Tickets running out for chamber’s annual meeting

Posted 1/14/20

The days are numbered as are the seats for the Wilson Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

“The community needs to understand that our annual meeting is not simply a recitation of past …

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Tickets running out for chamber’s annual meeting

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The days are numbered as are the seats for the Wilson Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

“The community needs to understand that our annual meeting is not simply a recitation of past accomplishments, but rather a celebration of service to Wilson,” said chamber President Ryan Simons. “It recognizes business leaders who take an extra step in making sure that their success is shared with others. Nowhere is that more pronounced than with our board, which is made up of a diverse group of businessmen and -women committed to growing our chamber and community.”

The meeting will kick off at 6 p.m. Jan. 23 with a cocktail reception at the Kennedy Family Theatre on the campus of Barton College. During the meeting itself at 7 p.m., Chick-fil-A owner Christy Proctor will be honored as the distinguished citizen of the year and retired president of Wilson Community College Frank Eagles will received the lifetime chamber membership. The meeting also will provide the opportunity for board chairwoman Anita Turnage Jones to hand the gavel to Heather Driver of CopyPro.

Tickets are $50 each and the event will sell out, so register soon by calling 252-237-0165 or visiting www.wilsonncchamber.com/.

In addition to preparing for the annual meeting, staff also recently launched a new weekly podcast.

“The Wilson Means Business podcast was conceived as a way for us to reach members who aren’t always able to attend chamber events, while also informing Wilson about some of the interesting things happening in and around our business community,” Simons said.

Each podcast will be about 30 minutes long and feature an introduction by chamber staff about current projects or upcoming events before an interview with a business influencer.

“Podcasting is a relatively new media and we wanted to adopt it as early as we could, as a way of sharing all the positive things that are happening at the chamber and within the business community,” Simons said.

Visit tinyurl.com/r2ha82c to listen to the first podcast on SoundCloud. Simons said as the podcast expands, it’ll be included on iTunes, Spotify and other platforms.


217 Brew Works owner Tom Curran announced changes to the hours and weekly activities for the new year. The brewery taproom across from the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park will be open from Thursday through Sunday. Open mic night will be moved to Thursday and there will be live music with a food truck every Friday and Saturday.

“Our focus has always been to do whatever we can to promote downtown and get people coming downtown,” Curran said.

Visit https://217brewworks.com/ for more information about upcoming events.

Got an idea for news to include in next week’s Main Street Minute? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 252-265-7821 or bhandgraaf@wilsontimes.com.