Chamber Organization

Trust The Chamber...


The Chamber of Commerce has been a trusted brand for hundreds of years.
When potential buyers know that a business is a member of the chamber, they are 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company.
~ Source: Shapiro Group survey of chamber brand trust

“We discovered that informing someone about a company’s chamber membership opens the door to positive perceptions of that business. There clearly is a feeling by our respondents that chamber membership is synonymous with quality and desirability."
~ Alex Trouteaud, Ph.D. The Schapiro Group

Membership: 360+ companies and individuals

53.9% Service
25% Retail
2.7% Manufacturing
1.9% Individuals
17.5% Professional
Board of Directors & Staff:
As prescribed in Articles of Incorporation, the Chamber is governed by a volunteer (unpaid) board of twenty members representing retail, service, professional and manufacturing sectors.

Paid Staff: Executive Director; Office Manager
Part-time: Project Mgr.; weekend receptionists
Visitor Services: 25 volunteer staff

Board Meetings:

Monthly 4th Wed., 7:45-9:00 am (open to members)

Main Program Areas:

Membership Services
Business Development
Business Assistance
Visitor Center Operation
Community Development - Leadership Program
Government Relations
Events Management
Relocation Services
Membership Meetings:
Annual Banquet: Mid-February
Business "After Hours": 2nd, 3rd & 4th quarters
New-Member Receptions: June & Dec (2nd Thurs.)
"Evening at the Lake"(fund-raiser): Mid-Sept.
Workshops: As announced
Affiliations:

State/National
US Chamber of Commerce
American Chamber of Commerce Executives
Carolinas Assoc. of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Local/Regional
Marion Business Association
McDowell Economic Development Association
McDowell Tourism Development Authority
McDowell Health Coalition
Better Business Bureau of Western North Carolina
WNC Assoc. of Chamber of Commerce Executives




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