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

The Eleventh Annual Celebration of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem

Save the date! For the past 11 years, members of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem have risen to the challenge of making a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community. Our collective giving has resulted in awarding over $1.2 million in grants impacting over 3,350 women of all ages — helping them to rise to their own challenges and achieve success. Join the Fund on November 15th as they announce 2016 grants and celebrate the positive, lasting impact we are making on the lives of women and girls in Forsyth County.

The 11th Annual Luncheon of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem
Presented by Wake Forest Baptist Health

Tuesday, November 15, 12:00–1:30pm

Benton Convention Center Downtown Winston-Salem

Emcee: Wanda Starke, WXII anchor

Tickets will go on sale in early October. For information about sponsorship opportunities, visit us online at or contact Leila Warren at or 336-725-2382.

Congratulations to Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University has some wonderful achievements to share with the community:

*WSSU’s Diggs Gallery has been identified as one of the Top 10 African-American galleries in the nation and one of the nation’s best regional facilities for contemporary African art.

*The WSSU Choir performs nationally and internationally and has recorded seven compact discs with one disc nominated for five Grammy awards.

*WSSU is the only four-year public university that offers a bachelor of science degree program in motorsports management.

*The North Carolina Department of Commerce ranked WSSU #1 in the UNC System for graduates receiving jobs in NC after graduation and #1 in the Triad for highest salary after receiving an undergraduate degree.

Click here to read more Rankings, Accolades, and Points of Pride.

2016 Triad Business Journal’s Fast 50 Award Winners

Congratulations to our Winston-Salem Chamber members that won the 2016 Triad Business Journal’s Fast 50 Awards!  This annual award celebrates the fastest-growing privately held companies in the Triad.


Avid Solutions, Inc.

Dewey’s Bakery

Foothills Brewing

Modern Toyota Scion

Omega Construction, Inc.

Samet Corporation

Sunrise Technologies

Tar Heel Basement Systems

WorkForce Unlimited, LLC

Vendor Opportunities Available at Upcoming Multicultural Bridal Fair

2nd Annual Multicultural Bridal Fair & Fashion Show

Saturday, October 8, 2016
12:00pm – 5:00pm

The Enterprise Conference and Banquet Center
1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27107

Tickets for Event: $8 (click here for tickets)

Vendor slots available!
Cake designers, Caterers, Florists, Formal wear retailers, Invitation/graphic designers, Jewelry retailers, Limousine service providers, Cosmetic/hair designers, Wedding planners, Travel Agencies, Photographers/videographers, Footwear retailers, Nail designers and more!

For vendor registration information, click here.

Click here to view the event flyer.

2nd Annual Community Open House at Imprint Cares Family Enrichment Center

Please stop by and join us as we celebrate our newly, renovated Imprints Cares Family Enrichment Center thanks to Lowe’s Home Improvement, Heroes project & Augsburg Lutheran Church, The Elfird and Maria F. Hine Fund.

Have a bite to eat, play the raffle, and learn more about tipping the scales in a child’s favor in our community. If you bring your child/children, there will be some fun activities too!

The Imprints Cares Family Enrichment Center offers children and their families enrolled in our Ready for School programs and Expanded Learning services (before, after, summer) opportunities to discover, imagine, and learn together. And, with our new kitchen—future cooking classes with our families … and a future garden they will start in our newly fenced in area. Most importantly—our teachers/educators are excited about their important work in this space as they unlock the potential children and their families.

Another bright spot in our Imprints Cares Family Enrichment Center: The Wall of Hope supporters recognition! Our thanks to so many of you that have played an important role in changing the lives of children and their families in our community.

Together, we can close the gap before it begins…

Hope is waiting…

Open House Details

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: Imprints Cares, 502 N. Broad Street (off of Pilot View)
(Augsburg Community Center, Lower Level)
RSVP Online by Friday, September 23:

Contact Information

Imprints Cares
502 N. Broad Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
336-722-6296 x204 House

Building Healthy Hearts & Healthy Minds

In support of the Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk, Frank L Blum Construction is hosting a contest and tour of your new Central Library! The tour will take place September 20, while the library is still under construction. The event is open to everyone!

Come get a sneak peak of your new library and enjoy games, activities and a tour of the new library under construction. Construction vehicles for kids to admire!

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 4pm to 6:30pm
Address: 660 W 5th Street, W-S

Tour of active construction site for new library

Donate $20 for authentic, red hard hat

Games and activities for kids!

Alan Proctor: A bond that unites

Alan Proctor, Winston-Salem Marketing President of Wells Fargo and Chairman of the Forsyth Technical Community College Board of Trustees, shared his insights as a guest columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal.

“As one who is invested in the continued growth and development of Winston-Salem, I see first-hand Forsyth Tech’s mandate to remain ahead of the curve. This is no small feat and requires a continuous influx of funding. Bond referenda are one such source.”

“On this November’s general election ballot, Forsyth Tech will propose a $65-million bond for multiple capital projects designed to upgrade the college’s facilities and expand its footprint to meet 21st century expectations. These improvements are critical to ensuring the college’s continued accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.”

Click here to read the full article.

B & C Auto Service, Inc. Salute to Business Luncheon – Thursday, August 11, 2016

B&C Auto Service is a family owned and operated, full automotive repair facility. We have been in business since 1964, but we’ve been at our current location, 855 W Northwest Blvd., since October of 1982. I am pleased to now have two grandsons active in the business as full-time employees, Jesse Berry and Michael Murphy. Michael graduated from NTI in Mooresville, NC in 2008. Jesse graduated from GTCC in Jamestown, NC May of 2016. Both graduated with Associates Degrees related to Automotive Engineering and Repairs.

B&C Auto is blessed with a great staff of technicians trained through sections of General Motors in cooperation with their AC Delco division. Jeff Gladish, Mike Poore, and Richard Widner have been employed for 15+ years. Diego Herrera has recently joined our team. Jane Sofly is the receptionist/ office manager and is crucial to smooth day-to-day operation.

B&C has been around for 52 years and that is only because of our loyal customers. We have been blessed to have great customers, and have been lucky enough to call each of them family. Our mission is simple. Take care of our customers like they are our family, because they are.

We tackle tune-ups, tires, oil changes, brakes, NC Inspections, and any other drive related issues professionally and as inexpensive as possible. We are proud to be members of the Greater Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and are thankful for all the Chamber does for our great city. We plan to serve Winston-Salem for many years to come.


Front Row (left to right):

Michael Murphy, Technician – B & C Auto Service, Inc.
Ed Welch, President – I.L. Long Construction Co., Inc.
Clyde George, President – B & C Auto Service, Inc.
Jesse Berry, Technician – B & C Auto Service, Inc.

Second Row (left to right):

Gayle Anderson, President & CEO – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Terry Barber, Director of Catering and Event Planning – Twin City Quarter
Rodessa Mitchell, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce

Third Row (left to right):

Richard Brooks, Director of Sales and Marketing – Twin City Quarter
Jill Atherton, Vice President, Economic & Community Development – Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
Dan Joyner, President – Image360

Economic Development Update: Restaurant chain opens new location in Winston-Salem

Red Robin is coming to Winston-Salem

A $724,000 building permit has been issued for the restaurant, to be built at 188 Hanes Mall Circle. To read the Triad Business Journal’s full article, click here.

Exciting news is being announced almost every week about new development projects happening in or around Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Click here to access an archive of local news articles, for your reference, regarding these announced projects.

NSA Designates Forsyth Tech a Cybersecurity Regional Resource Center

The National Security Agency (NSA) has named Forsyth Tech a Cybersecurity Regional Resource Center. The NSA awarded this distinction to six community colleges across the country whose cybersecurity programs have already been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) by the NSA. Forsyth Tech’s center will cover the southeast region, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Puerto Rico.

As a regional resource center, Forsyth Tech will receive NSA funding—in amounts to be determined by mid-September—to develop and administer workshops and professional development programs designed to train cybersecurity faculty in the region using a combination of face-to-face, live-streaming and hybrid training classes. The first class will be offered in spring 2017.

“We are honored to be named the NSA’s CAE Regional Resource Center for cybersecurity training, and look forward to welcoming faculty from around the southeast into the program,” says Dr. Deanne Wesley, department chair, Davis iTEC Center and department coordinator, Information System Security. “We are going to be purposeful about inclusion, offering classes in a variety of formats to make our trainings and workshops as accessible as possible.”

The workshops will include classes in how community college faculty can obtain a CAE designation for their cybersecurity programs as well as professional development workshops in data analytics, cryptography, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisitions (SCADA), and the Internet Of Things.

“The CAE in Cyber Defense Education award is highly sought after,” Wesley says. “This designation, issued jointly by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security, is the most prestigious recognition for cyber security excellence a college can receive.

“What makes the distinction especially notable is that most CAE designations are issued to four-year colleges, which speaks to the extremely high quality of cybersecurity education we offer at Forsyth Tech.”

In September, the NSA will also award Forsyth Tech funding under President Obama’s Cybersecurity National Alliance Plan to develop a pilot training program this fall aimed at primary and secondary school students. The program, called the Cybersecurity K-12 Pathway Initiative, will introduce students to digital security issues at younger ages in order to build potential career interest in this burgeoning field. This initiative is scheduled for implementation in January 2017.

“By 2020, experts estimate there will be 1.5 million unfilled jobs in the cybersecurity profession,” says Wesley. “The K-12 Pathway Initiative is a way of starting to meet this shortfall now by introducing young students to the profession, with the hope that they will choose to pursue a career in cybersecurity when they enter the job market.”

“Forsyth Tech’s designation as the NSA Southeast Regional Cybersecurity Center is another example of the college’s regional and national leadership in advanced technology education,” according to Forsyth Tech president Gary Green.

The other five community colleges that have been named Cybersecurity Regional Resource Centers by the NSA include:

* Mohawk Valley Community College (New England region)
* Northern Virginia Community College (Central Eastern region)
* Coastline Community College (Western region)
* San Antonio College (South Central region)
* Moraine Valley Community College (North Central region)


About Forsyth Tech

Forsyth Tech provides students with flexible educational pathways to a competitive workforce for the community and global economy. The college offers associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in more than 200 programs of study, including programs that promote personal and professional development through non-credit courses and seminars, as well as customized training for business and industry. Forsyth Tech is the fifth largest community college in North Carolina and serves more than 35,000 students with approximately 1,500 full and part-time faculty and staff.