Granville County Chamber of Commerce

Leslie to Speak at Chamber’s Annual Banquet, Citizen of the Year Nominees Needed

— Information courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~

The Chamber’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2019 speaker and entertainer for the annual banquet is Bill Leslie, an award-winning journalist and internationally acclaimed musician and composer. He retired from the anchor desk in 2018 after 34 years at WRAL-TV.

Leslie’s award-winning documentaries, his talents as “one of the greats in modern Celtic music,” and a popular storyteller and author are expected to draw a very large attendance for the Chamber’s 77th Annual Banquet in January.

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s Recognition Committee announces that the committee is accepting nominations for the 2019 John Penn Citizen of the Year Award.  This prestigious award, named for Granville County’s signer of the Declaration of Independence, is presented at the Chamber’s Annual Membership Banquet. The 2019 event will be held Monday, January 28, 2019, in the Civic Center at Vance-Granville Community College.

Nomination forms may be obtained at a Chamber office or may be downloaded from the Chamber’s website,

This award was designed to recognize a person(s) for outstanding service to the community. Past recipients include Dr. Joseph Colson, Mrs. Robinette Husketh, Hubert Gooch, Rev. G. C. Hawley, Mrs. Gladys Satterwhite, Hugh Currin, Sr., Rev. Harrison Simons, Tom Speed, John Mackie, Dr. Roy Noblin, Dr. David Noel, John K. Nelms, J. J. Medford, Mrs. Mildred A. Jenkins, Tom Johnson, Mrs. Virginia Tuck, L. Clement Yancey, Mrs. Nancy W. Darden, Leonard M. Dunn, Mrs. Carlene Fletcher, Hubert L. Cox, Leonard Peace, Sr., Marshall Tanner, Harold Sherman, Boyce Harvey Paul Kiesow, Ms. Johnsie Cunningham, Stan Fox, Doan and Bette Laursen, Dr. John B. Hardy, Jr., L. C. Adcock, Jim Crawford, Xavier Wortham, Dr. Richard and Julia Ann Taylor, Gary Bowman, James “Lump” and Mary Ann Lumpkins and Laura Gable.

Nominations are due Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

Formal invitations will be mailed to Chamber members.  Persons interested in attending may contact one of the Chamber’s offices –, 919.693.6125;, 919.528.4994.

Granville Co. Chamber’s 2018-19 “Granville Today” Hot off the Press

— courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce has just received the printed 2018-19 edition of their annual “Granville Today” publication.

“Our Chamber is exceptionally proud of the incredibly interesting feature stories in this edition and is grateful to the business community for their support of this project.,” said Executive Director Ginnie Currin.

Copies of “Granville Today” may be obtained from the Chamber’s offices – 124 Hillsboro St., Oxford and 1598 Hwy 56, between Butner and Creedmoor.

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Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee previews the just-received “Granville Today” 2018-19 publication. (Left to right):  Larry Wilson, Lewis Electric/Chamber Vice-President; Tanya Evans, Duke Energy/President-elect of the Chamber; and Hal Muetzel, Express Employment Professionals/Chamber President. (Photo courtesy Granville Co. Chamber of Commerce)



Dennis Jarvis

Economic Development Partnership of NC Manufacturers Event

Shown in the cover photo is Dennis Jarvis, II.  He is the director of the Henderson-Vance County Economic Development Commission.

In an email to the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, which was subsequently forwarded to WIZS News, Jarvis explained that The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) is hosting an event for NC manufacturers to learn how state resources can help their business grow.

“Topics include workforce development, customized training, business management, engineering-based improvement, export assistance, and sustainable business practices,” he wrote.

The event will take place Tuesday, June 19 at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center from 9 a.m. until noon.

To register, contact:
Joyce Spivey

For more information about the event, contact:

Harry Swendsen
Regional Industry Manager

Leadership Granville Participants Needed for 2018-19


— courtesy Granville County Chamber of Commerce | Ginnie Currin, Executive Director ~ 919-693-6125 ~

The Granville County Chamber of Commerce is providing an opportunity for inquiring minds to participate in the 29th LEADERSHIP GRANVILLE CLASS. Individuals with a sincere and genuine interest in future service to the community and those who have demonstrated commitment to previous community activities are encouraged to apply.

The program provides an education about various facets of Granville County, and all graduates have praised the program for presenting many aspects of our county. Individuals interested in assuming leadership positions within their organization and/or community will find the knowledge gained in the program to be an asset. Class sessions will begin mid-September and end with graduation in early April.

The program consists of approximately twenty sessions. The length of the sessions varies from daylong to half day and some evening.  Session highlights include leadership assessment and development, personal and group dynamics, county history, city-county-state governments, education, the arts, agriculture, economics-industry-small business, health services and volunteer agencies, human services, community support, tourism, judiciary and law enforcement, visiting manufacturers, farm, industries, businesses, etc.

Sponsored by the Granville County Chamber of Commerce, Granville County Public Schools and Vance-Granville Community College, Leadership Granville offers citizens of Granville County the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the community and develop their leadership potential. It offers new citizens an opportunity to become personally and professionally acquainted with county structure and life, which can benefit their present and future leadership.

Interested individuals should contact one of the Chamber’s office locations – 124 Hillsboro Street in Oxford/Wanda, 919.693.6125, or 1598 Highway #56, Butner/Toni Anne, 919.528.4994, to request an interest flyer and class session schedule for the year.

Granville County Internet/Broadband Survey Due End of April

-Information provided by Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board/Assistant to the County Manager – Granville County


Reminder for Granville County Businesses and Residents:

If you haven’t yet taken the Granville County Residential or Business Survey about internet access, please make sure you do that before the end of the month. If you’re willing and able, we would greatly appreciate you spreading the word to your networks. Thanks for helping Granville County think strategically about the future of broadband in our county!


  • Even if you’re totally happy with your internet service, we want to know.
  • Even if you don’t have the internet at home (and you’re checking this on a work computer) and you don’t want the internet at home, we want to know.
  • If you have a home-based business, please fill out a residential survey AND a business survey.
  • We need your address only to plot survey answers on a map to look at future strategy.
  • Only take each survey once.

Surveys can be found by clicking the links:

Granville County Residential Internet/Broadband Survey

Granville County Business Internet/Broadband Survey

Granville Chamber 2017 Small Biz of Year Nomination

— submitted by the Granville County Chamber of Commerce

VGCC schedules tax seminar for small businesses


February 28, 2018


VGCC schedules tax seminar for small businesses

The Vance-Granville Community College Small Business Center, in partnership with Woodforest National Bank and the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce, is offering a “Lunch Break to Educate” seminar on “Tax Planning & Reporting for a Small Business” on Wednesday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The seminar, which is free of charge, will be held at the Chamber of Commerce office at 414 South Garnett Street in Henderson.

After completing this seminar, attendees will be able to identify the federal, state and local tax reporting requirements of a small business and its owner, and to establish a plan to account and pay for those taxes. They will also learn how to identify methods for researching the local, municipal, and county reporting/licensing requirements for a small business.

Lunch will be provided by Woodforest National Bank to the first 20 participants who register.

The seminar is part of a series, called “Preparing for a Healthy Business in 2018,” being offered by the VGCC Small Business Center periodically throughout the year.

Registration can be completed online at The deadline to register is March 2.

For more information, contact Tanya Weary at or (252) 738-3240.


VGCC to hold Business Technologies event

— courtesy VGCC

VGCC to hold Business Technologies event

Vance-Granville Community College will hold a “Business Technologies & Career Explo” (short for “Exploration”) on Thursday, March 1, from 3-7 p.m., in the Civic Center on the college’s Main Campus in Vance County.

Attendees will be able to explore VGCC’s programs related to business and information technology and the career fields for which those programs provide training. The programs include Accounting, Business Administration, Information Technology (with tracks in Business Support, Networking/Security, Simulation & Game Development and Web Design/Support), Medical Office Administration, Office Administration, Paralegal Technology and Supply Chain Management.

VGCC’s Continuing Education division will also be represented, as will the Career & College Promise program, which provides eligible high school students with opportunities to pursue a college degree, diploma or certificate, without having to pay college tuition.

Door prizes will be given away, including a laptop computer, an Echo Dot, LED speakers and Virtual Reality glasses.

Refreshments will be provided by the VGCC Culinary Arts program.

“There will be an incredible variety of programs and careers on display all in one room at this event,” said Christal Thomas, head of VGCC’s Office Administration program and coordinator for the ‘explo.’ “We have tried to make it convenient for anyone to attend, whether they’re a high school student or a working adult looking for a new career. VGCC’s Business Technologies department offers classes on four campuses and online, so there are opportunities that practically anyone can access.”

Those who are unable to attend in person will be able to participate in a live chat during the event, which will be accessible on the VGCC website at For more information, contact Christal Thomas at


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Granville Chamber Banquet January 29th

— News Release


MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2018; 6:30 PM


Featured speaker:  Adrian H. Wood, PhD.: “TALES of an EDUCATED DEBUTANTE”

In celebration of 76 years, the Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors announces Adrian H. Wood, PhD., author of “Tales of an Educated Debutante” will be the featured speaker.  “She is a rural Eastern North Carolina mother of four – one with extra-special needs – past preschool teacher, nanny, children’s ski instructor, early interventionist, college professor, early childhood researcher, wife and full-time mama.  In writing after a twenty year hiatus, she offers personal glimpses where satire meets truth, faith meets irony, despair meets joy and this educated debutante escapes the laundry and finds true meaning in graceful transparency.”

The evening will once again include the presentation of the Chamber’s most prestigious award, the John Penn Citizen of the Year Award, recognizing outstanding community service.

A buffet dinner will be provided. Tickets are $40 each.  Corporate tables of 8, with reserved seating, are available for $300.00.  Corporate tables of 10, reserved seating, are available for $380.00.  Reservations  are required prior to the event.  Checks or credit card payments are accepted by contacting one of the Chamber’s offices –  919.693.6125/Wanda, or 919.528.4994/Toni Anne,


Granville Chamber Has New Website

— press release


The Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors announces that their new website, has just been launched. This project has spanned several months of research and planning by Chamber volunteers and staff. Cecilia Wheeler/Dean of VGCC’s South Campus and Chamber Board member, along with Melanie Diehl/Melanie and Company, spearheaded this project, working with the Chamber staff and the website designer.

The sponsorship of Chamber members made this project a reality. Gold sponsors are CertainTeed and Wake Electric Membership Corporation. Silver sponsors are Century 21/Hancock Properties, Duke Energy, Floyd Management and Realty, Granville County Tourism Development Authority, VanNess Chevrolet and Winters’ Storage.

The website is designed to provide easy-to-obtain information about Chamber members and their services, as well as information about Granville County. The website has also included a few guest posts from to retain the SEO of the website. The Membership tab lists member benefits, joining information, volunteer opportunities, etc. The Chamber’s recent “Granville Today” publication is available to download via the website. There is easy access about Leadership Granville and the John Penn Citizen of the Year information and nomination form. Visitors’ information contains business, relocation, utilities, maps, civic groups, places of worship, government offices and other county sites. There’s event and activity information. And, of course, there’s information about Chamber member businesses.

In early 2018, the Chamber will be offering several training opportunities for Chamber members to learn details of all of the perks to take advantage of with the new website.