The Latest On What's Happening With The Chamber & Our Members

Belk One Day Only Sale Event – February 2, 2017

Belk is pleased to invite you to the One Day Only sale event for Effy.

On February 2, from 11am to 7pm, come out to Belk Hanes Mall Winston-Salem for an exclusive One Day Only event featuring Effy and Effy Hematian fine Jewelry! Enjoy this special event with over 1,000 unique creative designs.

Receive 50% off plus a free gift with your $500 purchase! Make an appointment and save an additional 20% off your Effy trunk show purchase!

Location: Belk Hanes Mall Winston-Salem

Telephone: 336-768-9200 ext. 281




Sheryll Strode Joins the Vistage Community as the Piedmont Triad’s Newest Chair of CEO Peer Advisory Groups

Sheryll Strode has recently become one of Vistage Worldwide’s newest Chairs in the Piedmont Triad market. To launch her first group, she is seeking CEOs and business owners that will meet monthly to discuss business issues, share expertise, and provide one another confidential help to achieve their goals. Sheryll is part of a community of more than 900 Chairs worldwide who lead local area groups, which total more than 21,000 members in 16 countries.

Sheryll is excited to work with Piedmont Triad CEOs to grow their businesses: “Strong communities need strong corporate citizens. Working with CEOs to achieve even greater growth in their companies and in themselves as leaders, will enhance not only their lives, but those of their employees and others they touch in our communities.”

Sheryll’s career spans over 35 years in consulting and in executive leadership roles at Wachovia. An accomplished entrepreneur and transformation leader, she has leveraged her understanding of businesses’ challenges and opportunities to develop and execute strategies that drive dramatic sales growth, build brands, deliver exceptional customer experience, enhance employee engagement, and optimize efficiency.

To join Sheryll’s group and the Vistage community, contact her at  for membership consideration, or join her at the Old Town Club on January 31, 2017, 7:00 – 9:30 a.m., to learn more about membership. (RSVP by January 24, 2017 at 336.978.3896 or visit

About Vistage Worldwide, Inc. 

Vistage Worldwide assembles and facilitates peer advisory groups for CEOs and Key Executives. An exclusive community of more than 21,000 business leaders across a broad array of industries in 16 countries, Vistage helps business leaders refine their instincts, improve their judgment, expand their perspectives, and optimize decision making. In fact, CEOs who joined Vistage grew their companies at three times the rate of average U.S. companies. Vistage groups are facilitated by successful leaders, who help guide CEOs and Key Executives to work together to improve themselves, their companies, and their communities.

Learn more at


Forsyth Humane Society Salute to Business Luncheon – Thursday, December 15, 2016

Forsyth Humane Society (FHS) is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2016. Our mission is to enrich our community by promoting the compassionate treatment of cats and dogs. FHS is committed to supporting a no-kill adoption center, placing cats and dogs into loving homes, providing needed resources to the pet community, spaying or neutering of dogs and cats, and to advancing community understanding of the benefits of animal companionship. FHS is 100% community supported and receives no funding from any national animal welfare organization.

From Left to Right:

Courtney White, Event Planner – Twin City Quarter
Rodessa Mitchell, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Richard Brooks, Director of Sales and Marketing – Twin City Quarter
Jill Atherton, Vice President, Economic & Community Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Sarah Williamson, Executive Director – Forsyth Humane Society
Gayle Anderson, President & CEO – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Mark Uren, Board President – Forsyth Humane Society

“Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur” – 2017 Scitech Lecture Series

The 2017 Scitech Lecture Series will kick off the new year with “Confessions of a Serial Entrepreneur” on Thursday, January 19, at 4:00pm on the campus of Forsyth Technical Community College.

The lecture will feature Kim Westmoreland, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KeraNetics, LLC.

It is free and open to the public. Feel free to join and reserve a seat.

For more information and details, click here.

Sam’s Club Join & Save Event January 14th & 15th

Sam’s Club #8228 (located at 930 Hanes Mall Boulevard, 27103) would like to invite you to the Join & Save Event on Saturday, January 14th & Sunday, January 15th, from 10am to 6pm.

Any member that would like renew may do so during the event and they will receive the offers directly downloaded within 14 days to their membership cards after renewal. This offer is valid only during the event. All new members please stop by the event table for exclusive offers on memberships.

Happy New Year!!

For more informaiton, please contact:

Shelia Brown Flanagan
Membership Coordinator
Phone 336-765-1730
Fax 336-765-3713


NAFTA Day: North American Free Trade Agreement Seminar

Presented by the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina & Allocca Enterprises, Inc., this full day of training will help you understand the complexities of NAFTA and assure you are in full compliance with all NAFTA regulations.

You will qualify for (6) NASBITE-CGBP Re-Certification CEU’s for attending.

This seminar will be held on January 12th from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at Foundation for the Carolinas located at 220 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

To register, contact Jen Vogelsberg at (919) 447- 7778 or Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Click here for more information.

Upcoming FTCC’s Small Business & Technology Development Center Seminars (Jan 10-25)

* Tuesday, 1/10 from 8:30am-9:30am – Success 2017 Opening Session (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Tuesday, 1/10 from 9:00am-10:00am – Ending Email Madness Clinic (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Tuesday, 1/10 from 9:00am-10:00am – Business Info to Go (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Tuesday, 1/10 from 10:00am-12:00noon – Event Planning Fundamentals (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Tuesday, 1/10 from 1:30pm-3:30pm – Generating Revenue and Special Recognition with Special Events (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Tuesday, 1/10 from 2:30pm-3:30pm – Thinking of Starting Your Own Business (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Tuesday, 1/10 from 5:30pm-7:30pm – How To Do Business With The City of Winston Salem (Wake Forest Biotech Place – 575 Patterson Avenue)
* Wednesday, 1/11 from 9:00am-11:00am – QuickBooks Desktop: Overview and Introduction (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Wednesday, 1/11 from 1:30pm-2:30pm – Will You Be My (Professional) Friend? Importance of Professional Relationships (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)


* Tuesday, 1/17 from 6:00pm-7:00pm – Conversations with Business Owners…Michele Todd Davis (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Wednesday, 1/18 from 9:00am-11:00am – QuickBooks Desktop: Working with Bank Accounts and Other Accounts (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Thursday, 1/19 from 6:00pm-8:00pm – Grantwriting 101 (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)


* Monday, 1/23 from 3:00pm-4:00pm – Meet Your Financial Partner (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)
* Wednesday, 1/25 from 9:00am-11:00am – QuickBooks Desktop: Deposits, Payments and Paying Bills (Innovation Quarter – 525 Vine Street)


Interested persons should register and obtain additional information by visiting:

Wells Fargo Community Enrichment Mini-grant Applications Open

The Arts Council is requesting grant proposals from individual residents, student and community groups, as well as local businesses in Forsyth County for The Wells Fargo Community Enrichment Mini-Grant. 

These grants provide community groups and individuals with small project grant funds up to $500 that will promote creativity and use art as a means to bring community together.  

Criteria for funding includes community benefit and engagement; artistic and/or cultural merit; collaborations or partnerships; community diversity; and have additional sources of financial or in-kind support. Priority will be given to new applicants.

Projects must take place between March 1  – May 31, 2017 

Grant applications are due by Friday, February 3 at 5pm

Click here for more information about applying for Community Enrichment Mini-grants

W-S Mixer: How to do Business with the City of W-S

The W-S Mixer is a networking event for small businesses, minority-owned businesses, and woman-owned businesses to learn about opportunities to do business with the city and local contractors. All are welcome!

January 10, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Wake Forest Biotech Place
575 Patterson Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Expand your network of contacts — and of potential business partners — at the W-S Mixer. The Mixer is an informal way to get to know others in the business community who need your products or service — and who have products and services that you need. Make sure you bring plenty of business cards!

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Attendance is free, but please RSVP by Jan. 6 so we know how many to expect.

The Mixer will offer:

* Open Networking to meet fellow business owners along with representatives of the Winston-Salem Chamber, the Winston-Salem Black Chamber, the city of Winston-Salem, and others. Open to all, but please RSVP (link below) by Jan. 6.

* Construction Trades Speed Networking. Meet one-on-one with general contractors who use subs. Space is limited and registration is required. Participation will be first come, first served. (See link below for list of contractors and to register.)

* City Department Speed Networking. Meet one-on-one with city departments that purchase goods and services. Space is limited and registration is required. Participation will be first come, first served. (See link below for list of departments and to register.)


RSVP and register for speed networking

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RSVP only (do not participate in speed networking)