Strategic Plan

Business & Industrial Relations


To strengthen the relationship between the Chamber and local industry through networking, direct contact and special events, and to ensure continued growth and development in Lincoln County.



  • Continue the relationship with the Lincoln County Industrial Managers Association by attending meetings and discussing the needs of Lincoln County
  • Co-sponsor with the North Carolina Department of Labor the annual Safety Awards Banquet
  • Continue to support the Lincoln Economic Development Association during Business Appreciation Month


  • Organize business-networking luncheons and breakfasts for all Chamber members
  • Select the Small Business Person of the Year
  • Coordinate and sponsor a media campaign for Small Business Week
  • Facilitate Chamber Future Business Leaders of Lincoln County Program
  • Contact various restaurant chains to open new restaurants in Lincoln County
  • Identify the needs of small businesses in Lincoln County
  • Promote and distribute the Permit Planner developed for businesses opening up in Lincoln County
  • Continue to develop Young Professionals Group
Jonathan Waller

Jonathan Waller

Industrial Awareness Committee Chair

The Timken Company

Ethan Herman

Small Business Council Chair

Local Roots & Provisions

Lincoln County Relations & Community Development/Promotions


To help represent and promote the needs of eastern Lincoln County businesses and the need to create a Lincolnton Area Council.



  • Coordinate efforts with other area groups to unite the East Lincoln Business Community through the Chamber
  • Identify current and proposed county ordinances that affect East Lincoln, and bring forth any issues and concerns that East Lincoln businesses may have on these ordinances
  • Work with NCDOT to stay apprised of road improvement status and any projects that will impact East Lincoln
  • Coordinate speakers that address the needs and concerns of the East Lincoln area and continue unifying East and West Councils.


  • Invite a representative from DOT to speak to the West Lincoln Area Council to give updates, requests, and address road concerns
  • Look into getting permanent directional signs for West Lincoln from DO
  • Continue unifying relations between East Lincoln Area Council and West Lincoln Area Council
Alisha Friday

Alisha Friday

Vice Chair

United Way of Lincoln County

Strategic Planning & Membership Development


To ensure, through strategic planning and membership development, the Chambers continued leadership position in the social and economic growth of the community, while raising public awareness of the Chamber’s role.



  • Recruit and retain Chamber members through educating and encouraging their involvement in upcoming Chamber activities
  • Promote Chamber events to the Chamber Membership and Community
  • Committee members to contact members monthly for feedback on Chamber membership, events, and functions. The goal would be to reach all existing members over the course of one year with an in-person visit, phone call, or email by an Ambassador
  • Relay concerns and considerations of Chamber members to the staff and Board of Directors
  • Attend and facilitate Grand Openings & Ground Breaking events
  • Assist in membership growth and campaigns
  • Select Ambassador of the Year for Annual Banquet recognition
  • Participate in the Apple Festival and Denver Days


  • Conduct evaluation/focal sessions with past chairpersons to solicit from them their insight on the Chamber’s direction and effectiveness


  • Meet periodically to plan the Annual Banquet
  • Assist in sponsorships for the banquet
  • Review and vote on bids for the meal and the venue for the Event
  • Set up tables and any necessary decorations on the day of the banquet


  • Conduct the Leadership Lincoln Program for the continued development of community and Chamber leaders


  • Organize one annual golf outing as a membership benefit and to provide funding for Chamber operations
  • Identify future Chairs with a goal of matching these leaders with the general location of the future years’ Outings. i.e. East Lincoln Resident for Verdict Ridge, Cowan’s Ford, and Westport and Lincolnton or West Lincoln Leader for Lincolnton CC, Glen Oaks, and Cherryville Country Club. These individuals will assist this year’s Chair to grow the current event and ensure best practices carry forward to future events.
Justin Green

Justin Green


First Citizens Bank

Tracy Barger

Tracy Barger

Annual Banquet Committee Chair

Alliance Bank & Trust

Sandra Dunn

Golf Outing Committee Co-Chair

Keller Williams Realty

Public Affairs & Education


To evaluate and support federal, state, and local affairs that affect the economy and quality of life for Lincoln County and work to enhance school programs by involving business and industry.



  • Co-sponsor the annual Academic Achievement Awards Banquet with the Lincoln County Board of Education
  • Award four $1,000 scholarships. A $1,000 scholarship given to a high school senior from each of the county’s four high schools at the Academic Achievement Awards Banquet
  • Co-sponsor an Adult Spelling Bee with the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation
  • Promote Chamber business members that support the New Teacher Incentive Program


  • Address quality of life/recreation issues in Lincoln County
  • Monitor city, state, and federal legislation that could affect the business climate in Lincolnton and Lincoln County
  • Sponsor a “Candidates’ Forum” for Candidates running for office
  • Sponsor a Meet Your Legislators Luncheon
  • Maintain open communications with relevant agencies to assure a full understanding of our evolving transportation needs
Felicia Williams

Felicia Williams


Gaston College

Chris Rhyne

Education Committee Chair

Chris Rhyne Financial Management

Why Join the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber?

"SEACORP Industry based in Lincolnton, has recently celebrated 25 years in business on August 1, 2023. As we reflect on the past 25 years, SEACORP would like to thank the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support. The Chamber provides networking opportunities for business, connects our local community with local and State Representatives, and provides educational programs for both members and the public. The Chamber not only supports my company through these connections, but also stamps all of our “Certificates of Origin.” These certificates of origin documents are used for international transactions certifying the product’s country of origin.

Thank you again to the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce for their continued support of my business and for advocating on behalf of 500 members. The Chamber of Commerce improves the quality of life for our entire community. "

-Myra Heaver, Sea Express America Corporation dba SEACORP

"In my industry word-of-mouth and meeting new potential clients is key to growth. Joining the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber has been a valuable investment. Having the opportunity to network regularly, learn from other more experienced business owners and accessibility to other business tools has been transformative. I encourage all business owners that are ready to increase their visibility and community knowledge to join."

-Ingrid Russell, Owner, Ingrid Russell Photography/videography/Content

"We joined the Chamber prior to our opening in 2021 and have been so happy we did. They worked with us to have a ribbon cutting to highlight our grand opening, along with hosting several events with us since we've joined. We've been able to appeal to many new customers with these events that we may not have reached otherwise! It is a great way to involve yourself in the local business community with unlimited networking opportunities. "

-Rachel Herman, Broker/Realtor, Keller Williams Realty