Newton Business Advisory Committee will hold first business owners meeting

NEWTON, NC (Jan. 25, 2013) – The Newton Business Advisory Committee invites business owners and operators to attend the first annual city-wide meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Newton-Conover Auditorium, 60 W. Sixth St.

Business committee Chairman John Stiver said, “We want to provide Newton business owners with an opportunity to discuss common goals and solutions. By doing so, the committee hopes to increase the level of enthusiasm for doing business in Newton.”

The meeting features “Marketing and Managing Through Challenging Times,” a presentation from Dave Ferguson, a Mooresville business strategist with 25 years of hands-on business development experience. His experience ranges from small businesses to the corporate world. “Coach Dave,” as his network of clients call him, stresses the importance of personal leadership, accountability and perserverance in managing a small business in today’s economic environment.

“Coach Dave will bring a message that is applicable to all businesses and specific to today’s challenges,” Committee Member Don Essary said. “Hopefully, local business owners will take away some valuable ideas from the presentation and will engage in the discussion about what could work to grow the business community in Newton.” 

The meeting concludes with a discussion, providing the attendees the chance to express their concerns and ideas to the members of the Business Advisory Committee. An opportunity to network will end the evening.

The Newton City Council formed the Business Advisory Committee in 2011 on the recommendation of an economic development advisor. The mission of the Business Advisory Committee is to generate commercial economic development that will benefit all citizens of the City of Newton by improving the attractiveness of the entire City for the creation of new businesses and for the expansion of existing businesses.

Current members of the committee are Chairman John Stiver, Vice-Chair Jerry Hodge, Joe Beamon, Javier Chavez, Don Essary, Nick Martin, Jeremy Petty, Neal Powell and Tom Warlick.

The meeting is free to attend and refreshments will be available. Registration is not required, but appreciated. To respond, or for more information, contact City of Newton Commercial Development Coordinator Rob Powell at or call 828-695-4360.

To see the flyer for this event, click here.