This program is designed to create a business-friendly environment in our community through advocacy, education, and leadership. The Chamber convenes community leaders and influencers, business leaders, and community stakeholders to provide a series of forums for relevant discussions about policies impacting business.
Terry Sholar, Chair
Perry, Bundy, Plyler, & Long, LLP
Chamber President Pat Kahle reached out to Union County Manager Mark Watson on behalf of members to work together to have the Union County Board of County Commissioners to sign a resolution in support of Union County businesses during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020. She also asked the County to provide financial support for Union County small businesses.
The Board of County Commissioners and the staff set aside $1 million of CARES funding for grants for small businesses called Union County Back 2 Business.
The response from small business was incredible – the County received over $2.5 million in applications. To the County’s credit, the staff went back two more times and reallocated more dollars to the program. In the end, the County distributed over $2.4 million to over 200 small businesses in Union County.
YOUR Union County Chamber works hard in a variety of avenues to provide visibility for member businesses.
One recent effort included connecting business owners in the restaurant and hospitality industries to U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop. The Congressman wanted to hear directly from business owners about their experiences and challenges with Paycheck Protection Program loans and the COVID-19 Pandemic.
As part of our Public Policy Event Series in 2021, we hosted a free, virtual discussion with NC Representative Dean Arp and Union County Assistant Manager Patrick Niland. In this event, Representative Arp discussed a new bill he co-sponsored that would expand broadband access to parts of our county where it’s currently not available. You can watch a recording of that event here.
Thursday, January 13, 2022 – Public Policy NC General Assembly Panel
Thursday, February 10, 2022 – Elected Officials Reception
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 – Public Policy Luncheon
Thursday, September 29, 2022 – Public Policy Luncheon
Thursday, October 27, 2022 – Public Policy Luncheon