Chatham Chamber meeting to feature Raleigh-based nonprofit founder


Chambers of Commerce have long served as networks of businesses and companies within a given area and often advocate on behalf of the business community.

Cindy Poindexter hopes this year’s meeting of the Chatham Chamber will continue to do just that.

The Chatham Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Silent Auction, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 in Pittsboro, will feature food, networking and a guest speaker, but Poindexter, the Chatham Chamber’s CEO and president, said she hopes attendees will “leave the Annual Meeting feeling inspired and armed for success.”

The guest speaker this year is Amber Smith, the executive director and founder of Activate Good, a nonprofit that connects organizations in the Triangle area with volunteers. The nonprofit’s mission, according to its website, “is to activate volunteers to help charitable causes in our local community.”

Poindexter said Smith was chosen because of “her reputation, leadership skills and accomplishments” and her status as “an inspirational business and community speaker.” The event’s invitation says Smith spent two-and-a-half months with a friend “conducting acts of kindness in over 20 states” prior to founding the nonprofit, which “has since mobilized thousands of volunteers to help hundreds of causes in Raleigh.”

Additionally, the meeting will feature the presentation of five awards: Small Business of the Year, Distinguished Business Person of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Citizenship and Service Award and Chamber Ambassador of the Year. This is a crucial part of Poindexter’s hopes for the event, as she said she hopes attendees leave “inspired and driven” from the award presentations and speaker.

She also wants individuals to depart with “the feeling of being part of a network of businesses and leaders working toward an even greater ‘Chatham.’”

The meeting will be held at the Chatham County Agricultural and Conference Center in Pittsboro. To register, visit The cost is $25 per person for Chamber members and $35 per person for non-Chamber members.

Reporter Zachary Horner can be reached at or on Twitter at @ZachHornerCNR.


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