Chamber representatives prepare for Washington trip

By: By Laura Deans - Contributing columnist

North Carolina’s businesses are a vital component of our national economy and must be afforded every opportunity to prosper, grow and create jobs. In an effort to give community leaders the opportunity to meet with federal government officials and discuss policies that affect our local economies, the 2015 North Carolina Business & Economic Development Summit will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Washington D.C.

In September, a group of Chamber representatives will make their way to Washington D.C. as we take this opportunity to meet with our elected officials about challenges and needs specific for Sampson County. While in Washington D.C. we will meet with our elected leaders, learn from a North Carolina Executive Leadership Panel, and receive an official briefing by the hosting NC US Representatives featuring U.S. Representatives G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), Walter Jones (NC-03), David Price (NC-04), Virginia Foxx (NC-05), Mark Walker (NC-06), David Rouzer (NC-07), Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Patrick McHenry (NC-10), Mark Meadows (NC-11), Alma Adams (NC-12), George Holding (NC-13), and U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. While attending the summit, we will engage in seminars on leading issues throughout North Carolina featuring officials from the Administration and Capitol Hill, as well as political commentators, for talks on various business, political, and economic topics. Though this event of uniting small business owners from across the state, each of us will have the opportunity to network, collaborate, and discuss common legislative and management concerns. I look forward to reporting more about our visit upon our return.

“The Chamber is proud and excited to announce our 7th consecutive year attending the North Carolina Business and Economic forum in Washington, D.C. It is our mission to effectively represent our business community and build bridges with our representatives. Attendees to this event are so passionate about the betterment of our community that they attend this event at their own expense. The Forum is a great opportunity to learn about exciting business news and developments in our state and region. Can you imagine being in the same room with the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps as he speaks about the impact of the Highway 24 construction project? In years past this has been a great and exciting learning experience for all who have attended. Every year in what little spare time we have, we do something a little extra special and historically significant, therefore leaving attendees with a special memory, having learned and experienced something profound. After all as this is a “Government of the people, by the people and for the people”, as President Lincoln said. This premise is at the heart of our conviction as citizens, to attend this event as we strive to build a better community and future.” –Sherrill Allen

With the fall season quickly approaching, we look forward to offering many upcoming opportunities to Chamber Members and the local community. For more information about the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce, please call (910) 592-6177 or visit

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.

By Laura Deans

Contributing columnist

Laura Deans is executive director of the Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce.