Carolyn McManamy took office on February 1st as the new President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. She brings extensive experience in client development and business administration. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, Carolyn served as Executive Director of a Chamber in Connecticut. Having worked at the Davie Chamber for almost two years, she is very aware of how fortunate we are to have such a strong and vibrant community of businesses and entrepreneurs in Davie County.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the members of the Chamber and work with our community partners to positively impact growth and development in our county,” said Carolyn. “With a membership of over 400 companies and professionals, we have a lot of energy and attention focused on improving the economic environment for our businesses as well as improving the quality of life in our community.”
With New Leadership in Place, the Chamber is Launching Several New Events and Programs.
The Chamber recently partnered with American Business Networks (ABN), to establish a Davie County networking group. ABN members meet every other Monday for lunch at Sagebrush Steakhouse in Mocksville. “We have several members interested in working in a focused networking environment so we were excited that ABN was interested in partnering with us to create formal networking opportunities” Carolyn noted. Plans are in the works for a Davie Chamber & ABN Speed Networking Event in mid-May. Details will be available by Monday, April 19th on the Chamber website, www.daviechamber.com.
First Annual Davie Spring Fest and Auction
A new Chamber event will be launched on Saturday, May 22nd at Junker’s Mill. The First Annual Davie Spring Fest & Auction is a free community event featuring Live & Silent Auctions, entertainment on Junker’s Mill Stage, local business and nonprofit vendor booths and a variety of food & beverages from area restaurants and wineries. This event is designed to appeal to all ages and to provide businesses with a venue to showcase their products and services. If initial auction donations or vendor booth space sign ups are any indication, the Spring Fest will likely become a new Davie tradition!
Another new program that recently “went live” is the web-based regional search engine, Myebatch.com. Chamber member Kim Strohacker is the Davie County rep who will work with Chamber members to take full advantage of this program.
Two additional events that are in the preliminary planning stages include a Table Top Expo in the fall as well as a health and fitness event with the YMCA.
These new programs are in addition to the regular Chamber activities including monthly networking events, Women’s Luncheon, member Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Dinner and the Hometown Christmas Parade. “We definitely have a lot going on these days but we also welcome new ideas for partnering with other groups to promote our members and the community” Carolyn explained. “Currently, we are very focused on what we do for our members and increasing our visibility overall. It’s a very important part of fulfilling our mission to advance the economic and civic interests of the business community. The next order of business will be some strategic planning and long range vision work with the Chamber Board.”
The next time you are in downtown Mocksville, stop by the Chamber at 135 South Salisbury Street and meet Carolyn. While you’re there be sure to explore the wealth of information and the many services the Chamber provides. Whether you are a business owner interested in becoming a member, or someone in need of travel brochures and maps for your next vacation, everyone is welcome. The Chamber website is also a great source of information: www.daviechamber.com.