From the crystal waters of Lake James to the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, we are proud of McDowell County’s natural beauty, low cost-of-living, lack of congestion, and can-do community spirit. Uniquely situated amid 67,000 acres of undisturbed forest land yet close to major cities, McDowell County offers an energetic and growing commercial sector, a budding agri-tourism industry, and a range of events and activities in which to partake.
The Chamber works closely with local and regional governments, area business owners, and community organizations to support economic growth and encourage community involvement. Since 1957, we have been working to create a community that respects its history and natural resources while utilizing innovative ideas and practices to move boldly into the future. See our Highlights of Achievements!
Whether you’re here on vacation, looking to relocate, or just passing through, we invite you to explore McDowell County’s past and present and encourage you to develop your own list of favorite pastimes. Please drop by the Visitor’s Center to let us know how we can help you make your local adventures even more memorable.
Local couple open storefront to showcase their knack for crafting candy.
Mindy Anderson has been hand-crafting chocolate and hard candies for years. She along with partner Dewey Lawson have recently brought their sweet treats to the Pleasant Gardens area opening a storefront in the old Little Sienna building at Highway 80 and Highway 70. Mindy creates custom candies and has more than 7,000 moulds to appeal to everyone from sports fanatics to cartoon fans.
Holiday promotion draws shoppers downtown vying for the chance to win cash this Christmas.
There is excitement in the air in downtown Marion stirred by the chance to win cash! Returning after several years is the Winter Nights – Christmas Lights Cash Drawing Promotion. Fifteen downtown businesses will be giving raffle tickets for every $10 spent in their business between Friday, November 23 and Thursday, December 20.
Radio Personality hosts In Residence broadcast from Chamber featuring McDowell businesses
Several local, independently owned businesses in McDowell County were featured guests on Asheville BizRadio's Matt Mittan Show to promote small businesses and to highlight the innovative work happening across all sectors; business, government, education, and nonprofit organizations.
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