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Mona's Boutique pivots to online marketing

Friday, June 12, 2020

Mona Fore and her daughter Hannah at Mona’s Boutique & Gifts at 115 Main Street in McAdenville have been in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic to share in videos how they successfully embraced online marketing just as their business was being forced to close for in-store customers. Back open now, their online sales continue to be strong. 

Mona gives Hannah credit for making online marketing work for their business, getting most of their products photographed and posted online for shoppers to purchase. 

Their first video appearance was in a presentation for Gaston County officials arranged through the Gaston Business Task Force. That led to a call from a Charlotte television station, another video and valuable publicity. Most recently the mother-daughter team was interviewed by Tech Works of Gaston County Executive Director Terry Cox for an in-depth YouTube video in which they go into detail about how they made online marketing work for their business. 

More on Mona’s at

For anyone thinking of adopting online marketing, you should watch the YouTube video. It can be seen on the TechWorks website at: Here's a link to watch the video now:

See Mona's video on adopting online marketing


Taps Across America

Monday, May 25, 2020


Taps Across America

The sound of Taps echoed down Belmont’s Main Street on Memorial Day afternoon as Capt. Matthew Hanks of the North Carolina Army National Guard played by the city clock in honor of all serving in the United States armed forces and especially those who have given their lives in service to their country. The ceremony was part of a national “Taps Across America” campaign, and the Montcross Area Chamber assisted in arranging the observance, which was recorded and shared on social media and seen live on the Chamber’s BelmontCAM, which is affiliated with EarthCAM. Matthew Hanks is the owner/broker at Hanks Realty Group on South New Hope Road in Gastonia.

Photos by Wil Neumann


View from the Chamber's BelmontCAM


Montcross Virtual Bike Ride

Saturday, May 23, 2020

A drawing among all bike ride participants and donors determined prize winners. In the photos below are first-prize winner Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hefferan and second-prize winner Ruthaa Wooldrige of Right At Home. Susan Norris of Chick-fil-A Belmont won third-place. Prizes were gift certificates to local businesses. 

Rain no problem for a "virtual" bike ride 

A rainy Memorial week wasn’t the best weather for an actual bike ride, but it worked well for a virtual event in which participants could ride whenever and wherever they wanted. Some chose not to ride at all and instead made a donation to the Chamber to offset funds lost by postponement and cancellation of spring fund-raising events. 

The City of Belmont and South Main Cycles were presenting sponsors for the event.  Other contributing sponsors were: Lyerly Agency, Chick-fil-A Belmont, ASM Ventures, Belmont Eye, Wellzesta, Blue Harbor Bank, Schooley Mitchell, the Town of Stanley, Brad Frazier and Nicole Flowers. 

A drawing from among all participants and donors determined the winners, and the prizes were gift certificates to local businesses. Belmont Mayor Pro Tem Jim Hefferan’s name was drawn for the first-place prize, Ruthaa Woolridge of Right At Home got second, and Susan Norris of Chick-fil-A Belmont won third. 

The Chamber thanks everyone who participated or donated.



Help Gaston Fund established to meet needs of residents

Sunday, May 10, 2020


Help Gaston Fund: Donate and become a fundraiser

More than $433,000 has been contributed to date by 165 donors to the Help Gaston Fund established by United Way of Gaston County and the Gaston Community Foundation. And more than $230,000 has been awarded to help residents in need during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Funds requested so far total more than $941,000. 

Duke Energy, the City of Gastonia and the Gaston Business Task Force are collaborating partners in the Help Gaston effort. 

Gaston County 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for funds to address the needs of residents. Organizations can submit applications through the Help Gaston website. 

Remembering Austin Matching Donations 

The Remembering Austin Foundation is one of several listed fundraisers on the site. And Remembering Austin is matching donations up to a total  of $10,000. To have your contribution matched, designate your gift to Remembering Austin, or donate at 

Donate, become a fundraiser, or submit an application at:


Cut Your Business Costs With This Chamber Opportunity

Thursday, April 16, 2020

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Cost-cutting is critical for all businesses now;
Here's an offer you should accept!
A partnership between your Chamber and Schooley Mitchell, the largest contingency-based cost-reduction company in North America, could save you lots of money. The program is designed to help many of our business and non-profit members lower costs for a variety of services. Schooley Mitchell is compensated only when Chamber members realize savings. And when that happens, the Chamber receives a portion of the Schooley Mitchell fee.
GUARANTEE: If Schooley Mitchell
does not deliver savings, you owe nothing!
A 20-to-30-minute no-obligation meeting with Schooley Mitchell representatives Andrea Sipka (photo at right) and/or Lyall Newby is all it takes to find out whether they can save you lots of money on services required to operate your business or organization.
To schedule a meeting, complete the information requested on the form below and send it to Andrea by fax or email. Andrea will contact you to schedule the meeting at your convenience. CLICK HERE to download a printable copy of the form below. 


Friday, March 20, 2020


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A sharp, rapid increase in coronavirus infections will overwhelm the the healthcare system in the United States, resulting in thousands of deaths.Therefore, the goal of every resident must be to "Flatten The Curve" to enable hospitals and other providers to cope with the severe cases and minimize deaths. 

The Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with dozens of local organizations and hundreds of public servants who are working hard to provide residents and businesses vital information as our county, state and nation come together to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The sites below are updated frequently as circumstances change. Come back here often for the latest news.

Visit these websites for information about the coronavirus:

Gaston Business Resources COVID-19 Task Force Website: 

Gaston County Government/Health and Human Services:

- Gaston County Public Schools information: 

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services:

Center for Disease Control (CDC):

■ Information Hotline for Gaston County

If you have questions about the coronavirus, you may call the information hotline for Gaston County: (704) 862-5303.  Click here for more information about the hotline.


ATTENTION: Business Owners and Managers

The CDC Guidelines 

The North Carolina Chamber's Coronavirus Resouce Guide: 

The South Carolina Chamber's Covid-19 Resources: 

The US Chamber - Coronavirus Response Toolkit:






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