Business Development Committee

The Business Development Committee (BDC) serves in an advisory role to Hickory City Council. The purpose is to support economic development in the City of Hickory for increased employment by identifying and assessing ideas and applying local economic development resources to determine the level of success of the project/proposal. Projects that receive a favorable recommendation will be forwarded to Hickory City Council for consideration and action. The committee typically meets once a month on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. (See event calendar for schedule)  

The BDC works on various ways to increase economic development with vacant buildings and supporting small businesses. The group reviews Vacant Building Applications, Demolition Grant Applications and the CDBG Microenterprise Grant Applications. All applications start with the City’s Planning Department before submission to the BDC for recommendation to City Council. Additionally, the group recognizes established businesses and individuals in the community through the Business. Well Crafted. and Legacy Award programs.

CDBG Microenterprise Grant Program Information

2019 Business. Well Crafted. Award Nomination Form

Members: At-Large

Doug Auer

Hank Eimer, Vice Chair

Brandon Hedrick

Joan Long, Chair

Grace McLaurin

Eddie Salyards

Karen Tonks

Other Attendees:
CVCC Small Business Center Executive Director  Jeff Neuville
Catawba County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Lindsay Keisler
Hickory Downtown Development Association Amy Ogle
Catawba County EDC Existing Industries Services Director Nathan Huret
Small Business Technology Development Center Ron Elmore
City Staff  
Business Services Manager David Leonetti
For more information about the BDC, please contact staff liaison, Dave Leonetti, at 828-323-7422 or


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