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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

City of Hickory Bits and Pieces - February 15, 2012

The following are three messages relating to meetings of specific groups of interest. These are opportunities to participate in the direction of the community, The first is a meeting of the Hickory Young Professionals group that will take place next week, the second is a meeting of the Future Economy Council of Catawba County that will take place this Thursday February 16, 2012, and the third is a follow-up to the Entrepreneurial summit that took place at the beginning of January; this event will take place at the auditorium at CVCC on March 6, 2012.

Hickory Young Professionals host an open forum
to discuss topics affecting young professionals and the Metro area
February 13, 2012 (Hickory, NC)Once per quarter, the Hickory Young Professionals host an Inside the Metro Series event where HYP members are introduced to different community leaders in an intimate lunch-and-learn setting.  Much like Bravo TV’s, “Inside the Actors’ Studio,” a featured guest sits with an interviewer and answers questions about their career, the choices they made to get where they are, advice they have for young professionals, and what inspires them. 

On February 22, HYP will be hosting a Reverse Inside the Metro Series lunch event from 11:30am-1:00pm at Market on Main in Hickory.  Amy Powell, Senior Vice President of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, and Mandy Pitts, City of Hickory Communications Director and Brand Manager, will take the lead on interviewing the young professionals about a topic that has become a key priority and strategy as our county begins to develop a collaborative Competitiveness Plan for the future.  What needs to be done in order to attract and retain young professionals in Catawba County could very well be priority ONE.

Why has this become a key priority? According to the last census, 26.1% of people between the ages of 20 – 44 have left the Greater Hickory Metro between 2000 and 2010.  Some say this is caused by the lack of jobs, others say it is a quality of life issue.  During this event, the Hickory Young Professionals will have the opportunity to brainstorm solutions and present ideas on this topic for this chicken versus the egg scenario.

Other special guests have been invited to hear their ideas include: Danny Hearn, President & CEO of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce; Kitty Barnes, Chairwoman of the Catawba County Commissioners; Scott Millar, President of the Catawba County Economic Development Corp; and possible attendee Mick Berry, Hickory City Manager.

Are you under 40 years of age? Do you live or work in Catawba County? You are invited to share your ideas concerning this important topic! To make your reservation, please visit Click on Inside the Metro Series on the calendar date February 22.  Cost: $10.00 for HYP Members; Guest: $15.00   

Hickory Young Professionals (HYP) was established in 2008 to provide opportunities for young professionals in the Greater Hickory Metro Area to excel professionally, socially and economically. This initiative was a recommendation of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce after they returned from an Inter-City Visit to Roanoke, Virginia in the fall of 2007. The Chamber recognized the economic impact of engaged, young professionals on the region, and the need to retain existing, and attract new, young professionals to the area.  Local business sponsors include Martin Starnes and Associates and Crouse Chiropractic.
Media Contacts:  
Dana Kaminske
Chair, Hickory Young Professionals 
P.O. Box 1968
Hickory, NC 28603-1968 
 The following is information (2 messages) about the Future Economy Council meeting being held on February 16, 2012 at the Chamber of Commerce:

Good morning! We are ready to begin a new year with the Council and hope you can attend our meeting next Thursday at 8:00 am at the Chamber. We also want to bring you up to date on our post-Entrepreneur Summit strategies utilizing Ted Abernathy, Southern Growth Policies Board, over the next 6-8 months. Hope to see you next week
Danny Hearn,

I have arranged for Quint Redmond 
TSR Agristruction - Agriburbia
Matthew C. “Quint” Redmond
To speak with the group via Skype at 8:30.  I have also arranged with Mary George to speak about plans for encouraging gardens and agricultural production across the county.  We will need to make sure that your Internet connection can handle the Skype connection and that there is a computer set up and ready to go for the meeting.

Dear FEC Member,
Food and our food supply has been one of the topics brought up at the FEC.  Another topic, supporting the local economy.  Both are at the center of our very survival and I think we are now more aware than ever that we must not become too dependent on outside sources.
At Thursday’s meeting we have a special agenda planned for you.  Mary George, Assistant Planning Director is going to talk with you about county efforts to address locally grown. Jeff Carpenter, County Extension Director, is going to give you a picture of the agriculture community and their impact in Catawba County. And Quint Redmond, from Agriburbia is going to tell us about their efforts to incorporate agriculture into sustainable communities. Quint’s website is .  You may want to review this before the meeting.
I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

The following is information related to a follow up meeting related to the Entrepreneurial Summit that was held on January 11, 2012.

Please note that the Entrepreneurship Speaker's Forum date has been changed.  It will now be held on Tuesday March 6th at 1PM (same time) on the CVCC main campus auditorium.  Sorry for any confusion.  Please call or Email if you have questions or need clarification.

Thank you!

In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, Catawba Valley Community College’s Business Department and the Catawba Valley Emerging Entrepreneurship Club are sponsoring a speaker’s forum on “Promoting Entrepreneurship in Our Community,” Tuesday March 6, at 1:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Guest panelists include Shane Cooper, founder and chief executive officer of DeFeet International, David Washco, founder of and ’11 Edison Prize Winner; Scott Millar, president of the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation; Danny Hearn, president of the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, president of CVCC.

Startup companies are continuously cited as our economy’s most promising source of new jobs. In fact, a recent Kauffman Foundation study dispels the myth that the jobs created with business startups fail within five years.

Sponsored by CVCC, the Catawba Valley Emerging Entrepreneurship Club seeks ways to introduce members to individuals who have started their own businesses. Students participate in various activities that provide real-world exposure to the day-to-day operations of American businesses.

The public is invited to attend. There is no charge; however, seating is limited.

For more information, contact business faculty and club advisor Gary Muller, 828-327-7000, ext. 4672.

For more information about upcoming Small Business Center programs, please call the Small Business Center at 828-327-7000, ext. 4117 or visit our web site at

Jeff Neuville, Program Coordinator
828-327-7000, Ext 4102

Debbie Sawyer, Program Assistant
828-327-7000, Ext. 4117
Web site:
Office Location: CVCC East Campus, 2760 Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, 28602 behind Northern Tool & Equipment

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