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
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
Monthly 4th Wed., 7:45-9:00 am (open to members)
Visitor Center Operation
Community Development - Leadership Program
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
US Chamber of Commerce
American Chamber of Commerce Executives
Carolinas Assoc. of Chamber of Commerce Executives
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