Henderson Vance DDC To Present Spring Fling

The Henderson Vance Downtown Development Commission will present Spring Fling 2017 on Saturday, June 3rd. The event will take place on Breckenridge Street in front of the Perry Memorial Library from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

There will be activities for adults and children. Live Music and Dance are expected to be popular attractions.

Food Vendors and Arts & Crafts Vendors will be on site.

Vendors include: Aviator Craft Brewery, All American Gutters, It’s All About Custom Catering, Keep Collective, Lularoe Products, Tisha’s Tattoos, and others

Admission is free but vendors have their own fee list.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Check out hendersonncdowntown.com.

United Way of Vance County holds unique fundraiser

Prime parking spaces at some local businesses were graciously donated to the United Way to help with our fundraising efforts for our 3rd Grade Reading Initiative…United We Read, United We Succeed!

Sponsors are:


Mast Family Drug Center

Walmart Supercenter (4 parking spaces)

Marketplace Cinema

Skipper Forsyth’s Bar-B-Que

Vance County Schools Admin Services


Passes are $40 each or 2/$60 and are good until 12/31/17.

The passes are available at the United Way office on Dabney Drive.

New passes will be available beginning in January.  If you purchase one now, you can get a discount next year.

H/V Chamber Postpones first Meet Me in the Street Concert

We are going to have to reschedule the Meet Me in the Street concert tomorrow evening due to rain during the set up time and potential for thunderstorms and hail during the beginning of the concert.

We will get a new date to you asap. We are still scheduled for June 22 and September 14.

H/V Chamber Welcomes Cook Shack Catering

On Monday, May 22nd, the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Cook Shack Catering. Cook Shack Catering is located on Hwy 39 S in Louisburg, NC.

Cook Shack is not new to the Henderson/Vance County area. Many have enjoyed their food over the years. Owner Austin Murray has been catering for more than 20 years. He started out with catering events for friends. Quickly Austin’s catering business grew into Cook Shack Catering Company. Cook Shack can assist with a custom menu for any occasion, large or small. Austin and his excellent catering team provide more than just food for your event. They provide their client and their guests an amazing experience from start to finish. Cook Shack is one of the area’s premier caterers and we are glad to welcome them to the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce. Visit Cook Shack Catering at www.cookshackcatering.com or call them at 919-497-0669.

VGCC offers seminar on improving credit scores

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center is offering a free seminar that offers helpful tips on how to obtain a better credit score.

“How to Increase Your Credit Score to Over 740 Points; Prepare for a Bank Business Loan!” is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, from 6 until 9 p.m., in room 7109 (Building 7) on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

According to instructor Bob Moore, “a very good credit score is now considered to be 740 points, with an excellent credit score being over 800 points. Now more than ever, having good credit is important in being able to obtain a loan for your business or to obtain a personal loan.” He added that a person’s credit score is also important in determining the interest rate of their loans, their insurance premiums and deposits required for phone and utility services.

In this three-hour seminar, attendees will learn how to raise their scores simply by the way they use their credit cards, treat inquiries, make payments and carry balances. This seminar will include information about the importance of maintaining good credit and the positive financial consequences it produces. Moore will also discuss the history of credit scoring, how to read a credit report and what factors are used in calculating a FICO or Beacon score.

A graduate of Fayetteville State University, Moore is a longtime small business owner and serves as director of the Small Business Center at Robeson Community College in Lumberton. He was honored as the Small Business Center Director of the Year for the entire North Carolina Community College System in 2013.

For more information and to reserve a seat in this free seminar, contact Small Business Center director Tanya Weary at [email protected] or (252) 738-3240. The deadline to register is June 19.

Registration can be completed online at www.vgcc.edu/schedules/small-business-center.


H/V Chamber Cuts Ribbon for new Downtown Shoe Store

On Thursday, April 27, the Henderson Vance Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Fierce Feet by Tweet, a new business in Downtown Henderson. Fierce Feet by Tweet owner, Alisa Alston offers a variety of in trend, casual and formal shoes and accessories, including clothing and handbags. 

Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m, Monday – Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. The shop is located at 133 S. Garnett Street, in historic Downtown Henderson and can be reached at (252) 425-2287. 

Henderson-Vance DDC Office to celebrate ribbon cutting tomorrow

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The City of Henderson would like to invite you to the opening of the new Henderson-Vance Downtown Development Commission office at 205 North Garnett Street.

A ribbon cutting will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

The office is attached to the fire station on North Garnett Street.

The Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Mainstreet Director for NC will be attending this event.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate this opening!

Major Community Workshop Coming to Downtown Henderson

The city of Henderson is hosting a two-day community workshop to develop a plan for using local foods to support downtown revitalization. The workshop will focus on planning for a downtown farmers market and public space, but will also explore ways to improve walkability, promote downtown, and identify next steps in developing other food-related enterprises that could support economic and community development.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Department of Transportation (DOT), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and Delta Regional Authority (DRA) selected Henderson for the Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance program, which will result in an action plan for strengthening our downtown through local foods.

A team of these agency partners and their consultants will join local stakeholders to conduct a workshop in Henderson on June 6th and 7th. Your participation and knowledge of the local area is needed to help make this event a success. The workshop will bring together many key stakeholders from throughout our region to develop an action plan primarily around, but not limited to, these goal areas:

  • Design a Thriving Place: Create a vision for the site of the downtown farmers market and surrounding area
  • Sustain a Thriving Market: Management and growth strategy for the downtown farmers market
  • Connect People to Downtown: Promote the place, improve walkability, and provide education and entertainment programs at the farmers market that draw in more people
  • Plan for Additional Programs that Use Food to Build Community: Identify next steps towards long term goals of a grocery store, community kitchen, and community gardens in the downtown

The workshop will include presentations on community livability and the roles that local foods play in supporting it, plus small group working sessions and discussions on the community’s vision and goals, and specific actions for reaching them. The workshop will lay out an action plan for moving forward.

Your expertise, experience, and enthusiasm for the community and region will help make the workshop a success. We look forward to seeing you there.

Community Meeting – June 6th, 2017
More info: http://hendersonncdowntown.com/event/local-foods-local-places-community-meeting/

Planning Session – June 7th, 2017
More Info:  http://hendersonncdowntown.com/event/local-foods-local-places-planning-session/

Other Upcoming Events:
Spring Fling:  http://hendersonncdowntown.com/event/spring-fling-2017/

Independence Day Celebration:  http://hendersonncdowntown.com/event/independence-day-2017-celebration/

H/V Chamber to host ribbon cutting for Cook Shack Catering

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ribbon Cutting at 10:00 am

Cook Shack Catering Company

3778 NC Hwy 39 S, Louisburg, NC 27549

Phone: (919) 497-0669

Web: www.cookshackcatering.com

Please be advised that a Ribbon Cutting will be held for Cook Shack Catering Company at their location in Louisburg on Monday, May 22nd at 10:00 a.m.  to celebrate their membership with the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce.

Please join the Chamber Board and staff in this celebration to help support and formally welcome this new business into the Chamber.  The celebration is open for all to attend. 

Cook Shack Catering was established in 2004 by Austin Murray. Over the years, Cook Shack has grown to be “one of the area’s premier caterers”. They cater from the mountains of NC to the coast of NC. Cook Shack caters to events large and small and offer and have a wide variety of catering menu options.

For more information, please contact them at (919) 497-0669 or check them out on the web at www.cookshackcatering.com