Advocacy@Work

2023 Legislative Breakfast

Our Legislative Breakfast was held on January 27, 2023 at Moretz Mills. We welcomed over 135 community and business leaders who were eager to learn more about our Advocacy@Work efforts.  Brian Francis, The Chamber of Catawba County’s Advocacy Director, presented our 2023 Legislative priorities ahead of our presenters. At the Legislative Breakfast, we dove deeper and …

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Registration now open for 2023 Legislative Breakfast

Business and community leaders, The Chamber of Catawba County invites you to attend our Legislative Breakfast on January 27th at 74 South at Moretz Mills in Hickory, from 8:00 – 11:00 am.  The Chamber’s 2023 Legislative Agenda was crafted by our Advocacy Taskforce with feedback from Shareholders & Investors and approved by the Board of …

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December Advocacy@Work Update

Advocacy Director, Brian Francis, returns with an Advocacy@Work update reviewing our chamber’s advocacy accomplishments and previewing next year’s legislative session. The update includes information about a change in senate leadership and some of the topics where we expect to see legislative action. Brian also mentions the Chamber’s policy guiding principles and legislative agenda. The Chamber’s positions …

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PPP Loan Recipient? North Carolina may owe you money.

In 2020, as the government mandated business closures, many small businesses secured Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans from the federal government to maintain the cash flow necessary to pay expenses and keep employees on the payroll.  For North Carolina businesses who received a PPP loan, you may be eligible for additional cash due to a …

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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 …

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A Day in Raleigh with our Advocacy Taskforce

Chamber President/CEO Lindsay Keisler and Advocacy Director, Brian Francis, spent the day in Raleigh with several leaders from our Advocacy Taskforce. They met with members of our  state delegation, Representative Jay Adams, Representative Mitchell Setzer, and Senator Dean Proctor. Our Advocacy Taskforce had the opportunity to meet and engage in policy discussions with members from …

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2022-23 Leadership Catawba Advisory Board Announcement

The Chamber of Catawba County announces the 2022-23 Leadership Catawba Advisory Board.  These individuals are graduates of Leadership Catawba and give of their time to assist the Chamber in development and implementation of the monthly sessions throughout the program year.    • Alexis Abernathy, First Horizon Bank• Timothy Adams, Catawba County Schools• Crystal Barnes, von Drehle Corporation• James Barnhill, Truist• Jerrica Broome, Broome Associates, a …

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