About Raeford-Hoke Chamber

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What is the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce?

Raeford Hoke Chamber of Commerce

Our Role

The role of Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce is to represent and advocate business interests, promote economic growth and provide leadership in community affairs, while enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Hoke County. Our primary functions are to provide services that are effective to both its members and the community as a whole and to act as a spokesperson for the business and professional community and act on behalf of its members in a professional manner.

You are a big part of this community, and your membership in the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce is important. It is your interest and dollars that make it possible for the Chamber to represent and advocate business interests, promote economic growth and provide leadership in community affairs, while enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Hoke County.

Your membership with the Raeford-Hoke Chamber of Commerce indicates your desire to help our organization grow and work together to meet certain civic and business goals. It also indicates your commitment to be heard, have a voice, and make a difference in our community.

About The Raeford-Hoke


Raeford, North Carolina is located in Hoke County, North Carolina’s 99th county. The bill establishing Hoke County was enacted into law on February 18, 1911, to become effective on April 3, 1911. It would be impossible to cover the entire history of all the events that have taken place to bring Raeford and Hoke County to their present level of growth and development. The community has grown and no longer resembles the town that grew out of a need for educating children and transporting cotton to market.

For more information on the history of Raeford and Hoke County please visit local websites at raefordhokechamber.com, hokecounty.org, and raefordcity.org.

About The Raeford-Hoke Chamber & County

Raeford Depot

The Raeford Historic District in North Carolina’s Sandhills region, established in 1897, thrived as a railroad town around the Raeford Institute and Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad until 1956. Its grid-patterned growth reflects typical commercial and residential development along the rail line. With its founding in 1895 and official charter in 1901, Raeford became the Hoke County seat in 1911. Architecturally, the district showcases a blend of popular styles and vernacular forms from the early 20th century, including Queen Anne houses, a Neoclassical depot, and early 20th-century brick commercial buildings. Comprising sixty-three structures, the district’s significance extends beyond its period of prosperity, with seventy-nine percent being contributing resources.

At work for YOU!

Chambers and Volunteers Work For The Community And You

Building Communities

All across the United States, there is change at work. From the congested suburban areas to the quiet agricultural towns, people from all backgrounds and occupations are working to make a difference in the future of their communities. Without the prestige of public office or the glamour of a corporate title, one will find inmost of the counties, cities, and towns a group of people dedicated to economic growth and community involvement. They are know as Chamber volunteers and staff. They form the backbone of the thousands of local Chambers of Commerce throughout the country.

Catalysts for Community Change

Think of the Raeford Hoke Chamber of Commerce as more than just a spot for tourism or business details – it’s like the power hub behind positive changes in your community. Local Chambers go beyond providing information; they play a crucial role in planning how the area grows economically, improving education, dealing with laws, fostering connections, and offering various services. It’s not just about helping businesses; it’s about making the whole community better. They’re like the engines driving positive transformations that benefit everyone in the neighborhood.

Nurturing Communities, Empowering Business

Chambers often are the first point of contact for visitors and traveling business people, serving as ambassadors for their communities. They are the liaison between the business community and local government, bringing groups together to work out issues of concern and maintain and improve the climate of doing business. They often are heavily involved in educational projects, community improvement programs and cultural and social events. In short, Chambers give life to the communities in which they serve.


The Role and Structure of Chambers of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce, despite their close collaboration with elected officials, operate independently and are not government entities. These associations bring together individuals, firms, companies, and corporations with shared business interests. Members contribute annual dues, often affordable even for small businesses, to fund staff and operational expenses. Additional revenue is generated through various sponsored publications and events organized by the Chamber. The size of local Chambers varies, mirroring the diversity of towns and cities across the nation.


Uniting Locally, Amplifying Nationally

The local Chamber is an independent organization, but has as its resources both its state Chamber and the United States Chamber. Most Chambers pay dues to belong to both organizations, and keep its members informed of state and national issues. Most state Chambers and the U.S. Chamber are more heavily focused on government and legislative issues than most local Chambers, which rely on both for legislative tracking and “action alerts” to spur grass-roots efforts on important state and federal legislation. The mission of the three groups is the same; to enhance business opportunities for their membership.

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Driving Economic and Social Change

Local Chambers play a crucial role in shaping the economic and social landscape of their regions by collaborating with state organizations and local governments. They lead community development initiatives, market their communities to attract tourists and businesses, facilitate industry expansion, and implement state and federal programs in areas such as education, technology, workplace wellness, and leadership development. Chambers are key drivers of progress at the local level.

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2023 Board of Directors

Rick Sandy President Hoke Chamber

Rick Sandy


Betty Smith

City of Raeford

Daphne Dudley (1) Chamber of Commerce

Daphne Dudley

County of Hoke

stephanie hendrix Executive Direct Hoke Chamber

Stephanie Hendrix

Executive Director

Bruce Hurst

Monarch NC

Anne MacDonald


Shelby Yow-Hayes

First Health

Sharon Burney Hoke Chamber

Sharon Burney


Greg Shroeder

Hoke County Schools

judy pittman (1) Hoke Chamber

Judy Pittman


Charles Tapp


John Wright (1) hoke Chamber

John Wright

Edward Jones Investments