Welcome To McDowell!

Welcome To McDowell!

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.

Steve Bush
Executive Director


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FEATURED EVENTS

Positioning for Success

Retirement Tips For Women in Business Owners

Retirement Tips For Women in Business Owners

Find retirement options tailored to your specific needs.

The number of women business owners has risen sharply, to the point where nearly 40 percent of all businesses are now women-owned, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you are one of these owners, or thinking about becoming one, you’ll always have a lot to think about when running your business, but there’s also an area you can’t ignore – your retirement.



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Find The Job That's Right For You

Find The Job That's Right For You

It's not just a paycheck, it's an investment in yourself and your community.


Agility Means Shaking Things Up

Agility Means Shaking Things Up

Why change helps your business stay successful.

For many, change incites a sense of unease at best and at worst, a great fear. In business, however, the ability to change is the mainspring to success. Tradition certainly has its place in establishing quality and integrity within your business operations, but it is change that can propel you to new heights.


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Your Chamber by The Numbers

Your Chamber by The Numbers

See how the Chamber and the community are doing.

We've seen new businesses open, celebrated the growth of others, and witnessed record numbers of people from all over the country visiting our site. As we track our growth each year, we want you to know how we are doing and how our community as a whole is doing. Check out our Year in Review! 

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Welcome To Our Newest Members

Thank you for joining!

Join us in welcoming our newest members of the McDowell Chamber of Commerce! 



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