Richmond County Chamber of Commerce | Programs & Services
17014
page-template-default,page,page-id-17014,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,side_area_uncovered_from_content,qode-theme-ver-10.1,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-4.12,vc_responsive
heartland06

PROGRAMS & SERVICES

The strength of the Chamber lies in its membership. The Richmond County Chamber of Commerce has a number of involvement programs that will allow you and your company the opportunity to be noticed, and reach new and existing customers while supporting Chamber events, programs and services. Whether you are looking to volunteer, advertise or attend an event, the chamber has something for you.

RCCC is proud to support L.J. Bell Elementary School’s “The Leader in Me” program. Please click the link the find out how to donate.

CHAMBER EVENTS

COFFEE CONNECTIONS is a networking event which is held quarterly and designed to provide a
relaxed, informal get-together of Chamber business members and their guests before regular
business hours.
CONNECTIONS-AFTER-5 is a monthly networking event, arranged by our host sponsors, allowing
the Chamber to showcase members’ facilities. Members attend Business Before Hours and
Business After Hours to make contacts and cultivate business relationships.
Legislative Breakfast
A face-to-face opportunity for constituents to hear first-hand from their Federal, State and local
legislators. In addition to hearing the latest on legislative issues that impact our everyday lives,
attendees are able to ask direct questions to the legislators present during the event. Held in
the Spring.
Annual Celebration
This event is more of a celebration and showcases the Chamber’s
accomplishments of the previous year as well as the achievements of the Richmond County
Community. The event features heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, special entertainment and plenty
of networking. This event is held during the first quarter of the New year.
Chamber Golf Scramble
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to showcase your company, golf with business clients and
associates, network with local executives, and support the Richmond County Chamber of
Commerce.
Business Expo
Richmond County Chamber of Commerce’s premier business networking event is the Business
Expo. This event features face-to-face opportunity for vendors to display products and services and
have conversations with countless potential customers. Attendees will also enjoy food samplings
from Chamber member restaurants and caterers, drinks, and a chance to win valuable door prizes
throughout the evening. This event is held in conjunction with the April Connections-After-5.
Industry Appreciation
This event is held each Fall. Local officials, key management and employees are invited to this great
event. This occasion is our way of saying thank you to the industries in our community for their
investments.
Hoptoberfest
This Annual event is a Craft beer and Chicken Wing Festival held at the Richmond Plaza
Shopping Center in partnership with Tri-City, Inc. The event features: North Carolina
Breweries, Local Wineries, Wing Contest, and Live Music. Held the first Saturday in October.

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

Ambassadors
Chamber Ambassadors are responsible for promoting a professional atmosphere in which to
establish business contacts. Committee members serve as greeters at Chamber functions, welcome
new members to the Chamber and encourage member participation through phone calls and
personal contacts. They help introduce new members to Chamber activities by serving as “buddies”
during a new member’s first year.

GOVERNANCE

Legislative
This committee is responsible for generating a healthy climate for economic, business, industrial, and civic growth, while identifying areas of concern. It is responsible for monitoring, evaluating and helping to formulate legislative issues; hold events with local, state, and national governmental officials; evaluate ballot issues that affect local businesses and the community and make recommendations to the Chamber Board for endorsements. Committee members also work hand-in-hand with Chamber staff to plan, organize and promote local legislative events and legislative trips to Raleigh and Washington, DC when feasible.

EDUCATION/WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Education/Workforce Development
This committee promotes and partners with workforce and education initiatives. Its mission is to encourage on-going interaction between the business community and local educational institutions in order to ensure a skilled and productive workforce.

The Leader In Me
Understanding that schools are crucial to the future of our community, the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Richmond County Schools to implement a new education initiative entitled The Leader In Me.

The Leader in Me (TLIM) is a school-wide transformational process being implemented in nearly 2,000 elementary and middle schools across the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world. Schools that have fully applied the TLIM process report direct and indirect impacts in three general areas: leadership skills, school culture, and academics.

The Leader in Me™  gives students the leadership and life skills needed to succeed in a fast-paced and competitive business environment. The Leader in Me™ program is providing daily opportunities for students to learn valuable skills to succeed in life. The program is based on the Franklin Covey book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Donations may be made payable to:  L.J. Bell Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization and dropped off in the school office or mailed to L.J. Bell Elementary School, 442 Hawthorne Drive, Rockingham, NC 28379. Please include the attached form with your donation. The L.J. Bell PTO is supporting this initiative by allowing L.J. Bell School to run The Leader in Me fundraising efforts through the PTO. More information about the Leader in Me program can found at:  http://www.theleaderinme.org / and updates about program implementation at L.J. Bell School at:  www.richmond.12.nc.us/LJ/

Leadership Richmond – UPDATE COMING SOON
Leadership Richmond is a hands-on training conference designed to develop and enhance the leadership skills of Richmond County residents. Graduates are encouraged to apply their talents through community involvement in the Chamber of Commerce, other professional organizations, civic clubs, or in a public service capacity. Leadership Richmond is co-sponsored by the Chamber, Richmond Community College and North Carolina Cooperative Extenstion.

Shop Richmond First 
The Shop Richmond First  campaign is designed to encourage Richmond County citizens to make  their purchases locally and support our local economy. Shopping locally increases local sales, creates additional job opportunities for our citizens and attracts new businesses. This, in turn adds to the shopping opportunities available to us. Through the Shop Richmond First campaign  we can help our citizens understand the full impact of spending their dollars  in Richmond County. Increased sales in  existing businesses equate to more jobs for our citizens while also helping hold down your property taxes.

Over 30% of the sales tax collected is returned to local government, which assists in  funding for recreation, road improvements, libraries, police and fire services, utilities, parks and ultimately a community with an overall improvement in the quality of life. In addition, increased local sales tax revenue decreases the need  for additional residential property tax increases. We all benefit when our shopping dollars stay local.

This Shop Richmond First Gift Certificate Check program is  very easy and safe to use. The gift certificate is a legal check, purchased by  the gift giver and can be accepted by any participating Chamber business with the same confidence as a cashiers check or as cash.

This is a great opportunity to give while keeping our member businesses in the public’s spending loop. This is a great way to Shop Richmond First!!

Click here to see a list of participating Shop Richmond First businesses