DOBSON — A group of business owners and leaders will meet in Dobson on Tuesday for the first time, hoping to spur activity in the town.
Creating a Dobson business group was an initiative of the Dobson Board of Commissioners, according to Town Manager Josh Smith. Tuesday’s meeting will be the first of the newly created group, and is set to kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn located in Dobson.
Many of the town’s businesses are members of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce. Some are members of the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. However, the town lies on the outskirts of the coverage areas for both chambers.
Smith noted some business owners in Dobson felt their needs weren’t necessarily being addressed by either of the organizations.
“The Yadkin Valley Chamber closed its branch here in town a number of years ago,” recounted Smith.
The town manager said the move has left Dobson businesses feeling under-represented.
“Businesses can feel lost — a little left out.”
The group is not and isn’t likely to become its own chamber of commerce, explained Smith. Instead, it is meant as an informal working group with common interests which may act as a liaison to the two chambers and governmental entities. It will not be a fees-based organization.
“Our goal is to bring together representatives from businesses, service organizations and even non-profits located in the town,” explained Smith. “We want to open the lines of communication between them and the town.”
Smith said he’s unsure what Tuesday’s meeting will encompass, as he’s not even aware how many business representatives will turn out. However, he expects those who do will determine a meeting schedule for the organization and set any goals for the group.
“It should be an introductory night — a kick-off meeting,” said Smith. “It will be exciting to hear the plans and goals.”
Those seeking more information may call town hall at 356-8962.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.