Programs

Kernersville Chamber of Commerce Programs

Kernersville Teacher Grants

The Kernersville Chamber of Commerce is committed to creating a strong business community. One of the ways to accomplish this is by improving the educational opportunities available to our public school students. The Teacher Grant Program is an effort to provide a unique educational experience for students in elementary, middle and high schools. Funds for unique educational programs are very limited, and teachers are providing many supplies and materials out of their own pockets.

Grants are provided to suitable projects that add value to the learning experience in a classroom. Where possible, the project should directly benefit both the class and the school.

Annual Banquet

The banquet includes a reception and presentation of community awards. We also recognized past chairpersons of the Chamber of Commerce Board, dating back to 1968.

Business of the Month (List of Past Recipients)

Each month our Business Affairs Committee selects a business to be recognized in the Kernersville News. This recognition is sponsored by the Kernersville News, and includes a plaque, photo opportunity and story about the business.

The committee alternates categories to select one business to be recognized. The criteria for selection is that the business must be a current member, have been a member for at least 2 years, and not received the award within the last 10 years. When there are multiple businesses eligible within a category, the selection is made based on that businesses involvement in various civic activities.

The recognition is not an opinion on the success of the business, but more so on the perception on being a corporate citizen. The recognition is not an award, but more of a “spotlight” on a particular business.

Business After Hours

Business After Hours is a high-quality networking event, held several times each yearr. The two-hour social includes catered hot food, adult beverages, entertainment and an opportunity to meet other business people in the community. Each event has five sponsors who pay the costs of food and entertainment, and in exchange they set up a display and talk briefly about their business. There is no cost to attend. Chamber members are encouraged to bring a guest.

Business Before Hours

Business Before Hours socials are held about eight times a year, providing a breakfast hour networking opportunity at a local place of business.  The event is free to chamber members and their invited guests.

Healthy Active Adults Day

In April each year the chamber and YMCA jointly hosts an adult health fair, with exhibitors from other adult services (such as investments, senior living, etc.)

Triad Job Fair

In February of each year the chamber hosts a Job Fair to help businesses meet job seekers.  The event also hosts a number of seminars that help job seekers in their employment search.

Leadership Kernersville

Program goals:

Identify current and future leaders within the community.
To provide insight as to how Kernersville functions as a community (both internally and externally within the piedmont Triad region and the state of North Carolina).
To further prepare participants for leadership roles and involvement within the community, the region and the state.

Requirements: 18-20 program participants are selected from a pool of applicants each year.  To successfully complete the experience, each participant is expected to fully participate in all monthly sessions.  Any participant missing more than one monthly session can make up the missed sessions, and graduate the following year.  In summary, you are allowed to miss one class to graduate on time. There will be opportunities to sample other community meetings, such as the Board of Aldermen, Planning Board, Kernersville 2020 planning committees, etc.

Music at Twilight Concerts

The chamber hosts four summer concerts (free to the community), which is also an opportunity for business sponsors to advertise.  Concerts are held on the lawn in front of town hall the 4th Thursday evenings of May, June and July.  The final concert of the year is held on a Sunday afternoon in Harmon Park.

Small Business Awards Breakfast

In May of each year, we recognize four local businesses, including the Small Business Person of the Year, Minority Small Business Person of the Year, Small Business Advocate of the Year and the Duke Energy Citizenship award.

KMazing Race

In September we host a race made up of teams from businesses, that visit business, to build moral and team spirit.