The Raeford Hoke Chamber of Commerce

Kurt Posey moved to Raeford from Florida eleven years ago. Since then, he has established both a real estate business and his own firm in Raeford; additionally he serves on Kiwanis and Fall Festival boards.

Concerned about proper land usage and encouraging newcomers to spend their money locally, he supports local businesses on social media by actively promoting them.

Membership

Chamber members often enjoy many advantages, from discounts on goods and services to being listed in a membership directory and networking opportunities. Furthermore, chamber membership provides them the chance to engage in local politics and government affairs affecting business as a way of shaping local policies which impact them directly.

The Raeford Hoke Chamber of Commerce represents the business community in Hoke County, North Carolina. Its primary function is to promote economic development while serving as a leader for community affairs. Membership includes businesspeople as well as professionals from diverse fields; funding comes through membership fees, advertising sales and grants.

Kurt Posey came to Raeford from Florida eleven years ago. Since then he has been actively engaged with Kiwanis and Downtown Raeford’s Board of Directors; as well as serving on Hoke County Industrial Development Board and Fall Festival Board.

Raeford Hoke Chamber offers job seekers, businesses and local agencies an opportunity to connect through its Expo event, which was put on pause due to pandemic effects but will resume this month at the county courthouse parking lot from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Companies interested in setting up information booths for free can do so for no charge; otherwise a $25 rental fee applies if renting space.

Events

The chamber offers several events for its members, such as networking breakfast and annual dinner. Furthermore, Logan’s Roadhouse in Raeford hosts regular business meetings open to businesses and individuals in Hoke County.

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The organization also supports local students through scholarships and community activities, while serving its primary function of advocating and representing the interests of its members professionally in an advocacy role while leading in terms of economic growth in its area of responsibility.

Hoke County, situated at the center of North Carolina’s coastal plain, is bordered on its northeast by Rockfish Creek, an east-flowing tributary of Cape Fear River. Raeford is its county seat. Hoke was established as part of Cumberland and Robeson Counties back in 1911.

Economic activities in Toneys Creek focus mainly on agriculture, with tobacco cultivation and pine production making up its core business activities. Furthermore, its forest is one of the state’s largest wood product sources; Toneys Creek serves as its drainage channel while parts of Wacamaw River also flow through.

Brad Calloway, a third-generation owner of Raeford Hardware since 2012, took over ownership from his grandfather and father who purchased it back in 1973; today it covers approximately 10,000 square feet. Brad has expanded the building three times to meet business demands while keeping its hometown feel.

Economic Outlook Dinner

Held annually, this conference serves as one of the chamber’s major fundraisers. A panel of three speakers addresses anticipated changes in the local economy over the coming year. Ohio Wesleyan University’s Woltemade Center and Economic Department co-organize this conference.

The Economic Outlook Dinner is an ideal opportunity for businesses and job seekers alike to network while learning more about the current state of the economy. This event is free for both members and non-members; business owners may set up booths with information to showcase, while job seekers can attend in search of positions available to them. Following being put on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, Expo will resume next month.

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James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed and Nicolas Veron, visiting fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics and co-founder of Bruegel, gave EACCNY’s Annual Economic Update. They provided an unbiased overview of Europe’s current state as well as any implications it might have on our economy in general.

Job Fair

All across America, in suburban neighborhoods and rural towns alike, people from various walks of life are working tirelessly to bring change to their local communities. While lacking the prestige associated with elected office or corporate title, these residents serve as the backbone for thousands of local Chambers of Commerce across America.

Raeford-Hoke County Chamber of Commerce will host its Job Fair on Saturday, Feb. 14. This free public event will take place from 10 am to 2 pm in the county parking lot and businesses that aren’t members can purchase a booth for $25 each.

Chamber Director Liz McNeill says that this Expo will provide employers with an ideal way to inform potential employees about their companies while jobseekers can network with local business owners in search of potential job opportunities.

Kurt Posey relocated from Florida 11 years ago and works at Sun Path Products. Additionally, he joined Kiwanis and serves on their Fall Festival board; was chair of Downtown Revitalization Committee; Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation trustee; President-Elect of Chamber; as well as being awarded Employee of Year at Raeford Hardware.

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