H-V Chamber to hold Ribbon Cutting for Schewels Furniture

Mark your Calendar! Schewel Furniture Company, Inc. is having a Ribbon Cutting.

Please join the Chamber Board and staff for a “120-Year Anniversary Celebration” and ribbon cutting for Schewel Furniture Company, Inc.   The community is invited to come out and meet the warm friendly staff, show your support, and learn all about this local business. The event begins at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21st at their 940 South Beckford Drive location in Henderson.

Enjoy some light refreshments and get the chance to win a special prize!

A little history

When Elias Schewel, a Russian immigrant, began peddling household goods in a horse and buggy in 1897, he could hardly have imagined that his fledgling enterprise would have grown to 52 stores in three states.  Today the company he founded is owned and operated by his fourth generation descendants, Marc Schewel and Jack Schewel.

The Schewels Difference

Thanks to our 600 dedicated employees, Schewels is able to continue the long tradition of bringing our customers the quality, service, and values that were the hallmark of our founder’s early success.

One of our founder’s ideas was to allow customers to pay for their purchases over a period of several months, and today, over 100 years later, Schewels offers a flexible credit plan to suit your budget. Schewels carries all accounts in-house, and you deal only with an experienced credit counselor on-site in each of our stores.

With 52 stores, Schewels tremendous buying power enables us to shop globally and bring to all our markets the best in home furnishings values. Operational efficiencies enables us to offer you our products at low, competitive prices.  In addition to home furnishings, every Schewels carries a full line of bedding, appliances, electronics, outdoor power equipment, and decorative area rugs.

Schewels carries well-known, respected, famous brands like Bassett, La-Z-Boy, Corinthian, Simmons, Frigidaire, GE, Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Troy-Bilt, MTD, Simmons, and Spring Air.

Schewels wants you to be satisfied with your purchase. All home furnishings have a warranty for one year from date of purchase for manufacturers’ defects. See store for details.

For more information, please call 252-492-7066 or check them out on the web at

HV Chamber to host Business After Hours

Whether you’re a long-time Chamber member or have just joined our ranks, come out for our upcoming Business After Hours on Thursday, February 16th at 5:15 p.m.  This event will be sponsored by Henderson Wellness Center.  Join Dr. Brandon Taylor and his staff as they celebrate 15 years in business.

Spend some time catching up with friends, making new business contacts, and enjoying good food and drink at the Henderson-Vance Chamber’s Business After Hours – one of our most popular and successful, on-going networking events!

Thursday, February 16th at 5:15 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

It’s the perfect way to start wrapping up a busy day.

RSVP is appreciated but not required.



Annette Roberson

Director of Membership Services

Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 1302, 414 S Garnett Street

Henderson, NC 27536

Phone: 252-438-8414…Fax: 252-492-8989

Email: [email protected]

Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce looking for Leadership Vance Candidates

Do you have a passion for leadership and a desire to be part of something bigger where you live or work? If so, then Leadership Vance might just be what you’re looking for right now.

“We are currently seeking 15 to 20 individuals for the 2017 class,” said Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce Membership Director & LV Program Director Annette Roberson. “Each class is comprised of individuals who live, work or have an interest in the Henderson/Vance County community.”

This renowned program, created in the 1980’s is a program of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce. The program runs from February to July with ten class sessions plus a Community Services project and Graduation dinner.

It is designed to provide a behind-the-scenes view of the processes, programs, opportunities and challenges that impact the City of Henderson, and Vance County. Leadership Vance gives participants a chance to meet and exchange ideas with each other and with current community leaders.

Program graduates are equipped with the knowledge and the network to assume leadership roles at a local, regional, or state level and beyond. “We’ve had many graduates of this program use what they have learned to pursue leadership roles on city councils,  nonprofits or other business board of directors, in addition to local school boards,” said Roberson.

Program cost is $325 for Chamber members and $400 for non-Chamber members.  The tuition fee includes all course materials, meals, retreat expenses, travel, graduation banquet and diploma.  This year we have available two scholarship spots in the program provided by the LV Class of 2016.  Applications for the two scholarship spots will be looked at and voted on by the LV Class of 2016.

Application is attached.  To nominate an individual or for more information, please contact Annette Roberson at 252.438.8414 or [email protected]. Applications are accepted until the class is full.

*This content was received via email from the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce

**WIZS Radio has Leadership Vance Applications available upon request

Duke Energy Cautions Customers to be Alert of Persistent Scam

Don’t allow yourself to fall prey to a scam.  And don’t be more vulnerable now just because of snow.  Read the information below, which will help you avoid being taking advantage of.  This information is confirmed by Duke Energy District Manager Tanya Evans.

Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce Statement:

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce has been notified by some of our members of a scam involving persons falsely identifying themselves as Duke Energy representatives. A caller, claiming to be a Duke Energy service technician, tells the customer that a work order has been issued to immediately disconnect service. The caller states that a disruption of service can be avoided if an immediate payment is made. The scammer provides a telephone number for the customer to call to make the payment. The customer’s call is answered as Duke Energy by a very legitimately-sounding but fake IVR system. Duke Energy emphasizes that their customers are never contacted and asked to make a payment by telephone and provides the notice below to their customers. Please share this information with your friends, families, and business associates.

Duke Energy Statement:

Duke Energy customers in five states are continually being targeted by scam artists claiming to represent the company. Phone, doorstep and email scammers claiming to be a utility company are nothing new – it happens to all utility companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. However, complaints about this particular scam have really increased over the last several months.

Scammers are calling residents and impersonating utility company staff, claiming to be collecting on late bills. They may falsify their caller ID information to make it appear as though the call is coming from Duke Energy or provide a number to call which, when answered, appears to be a Duke Energy contact.

Because we do occasionally contact our customers by phone, it can be difficult to tell a scammer from a real Duke Energy employee. Here are some tips:


  • If a caller specifically asks you to pay by prepaid debit card, this is a red flag. Prepaid debit cards are like cash and the transactions cannot be reversed.
  • Remember, you do not have to sign anything or give personal information to anyone calling you on the phone, sending you an email or showing up at your door.
  • If you feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call us at the number on your utility bill. This will ensure you are speaking to a real Duke Energy representative.


The only way to protect yourself is to be vigilant, stay informed and guard your personal information.  If you feel something’s not quite right about the situation, contact the police immediately and report the call if you feel it was an impostor.

For more information about avoiding utility scams, visit our web site at

*The preceding content was sent to WIZS News via email from the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce.

Networking the Name of the Game at H/V Chamber’s next Luncheon


The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce invite you, your guests and any other business leaders who are interested in helping their business grow to come out and join us for the Chamber’s Networking luncheon.  Meet other business professionals and exchange information and ideas.

This Quarterly Membership Networking luncheon is sponsored by Prim Development and Residential Rentals and will be featuring keynote speakers, County Commissioner Tommy Hester and City Councilman Mike Inscoe.  This will be a unique opportunity to hear from them as they share their thoughts on what is happening with the local economic climate along with their vision for the growth and future of Henderson and Vance County as they continue to build the area into a strong regional partner with a prosperous future.  This is an excellent opportunity for us to evaluate where we’ve been and get the community involved in where we’re going.

Bring plenty of business cards and get ready to make lots of new connections at our Chamber Networking Luncheon. Our quarterly Member Networking Luncheon is designed to facilitate conversations and connection among Chamber members. Attendees at the luncheon will be able to strengthen business relationships, hear topical speakers and enjoy a delicious meal. The luncheon is all about business and building relationships!

Annette Roberson said, “It’s also an excellent opportunity to showcase your business, promote your products, and find that next business partner or unexpected supplier for your business needs. Sponsor one of our luncheons! Exhibiting at this Member Networking Luncheon is just one way that you can connect with lots of members in one place.”

The luncheon will be held at the Henderson Country Club on Thursday, January 12th. The event will last from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. Tickets for Chamber members are $20 per person. Tickets are $25 per person for non-members.

For more information, please contact Annette Roberson at [email protected] or call 252-438-8414.

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Henderson-Vance Chamber accepting nominations for Citizen of the Year

Do you know an outstanding local citizen?

The Citizen of the Year award is presented each year by the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce to
recognize an individual for their volunteer work to make our community a better place to live.
The criteria used in making the selection includes:

  • The person must be a resident of the Henderson-Vance County community.
  • The acts and good deeds for which the award is presented must have been performed for the benefit of Vance County and its citizens.
  • The community at large should recognize, once the award is made, that it is deserved.
  • The activities resulting in the award should be regarded outside the recipient’s normal business or profession.

The recipient does not have to be a member of the Chamber. 
Deadline is Friday, December 30th!
The Citizen of the Year nomination form is below (copy and paste).

Email nominations forms to John Barnes at [email protected]


Nomination form for Citizen of the Year

The Citizen of the Year award is presented each year by the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce to recognize an individual for their volunteer work to make our community a better place to live.

The criteria used in making the selection includes:

  • The person must be a resident of the Henderson-Vance County
  • The acts and good deeds for which the award is presented must have been performed for the benefit of Vance County and its citizens.
  • The community at large should recognize, once the award is made, that it is deserved.
  • The activities resulting in the award should be regarded outside the recipient’s normal business or profession.
  • The recipient does not have to be a member of the Chamber.


To nominate an individual for this award, fill out the information below and attach a letter describing the things you think make this individual eligible for this award. If possible, please attach other letters of support for this individual.  


Name: _______________________________________________________


Address: _____________________________________________________
Place of Employment: __________________________________________


Your contact information:


Name: ________________________________________________________

Email Address: _________________________________________________

Phone Number: _________________________________________________

Submit nomination form and letter(s) to the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce by Friday, December 30, 2016

WRAL TV’s Scott Mason to give Keynote Address at Henderson-Vance Chamber Banquet

The Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce will hold its 79th Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Keynote speaker will be WRAL’s Tar Heel Traveler, Scott Mason. As a Road Scholar presenter, this project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The event will take place at Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

For sponsorship opportunities, more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Henderson-Vance County Chamber at 252-438-8414 or by emailing [email protected].

City Tire Celebrates 60 Years of Business in Henderson

On Friday, November  18th, Mike Rainey celebrated the company’s 60 years in business with family and friends, staff, local officials and business owners and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce.

City Tire has been doing business since 1956, which is before some of their customers were even born. Businesses that last 60 years do so because they are customer conscious and in this day and age it is difficult to find a company that will go the distance.

For 60 years City Tire has been providing a personal touch to guide their customers through the tire and wheel buying experience. City Tire is a family owned and operated business in Henderson.

Got a tire or wheel problem? Then check them out…City Tire has a solution. Get in and out quickly without sacrificing the quality of your work. They sell and service passenger, light & big trucks, farm equipment and specialty tires for customers in Henderson and surrounding areas. Whether it’s regular maintenance like tire rotations, balancing and flat tire repairs or specialty services like wheel straightening, brakes or alignment to name a few, they’re your one stop solution for tire and wheel sales and service.

For more information, please contact them at (252) 492-1195.

This anniversary represents a very significant milestone for City Tire and the Chamber is very excited to have been a part of this celebration.

Express Employment Celebrates 15 Years

The HVCC Board and staff along with the Granville Chamber celebrated Express Employment Professionals 15 years serving the Local Community With a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, September 22nd at 10:00 AM.  The Oxford Express Employment Professionals office celebrated its 15 years in business-year anniversary on August, 6 2016 said Hal Muetzel, franchisee of the Express office.

“The people and businesses of Oxford have made these last 15 years great ones,” said Muetzel. “We have enjoyed helping area businesses and job seekers with all their staffing needs, and we look forward to many more successful years.”

The Oxford Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in August 6, 2001 at 219 Granville Corners in the former Walmart Shopping Center and relocated downtown to Main Street in Oxford in 2011. The office serves the Granville, Vance, Person Warren, and Alamance Counties in North Carolina and the South Hill, VA area with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including administrative, commercial, data processing, medical, technical, sales, marketing and more. The Oxford office, located at 124 Main Street is currently accepting applications.

Express is on a mission to put a million people to work annually. With offices in the U.S., Canada and South Africa, Express put a record 500,002 people to work in 2015. For more information, call (919)693-1730 or visit

Vance Charter School Celebrates New Location

On Thursday, November 3rd, the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Vance Charter School to celebrate the official opening of their brand-new building, located at 2090 Ross Mill Road in Henderson.  Students & parents, faculty and Board members, local dignitary and other supporters were in attendance.

This new facility is now home to over 645 students in grades K-9.  Once a dream shared by many, several years in the planning, then construction and now a facility that feels like home and will be around for decades to come.

First day of class for students in the new location will be on Monday, November 7.  For more information about Vance Charter School, please contact them at 252-431-0440 or check them out on the web at