The North Carolina Chamber is a nonpartisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to proactively drive positive change to ensure that North Carolina is a leading place in the world to do business.
As the state’s largest, broad-based business advocacy organization, the North Carolina Chamber has 35,000 members who employ 1.26 million workers in North Carolina. Through their investment and engagement, the Chamber operates a fully-integrated enterprise that utilizes a multi-tiered strategy to secure North Carolina’s future: The North Carolina Chamber Foundation is shaping the future with a long-term strategy for economic prosperity, the North Carolina Chamber advocates for the policies that move the state forward and the North Carolina Chamber Political Program analyzes and shapes the political landscape to make change possible.
Driving the agenda for those efforts is North Carolina Vision 2030 – A Plan for Accelerating Job Growth and Securing North Carolina’s Future, a forward-thinking, initiative-driven plan that provides focused economic development strategies to create good jobs for North Carolinians. It is built on the premise that in order to be a winner in the global jobs war, North Carolina must strive for excellence in four key “Pillars of a Secure Future,” which include education and talent supply, competitive business climate, entrepreneurship and innovation, and infrastructure and growth leadership.
The North Carolina Chamber has built critical momentum around this future-focused plan for our state, and it is forging ahead to make your business and North Carolina even more competitive in the national and global race for jobs.
Kim Korando is recognized as one of North Carolina's leading employment lawyers by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Law and Politics North Carolina Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America(R) and Business North Carolina Legal Elite.
Kim leads Smith Anderson's Employment, Labor and Human Resources practice group and serves as general outside employment, labor and human resources counsel to public and private companies in a wide variety of industries including utilities, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, hospitals and healthcare, automotive, semiconductor, paper/cellulose and furniture manufacturers, insurance, banking, retail, hospitality, and food and beverage distribution, as well as municipalities and law firms.
Kim is a frequently sought after speaker, trainer and writer on employment and human resources issues in the business and legal community. She regularly collaborates with companies developing in-house training programs, and has trained more than 20,000 supervisors, managers and Human Resources professionals in legally compliant employment practices.
Travis Hockaday has practiced with Smith Anderson since September 2003. His practice focuses on providing employment-related counseling and risk management advice to clients in a variety of industries, both public and private. He also has represented clients in state and federal courts and agencies throughout North Carolina and other jurisdictions. His experience includes defending employers against claims involving discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, harassment and civil rights claims; defending wage and hour, ERISA, and other benefit-related claims; and representing clients in investigations conducted by, and proceedings before, both federal and state departments of labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the North Carolina Division of Employment Security.