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June 30, 2022

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704-484-1047 Our 39th Year • Issue No. 26 • June 30, 2022 "We Are Your Print Source" Mission is to "engage, elevate (and) energize" Cleveland County's business community by MICHAEL E. POWELL CF Media writer Christine Cribb loves what she does and she loves her job as Executive Director of the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce. You can hear it in her voice as she talks about the Chamber and see it in her face as she tells you about what the Chamber can do to help businesses suc- ceed. And she clearly is good at that job as is evidenced by what has been accomplished in her first year at the helm of the 490-member organization which keeps growing all the time. Cribb came back to North Carolina a year ago after 20 years in Washington State, literally (as Board Chairman Chris Monroe noted recently) loading up her dog and driving 2,400 miles across the country to come to the foothills of NC to do a job she loves. Monroe describes Cribb as leading the Chamber in "…new, positive and exciting directions as (the) community and region" experi- ence growth as never before. Monroe noted also to the Board that he has "… never been more confident in Christine" and how she will lead the Chamber in the future. For her part, Cribb said she wants to inject "great enthusiasm into the commu- nity", adding that Chambers of Commerce do what no one else does, which is to offer networking opportunities, education and offer business resources. "We have launched nine new programs since January of 2022," she said, noting their visitor information cen- ter is getting an overhaul, and that the Chamber Visitor Information Center will host an electronic kiosk in two months. There is also to be new signage on the building itself as well as an updat- ed conference room and other changes inside. Said Ms. Cribb, "The Board of Directors asked me to turn up the volume, while staying in the lane of helping our businesses suc- ceed." She noted they do that by marketing, net- working and edu- cation to help Cleveland County businesses on their pathway to success. Cribb said they have aver- aged about 10 new members a month since January 2022. "Businesses are excited to be a part of an organization See CHAMBER, Page 9 Chamber celebrates first year under new leadership The Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce building, located at 200 South Lafayette St., Shelby, N.C. (photo by Michael E. Powell) Live Music at the Don Gibson Theater – Make memories together that last a lifetime with tickets or gift certificates to a live show at the Don Gibson Theatre! This 400-seat theatre welcomes visitors from around the world and nationally touring acts as well as the next big stars! Or, shop for vintage records. Hands on Fun at the Earl Scruggs Center– The birth of bluegrass music is rooted in this area and explored through the exhibits at the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South. Gift ideas include admission tickets, membership or unique gifts such as instrument shaped Christmas Ornaments, magnets and even pewter measuring spoons, all available in the Earl Scruggs Center gift shop. (photos from the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page) CHRISTINE CRIBB Executive Director Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce Fallston Fun Fest Fallston Fun Fest FALLSTON • NC • SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2022 FALLSTON • NC • SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2022 Don't Miss This Year's SEE PAGE 3 Our Offi ce Will Be Closed Monday, July 4

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