Commerce Connections

September 2023

Matthews Matters Minute

with Jessica

Paisley the Elf

Paisley the Elf is having a blast meeting with businesses in the Matthews area! She can come to your business for a promotional photo shoot! Click the link below to register!

Book Paisley!
September Community Events

Volunteers Needed Day of Event!

Volunteer for Matthews Auto Reunion & Motorcycle Show

32nd Annual Auto Reunion & Motorcycle Show

Registration is now open for the Matthews Chamber 32nd Annual Auto Reunion and Motorcycle Show which will be held Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2023.

Registration opportunities for Autos and Motorcycles, Vendors and Sponsors!

Register for the 32nd Annual Auto Reunion & Motorcycle Show


Bring your family out for a fun afternoon of seeing your favorite trucks up close! This family friendly event, sponsored by Novant Health Matthews Medical Center, will have a fire truck, ambulance, tow truck, Zamboni, excavator, front loader, the Caboose and more!

This event is free to the Community.

Sponsorships and Vendor Spots available to businesses.

Sunday, September 17th

12- 4 p.m.

Join us for a sensory friendly, silent hour from 12-1 pm!

Register to be a vendor or Sponsor of Touch-A-Truck
Volunteer for Touch-A-Truck

September Business Luncheon

Recognizing Area Non-Profits


September 13, 2023

11 AM - 1 PM

Please pre-register so we can have an accurate count for lunch. Thank you!

Register for September Luncheon

Step Back in Time

Join us on Wednesday, September 27th as we Step Back in Time -- we will meet at 5 pm at Cellar & Ale for a drink and some food and then walk to The Matthews Heritage Museum at 6 pm for a Step Back in Time and learn about the history of Matthews.

Register for Women in Business 

Chamber Fall Community Events

Fall for Matthews

I know it is hot outside, but Fall will be here before we know it. The Matthews Chamber is pleased to once again bring you Fall for Matthews on Saturday, October 14, 2023.

Each year this community event has drawn over 5,000 people to downtown Matthews.. Be sure you have a vendor and/or sponsor spot to share info about your business! Click the button below to register as a vendor or sponsor.

Register to be a Vendor or Sponsor - Fall for Matthews
Volunteer for Fall for Matthews

Matthews Chamber

Cornhole Tournament

Calling all Cornhole enthusiasts and backyard athletes! Practice all fall and come out and show us what you got!

Saturday November 4, 2023

12 pm - 5 pm

32 Teams

Location Sponsors:

Carolina Beer Temple


Grace O'Malley's

Cellar & Ale

Hang out at the Loser's Lounge at

Portrait Gallery

Register for the Cornhole Tournament

Welcome to our New Members

Click on their Logos to learn more!

Pet Wants Matthews is a pet nutrition and wellness company. We are dedicated to improving the pet’s health through proper nutrition so they can live their best life. Our pet food is carefully crafted in small batches with only the best ingredients, cooked slowly for optimal flavor and nutrient retention and sold by the pound. Our food is free from corn, wheat, soy, and animal by-products. We offer delivery so fresh pet food is nutritious and convenient. Please call for a free pet consultation: 704-288-3778.

Sissy Duncan, the passionate and talented owner of Hello Gorgeous Beauty & Co. has a deep love for all things beauty, Sissy specializes in ParaMedical Tattoos, Permanent Makeup, Lash Extensions, Facials and Makeup. Her goal is to help her clients not only look stunning but also feel confident and empowered.

But Sissy's expertise doesn't stop there. As the lead educator at Hello Gorgeous Beauty & Co Academy, she is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and skills with aspiring permanent makeup artists, helping them pursue their dreams.

Sissy's incredible work has been featured on the Charlotte Today Show, Lifetime, NBC, and even local radio stations. Her commitment to excellence and her genuine passion for her craft are evident in every service she provides.

To learn more about Sissy Duncan and her services, feel free to give her a call at 704-712-5335. For a behind-the-scenes look and daily beauty inspiration, make sure to follow Hello Gorgeous Beauty & Co. on Instagram @hellogorgeousnc. 

Don't hesitate to reach out and let Sissy help you unleash your inner beauty and confidence.


Tina Angers is the founder & proud owner of Beauty Loft CLT, which opened in January of 2023. After spending the last 21 years working in upscale salons/spas & med spas as a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist, Tina knew it was time to open her own salon. Beauty Loft CLT offers therapeutic, anti-aging skin care treatments, including customized therapeutic facials, chemical peels, dermaplaning and micro-needling. In addition, Tina specializes in eyebrow artistry including microblading, powder brows, waxing and tinting.

She takes pride in paying attention to detail and really getting to know her client’s wants and desires so that they can achieve the absolute best outcome together.  She has poured her heart and soul into this business and is so grateful for each and every client who has trusted her with their faces & she looks forward to helping so many more feel and look their best!

At EarthWise Pet, we believe inherently that pets are family, and are proud to be locally owned and operated in Matthews, NC.  In our store, you’ll find holistic foods, earth friendly toys, natural remedies, high-quality nutrition consultations from our Certified Pet Dietitians, our luxury GROOMBAR, and relaxing self-wash. GROOMBAR is a luxury spa experience for your fur baby, and home of the Frenchie 75. Our experienced groomers provide a pampering experience, using our exclusive line of products that avoid harsh chemicals and are not only best for your pet, but also easy on our environment. EarthWise does not sell pets, but we would be happy to help you find a new furry family member! We host regular events with local rescues who, like us, are 100% dedicated to placing pets with loving families.

Other Community Events

Go for Gold

Join Noah Strong Foundation at John's Place on Saturday, September 16th from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM for the kick-off of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Join for fellowship, raffle, games, pizza, football, guest speaker and more!

For More Information visit

The Matthews HELP Center will hold it’s 12th Annual Golf “Fore” Families Tournament on September 25, 2023 at Raintree Country Club, and is seeking sponsorship and player support from the local community! The link for information on our website is


The mission of the Matthews HELP Center is to provide short-term crisis assistance to residents in the Greater Matthews Community. Assistance includes support for rent, utilities, childcare, food, clothing and household items from the Backporch Treasures Thrift Boutique. Items in the Boutique are donated by the community and revenue from the store provides support for the financial assistance program.



                    August 24, 2023     


CHARLOTTE, N. C. – Applications for SCORE Charlotte’s Pitch for Growth 2023 competition will open Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Small business owners in 13 North Carolina and 3 South Carolina counties have a unique opportunity to pitch their future growth and well-being with assistance from SCORE Charlotte members and local business professional experts.  

At the same time, owners can compete with other local entrepreneurs to win cash prizes and other valuable business services. The presenting sponsor for this event is U.S. Bank. 

To participate, small business owners need to complete an application available on the SCORE Charlotte web site ( ) beginning Tuesday, September 5 at 12 noon. Deadline for applications being submitted is by 5 pm on Friday, September 29th. Semi-finalists will be announced October 8, 2023. Top 10 finalists will be announced October 21. The Top 10 will meet with mentors for the pitch finale.   

The live in-person post-pitch finale will be held on Thursday, November 16 at the Mint Museum on 2730 Randolph Road in Charlotte, NC. Three cash prizes will be awarded: $5,000 for the 1st Place Winner and $2,500 each for Second and Third Place Winners of Distinction. A special People’s Choice Award will also be awarded and that winner will be determined by the audience in attendance.


Requirements to Enter


To enter the Pitch for Growth contest, participants must be over 21 years of age and have been in business for at least one year. Businesses that are non-profit, franchises dealing in adult entertainment, cannabis/marijuana or firearms are not eligible. 

 Participation in the SCORE Charlotte Pitch for Growth contest is limited to entrepreneurs living in the 13 counties served by SCORE Charlotte in North Carolina and the three counties of South Carolina. North Carolina counties served by SCORE Charlotte include Mecklenburg, Gaston, Cleveland, Cabarrus, Stanly, Lincoln, Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander, Iredell, Rowan, Union and Anson. South Carolina counties served include York, Chester and Lancaster.

“The SCORE Charlotte Pitch for Growth 2023 competition gives small business owners a great opportunity to gain visibility for their small business network with help from local resources, SCORE mentors and advisors, and other small business owners in their community,” noted Barbara Brill,

President of SCORE Charlotte. “It will also give them an opportunity to meet local bankers and marketing experts who can provide them with valuable feedback as they develop a business and growth plan.


About SCORE Charlotte


Formed in 1964, SCORE Charlotte consists of 72 men and women who live in North or South Carolina. Roughly half of SCORE Charlotte mentors work full time. SCORE Charlotte mentors are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers and executives with a diverse set of industries and specialties who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help business professionals start, develop and grow businesses. We offer free and confidential monitoring along with low-cost or no-cost business training and numerous templates and tools. 

               In 2022, over 1,500 men and women were served by SCORE Charlotte in over 2,700 mentoring sessions to start or expand their businesses. SCORE Charlotte also sponsored 77 local in-person workshops attended by over 1,400 local men and women in the 17 counties served in North and South Carolina. 1,200 attendees from these counties also viewed over 580 national webinars. 

Besides free mentoring, SCORE Charlotte members serve as SCORE Ambassadors and participate as speakers at business trade shows and events in the Charlotte Region. SCORE 

Charlotte also sponsors free and low-cost workshops such as Simple Steps for Starting Your Business throughout the year and sponsors numerous problem-solving seminars on how to start a business or deal with business growth.

               SCORE chapters are located throughout the country, with nine in North Carolina. Sponsored by the US Small Business Administration, SCORE is comprised of volunteers who mentor small business owners across a variety of business disciplines. Like all SBA partners, SCORE counseling is offered free of charge. Small businesses that want to talk or be assigned a SCORE Charlotte mentor can do so by downloading a “Mentor Request Form” found on our websites or      

               For more information on SCORE Charlotte services or to volunteer as a mentor, go, call 704-344-6576 or e-mail [email protected].



Are you a Young Professional or do you have someone in your business who is age 21-45 and wants to network with other young professionals?

We are excited that the Matthews Young Professionals program is being revamped for 2023. We look forward to growing this group of Young Professionals in Matthews and the surrounding areas. It's going to be a great year with new opportunities to bring everyone together to make new connections and grow their networks! The annual program fee for Young Professionals is $75 and covers your entry for all Young Professionals events this year and gets you discount pricing for special events!

Learn more about Matthews Young Professionals

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