The Child Care Crisis in North Carolina: A Threat to Our Economy and Workforce

At The Chamber of Catawba County, we are committed to supporting policies that promote the availability and affordability of childcare for the current workforce and high-quality early learning for the future workforce. Recently, the U.S. Chamber Foundation, NC Chamber Foundation, and NC Child released a report highlighting the devastating impact of the child care crisis […]

The Chamber of Catawba County Unveils 2024 Legislative Priorities

As the leading advocate for businesses in Catawba County, The Chamber of Catawba County is committed to championing pro-business public policy at all levels of government which drives economic prosperity and fosters community growth.   Led by our Advocacy Taskforce, The Chamber of Catawba County annually produces a Legislative Agenda which includes our guiding principles along […]

Stay Competitive: Participate in the 2024 Wages & Benefits Survey

2024 Wages & Benefits Survey

As businesses in Catawba County strive to remain competitive in a dynamic economic landscape, understanding the prevailing wages and benefits within the region is key. To facilitate this insight, the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation and The Chamber of Catawba County are once again conducting the 2024 Wages & Benefits Survey and your participation is […]

Igniting Unified Vision: The Role of The Catawba County Chamber Foundation

During The Chamber of Catawba County’s 52nd Annual Meeting & Reception last week, Zack Cranford, 2023 Board Chair of The Chamber of Catawba County, announced the formation of the Catawba County Chamber Foundation. The Charter Board of Directors convened for the first time in February 2023, led by Lori Alala, Partner of Broome Insurance, a […]

Meet our 2024 Board Chair, Pat Carver

The Chamber of Catawba County takes pride in highlighting the esteemed individuals who have committed to serving on our Board of Directors. This dedicated group of volunteers, reflecting the diverse landscape of our business community, is devoted to shaping the organization’s vision and priorities. Annually, a new Chair is appointed to lead the board, chosen […]

School Performance Grading Model Reform Needed

Recently, you might have come across the 2022-2023 school grades published by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and featured in the Hickory Daily Record. These grades assign a letter grade to each school in North Carolina referred to as the School Performance Grade (SPG). The grading system, established by the General Assembly in […]

Advocacy at Work

To continue to further lean in as the lead advocate for business regarding local, state and federal policy issues impacting business in Catawba County, in 2021, we hired Brian Francis, Founder of Lumin Strategies, as our Advocacy Director.  Francis has more than 20 years of experience in communications and public affairs, previous serving as Public […]

Better Health Care. Better Business?

At the Chamber of Catawba County, we aim to serve as the strong pro-business voice, advocating for free enterprise and working alongside local government to ensure a friendly business environment that is needed for all business in Catawba County to grow and sustain. Two major issues impacting business repeatedly rise to the surface of our […]