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Carolina Frame & Art Shop

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Carolina Frame & Art owner Nancy Albright is cutting the ribbon. On the front row, from left are Chamber Board Past Chair Melia Lyerly of Lyerly Agency, artist James Norman, Timothy Roberts of Cottage Keepers, shop framer Jim Parizo, photographer and driftwood framer Frankie Moreno and Chamber board member Jason Ramey of PSNC Energy. On the second row, from left, are Annie Jenkins of WSGE 91.7 FM, Johanna Giese of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Delta Sanders of Creative Travel, Elaine Dimeo of George W. Stowe Insurance, Frank Cooke of Radco Construction Services, Jeff Huetteman of Nationwide Insurance, Nancy’s husband Alan Albright and Chamber President Ted Hall.

Nancy Albright celebrates more than 3 decades in business 

Nancy Albright operated separate locations for her art gallery and frame shop for many years, but both now are consolidated in Carolina Frame & Art at 6825 E. Wilkinson Boulevard in Belmont. Montcross Area Chamber members and friends along with Nancy’s customers, artists and others came out on April 19 to help her celebrate with refreshments and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The gallery features the work of many noted local and regional artists, and the frame shop offers hundreds of moulding and mat options along with custom designed shadow boxes, beveled mirrors and much more. Carolina Frame & Art is open 10 – 5 Monday-Friday and 11 – 3 on Saturday. For more information, call 704.825.9601, or visit (Montcross Area Chamber photo) 

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R.J. Schrift Grand Opening a St. Patrick's Day celebration

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ryan Schrift cuts ribbon, with Andrea Schrift, holding their son Ollie, and Cindy Eaker, operations and administrative manager at R.J. Schrift, and representatives of the Montcross Area and Gaston Regional chambers of commerce.

Ribbon-cutting kicked off an evening of St. Patrick's Day celebration

R.J. Schrift Private Asset Management turned a large part of Belmont green Thursday, March 17, 2016, with a St. Patrick's Day theme for its grand opening celebration and Chamber networking event at 27 Catawba Street. Irish food and drink and lots of green decor and costumes made the reception, which took place under a large tent in the parking lot, both fun and profitable for the huge crowd of Chamber members and friends who made valuable business connections. It was a joint event of the Montcross Area and Gaston Regional chambers of commerce. Host Ryan Schrift, with his wife Andrea and their infant son Ollie, cut a ribbon formally opening the new office location, conducted office tours and presented prizes to lucky guests. R.J. Schrift Private Asset Management is an independent financial planning and investment advisory firm. For more information on the business, call 704.461.8847, or visit (Ribbon-cutting photo by John Jacob)

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JOIN TODAY: You'll be in the fastest-growing Chamber in the Charlotte region

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Montcross Area Chamber is the fastest-growing chamber of commerce in the Charlotte region, with more than 520 members and having grown 49 percent since 2013. Members have access to a broad range of programs and services to help grow their businesses. (See the link below for a list of programs.)

Members' information will appear in a directory on the Chamber website and in two printed directories each year, one of which is delivered to more than 25,000 readers of the Gaston Gazette. The second directory appears in the Chamber's annual Welcome Magazine for visitors and newcomers. 

Business memberships start at only $225 per year. It's an investment that will pay huge dividends.   


More about Chamber programs and services.

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Carothers hosts Chamber for networking

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Several new members and first-time visitors got a warm reception and a taste of how the Montcross Area Chamber enjoys "Making Business Fun" at the Network After Work reception hosted by Carother's Funeral Home in their beautiful year-old facility on Williamsburg Drive in Gastonia. Carothers and Hillcrest Gardens General Manager Cheryl Godbout and her team went the extra mile on food, beverages, door prizes and hospitality, Networking receptions are scheduled at least once each month at a member location to provide opportunities to make business connections and learn about other businesses. In the center of the photo are Carothers representatives (from left) April Jackson, Tom Barnes, Cheryl Godbout and Guy Fleming. Representing the Chamber are (at right) Board Chair-Elect Bill Ingram of Wells Fargo Bank and (at left) President Ted Hall. 

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Chamber Board endorses Connect NC Bond Act

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Montcross Area Chamber Board of Directors has endorsed passage of the Connect NC Bond Act, which is on the ballot in the North Carolina primary election taking place Tuesday, March 15, and in early voting now. 

The proposal authorizes issuing bonds totaling $2 billion to fund improvements on campuses of the NC Community College System, the UNC System and other investments in public safety, water and sewer grants, state parts and agriculture. 

“North Carolina has grown by two million people since the last bond campaign in 2000, and the state’s infrastructure has not kept up with growth,” states a resolution of support for the bonds approved by members of the Chamber Board at their monthly meeting at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College in Belmont. “The Connect NC Bond will require no new or increased taxes and will take advantage of historically low interest rates,” the resolution continues. 

If the Connect NC Bond is approved by voters, Gaston College will receive $5.9 million for a new veterinary technician training facility and other improvements and needed repairs, and Crowders Mountain State Park will receive $750,000, while hundreds of millions in improvements will be made at campuses throughout the UNC system. Funding also will go to spur growth in agriculture, the state’s largest industry, and to build regional readiness centers for the National Guard. 

Chamber Board of Directors Chair Walter Payne of ImageMark Business Services (see photo above) signed the resolution immediately after it was approved and urged Chamber members and friends and voters throughout Gaston County and North Carolina to vote FOR passage of the Connect NC Bond Act.

CLICK HERE to read the resolution

CLICK HERE for more info on Connect NC Bond Act





Insights at the Lodge

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Insights at the Lodge

Susan W. McHale 

102 Hidden Pastures, Suite 215

Cramerton, NC 28032



Gaston County Commission candidates

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Voters filled the auditorium at the Kimbrell Campus of Gaston College in Belmont to hear candidates for four seats on the Gaston County Board of Commissioners give their positions on issues at a forum hosted by the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce. The forum was broadcast live on AM 1450 WGNC and streamed live on the Internet by Image Design Productions and Hawkeye Aerial Photography. The forum video is available for viewing on You Tube at this link: 

In the photo, Chamber Board Chair Walter Payne of ImageMark Business Services welcomed the audience and candidates.
Cherryville Township:
Lewis B. Guignard, Jr.; (Cherryville Township candidate Allen Fraley did not attend.)
Crowders Mountain Township:
Robert Crouch and W. R. (Bob) Hovis; 

Gastonia Township:
Don Grant, Donnie Loftis, Dave Wofford and Jerry W. Woods;
South Point Township:
Mickey Price and Ronnie Worley.


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