The Chamber of Commerce is a portal to information and services available to the public. We are the front porch of Mooresville-South Iredell where questions are met with answers that connect solutions to problems. A recent review of our web statistics indicate that people across the community looked to us to find local and county agencies. Last year, over 28,000 people went to our website looking for various governmental offices. 38,000 times individuals opened the Chamber website looking for connections to the Mooresville Graded School District, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Mitchell Community College, Gardner-Webb University, and the NASCAR Technical Institute. These educational institutions are linked to our website to help share information with the public.
As an advocate for small business, we work with Mitchell Community College, the Small Business Resource Center, Centralina Workforce, Gardner-Webb University, the Town of Mooresville, MSI-EDC to help Iredell County become a Work Ready Community. The Mooresville Chamber has a direct link to The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute. The Institute is a public/private collaboration of partners and investors linking and leveraging assets and resources to close the manufacturing skills gap through workforce training and certification, as well as improving the image of manufacturing opportunities among job seekers. We also assist manufacturers to improve recruitment, selection, and retention of talent.
In the last year, there were over 100 free workshops that provided educational and technological training. Mitchell Community College Small Business Resource Center, Score, and the Small Business Administration held private, confidential business counseling to help business owners become profitable and sustainable with advice about how to keep their business and their business plan on track.
For over 35 years, the Mooresville Chamber has hosted the Race City Festival in historic downtown Mooresville. This annual event brings over 200 vendors to Main and Broad Streets for a one-day arts, crafts, and business celebration that attracts over 20,000 people. For many, this is their first introduction to the 70 shops in the heart of downtown.
Chamber ribbon cuttings celebrated over 118 new business openings in 2017. These small businesses invested in their dream with their own money by buying and remodeling existing vacant properties. This helps create more local jobs; the increased sales tax revenue helps keep property taxes down.
Nonprofits within our area also appear on our website. Agencies like Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, The Christian Mission, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Goodwill Industries, United Way, the Salvation Army, the Selma Burke Center, Dove House, and Children’s Hope Alliance are just some of the nonprofits that have enjoyed exposure on the Chamber website. Nonprofits are vital to the survival of our growing community; these organizations were visited 68,000 times through our website—up from 38,000 the previous year.
Our town has grown from one ZIP code to two, because the population has grown to over 80,000 residents. With this many people there is a great need for government services. For those who have fallen through the cracks, there’s an even greater need. Often times, they look to the Chamber of Commerce for information about finding those agencies. The Chamber truly is a portal to information and services available to all.