endorsement that was sent to the selection committee this week. Charlotte is one of four finalists competing to host the

Orr Headlines Quarterly Economic Development Breakfast
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Charlotte Douglas International Aviation Director, Jerry Orr has never been one to mince words – and he offered up the same sarcastic wit this week at the chamber’s quarterly economic development breakfast. With his typical deadpan delivery, Orr discussed his views on a wide range of topics from the impact of the US Airways/American merger to

Chambers Reach Out to Help Oklahoma Businesses
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The following is an excerpt from Roy Williams, president & CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce: "On Monday, May 20, Mother Nature gave Greater Oklahoma City the opportunity to better understand what it means to be a partnership. While we are heartbroken for the loss experienced by so many in central Oklahoma, we know this experience has

Charlotte Chamber Launches Partnership with Internships.com
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Charlotte, NC (June 30, 2013) – The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and Internships.com, the world’s largest internship marketplace, have launched a partnership to help connect local students with top businesses in Charlotte. To support the partnership, Internships.com has developed a dedicated microsite accessible to employers and students so

Charlotte No. 2 in U.S. for Job-Seeking Grads
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes It’s graduation season: The time of year when thousands of bright-eyed twenty-somethings will leave campus and enter the “real world” in search of a happy and lucrative career. Equipped with a hard-earned diploma and a few pearls of wisdom, many will jet off to big, burgeoning cities like New

Emerging Business Leaders Program Celebrates Its First Graduating Class
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce leaders along with officials from Northeastern University - Charlotte, Global Novations - A Korn/Ferry Company and the Compass Group gathered in Uptown on May 21 for a special graduation ceremony. The celebration of the first class to receive certificates of completion from the Emerging Business Leaders program. The graduating

Chamber Staff Among Charlotte's 50 Most Influential Women
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Congratulations are in order for Natalie English, senior vice president of public policy, and Kati Hynes, vice president of economic development. Both women will be honored on May 31 by The Mecklenburg Times as two of the Charlotte region’s 50 Most Influential Women. The award honors outstanding women in business, government, education and non-profit

Second Power Up Finalist Crowned
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The second of seven finalists has been named in the Charlotte Chamber's Power Up Challenge. Justin Gaither, pictured above center, beat out Jon (left) and Jack (right) Moellendick at the NorthWest Power Up competition on May 16 at the Drury Inn & Suites, sponsored by Certus Bank. Gaither is president and co-founder at ECampus, LLC, a company that

Hounds Offer Special Deal for Chamber Members
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Calling all Charlotte Chamber member lacrosse fans! Come out and show your support for a fellow member by cheering on the Charlotte Hounds. Get your tickets here.

MWBE Connect
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber along with the Levine Museum of the New South and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations hosted a special MWBE Connect on May 8 in the Belk Action Center. The unique program was a kickoff to the "From Sit-ins to Eat-ins" community program series to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Charlotte's desegregation in May 1963. Chamber

Diversity from the Top Down
Thursday, May 9, 2013
This month, Charlotte celebrates the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the city’s restaurants in May 1963. African-American civil rights leaders joined with the Charlotte Chamber and the business community to peacefully integrate local establishments. Charlotte had undergone tremendous change in the past fifty years, not only in terms of racial

Small Business Week
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Join Mayor Anthony Foxx and Dr. Tony Zeiss on May 14th along with the Charlotte Business Resource Consortium for an exciting event celebrating Charlotte’s Small Business Week. The Small Business Week Conference will occur on Tuesday, May 14th from 7:30 am – 2:00pm at the CPCC Harris Conference Center. With TED-style talks featuring TEDx

Nucor Executive Chairman Dan DiMicco Named Citizen of the Carolinas
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Dan DiMicco, executive chairman of Nucor, has been named the 2013 Citizen of the Carolinas by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. DiMicco will be presented with the award at the chamber’s Annual Meeting in December. The Citizen of Carolinas, sponsored by Duke Energy, is the most prestigious award presented by the Charlotte Chamber. DiMicco will be

Does the Cost of Recycling Impact Your Business?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Mecklenburg County, in accordance with the 2012 Solid Waste Management Plan, is considering making changes to the Source Separation Ordinance (business recycling law). These changes could include lowering the threshold of who the law impacts, reducing or removing current exemptions or expanding the number of materials affected. Mecklenburg County has

Welcome Aboard
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Tenisha Waldo Tenisha Waldo has joined the Charlotte Chamber as its new director of communications. In her new role, Waldo is responsible for strategic communications planning as well as promoting the Charlotte Chamber and its mission through branding, publications, electronic communications and social media. She comes to the chamber from Food

2013 Charlotte Chamber Transportation Summit
Thursday, April 4, 2013
With the uncertainty of funding for transportation infrastructure at all levels of government, how will we address our future growth? Our hub airline is on the verge of a merger. We have a master plan for expansion of our airport. The road needs in our region far outweigh the revenues collected through the gas tax. And, the half-cent sales tax for transit

Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation Hires New Director
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Ryan McDaniels of Cornelius, N.C., has accepted the position of executive director of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation.  He will start in his new position April 15, 2013.


Chamber Launches Aggressive Campaign to Keep Panthers in Charlotte
Friday, March 22, 2013
Note: This week Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan encouraged the N.C. General Assembly to act more urgently in addressing the opportunity to secure the presence of the NFL Carolina Panthers in Charlotte and the state of North Carolina. Excerpts of his remarks in response to questions from members include: How many times does a public

Skains and Piedmont Natural Gas Honored by Chamber's SouthPark Chapter
Friday, March 22, 2013

US Airways CEO Doug Parker Meets with Charlotte Chamber Group
Thursday, March 21, 2013

2013 Business Showcase Biggest Yet
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Good news travels fast! Business Showcase is the only trade show produced by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. The 13th annual Business Showcase is a joint collaboration with Greater Hotel and Tourism Alliance held at the Park and Expo Conference Center. With 150 vendor booths, over 1100 attendees and the best in B2B networking, Business Showcase has the

Charlotte Chamber Lobbies in D.C.
Friday, March 15, 2013
The topic of sequestration’s impact on the local business community was the hot button issue on Charlotte area congressional leaders’ minds during the Charlotte Chamber's 2013 visit to the nation's capitol. Elected officials who met with the chamber delegation discussed bills that they are sponsoring to help drive the economy in our state.

Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative Expands
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative (CMEDI) has officially launched Phase II of its 18-month initiative to expand the footprint of minority business in the Greater Charlotte area. This program cultivates relationships between corporations and minority businesses while generating economic opportunities and professional development.

Manufacturers Council Quarterly Hot Topics Meeting
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber Manufacturers Council has been in existence for nearly 20 years. During that time, the organization has continued to play an important role for local manufacturers in a number of ways including: Advocating for manufacturers in the public arena; Promoting economic development initiatives to help manufacturers grow in Mecklenburg

MetLife Charlotte Celebration to Air Live
Thursday, March 7, 2013
It's Charlotte's turn to officially congratulate MetLife executives today. As you have no doubt heard by now, more than 1,300 jobs will be created by the company's expansion in Charlotte. We expect a packed house at 11:00 a.m. in the Chamber's Belk Action Center where N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, N.C. Speaker of the House

Chamber on Path to Surpass 2012 Job Creation Total by 2Q of 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
To say 2013 is off to a good start at the Charlotte Chamber is an understatement. In just 72 hours this week, three jobs announcements were made including Fortune 50 company, MetLife; energy giant Areva's new North American headquarters location and a solid boost to our manufacturing sector with Otto Environmental Systems plant expansion. Combined, the

Workplace Issues Committee To Talk Immigration Reform
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Immigration reform is a key issue on the federal level. The Charlotte Chamber Workplace Issues committee will hear from speakers discussing immigration reform proposals and the potential impact on the business community. Sarah Buffett from Moore & Van Allen will talk to us about legislation, and Lisa Atkins with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be live

BusinessFirst Annual Survey Projects Steady Growth in 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Looking Ahead in 2013 Annual Report, click here About BusinessFirst Charlotte: BusinessFirst Charlotte is a business expansion and retention program of the Charlotte Chamber and the City of Charlotte focused on helping Charlotte-Mecklenburg businesses grow. Through problem solving and advocacy, BusinessFirst Charlotte serves local businesses by

Chamber Intern Ann Woo Wows with her Tweets!
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Meet the newest additon to the Charlotte Chamber team - at least until the first of May. She is Ann Woo, a Charlotte native and UNC Charlotte senior, who is interning in our research department. This isn't Ann's first experience with the chamber. She helped our research team on a few projects this past fall. She enjoyed the work so much, she agreed to

CMS Wants Your Input!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will hold three town-hall meetings in the coming weeks. The meetings will provide an opportunity to gather employee and public input on budget priorities and to share information from the 22 task forces convened by the superintendent. The first town hall will be Feb. 27 at E.E. Waddell Language Academy (7030 Nations Ford Rd.,

Charlotte Chamber Metro Chapter Announces 2013 Board of Directors
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The Metro Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its 2013 Board of Directors: Chair: Colleen Brannan, BRANSTORM PR 1st Vice Chair: Sean Owens, Charlotte Knights Baseball Club 2nd Vice Chair: Sheila Fletcher, Full House Productions Immediate Past Chair: Jeff Mann, CRVA Rhonda Caldwell, The Main Event Allen Clark, Charlotte

Harry Jones and Moira Quinn Need Your Help!
Saturday, February 23, 2013
What if you could prevent a family from hearing the words, “You have cancer”? What if you could help save lives from cancer and give people more precious time with family and friends? Well, you can! Charlotte area residents have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in an historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer

Plain and Simple: Renovations Must be Made at Bank of America Stadium
Friday, February 22, 2013
The following letter is published in today's edition of the Charlotte Business Journal: The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce fully supports an effort to provide public funds for the renovation of Bank of America Stadium. Renovations paid for with tax revenues provide an opportunity to tie the team to Charlotte no matter what happens to the ownership team in

Small Business Guide to Federal, State and Corporate Procurement Opportunities
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide our members with Braddock's Procurement Opportunities Guide. The just released 2013 Edition is designed to help small-business owners and decision-makers understand the procurement process used by governments and large corporations. The Guide provides an overview of government and corporate markets

In Perspective: The Dallas Morning News Analysis of US Airways/American Merger
Thursday, February 14, 2013
In clash of visions, US Airways had the winning idea For years, executives at American Airlines fought to stave off bankruptcy because they worried about controlling their destiny. Who knew they would lose it all? Later this week, American and US Airways are expected to finalize a merger agreement to create the world’s largest airline. Look for

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Statement on US Airways/American Merger
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Statement on US Airways/American Merger “Doug Parker has long sought a merger to secure the long term competitiveness of US Airways. This week's announcement is a remarkable affirmation of his determination and ability to pull off what looked rather unlikely one year ago. Jerry Orr, our Aviation Director, has long

Immigration Matters Forum
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Immigration Matters The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is proud to help sponsor the Immigration Matters Forum. It is a fast-paced, focused forum designed to elevate the immigration conversation. The forum draws on global trends, policy issues, best practices, and personal stories to illustrate North Carolina’s diversity and economic reliance on

2013 Advanced Manufacturing Awards
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Charlotte Business Journal, along with our partner Centralina Economic Development Commission, presents this awards program to recognize and celebrate process excellence, leadership and collaboration in Advanced Manufacturing displayed in our region during 2012. At the awards luncheon, we will reveal the winner of each award category, and the winners

Charlotte to the Capitol
Thursday, February 7, 2013
. Take advantage of your chance to represent the Charlotte business community and remind legislators of businesses' needs during our annual trip to D.C. on March 13 to 14, 2013. During the trip, chamber rmembers will have a private briefing with U.S. Chamber of Commerce representatives to gain better insight on issues affecting business, including

CLT Breaks Passenger Traffic Record in 2012
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Charlotte Douglas passenger traffic reached a record high in 2012 with 41.23 million travelers visiting the Airport last year – the largest in Airport history. It’s a 5.6 percent jump from 2011, which saw 39.04 million passengers. Click here to review the monthly activity and traffic reports from 2012. Airport officials attribute much of the

Charlotte Chamber Launches Legacy Club
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Thank you for your commitment to the Charlotte Chamber! "We wish to acknowledge and celebrate your support through a new program - The Legacy Club - and wanted to share the news with you! As part of our Legacy Club, the chamber will recognize and honor long-time chamber members who have shown a consistent commitment to the organization and its

Global Competitiveness Summit II
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
On February 21, 2013, business, education and community leaders are invited to attend Global Competitiveness Summit II. Building on the success of the August 2012 Summit, Global II will continue to focus on the competitive advantages needed for the region to increase global trade and excel in the world market. From transportation logistics, workforce

Democratic National Convention Creates Lasting Impact on Charlotte Region
Monday, January 28, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 28, 2013) – The 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) held in Charlotte, N.C., in September 2012 was the single largest event in the city’s history, producing an equally impressive economic impact of $163.6 million. Results were shared today by Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx along with the partner organizations that

Meet Me @info charlotte
Monday, January 14, 2013
Looking for a place to meet uptown? Look no further than Info Charlotte. There are multiple table’s chairs and even some lounge like cushions to fit your every need. Info Charlotte is complete with WiFi so come visit us and see what all the hype is about! Comprised of information and casual meeting space, Info Charlotte combined with the Visitor Info

Linet Lands Lucrative Deal with Premier
Friday, January 11, 2013

The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a critical partnership reached between two headquarter member companies in the rapidly growing health care sector. LINET, a worldwide leader in hospital beds and patient room equipment, is now an approved supplier to Premier healthcare alliance’s 2,700 acute care facilities.


Honoring the Area's Energy Industry Leaders
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Charlotte Business Journal's 3rd Annual Energy Leadership Awards program is nearly here. The event honors individuals who have played a key role in making the Carolinas a global player in the energy industry. This year's luncheon is on Friday, January 25 at the Ritz-Carlton. Congratulations to the 2013 winners: Ronak Bhatt, RIN Advisors Philip Dubois,

Former Charlotte Chamber Chair Named N.C. Secretary of Commerce
Thursday, January 3, 2013
January 3, 2013 – Charlotte Chamber of Commerce CEO and President, Bob Morgan today commended Governor-elect Pat McCrory on his selection of Sharon Decker for N.C. Secretary of Commerce. “The choice of Sharon Decker is inspiring. She offers superb business acumen with a keen sense of what it will take to move Charlotte and our state

2013 to See Modest Growth
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Looking for some semblance of positive economic news now that 2013 has arrived? UNC Charlotte Associate Professor Harry Campbell has just released his year-end analysis of economic indicators with a look ahead to the new year, and he sees signs for guarded optimism. “Charlotte is again gaining ground, and our leading economic index points to

TSA Administrator to Host Town Hall Meeting at Chamber
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole will travel to Charlotte in January to listen to community members opinions of how the agency is performing and how it might be improved. Pistole will also brief business leaders on future plans for the agency and his vision to make TSA a high-performing counterterrorism organization

Chamber Economic Developer Named Commercial Real Estate Person of the Year
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Kati Hynes Charlotte Chamber economic developer Kati Hynes has been honored by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Charlotte as commercial real estate person of the year. She accepted the award and was the keynote speaker at the organization's Excellence Awards at The Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday. As an economic developer for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce,

Barnes Named 2012 Ken Akers Award Winner
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Bob Morgan presents the 2012 Ken Akers Award to Michael Barnes at the November Board of Advisors meeting for his outstanding service to the chamber. Chamber CEO and President Bob Morgan presented the 2012 Ken Akers Award to Michael Barnes at the Board of Advisors meeting on November 26 at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. Barnes is vice president of Unique

Economic Outlook Conference
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan will spend at least one day in Charlotte this month. Moynihan - whose Boston residency frequently comes up in local conversation about Charlotte-based BofA - will be one of six panelists at the Charlotte Chamber's annual Economic Outlook Conference on Dec. 17 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Joining him will be Duke

Energy Summit is EPIC Success
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
There is no disputing the growing importance of the energy sector to the Charlotte region. It employs more than 25, 500 people in 202 companies in the manufacturing, construction, utilitiesand wholesale industries just to name a few. Those 25,000 jobs bring in $27 million in sales tax revenue, $1 million in philanthropic contributions, $2.9 billion in

Charlotte’s Fastest-Growing Companies Revealed
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Charlotte Business Journal will recognize the region’s fastest-growing privately held companies December 6 as part of the annual Fast 50 program. Businesses qualified for Fast 50 recognition based on a formula that reflects dollar and percentage growth during a three-year period. Companies applied for inclusion by submitting nominations that

2012-2013 Excellence in Leadership Award
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Rotary Club of Charlotte, the Charlotte Chamber and The Charlotte Business Journal are joining forces in the search for the 25th winner of the Excellence in Leadership Award. This year's presentation will be made on January 22, 2013 at Myers Park Country Club. Nominees should exhibit outstanding qualities within their profession and in their role as a

Tis the Season for a Spectacular Light Show
Monday, November 19, 2012
Videos of Mammoth Christmas display outside the Stanford home in South Charlotte. This year the light spectacular moves to the Speedway. Speedway Christmas kicks off this weekend and new for 2012, visitors can skate on an outdoor ice rink, ride a camel and drive through more light displays than ever before. The Coca-Cola Family Ice Rink, sponsored

The Countdown to an Uptown Ballpark
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Uptown Charlotte is undergoing a facelift of sorts just blocks from Bank of America Stadium and a few streets behind the chamber's offices. Ground was broken in September on the future site of BB&T Ballpark, where in the spring of 2014 the Knights will begin play at their new home. Renderings of the stadium are stunning. Officials say the facility can

Ready, Set, Spend!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Ask the Chamber's Research Department Pictured from left to right: Madeline Caryl, research associate; Erin Watkins, senior research director; Andrew Bowen, research director Question: The Commerce Department released national retail sales numbers this week that showed a decline for the first time in four months. How does Mecklenburg County compare

Wanted: Fortune 1000 Companies
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The chamber's economic development recruiters have a high tech tool to target 25 companies potentially ripe for a move. This week, they sent CEOs of strategically selected businesses Kindles equipped with a high definition video of Charlotte and a photographic slideshow. "We felt like now was the perfect time to launch this campaign with Charlotte fresh

Join the IT Talent Rallying Challenge
Monday, November 12, 2012
Charlotte regional IT organizations will come together on December fourth to launch IT-ology, a non-profit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline and advancing the IT profession. Charlotte business, educational and organizational leaders will engage in an informative discussion

Perspectives in Leadership
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The final "actor's studio" style Perspectives in Leadership event in 2012 was held in the Chamber's Belk Action Center on November 8. The guest speaker was Shannon McFayden, a highly respected consultant and executive coach, who is known for her expertise in leadership effectiveness, communications, talent management and organizational culture. Before

Samaritan's Feet
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Charlotte Chamber executive committee member, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown is no stranger to struggle. In fact, it was the hardship she faced as a child growing up in inner-city Detroit that helped to mold her into the health care executive she is today. Now, vice president of community partnerships for Novant Health Incorporated, Garmon-Brown's personal as

Celebrating Contributions to Charlotte
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The March of Dimes is pleased to honor Ms. Linda Lockman-Brooks, Founder of Lockman-Brooks Marketing Services, as the recipient of its 2012 “Celebrating Contributions to Charlotte” award. This honoree breakfast event will take place on Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 7:30 – 9 am at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte. This award was

Federal Funding Available for Manufacturers
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Did you know that manufacturers in our area may be eligible for up to $75,000 in federal cost-share funding? Distressed firms that have experienced declines in both employment and sales, as a direct result of import competition, are eligible to apply for certification and assistance through the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program. The

Paul Brunson - MWBE Connect Series
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Breakout star and entrepreneur extraordinaire Paul Brunson was the special guest speaker at the chamber's MWBE Connect breakfast event this week. The Oprah phenom shared his success story experience with members in the no holds barred style that has rocketed his brand.

Strong 3Q Boasts More Than a Billion in Investments
Thursday, October 18, 2012
While the Queen City still basks in the positive aftermath of hosting the Democratic National Convention, additional encouraging news continues to emerge. The first nine months of 2012 have yielded 899 new or expanding firms creating 7,044 jobs. For the first time since 2008, investment has surpassed $1 billion. These numbers indicate that activity this

New Board of Directors Named
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Charlotte Chamber is pleased to introduce the following 12 members to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors, effective at the Annual Meeting on November 27, 2012. Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Access to Capital
Thursday, October 18, 2012
register now Tuesday, Oct. 30 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte Student Union (directions) $10 in advance $20 at the door same price for members & non-members Financing & Corporate Partnerships for High-Growth Entrepreneurs Are you an entrepreneur who needs capital to scale your business or an established company that wants to explore new

Best Places to Work 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Fifty-nine companies in the Charlotte region have been selected to be honored at the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2012 Best Places to Work event on Nov. 9, based on the results of employee-engagement surveys. Quantum Workplace facilitated the online employee surveys, selected honorees and ranked companies according to their overall scores.The Charlotte

What Charlotte Has that Silicon Valley Doesn't
Thursday, October 4, 2012
There has been plenty of talk about creating Charlotte's entrepreneurial ecosystem over the past two years, but now one authority on the subject is challenging the business community to put their money where their mouth is. Dr. Ted Zoller, director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School, made his case to

UNC Charlotte: A Critical Chamber Ally
Thursday, September 27, 2012
UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phil Dubois was the keynote speaker at Thursday's quarterly Economic Development Breakfast. Dubois wowed the crowd with a look back and into the future of the UNC System's fastest growing institution. Once considered a commuter school, UNC Charlotte now has an estimated 5,000 students who live on campus and thousands more within a

Jim Rogers Talks Entrepreneurism and its Importance to Charlotte
Thursday, September 27, 2012
When you think of entrepreneurs, Duke Energy's Jim Rogers might not be the first person who comes to mind. In fact, he got his start as an entrepreneur when he was only a child working from home for his parents business. Rogers is so passionate about the subject that he took time out of his busy schedule to talk to chamber members at this year's Annual

What is the Workforce Freedom Initiative?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Compliance plans, the National Labor Relations Board, ambush elections - We've all heard about these issues, but do you know how it will effect your business? Ted Phlegar from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will discuss the Workforce Freedom Initiative at the next Workplace Issues Committee meeting on October 4th at 8 a.m. Phlegar will highlight labor and

Skains Named Chamber Chair for 2015
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Charleston, S.C. – The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce has selected Thomas E. Skains as second vice chairman, meaning he will lead the organization in 2015 as chairman. Skains is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Piedmont Natural Gas. Mr. Skains joined Piedmont Natural Gas in 1995, after nearly 15 years with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line

CMDC Belvedere Theatre Project Wins Historic Charlotte Preservation Award
Thursday, September 20, 2012
before after The Charlotte Mecklenburg Development Corporation (”CMDC”) will be honored on October 10 for its work to revitalize an important piece of the city's architectural history. CMDC and Belvedere Family Dentistry will be presented with an honorable mention at the 2012 Charlotte Preservation Awards. In September of 2011, the CMDC completed a

Green Tech Network to Meet at Chamber
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) will host its next Green Tech Network meeting on Tuesday, September 25 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the Charlotte Chamber. The topic will be Technology Driving Power Efficiency. North Carolina has seen a huge increase in power consumption with the established manufacturing industry and the explosive growth of data

Newcomer's Calling Your Name!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
It is one of the chamber's hottest magazines we produce - the Charlotte Newcomer Resource Guide. Published annually, the magazine is chock full of information to help newcomers get settled in their new home town. Feature articles include “Finding Your Dream Home,” “Economy and Employment” and a Resource Directory that offers information and contact points

Actor, Comedian Jay Thomas Says Charlotte Shined During DNC
Friday, September 7, 2012
Actor, Comedian and Sirius XM Radio Host Jay Thomas Says Charlotte Shined During DNC!

Business Diversity and Inclusion at Legacy Village
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Keva Walton, the chamber's senior vice president of member engagement, toured Legacy Village at CarolinaFest during the DNC. The chamber's commitment to the city during the convention is to help share the message of our diverse and inclusive business community. He talked with representatives from InfoSense, one of Charlotte's brightest new startups, and

Mayor and Chamber Officials Meet with British Ambassador
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Chamber president Bob Morgan met with Great Britain's Ambassador to the U.S., Sir Peter Westmacott, Thursday afternoon at the chamber offices off S. Tryon Street. During the half hour long gathering, Foxx and Morgan made the case to the Ambassador for the possible relocation of the British Embassy from Washington, D.C. to

Outrageous Aspirations Realized
Friday, August 31, 2012
Frank Emory When I assumed the role of Charlotte Chamber Chair last November, I predicted a year of realized outrageous aspirations. We at the Chamber continue to set each goal higher than ever before, and to make this community’s advantages broadly known. Eight months later, we have already achieved many remarkable moments, and nearly all of them

McCrory Calls for New Vision for North Carolina
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Citing North Carolina’s weak high school graduation rate, high unemployment and $2.8 billion debt to the federal government for unemployment benefits, GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory said Monday the state needs to rebrand for the future. “We need a new vision for North Carolina right now,” said McCrory in a speech to about 200 Charlotte Chamber

US Airways
Friday, August 24, 2012
Your travels with us today will most likely take you through one of our hub airports in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Charlotte, or through Reagan National Airport in our focus city of Washington, D.C. The majority of our customers flying with us through our hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport are connecting to other destinations in the U.S., Canada,

Wingate University Announces Nursing Program
Thursday, August 23, 2012
MATTHEWS, NC - Wingate University announced it's adding a nursing program to its list of offerings in the field of health sciences. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Wingate president Dr. Jerry E. McGee at the University’s campus in Matthews. Nursing is expected to be one of the top jobs in demand in the future as the Baby Boomer population ages.

Why Charlotte? Why Now?
Thursday, August 23, 2012
With the spotlight of the Democratic National Convention less than two weeks away, Cassidy Turley has put together a video that showcases some of Charlotte’s selling points for potential real estate investors. The two-and-a-half minute video is titled “Why Charlotte? Why Now?” and features Steve Gassaway and Rob Cochran from Cassidy Turley, Bob Morgan of

Charlotte Chamber’s English Earns Certified Chamber Executive Certification
Friday, August 10, 2012
The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has designated Natalie Haskins English, Senior Vice President of Public Policy of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). The CCE is the only national certification for chamber professionals. The announcement was made Aug. 2 at ACCE’s annual convention in Louisville, Ky. “The

Changes at Chiquita
Thursday, August 9, 2012
This was no doubt a surprising week to many in Charlotte when one of our newest and most well known corporate headquarters announced big changes at the top along with company cuts. Chiquita's Fernando Aguirre is stepping down as CEO. The announcement came at the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange after another rough quarter for the company's

Focus on Access to Capital
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Access to capital continues to be a struggle for many small business owners, particularly entrepreneurs. That's why the Charlotte Chamber is continuing its series on the subject in 2012 with informative sessions like our August 22 event that will focus on financing for micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses. The two hour gathering at the Federal Reserve

Heath Wants to Hear from You!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Got something on your mind about CMS? Our new superintendent, Heath Morrison, wants to hear it. What are CMS successes/challenges? What does the district do well? What are areas for improvement? He'll be hosting town hall meetings starting this month that will include a facilitated discussion and small-group conversations. Come participate and share your

Charlotte Hounds Grant Local Teen's Wish
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Charlotte Hounds of Major League Lacrosse are proud to announce a partnership with Michigan-based Rainbow Connection, a non-profit organization that helps to grant wishes to area children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Drew Pointe, a 17-year-old suffering with Leukemia, wished to attend the July 14 Charlotte Hounds-Denver Outlaws game and

Ethnic Minority & Women Owned Business Study
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Charlotte Chamber, Pride Magazine and UNC Charlotte are proud to announce the results of a joint research effort to identify a previously unmeasured yet vital sector of Mecklenburg County’s economy — ethnic, women and minority-owned businesses. Currently there are more than 8,000 such businesses within the MSA however the most detailed listing includes

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce Statement regarding Duke Energy
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Duke Energy has been a pillar of the Charlotte business community for years, and they’ve been critical in attracting new businesses to the area – both through their involvement with the Charlotte Chamber and by providing these new companies with reliable and affordable electricity. Brett Carter, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president is a current board

Carolinas HealthCare System and Edison Nation Collaborate
Friday, July 13, 2012
Carolinas HealthCare System and Edison Nation have formed Edison Nation Medical, LLC, a joint venture to stimulate innovations in healthcare delivery and improvements in patient care. This combination will provide a unique and creative platform for physicians, nurses and other caregivers, as well as patients throughout the country, to submit their best

Charlotte in 2012 Taking Applications for Food Vendors During DNC
Friday, July 13, 2012
In an effort to give local businesses as many opportunities as possible to showcase their goods and services to a national audience, the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee has launched the application process for retail merchants and food vendors during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. During CarolinaFest 2012 – the Labor Day celebration

Business Growth Summit
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Charlotte Business Journal's Business Growth Summit is right around the corner. This year, Charlotte Chamber members can receive a 15 percent discount by simply entering BIZGROWTH as the code at checkout. This event aims to help small businesses reach their full growth and revenue potential. If you’re a small business owner or executive, don't miss this

Julius Chambers Named 2012 Citizen of the Carolinas
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Charlotte Chamber is pleased to announce that Julius Chambers has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Citizen of the Carolinas Award. It is the most prestigious honor given by the chamber and presented each November at the organization’s Annual Meeting. Born in rural North Carolina during the Jim Crow era, Chambers firsthand experience of

Comedian Jay Thomas to Headline Annual Meeting
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The Charlotte Chamber's 2012 Annual Meeting is sure to be one you won't soon forget. Actor/comedian/nationally syndicated radio show host Jay Thomas will be the master of ceremonies presiding over the evening's events. A familiar face and voice across the nation for years, native Charlotteans most likely remember Thomas for his stint back in the day as

Chamber Member Advances on America's Got Talent
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Even if you aren't a fan of reality TV shows there's a reason to tune in this coming week to America's Got Talent on NBC and cast a vote for a group of fellow Charlotteans. The Charlotte group Inspire the Fire, a chamber member unlike any other, has made it to the live shows and hopes to bring back the million dollars by winning it all! Ok, so here's where

NCDOR and IRS Team Up For More Small Business Seminars
Monday, July 9, 2012
The North Carolina Department of Revenue is joining forces with the IRS to help citizens understand more about the responsibilities of launching and operating a small business. NCDOR started a seminar series last fall in an effort to support small businesses and keep jobs in North Carolina. The IRS will now participate in those presentations. The seminars

Up-Close and Personal with Duke Energy's Brett Carter
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Charlotte is fortunate to be the home of some of the country's brightest minds and most successful CEOs. Men and women from a variety of industries who have demonstrated their dynamic leadership skills not only within their respective companies, but also within the business community as a whole. With so much talent available, the chamber decided to tap

Two Charlotte Companies Rank Among the Nation's Top-Grossing Black Businesses
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
(New York, NY) July 3, 2012 – Five North Carolina companies are among the nation’s top-grossing black-owned businesses as listed in BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine’s 40th annual BE100s report. The cornerstone of the publication’s June issue, this comprehensive analysis includes a total of 230 companies broken down into seven categories: industrial/service

A Capitol Hill House Call
Friday, June 29, 2012
The following column appeared in the Charlotte Business Journal on June 29, 2012: If you think Washington doesn't matter, reflect on this week alone and you'll think differently. Congress has been hard at work on many issues in advance of a summer break. The Supreme Court is issuing opinions this week on major cases on their docket. Those actions will

Forbes Ranks Charlotte in Top 20 Best Places for Business & Careers
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Forbes annual Best Places for Business & Careers list has just been released and Charlotte ranks within the Top 20 (#18)! The list ranks the top 25 cities in the U.S. and is based on the following criteria: cost of business, job growth, education ranking, and population ranking. Under the photo of Charlotte’s skyline, it reads: “Charlotte is hosting

And This Year's Green Award Goes To ..
Thursday, June 21, 2012
2012 Wells Fargo Green Awards The 2012 Wells Fargo Green Awards are quickly approaching! Don't wait to nominate your company or one you know of for this prestigious recognition. This year two awards will be given to recognize both member companies who 1) have implemented an innovative green product, service or process; has created an environment that

UNC Charlotte Featured in USA Today Grad School Guide
Friday, June 8, 2012
USA Today released its first-ever Graduate School Guide which includes a full-page feature story on UNC Charlotte’s Professional Science Master’s in Health Informatics program that launches in August. It’s the only health sciences program in the country that the magazine chose to spotlight. In the article, Joshua Hertel, director of UNC Charlotte's graduate

Honoring Charlotte's Women in Business
Thursday, June 7, 2012
The Charlotte Business Journal will honor the 2012 class of Women In Business Achievement Award winners on June 21 at a special awards luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center. The Chamber's Kati Hynes is among 26 top businesswomen in the Charlotte region who will be recognized for their accomplishments over the last year. A 12 year veteran of the

Building a Sushi Empire
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Philip Maung is one of those people who naturally captivates an audience. Soft spoken and humble, his demeanor gives no outward indication of the incredible highs and lows he's experienced in his life. It is only when he begins to speak, to share his story, that you realize he is remarkable. Born in Burma to Chinese parents, Maung didn't start out with

Groundbreaking Conference Highlights Importance of "Big Data"
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Hundreds of people took part in this week's Charlotte Informatics Conference. The event held on Tuesday at the Westin Uptown brought together a diverse group of leading national thinkers, visionaries, experts, and executives from business, technology and education to discuss the impact of “Big Data” and Analytics. “The ‘Big Data’ era hasbegun,” said Yi

Asian Entrepreneur Expands Creative Media Agency in Charlotte
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
PixelAtoms, LLC, a creative digital media agency, plans to double its permanent employee base in Charlotte in the next three years. The company will focus on post-production talent in the areas of 3D modeling, scripting and animation. The company works at the nexus of audio/visual excellence, combining the application and creation of innovative technology

Have You Heard About Wingate?
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Have you heard what's going on at Wingate? The University is on a positive PR roll. Last weekend, the school graduated its largest class ever with 521 students receiving their diplomas. This month, president Jerry McGee will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the college's Matthews campus is expanding at rapid speed. Oh, and did we

City Smackdown Challenge
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
ANSWER THE CHALLENGE! We need your help and we need it now! CNN has just announced a “City Smackdown” contest pitting Charlotte, home of the 2012 Democratic National Convention vs. Tampa, home of the 2012 Republican National Convention. If you love Charlotte, here’s your chance to stand up for your city! Tell CNN the very best thing about our city, or the

Why the Garden Parkway and Monroe Connector Matter
Thursday, May 10, 2012
That there will be an economic impact of the Garden Parkway and Monroe Connector is not debatable. We can debate exactly how many jobs might be created. We can debate where those jobs might land. We can debate whether there might be environmental impacts.The fact that road and transportation infrastructure spurs economic development is evident throughout

Marketing and Branding the Perfect Pitch
Thursday, May 10, 2012
This month’s Survive & Thrive! Breakfast was all about building your brand and was hosted by the Charlotte Chamber’s University City Chapter at Ikea. Our guest speaker was Greg Johnson, the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of BooneOakley, a Charlotte-based advertising and digital agency with national acclaim. BooneOakley will appear on

Charlotte 49ers Join Conference USA
Friday, May 4, 2012
49ers Accept Invitation to FBS Conference In a press conference held on-campus in the Student Union, today, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois announced that the university has accepted an invitation to join Conference USA, in all sports, beginning in the 2013-14 academic year. “The invitation to join Conference USA is momentous in what it can do

Charlotte to the Capitol
Thursday, May 3, 2012
A two-day event that only comes around once a year...here is your chance to help strengthen Charlotte's relationship with Congress and the Administration. In a pivotal election year, demand for this type of access and insight is unique and we are happy to bring you this opportunity. Attendees will represent the Charlotte business community during the

A Decade Later, Wells Fargo Tournament Continues to Put Charlotte in Forefront
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Ah, don't you love the month of May?! There's that certain something in the air that makes you want to play hooky. Perhaps that's why most of Charlotte's business community hits the links for the better part of four days in May taking in all that is the Wells Fargo Championship. Of course there's tons of money to be made too, and plenty of prime networking

First Quarter Jobs Number Shows Economy is Improving
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The beginning of 2012 is evidence that Charlotte’s economy is moving in the right direction. In fact, this is the best first quarter for investment since 2008. The latest numbers from the Employment Security Commission indicate that county employment is up 2.4 percent from this time last year. Retail spending also continues to rise, and the retail trade and

The Battle to Claim Myrick's Congressional Seat
Thursday, April 19, 2012
With less than two and a half weeks to go before the May 8 primary, the 10 Republican candidates vying to fill Rep. Sue Myrick's seat in Congress made a stop at the Charlotte Chamber Thursday. During the two hour long forum sponsored by the North Carolina and Charlotte Chambers, the candidates stuck primarily to business related issues. Topics discussed

New program will help veterans land jobs in growing fields
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Hiring military veterans is a critical piece of the economic recovery, benefiting both the workers and the companies looking to capitalize on their skills, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and a panel of local business leaders said Monday. The presentation at the Charlotte Chamber was meant to highlight the issue and introduce a new private initiative, Veterans 4

Tune in: Three Newsmaking Events in Three Days
Thursday, April 12, 2012
If chambers of commerce had sweeps weeks like the television stations do, the week of April 16 to 20 would most certainly capture the highest numbers. The news junkie in me is outright giddy at the line-up we have planned. Just take a look ... On Monday, Senator Kay Hagan will headline Charlotte's kick-off event of the Vets 4 Ventures pilot program. The

Help Second Harvest Food Bank Win a Million Bucks
Thursday, April 12, 2012
One million dollars. That's a lot of money that could go a long way to feed the hungry right here at home and that's exactly what Wal-Mart is offering to one fortunate food bank in the country. The unusual offer is part of a unique Facebook contest aimed at raising public awareness of hunger in the United States. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is

Get Involved - Join the Chamber's New Public Policy Committee!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
We are excited to announce the launch of a new Public Policy Committee, Workplace Issues. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 10 am at our offices in the Bank of America room. The agenda will consist of a discussion on the Unemployment Insurance Fund, to be led by a representative from the NC Chamber of Commerce. The current $2.7

What's New at Wells Fargo Championship in 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The excitement is already beginning to build for the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship. Held the first week of May, the tournament will mark its tenth anniversary at Quail Hollow. Executive Director, Lyn Hougham, took time out of his extremely busy schedule this week to speak before the chamber's SouthPark Chapter. Hougham told the crowd tickets are selling

Entrepreneurship, Creativity + Innovation
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Charlotte is no stranger to entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, but the Chamber is working with the business community, local government, higher education institutions and other stakeholders to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurs and stimulates our creative economy. The Business Innovation & Growth Council (BIG) has

The Charlotte Chamber Endorses Knights Baseball Move Uptown
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Charlotte Chamber, Charlotte Center City Partners and other organizations urge City Council to bring the Charlotte Knights to Uptown Charlotte The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is throwing its support behind the effort to move minor league baseball to the center city. On Tuesday, Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan and Chair Frank Emory penned an

Energy Inc. First of Two Summits to Focus on the Industry
Thursday, April 5, 2012
In case you haven't heard, Charlotte is no longer known across the globe as just a banking/financial center but we're also now seriously regarded as an energy hub. The meteoric rise of this rapidly changing sector is reflected by the nearly 200 energy companies and some 23,000 employees in Charlotte. To meet the demand for new information and

Green the Avenue Project
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The Green the Avenue pilot project is aimed at assisting five (5) restaurants located in the Central Avenue /Plaza-Midwood area to increase direct savings through energy efficiency resulting from a customized energy audit. Participating businesses receive enhanced value through financial analysis of the project’s impact on the bottom line, as well as a

Meet the Candidates
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
North Carolina’s May 8 primary election is around the corner, and this year is critical to growing the business caucus at all levels. On April 19, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Chamber are hosting a Candidate Forum with primary candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives District 9 seat. A total of 10 Republican candidates

Charlotte Pediatric Cancer Care Attracting National Attention
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
One of the fastest growing sectors in Charlotte’s economy is the health care industry. Both Carolinas HealthCare System and Presbyterian Healthcare treat an estimated one million patients a year. Patients who come from all across the U.S. and a number of foreign countries, seeking the sophisticated treatment and state-of-the-art medical technology

Tim Belk is 2012 SouthPark Citizen of the Year
Friday, March 30, 2012
Tim Belk, Chairman and CEO of Belk Department Stores, Inc., has been selected as the 2012 SouthPark Citizen of the Year. He was honored at the SouthPark Chapter's luncheon on March 26. A native of Charlotte, Mr. Belk has seen the city's skyline change as he's worked to continue the rapid rise of his family's business. Belk is now the nation's largest

Swedish Embassy Film Crew Spotlights Charlotte
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Kamilla Kohn Radberg, Science Counselor at the Swedish Embassy's Office of Science and Innovation in Washington, DC, was in Charlotte last Friday conducting interviews with area leaders on workforce development for a film Swedish government leaders will see. Kohn Radberg met with and interviewed on camera Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President Bob Morgan,

Charlotte Named Fastest-Growing Urban Area by U.S. Census Bureau
Monday, March 26, 2012
The nation’s urban population increased by 12.1 percent from 2000 to 2010, outpacing the nation’s overall growth rate of 9.7 percent for the same period, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau released the new list of urban areas this week based on 2010 Census results. Urban areas — defined as densely developed residential, commercial and

Stop, Look and Listen
Thursday, March 22, 2012
All too often in today's busy working world, we get so caught up in the process of doing our jobs that we forget to stop, observe and really listen.> The Greek philsopher Epictetus said: "Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak." HIs words, though simply stated, are priceless when applied to everyday use. As a

The Garden Parkway: Driving Jobs
Friday, March 16, 2012
Let’s imagine it, an alternative to sitting in traffic on I-85. Anyone who regularly travels between Highway 321 and the Belmont area or the Charlotte airport surely knows they are about to come to a screeching halt around these exits or anywhere in between during heavy traffic periods. When the N.C. Turnpike Authority received federal approval of the

Buffalonians Bullish about Charlotte
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Newsletter editor's note: The article below was recently published in the Buffalo News. When the reporter, Jay Rey, called my office asking if I could provide him with local businesses or people who've packed their bags and headed south for a better life; I had to look no further than just down the hall. Our research director, Erin Casullo Watkins, is

BIG Announces Results of Entrepreneurial Growth Survey for Charlotte Region
Friday, March 9, 2012
Charlotte, NC (March 9, 2012) – Today, the Business Innovation & Growth Council (BIG) announced the results of the first ever BIG Entrepreneurial Growth Index, led by Terry Cox, CEO of BIG, and David Jones, CEO of Peak 10, a longtime member and advisor to BIG. The study, supported by quantitative data gathered from 94 high growth companies in the

Jerry Orr Unplugged
Friday, March 9, 2012
It is never a dull day when Charlotte Douglas International Airport Director Jerry Orr speaks before a crowd. He’s part comedian, part curmudgeon and 100 percent a pro at what he does. During his reign (and yes, he rules the place), Orr has helped to not only shape the city’s airport but also the very fabric of our local economy. At the chamber’s March 7th

CIAA is in the House
Friday, March 2, 2012
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan, Johnson C. Smith University President Dr. Ron Carter and Charlotte Chamber Chair Frank Emory presented the CIAA with a $5,000 donation. The Charlotte Chamber hosted it's first-ever CIAA kickoff luncheon and celebrity panel discussion on February 29. The sold out event was a "who's

Tax Help for Small Businesses
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Good news for small business owners stressed out about the looming tax deadline. The North Carolina Department of Revenue has announced it will continue a series of seminars focused on helping people better understand how to launch and operate small companies. The series began last fall with sessions in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh in an effort to

XPO Logistics to Open Operations Center Creating Over 200 Jobs
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue announced today that XPO Logistics, Inc. will open a North American Operations Center in Charlotte.  XPO Logistics, a third party transportation logistics provider, is headquartered in Buchanan, Michigan. The company will create over 200 jobs in the functions of accounting and finance, human resources, IT, brokerage, and carrier procurement and operations, with an average wage of more than $56,606 annually. The company is currently in lease negotiations for Charlotte office space.


Sports Industry Worth Billions to Charlotte Region
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sports - be it professional, collegiate or youth leagues - produce billions of dollars a year for the Charlotte region's economy and support tens of thousands of jobs. That's according to a new study released today at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. According to the study entitled "The Economic Impact of Sports and Sports Events on the Charlotte MSA

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

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40 under 40
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Charlotte Chamber will be well represented at this year's 40 Under 40 Awards. The event sponsored by the Charlotte Business Journal recognizes 40 of the region's brightest and most talented up-and-comers. Recipients are dynamic young professionals who have shaped our community in ways that have made the Charlotte region a better place to do business

Charlotte Venture Challenge
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Charlotte Venture Challenge business innovation competition, formerly known as Five Ventures, is accepting applications from early-stage entrepreneurial companies between now and Wednesday, February 29 at 11:59 p.m. The Charlotte Venture Challenge is the region’s premier business plan competition, organized by UNC Charlotte’s Charlotte Research

Charlotte Chamber Flash Mob
Monday, February 20, 2012
Who says the Charlotte Chamber is a bunch of "buttoned up" and out of touch folks? In honor of this year's slogan - Outrageous Aspirations - staffers sought to inspire members at last Friday's EpiCentre networking event with a flash mob of the "wobble." A special thanks to the West Charlotte High School band for helping to draw a crowd and providing the

Straight Talk with the Panthers Danny Morrison
Friday, February 17, 2012
Panthers President Danny Morrison spoke before a crowd of more than 150 people at the SouthPark Chapter's luncheon on February 14. Morrison told the group he's excited about what the future holds for the team. With Ron Rivera as head coach, Cam Newton as NFL Rookie of the Year and fans reinvigorated in 2011, Morrison expects to see the team come back even

Ask Erin
Thursday, February 16, 2012
We asked and you acted! Response to our new Ask Erin segment has been tremendous. Each week, Erin Watkins, director of research at the chamber, will select one of your questions to answer in our newsletter. The intent is to showcase the vast resources available to members and keep us abreast of your needs. This week’s question comes from Gil Crane,

Charlotte Chamber Delegation to Visit White House
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce will lead a delegation of local business people to the White House on February 22. The group will meet with senior Administration officials to discuss how the private sector and government can collaborate more effectively to foster greater opportunity, innovation and job creation. “This is a great opportunity for

Ramping Up Our Wow Factor
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Under the leadership of Chairman Frank Emory, 2012 is the year of Outrageous Aspirations for the Charlotte Chamber. We would like to embody the excitement, ambition and inspiration implied in this theme at our key events for the year. We are looking for partners with the expertise, creativity and resources to bring WOW elements to some of our most

Google Provides Free Websites for Mecklenburg County Businesses
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Google is proud to announce North Carolina Get Your Business Online. Google worked with local partners to design the program, which will help drive economic growth by giving North Carolina businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow their business. Get Your Business Online is an easy and fast way for North

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Meets with Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Friday, February 10, 2012
Former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright met with members of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce on February 9, 2012 to discuss ways the business community can make the most of the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Albright heads the National Democratic Institute which will host some 350 or more internatiional dignataries in Charlotte during

Tillis Talks Taxes
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The way speaker of the House Thom Tillis sees it, his work in Raleigh has only just begun. Speaking to some 200 members of the business community at this week's SouthWest Chapter luncheon, Tillis touted Republicans accomplishments in 2011 and then laid out his expectations for the new year. "In 83 legislative days we were able to take care of the budget.

Ventures for Veterans
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Keva Walton of the Charlotte Chamber talks with Dave Jones, Peak 10 CEO, and retired Army Captain now entrepreneur, William Dailey about the Ventures for Veterans program. The February 13 job fair is taking place from 9 a.m. until noon at the Embassy Suites, 5400 John Q. Hammons Dr. NW, Concord, N.C. It is free and open to any military man or woman.

Ask Erin
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Erin Watkins serves as the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s Research Director within Economic Development. She is responsible for compiling and analyzing statistics on the Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Metro Region to assist in the recruitment and retention of business. Erin also develops and analyzes survey results; constructs and maintains

Bold MBE Initiative Results in $60 Million Contract for Local Company
Thursday, February 2, 2012
It isn't often that you see grown men tear up, but then again, what happened at the Charlotte Chamber today was nothing short of remarkable. It has been only six months since the Charlotte Minority Economic Development Initiative (CMEDI) was launched by the chamber and Carolinas Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CMSDC), and the early results are

True Leadership
Thursday, February 2, 2012
David Darnell has the gift of being able to command any room when he is speaking. As Co-Chief Operating Officer for Bank of America, it's part of Darnell's daily routine. That's why he was just as surprised as the chamber audience he stood before on Thursday when he suddenly became choked up and at a loss for words. His momentary lack of swagger was the

Chamber Hosts Timothy Geithner
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Watch the entire Geithner discussion at the Charlotte Chamber by clicking on the video box. (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sought to calm fears that the Obama administration's bank reforms were hostile to the U.S. financial industry, saying on Wednesday the reforms were "tough where they need to be tough." "I know that people are

Launching Charlotte's Entreprenuerial Ecosystem
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Some may be surprised to know that Charlotte has a rich history of entrepreneurial success stories. In 2012, however, will be the year that Charlotte entrepreneurs, small businesses and corporations begin to actively cultivate a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Since the Charlotte Chamber’s inter-city visit to Seattle in June of 2011 and the Fall 2011

Bob About Town Visits Citizen Schools
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan visited Martin Luther King Middle School in the Hidden Valley community this week. He was there to spotlight the non-profit program Citizen Schools and their efforts to help underprivledged students achieve success in life. A member of the chamber, Citizen Schools partners with business and other organizationsto bring

Costa Rican Foreign Trade Minister Visits Chamber
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Costa Rica can be more than a tourist destination, said a top trade official, who is visiting Charlotte this week to learn more about the region's changing economy and promote Costa Rica as a potential business partner. Foreign Trade Minister Anabel Gonzalez, who oversees Costa Rica's international trade and investment portfolios, is spending much of her

N.C. Ranks 2nd in Incentives Enforcement
Friday, January 20, 2012
Taxpayers in North Carolina should be happy about a ranking of the state by a Washington, D.C.-based corporate-incentives watchdog group. Good Jobs First, a nonprofit, in a report released Tuesday ranked North Carolina as having the second-best corporate-incentive enforcement procedures in the country. Only Vermont ranked higher than the Tar Heel State.

Wells Fargo Economist on 2012 Forecast
Friday, January 20, 2012
All in all, this week has been a relatively good one for the big banks. Wells Fargo posted a $3.9 billion profit for the quarter on Tuesday, while two days later Bank of America reported a $1.6 billion fourth-quarter profit. Still the economic outlook for 2012 brings little enthusiasm. On the same day Wells Fargo's numbers were made public, company

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to Visit Chamber
Friday, January 20, 2012
U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner will visit Charlotte next Wednesday, January 25, just a day after the President gives his State of the Union Address. Geithner plans to tour Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub around lunch time before taking part in a mid-afternoon meeting at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce with local business leaders. At Seimens, Geithner

Hiring Our Heroes
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Charlotte Chamber is pleased to help sponsor the Hiring Our Heroes event on February 13, 2012. The one-of-a-kind FREE hiring fair will take place from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at The Embassy Suites, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive NW, Concord, N.C. The event is for veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members and eligible spouses.

Transportation Law Alert
Thursday, January 19, 2012
If you've heard us at the chamber say it once, we've said it a million times. Transportation funding is critical to the core of economic development. That's why it will remain a top legislative priority for the Charlotte Chamber in 2012. Not just at the local and state level, but also in Washington. In fact, Congress has until March 31, to pass a new law

Changes Coming to Chamber Connect
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The chamber is pleased to announce that Chamber Connect is now available online and will be linked in the weekly newsletter at the beginning of each month. If you haven't check it out before, be sure to look for the link in the February 3 electronic newsletter. In addition to being a great resource about programs and events happening in the chamber, it is

Talking Trash
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Did you know that Mecklenburg County has reduced its landfill waste by 40 percent in the last decade? Impressive to be sure but there's still much more to be accomplished. That's where county leaders need your input and involvement. On January 26 through 28, Mecklenburg County will host a three day meeting designed to establish the county's Solid Waste

Meet the Chamber's Newest Team Members
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Pictured left to right: Julian Grimes, Felisha Fletcher and Rod Garvin If you've stopped by the chamber office in recent weeks you probably noticed some changes in the works. The space is currently undergoing a small spiffing up with fresh paint on the walls and new carpet soon to be installed. There also a few new faces on our staff. The member

Let Your Voice Be Heard
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Frustrated with frivilous laws at the state level? Fed up with red tape from Washington? The chamber's public policy team invites any and all chamber members to get involved in the 2012 Charlotte Chamber Legislative Agenda process. If you don't speak up, we aren't able to represent your needs to policy makers! Here's how it works. Each year, our public

Chiquita Classic Coming to Charlotte Area
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The PGA TOUR's Nationwide Tour will partner with Chiquita Brands to bring the Nationwide Tour to Charlotte, N.C. for the first time in 2012 when the Chiquita Classic is played Sept. 24-30 at The Club at Longview. The announcement comes six weeks after Chiquita unveiled plans to relocate its global headquarters to Charlotte. A three-year tournament

2011 Economic Development Year in Review
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
With the first half of January almost gone, it seemed a good time to stop and reflect on the economic development successes from 2011. Sure, we now know that most economists predictions were slightly brighter than what the year would bring, but looking at the stats there's still good reason to keep our chins up as we begin 2012. Jeff Edge, senior vice

GreenWorks Gearing up for Great 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
When the GreenWorks Committee was formed in 2009, the idea was to provide information on environmental responsibility and sustainability for businesses while also providing connections to likeminded members of the Charlotte Chamber. Since then, the group has grown from a handful of folks sitting around a conference room table to more than 100 at this past

Charlotteans Tops in Country for Keeping Their Resolutions
Friday, December 30, 2011
Charlotte has been named one of the Top 10 Cities for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions by Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America’s best places to live. Livability.com editors studied more than 500 cities and ranked them based on the following factors: residents' health, population growth, financial strength, recreational

CEOs See Somber Signs for 2012
Monday, December 19, 2011
The men running Charlotte's biggest companies spoke at the Charlotte Chamber's annual economic outlook conference Monday afternoon, and said that many people don't understand what's really wrong with the U.S. economy. "The risk to the U.S. is not what people think," said Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan. "It's not the bank balance sheet...for us or our

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Predicts Slow Growth
Monday, December 19, 2011
Photo by Charlotte Chamber: (Left to right) Henry Faison, Dan DiMicco, Chris Kearney, Jeffrey Lacker, Brian Moynihan and Bob Morgan. Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker predicted the U.S. economy will grow 2 percent to 2.5 percent next year, with inflation likely to meet central bank goals, and urged no additional stimulus. “I am

Bobcats Offer Bonus Buy for Charlotte Chamber Members
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Looking for something to get you out of the house the day after Christmas? Come on our to Time Warner Cable Arena to cheer on the Bobcats at their home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks! As an extra incentive, we're offering chamber members the opportunity to take part in our new Arena Insider program. By participating, you will receive exclusive offers

Charlotte to D.C. High Speed Rail Gets Big Funding Boost
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today awarded $7 million to Georgia and Washington D.C. to continue work on the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor linking Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. to Washington, D.C. “With America’s population set to grow by 100 million over the next 40 years, high-speed rail will play a vital role in reducing

Outrageous Aspirations Come True
Thursday, December 8, 2011
. Outrageous aspirations - that’s the Charlotte Chamber’s mantra for 2012. Two words that represent endless possibilities for those willing to think out of the box and reach for what others deem unattainable. In an effort to inspire members, the chamber sponsored a BHAG or Big Hairy Audacious Goals contest in the fall. Six Charlotteans were selected

Straight Talk from Charlotte's Top CEOs
Thursday, December 8, 2011
One of the Charlotte Chamber's most widely attended annual events, the Economic Outlook Conference, is quickly approaching. The December 19th gathering offers a rare opportunity to have the leaders of five of the nation's largest corporations plus the head of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank altogether on one stage. Just as rare, past conferences have

DNCC Launches Statewide Community Outreach Campaign
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Democratic National Convention Committee today announced that it will launch a community outreach campaign that will touch all 100 North Carolina Counties, engaging citizens in the convention planning process. During the months of January and February, the DNCC Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach team will spend time across the state talking to

Your Chance to be on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Thursday, December 1, 2011
One of television's hottest shows is coming to town! Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will feature a local family in an upcoming episode. Chamber member company Bellamy Homes, Inc. is hosting the event and looking for a few good volunteers to get involved in the build scheduled for December 11 to 17. Frank Hereda, Bellamy Homes, says they are in need of

King & Spalding Wins Belk Diversity Award in Charlotte
Thursday, December 1, 2011
King & Spalding has been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Belk Innovation in Diversity Award, presented annually since 2008 by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to a local business organization that has demonstrated leadership and creative measures to improve workplace diversity and inclusion. The award was presented to Jeff Brown, managing partner

Harvey Gantt Named Citizen of the Carolinas 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
It was a humble yet eloquent Harvey Gantt who accepted this year's Citizen of the Carolinas Award at the chamber's Annual Meeting on November 29. Gantt told the crowd of nearly 2,000 that he was deeply moved and honored to join the list of outstanding previous recipients such as Leon and Sandra Levine, Jim Rogers, Dean Smith, Michael Jordan, Billy Graham

Be a Part of the Search for the Next CMS Superintendent
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The search for a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools superintendent has entered a new phase. Beginning next week, a series of six meetings will be held to give the public an opportunity to discuss the criteria for hiring the system's future leader. The meetings, held December 5 through 9, will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The chamber urges all of our members to

Chiquita to Relocate Global Headquarters to Charlotte
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Chiquita to Relocate Global Headquarters to Charlotte North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue announced today in a press conference at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce that Chiquita Brands International, Inc. will move their global headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte. Chiquita, a Fortune 1000 company, will create more than 400 jobs with an

Meet Your Chamber Chapters
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Ask anyone who is a member of the Charlotte Chamber where they've seen the most value and they'll quickly tell you it's through chapter involvement. Participating in the Charlotte Chamber's Chapters is your way to influence area public policy and economic development. It's also your chance to build your network and grow your business. The information you'll

Charlotte Delegation Tours Jetion Solar Facility
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
In the six months since announcing Charlotte as its U.S. base of operations, Jetion Solar Corp. has made a name for itself in the local business community. The most recent Chinese company to open a facility here, Jetion's timing could not have been better. While the company was in search of a progressive American corporate home, Charlotte economic

NC Department of Revenue to Host Small Business Seminars
Friday, November 18, 2011
Over the next few months, the North Carolina Department of Revenue will be hosting seminars in Charlotte and Raleigh focused on helping citizens understand more about launching and operating a small business. “This seminar is a way for state government to help new businesses get started by explaining the North Carolina tax laws that affect businesses in

Charlotte Chamber Summit Spotlights Growing Energy Sector
Friday, November 18, 2011
From natural gas vehicles to small modular nuclear reactors to smart-grid technology, Charlotte showed off its up-and-coming energy industry potential and promoted its traditional power expertise Friday at the Charlotte Chamber Energy Summit. About 250 people packed into the ballroom at Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge for the event. It featured Bart Gordon, a

Chamber SVP Captures Dancing for a Cause Crown
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I can't remember the last time I had so much fun watching grown people dance as I did last Friday night. I must admit, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when my husband and I were invited to attend the YMCA's inaugural charity event "Dancing for a Cause." Natalie English, the chamber's senior vice president of public policy, takes the crown in the

Bonds Issued for Monroe Connector/Bypass Toll Road
Thursday, November 10, 2011
North Carolina Transportation Secretary Gene Conti has announced that the N.C. Turnpike Authority has received unanimous approval from the N.C. Local Government Commission to sell the remainder of the bonds needed to complete financing for the Monroe Connector/Bypass project. These bond sales are scheduled for next week and will allow project construction

Hispanic Market Advantage
Thursday, November 10, 2011
If there was ever any doubt that Charlotte's population is undergoing a tremendous change look no further than the most recent census results. It found the number of Latino/Hispanics in Mecklenburg County has grown by more than 149 percent over the last 10 years. Nationwide, the Latino/Hispanic population now tops 50 million. It's a trend the chamber is

Information Session for 2012 DNC Construction & Event Services Subcontracting Announced
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Democratic National Convention Committee, Charlotte Host Committee and the Hargrove/Rodgers Russell Hunt convention construction management and event/expo services teams today announced the first information session regarding subcontracting opportunities in construction and event services for the 2012 Democratic Convention will take place on Monday,

Revitalzing Charlotte's Northwest Corridor
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Charlotte Chamber SVP Keva Walton had an opportunity this week to sit down and talk with two of the business community's most dynamic leaders - Dr. Ron Carter of JCSU, and Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo Charlotte Regional President. Walton asked both men about their visions for revitalization of the Five Points/Beatties Ford Road Corridor. Watch his interview

Bosch Rexroth Shows New Logisitics Center
Thursday, November 3, 2011
German manufacturer has expanded Charlotte site, added 45 jobs A German manufacturer on Wednesday showed off its new logistics center in Charlotte and announced the promotion of two key local executives. Bosch Rexroth Corp. began expanding its local presence this past summer, opening a 65,000-square-foot warehouse off Westinghouse Boulevard and

Horsing Around for Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 3, 2011
No more horsing around if you haven't already signed up for this year's Annual Meeting. The theme is "Outrageous Aspirations," and the evening is sure to packed with plenty of the "wow" factor. Production of the chamber's largest yearly event has been in the works for months, and this week some interesting characters from the past were spotted taking part

International Media Tour Charlotte Region
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Seven journalists from four countries are in Charlotte on a two day tour organized to further promote economic development opportunities in the region. The print and television reporters visiting represent outlets including: Le Monde - Paris based daily newspaper Austria Presse Agentur -The leading newswire of Austria People's Daily - One of China's

2011 Energy Summit
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The 2011 Charlotte Chamber Energy Summit is little more than two weeks away and this year’s event promises to be even bigger and better than the inaugural summit. Over the past 12 months, the chamber has seen a sizeable increase in energy related job announcements, and efforts to grow the city’s energy sector was a hot topic during the chamber’s Inter City

Envision Charlotte
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Charlotte business community is known for its collaborative efforts to support economic development but there is still much to be desired when it comes to the subject of sustainability. That's why the forward thinking project called Envision Charlotte was devised. Powered by Duke Energy's Smart Energy Now, the program uses digitial grid technologies to

SouthPark Signs Provide Community Identity
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Charlotte Chamber's SouthPark Chapter celebrated a major milestone this week with the unveiling of new signs and street sign toppers designed to highlight the community. It's all part of a more than year long rebranding and public relations campaign aimed to better identify the SouthPark area. The first sign was erected at the intersection of Park and

How's Econ Dev?
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Charlotte Chamber's Economic Development Department hosted the 2011 Third Quarter Breakfast on October 18 at the Belk Action Center. Senior vice president Jeff Edge told the crowd of about 100 people that the last several months have reflected a "mixed bag" of results. In the graphic shown below, you can see that the number of projects announced so far

Tarwater Tapped 2nd Vice Chair
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Isle of Palms, S.C. – The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce has selected Michael Tarwater as second vice chairman, meaning he will lead the organization in 2014 as chairman. Tarwater is Chief Executive Officer for Carolinas HealthCare System where he has dedicated more than 25 years to help position CHS as one of the leading healthcare systems in the

Text Polling Provides Critical Feedback
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A new cool tool the chamber has started using at its events - text polling - is proving to be not only fun but also insightful. The method was first used during last week's Entrepreneurs Summit. There a series of questions were asked throughtout the day with partcipants simultaneously texting their responses, which were instantly displayed on large screens

Doing Business with Big Business
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A key takeaway from the 2011 Charlotte Chamber Entrepreneurs Summit is the need to provide more opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs to connect with big businesses. In direct response to those concerns, the chamber's NorthWest Chapter in partnership with Metropolitan College is hosting a special "Doing Business with Big Business" lunch and

Office Depot Deals and Think Pink
Monday, October 10, 2011
October is here and that means Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A great way to support this cause is to purchase Sanford's Pink@Work products. Office Depot has a wide portfolio of products and a portion of the sales on every product goes to City of Hope for research, education, and treatment. If you haven't started planning and creating your holiday cards

Promoting Our Ports System
Thursday, October 6, 2011
On Wednesday, October 5, members of the chamber's economic development team and CEO Bob Morgan spent the day in Wilmington on a "field trip" of sorts to gather information about the State's Ports Authority. There they were given unique access to the facilities and provided ample opportunity to meet directly with Ports Authority executives. Below is an

Charlotte's Still a Deal for Cost of Living
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Tony Crumbley has worked in the Charlotte Chamber's research department for 35 years and while a lot of things have changed during that time, one thing has remained the same - Charlotte's ranking as among the most affordable cities for cost of living in the country. Sure the price of items has fluctuated but all things considered living here is a steal

Outrageous Aspirations for 2012
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The Charlotte Chamber's Fall Planning Retreat is shaping up to be its largest ever. So much so, the number of attendees had to be capped at 180 because there simply wasn't enough space to squeeze in any more members! It will take place October 13 & 14 at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle Of Palms, S.C. just outside Charleston. While the primary focus wil be to

Chamber CEO Honored by PRSA
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Charlotte Chamber CEO Bob Morgan has been selected as this year's recipient of the PRSA Charlotte's Pegasus Award. The honor has been given since 1992 to an individual outside of the public relations profession who has demonstrated superior knowledge and use of public relations for the betterment of the community. A nominee for the award must be a leader

ATHENA Winners Announced
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The first annual ATHENA Awards were presented this week and two well deserving women were honored for their leadership in the workplace and in the community. Jane McIntyre, United Way of Central Carolinas, was awarded the Charlotte ATHENA Leadership Award. Jane was selected from a group of 21 impressive businesswomen. This award was established to honor

From the Classroom to Career: Charlotte Chamber Workforce Development Summit 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Democratic Convention Starts Site to Draw Vendors
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Jim Morrill jmorrill@charlotteobserver.com Democratic convention organizers broadened their outreach to Charlotte-area businesses Wednesday, launching a new vendor directory and briefing contractors interested in bidding on renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena. The goal: Help local companies get some of the millions of dollars expected

RED F Marketing Selected as One of the Best in the Nation for Benefits
Monday, August 29, 2011
RED F Marketing is one of only 10 growing companies earning national acclaim for maintaining its commitment to offer employees extraordinary benefits, despite a chaotic economy. An independent judging panel of employee benefits experts named RED F Marketing as one of the 2011 winners of The Principal® 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security.

Charlotte Minority Economic Development Inititative Unveiled
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Charlotte Chamber took a huge step forward in its goal to make the city the most inclusive business community in the country this week. Past Chair David Darnell announced the newly iniitiated business accelerator called Charlotte Minority Economic Development Iniitiative (CMEDI). The program pairs minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) with

Tough Talk from NC House Speaker Tillis
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Speaker of the House Thom Tillis says he's ready to "bust down the doors" to make sure North Carolina remains a business friendly state. Tillis spoke before more than 150 members of the chamber's Board of Advisors at the Hilton Center City on Tuesday. The Republican from Huntersville outlined key victories achieved during an especially tough budget year

C-SPAN Coming to Town
Thursday, August 25, 2011
C-SPAN is visiting Charlotte for a week starting on Monday, August 29, 2011, as it features the history and literary life of the city on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel (BookTV on C-SPAN2) and history channel (American History TV on C-SPAN3. Charlotte is one of eight cities being featured in a special series called the LCV Cities Tour. That’s

East Charlotte Business Owners Go One-on-One with NC DOT
Thursday, August 18, 2011
After years of meetings and discussions about the Independence Boulevard widening project, representatives from the North Carolina Department of Transportation told members of the Charlotte Chamber's East Chapter this week the work is slated to be complete in June of 2015. Neil Burleson, Charlotte region right-of-way acquistion supervisor for DOT and Robert

Workforce Development Summit: Talent Development from Classroom to Career
Thursday, August 18, 2011
The 2011 Charlotte Chamber Workforce & Labor Summit is almost here and the September 16 event is sure to be a sell out. From our local public schools to our higher education facilities, Charlotte's economic future depends on the training and preparedness we offer to the community as a whole. Entitled "Talent Development from Classroom to Career," the

Connextions Makes Good on Its Promise: Looking to Fill Hundreds of Jobs
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Just four months after announcing they would create some 1,200 jobs in the Charlotte region, Connextions, Inc. officially opened its doors on August 11, and is already busting at the seams. The technology and business services provider to the health care industry marked the occasion with tours of the new facility and a day long career fair. Many of the

Tough Talk from Health Care Industry CEOs at Chamber Summit
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The Charlotte Chamber's third annual health care summit drew a sell out crowd on August 5. More than 250 business people, most with ties to the health care industry, were in attendance. The timing couldn't have been better. The same day that Blue Cross Blue Shield announced it would have to raise rates, North Carolina BCBS CEO Brad Wilson was among the

What Will Charlotte's DNC Legacy Be?
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Talk about member value! The Charlotte Chamber's New Member Orientation and Open House on August 10 included a surprise guest speaker from Charlotte's DNC Host Committee. Torre Jessup, deputy executive director of external relations, briefed the group of about 150 people on the latest efforts to get the community engaged in preparations for the convention.

Siemens Shares Insights on Workforce Training
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Manufacturing giant Siemens is on a national press streak. In July, NBC News toured their facility and this week The Wall Street Journal met with company executives. All are interested to learn how the company has managed to add more than 400 jobs in the last year with more on the way, and they've inititated a broad range of training programs. Pam Howze,

Poll Shows Broad Public Support For Education Reform Efforts
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Results from a public opinion poll released today show that local residents largely support Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ reform initiatives, including a performance-based compensation plan for teachers that is keyed in part on students’ academic achievement, smaller class sizes in low-achievement areas, and greater management autonomy for individual

Kiplinger's Names Charlotte #2 in U.S. 2011 Best Value Cities
Monday, July 25, 2011
It’s a banking mecca, and a wide green streak runs through it. That clinking, clanking sound in Charlotte isn’t just America’s largest bank getting richer. It’s the sound of the New South growing. “Charlotte is one of the best-kept secrets in the country,” says Mayor Anthony Foxx, “but in the very near future it’ll be one of the worst-kept.” With the

CMS Chair Previews Search for New Superintendent
Thursday, July 21, 2011
With less than a month before the new school year starts, talk of search for a new CMS superintendent has begun in earnest. Board Chairman Eric Davis told Charlotte Chamber members during the Inter City Visit to Seattle in late June that the early stages of the process have already begun. He said the interim superintendent selection was based on three

Gates Foundation Aids in Promoting CMS Reform
Monday, July 18, 2011
A paid media campaign titled “Educating Change” kicked off this week that is designed to inform Mecklenburg County residents about efforts within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to accelerate academic gains, close achievement gaps, increase the graduation rate, and otherwise retool to improve our public schools. The campaign will include advertising on

Mid-Year State of the Chamber
Friday, July 15, 2011
Pat Rodgers Early this year Charlotte learned that it will host the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Forbes Magazine recently ranked Charlotte as one of the “Top 10 Next Big Boom Towns.” Area Development Magazine has also ranked Charlotte in its “Top 10 Most Desirable Locations for Doing Business.” For the second year in a row, the Charlotte

Charlotte Ranks in Forbes' Top 25 Best Places for Business and Careers
Friday, July 8, 2011
Charlotte will be featured in another national magazine out on store shelves this week. The July 18th issue of Forbes’ highlights the publication’s annual rankings for Best Places for Business and Careers in the U.S. Charlotte came in at #22 among the nation’s top large metropolitan areas. Among the region’s selling points that are showcased: a projected

One-on-One with Jetion's CEO
Friday, July 8, 2011
It seems international interest in the Queen City continues to gain momentum. Two weeks ago, the chamber announced Chinese solar energy giant Jetion would open a North American office and manufacturing plant on Charlotte’s southwest side in July. To mark the momentous event, Jetion’s CEO, Alina Xu, flew from China to attend. Mayor Anthony Foxx, County

Another Pro Lacrosse Team Announced for Charlotte
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Charlotte, NC (July 7, 2011) – The North American Lacrosse League (NALL) announced it has awarded the league's second franchise to a Charlotte-based ownership group led by Graham D'Alvia. The team, which will play eight home games beginning in January of 2012, intends to play at the 9,600-seat Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. The

Charlotte Chamber V.P. of Member Engagement Graduates from Institute for Organization Management
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Cherise Walker The Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce Cherise Walker, vice president of member engagement, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, has graduated from the program and has received the designation of IOM. Awarded to all graduates of the Institute

Charlotte Business Confidence Index Reflects Waning Optimism
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
(Charlotte, N.C.) -- The results of the third quarter Business Confidence Index survey released today show a diminished optimism for the upcoming 2011 third quarter as compared to the expectations at a similar point in time prior to the second quarter. This waning optimism is reflected in a decline in all six of the Index values, including sales

What We Learned in Seattle
Friday, July 1, 2011
Bob Morgan The Charlotte Chamber’s first Inter City Visit was to New Orleans in 1955. Since then we have visited Denver and Houston four times each and gone international on four occasions. Most recently we have visited Philadelphia, Austin, Chicago and Boston. In 2009, in response to the downturn in the economy, we visited an up-and-coming city in the

DNC 2012: 'Charlotte has a story to tell'
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Promotion of Charlotte and its area businesses was the core focus of the 2012 Democratic National Convention kickoff event Tuesday hosted by the Charlotte Chamber. Chamber President Bob Morgan moderated a panel discussion at Central Piedmont Community College’s Tate Hall featuring four of the main players organizing efforts locally: Charlotte Mayor Anthony