MINT HILL – Paige McKinney is a connector.
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce has started many new programs, such as a cornhole tournament and pop-up Christmas shop, over her 15 months as executive director.
But perhaps McKinney’s most enduring contribution is her work strengthening connections in the community.
“I’m of the mindset that we’re all better together,” McKinney said.
She is especially proud of the relationship the chamber has with town hall. The chamber held its Business After Hours networking event Nov. 29 at Hawthorne’s Pizza, so members could walk over as a group to the town’s Christmas tree lighting. The chamber also launched a business leadership award in honor of longtime town commissioner Tina Ross.
She’s developed relationships with Rocky River, Independence and Queens Grant high schools by starting a junior ambassador program. The group meets monthly at town hall for projects such as stuffing gift bags for senior citizens.
McKinney also started an internship program with UNC Charlotte. She works with two students every semester, exposing them to nonprofits, business and event planning.
More women continue to get involved in the chamber thanks to special events. They meet on the third Tuesday of each month for breakfast, networking and the opportunity to learn from a speaker.
“People say all the time we’re a very friendly and welcoming chamber,” McKinney said. “We’re very happy about that. People get a lot of exposure and connections.”
Making connections is one way the chamber tries to be good stewards of members’ investments. Part of that is encouraging the community not only to love Mint Hill but also consider shopping local.
“I’m very proud of the work the chamber is doing in growing and connecting our community,” McKinney said. “I’m very proud of our board of directors and all they do to move the mission of the chamber forward.”
Want to know more?
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is located at 7900 Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Call 704-573-8282 for details.