The Caswell County Chamber of Commerce held its first Meet and Greet event at the Gunn Public Library Wednesday evening, June 19.
A few familiar faces were seen chatting with fellow Chamber members. County manager Bryan Miller and Mayor Pro Tem Odessa D. Gwynn were among those in attendance.
Chamber of Commerce
Director Amanda Hodges said having the Meet and Greet event is a good way for Chamber members to meet each other.
“There is a buzz of excitement in the county these days as the Chamber has been out and about visiting with many of the [Chamber] members,” she said.“Based on feedback from previous meetings and for more opportunities to get together were one of the things that was learned could be provided by the Chamber to facilitate a stronger business and agriculture community. As new director my vision for the Chamber is to be the lead catalyst for positive change in the community by meeting educational, marketing, networking and advocacy needs of our businesses, farms and entrepreneurs creating the best community in which to live, work and do business.”
Hodges said she was excited with the turnout and surpassed the number of attendees she was expecting.
“We had 34 attendees there, “she said. “I was hoping for 20 so[that] exceeded the goal!”
During the Meet and Greet a continuous slide show was shared to highlight the many members of the Caswell County Chamber of Commerce and the work these companies do.
Hodges explained why the support of the community is important.
“Our county is made up of many small and family businesses and sometimes we do not always think about how much these individuals have on their plates. It can be a heavy burden to be responsible for the livelihoods of multiple employees, to keep a business afloat, to constantly work to grow the business all while maintaining a smile on your face and offering up top notch customer service,” she said. “Business owners are special people and they need the support of a Chamber organization, their employees, and the community. The Chamber is here to help provide that support.”
She also said working together with community partners is beneficial to the Chamber and the community.
“Workforce development in conjunction with the Caswell County School and Home Schoolers are providing digital marketing assistance with web sites and email marketing,” she explained. “[They] are two areas that the County can best develop our existing talent and position our small businesses to be passed on to the next generation if that is what the owners would like to do.”
Hodges said there is a lot to be excited about in Caswell County.
“It is an exciting time in Caswell County. We are at the cusp of things lining up well due to the collaboration and tremendous hard work by many in the county,” Hodges said. “Piedmont Community College is beginning the Center for Educational Agricultural Development (C.E.A.D.) project in Pelham, the shared working space project on the Square, a new County Extension Director, a new Chamber Director, the upgrade to the Gunn Memorial Library, the new high school being built, our farmer’s market growing and thriving, the co-op being formed by the Piedmont Progressive Farmers Group allowing our small farmers to easily go to market, the potential of hemp and the industries it brings, and even the Busy Bee serving sandwiches.
“All are things we in Caswell should be excited about, she added. “All of these contribute to our local agriculture based economy and can help us to make Caswell a place where young families will want to live and start their families”
There are several opportunities for Chamber members and-members to attend Meet and Greet event throughout the year.
“Future Meet and Greets will be held quarterly and will be held at various locations across the county,” she said.
For more information on the Chamber of Commerce, call the Chamber office at (336) 694-6106, email Amanda Hodges, at Amanda@caswellchamber.org.