Nobody does a better ribbon-cutting — or more of them — than the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce.

On Wednesday afternoon, the big pair of scissors were on the other hand as local business and community leaders helped the Chamber celebrate its 95th anniversary and its new office on Center Street.

“The Chamber appreciated everyone that was able to stop by and visit our new office and celebrate 95 years of service to the community,” Executive Director Shannon Viera said. “As a membership organization, we are thankful for the businesses and organizations that have supported the Chamber.

“We have all been through so much these past few years it was great to celebrate a milestone,” she added.

From helping first-time business owners get started to championing youth and adult leadership development to sponsoring candidate forums and raising money for adult education, the Chamber has played an integral role in making our community better in innumerable ways.

The nonprofit currently has more than 500 members.

While the COVID-19 pandemic made in-person gatherings difficult, the Chamber continued to provide networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and continued its long tradition of honoring local business leaders who are committed to making the community better.

Viera credited the Chamber’s Board of Directors for helping the organization evolve and continuously look for better ways to serve the community and local businesses.

That focus is intentional.

“The Chamber has three areas of focus that determine all we do,” Viera explained. “Those are Connect, Advocate and Promote. Our promise is to Connect the business to resources to be successful; advocate for a positive and thriving business climate; and finally to promote the business to our members and the community.”



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