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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:






Mazda of Gastonia celebrates new dealership

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The celebration is about to erupt as Mazda of Gastonia General Manager Stephen Simmons cuts the ribbon, with (from left) Lowell Councilman Ken Ervin, Gastonia Mayor Walker Reid, Lowell Mayor Pro-Tem Thomas Gillespie and Councilwoman Candy Funderburk, Jun Nagata (holding award) and Yogi Nukina. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board member Natasha Gilbert of Chick-fil-A Belmont and Chamber Board Chair Heath Jenkins of the Town of Stanley. In the small photo below, is Mazda Gastonia GM Stephen Simmons.

Chamber member businesses played a big role in the event

Mazda of Gastonia unveiled a spectacular new dealership and showroom with a massive grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a Chamber Network After Work reception on March 11, 2020.

General Manager Stephen Simmons welcomed Mazda representatives from around the country who came to Lowell to join in the celebration. Mazda North America Vice President of Sales Planning and Innovation Yogi Nukina spoke as did Jun Nagata, president of the group which owns the local Mazda dealership, and Regional General Manager Kimberly Walker of Jacksonville, FL.

Yogi Nukina said 2020 is the 100th anniversary of Mazda, which annually sells more than 1.5 million vehicles in more than 100 countries. He presented Jun Nagata a special award signifying prosperity in recognition of the dealership opening.

Local officials joined in the celebration, including Lowell Mayor Pro-Tem Thomas Gillespie and Lowell City Council members Candy Funderburk and Ken Ervin, and Gastonia Mayor Walker Reid, III.

Chamber member Sarah Duckworth Events coordinated the celebration, which included a DJ, large balloon displays, a red carpet and a photo booth. And Camber member H&M Catering provided an elaborate assortment of refreshments.

For more on Mazda of Gastonia, call 855.889.9834, or visit

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Jun Nagata is explaining the meaning of the award, which features a large, wooden, engraved rice spoon that in Japan is a symbol of prosperity, to local leaders (from left) Lowell Planning Director Scott Attaway, Mayor Pro-Tem Thomas Gillespie and Councilman Ken Ervin, Gastonia Mayor Walker Reid and Lowell Councilwoman Candy Funderburk. 





Friday, March 6, 2020

Are you up for the challenge of leading the region's fastest-growing and most dynamic Chamber of Commerce?
A search committee is accepting resumes through March 31, 2020, for the position of president of the Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce. The president is the chief executive officer of the Chamber reporting to a Board of Directors. Ted Hall, who has served in the position 15 years, has announced plans to retire. 
With roots in Belmont, N.C. dating to 1937, the Chamber’s primary service area encompasses the cities and towns of eastern Gaston County, including Belmont, Mount Holly, Cramerton, Lowell, McAdenville and Stanley. The Chamber has grown to more than 500 members in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties.
Chamber offices in downtown Belmont are just 10 minutes west of the Charlotte Airport and less than 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte.
The area is growing in population and economic investment, propelled by the vitality and charm of its unique communities and proximity to the airport and Charlotte's westward development.
Some of the most important qualifications for the position are:
  • Passion for helping businesses and communities succeed
  • Leadership experience in a business or organization
  • Strong people and communication skills
  • Ability to develop and implement short-term and long-term plans
If you would like to know more about this opportunity,
use the link below to download the job description.
Please forward this information to anyone you know
who may be qualified and interested.
To apply for this position, send a confidential cover letter,
resume and salary requirements to: 
(or mail to)
Search Committee
Montcross Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 368
Belmont, NC 28012


Saqred Energy open in downtown Belmont

Thursday, March 5, 2020


Saqred Energy owner Marilyn Carpenter is at right, with team members, from left, energy medicine assistant James Witherspoon, Susan Reynolds of Alternative Wellness and Amber Pederson of The Healing Platform.

Saqred Energy located at 29 E. Woodrow Avenue 

Saqred Energy is open at 29 E. Woodrow Avenue in Belmont and helping those seeking to accelerate the body’s natural ability to heal from disease and illness, from chronic or injury-related pain and from emotional challenges and trauma with energy medicine, energy technologies and natural remedies.

Marilyn Carpenter is the owner of Saqred Energy and she’s added to her team Amber Pederson of the Healing Platform and Susan Reynolds of Alternative Wellness Center. They celebrated their grand opening with a Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 5, 2020.

Saqred Energy is in a former dental practice building that has been beautifully updated and renovated. The technology employed at Saqred Energy is based on quantum theory using resonance to increase energy in and between cells.

Learn more about Saqred Energy at For appointments or more information, call 704.561.6633, or email

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Marilyn Carpenter cuts the ribbon, officially opening Saqred Energy in Belmont, with Mayor Charlie Martin, Amber Pederson, Susan Reynolds and James Witherspoon and other Chamber members and friends. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board member Andrea Sipka of Schooley Mitchell and Board Chair-elect Gordon Quarles of Blue Harbor Bank. 

Backporch Dispensary open on S. New Hope Road

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Melanie Sotomayor has just cut the ribbon with her mom Cheryl Jones and surrounded by their family members, members of the Backporch Dispensary team and fellow Chamber members. Holding the ribbon are Chamber Board members Karen Kleiner of Anatomywise (left) and Paige Mixson of BB&T Bank. 

Mother-daughter business opening a Chamber and family affair

The Montcross Area Chamber member family and the family of mother and daughter business owners Cheryl Jones and Melanie Sotomayor came together for a reunion this week at the grand opening of Backporch Dispensary at 4007 S. New Hope Road in Gastonia. 

Dr. Sotomayor has been a local pharmacist for 13 years, and her mom Cheryl taught special needs students at the high school and middle school levels for 18 years. They share an interest in educating and helping patients and children achieve heath and wellness through the use of all-natural organic supplements and essential oils.

They describe Backporch Dispensary as a health and wellness boutique, selling only "the highest quality organic CBD tinctures, creams, salves, beauty, pre-rolls, flower and pet products from small, organic, local and national farms." 

They plan to hold classes to educate the community about CBD and other plant-based products and the importance of investigating the source of products they purchase, pointing out that 50 percent of the supplements on the market are substandard and not made from quality ingredients. 

For more on Backporch Dispensary, call 704.914.7185, or visit

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