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Chamber E-NEWS June 9, 2009

Over 750 Participate in the Chamber Challenge 5k
The 3rd Chamber Challenge 5k presented by Dixon Hughes was a great success this past Friday.  Perfect weather, a record turnout, huge support from event sponsors and great volunteers made the race such a success! 


The 2009 Annual Meeting presented by Carolina First Bank

On Wednesday, July 1, Chamber members will gather to celebrate a year of much success and progress. The meeting begins with networking at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. in The Grove Park Inn's Vanderbilt Ballroom.  We will recognize both the incoming and outgoing Boards of Directors for their service to the Chamber.

Awards to be presented at the Annual Meeting include:

  • The Small Business Leaders of the Year Award presented by HomeTrust Bank
  • The ATHENA Award presented by Webb Investment Services
  • The William A.V. Cecil Leadership Award
  • The Chairman's Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Van Winkle Law Firm Excellence in Public Service Award
  • Mission Hospitals Good Health-Good Business Award

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Mountain Green 2009 Sustainability Conference

The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Advantage West are partnering with Warren Wilson College for the 3rd Annual Mountain Green Conference, an initiative to create a path toward environmental sustainability for the regional business community. This year’s conference has grown to encompass the interests of the tourism and hospitality industry and will be held on the Warren Wilson College campus near Asheville on Wednesday, June 24. For more information or to register visit

Lean Supply Chain Seminar Discounted for Buncombe Employers

For those interested in extending LEAN beyond the manufacturing process, this June 18 workshop is the next logical step. Let our experts from NC State University show you how to apply lean to your supply and customer bases and discuss what your organization needs to implement the lean supply chain with success. Recommended for: Lean and Six Sigma team members and leaders, logistics, supply chain, material and inventory managers. Buncombe County employers receive a $50 discount from the Chamber’s Economic Development Coalition. To learn more and register:


Phish Concert Parking Available at the Chamber

The Chamber will be opening its parking lot to Phish fans this evening for the concert at the Civic Center.  Parking is available for $5 a car.


News From Our Members:


Inventive Ways to Build Your Business Brand

Businesses can learn how to get fired up at the “Brains on Fire” seminar hosted by the Asheville Ad Club. Greg Cordell, chief inspiration officer of Greenville’s brand agency will present winning strategies for engaging customers in ways that help businesses create a movement, not just a campaign. The seminar will be presented on Monday, June 15, at the Four Points Sheraton at 22 Woodfin Street in Asheville. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.; lunch and presentation at noon. $15 AAF Asheville members or $25 for guests includes lunch. RSVP required by June 11 via email to or 828.258.0136. Please visit the Asheville Ad Club for more information or to register for this program at


“Beer City Bash” to be held at The Orange Peel on June 26

Bruisin’ Ales, The Orange Peel, and The Mountain XPress are sponsoring the “Beer City Bash” on Friday, June 26. The bash is a celebration of all things beer in Asheville. The event is a victory party for the local beer community, that rallied to win an poll by Charlie Papazian,
founder of the Brewers Association, author, and one of the most recognized names in the world of beer and brewing. Tickets are $10 per person (ages 21 and over), including two 9 oz. craft beers of your choice, a raffle ticket for giveaways, and live music. The music line-up features the bands Rat Jackson, Wilsin and Floating Action. The bash starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to the newly-formed Asheville Brewers Alliance and Arts2People, both non-profits that benefit the local community. Tickets are available through, 866-468-3399.


What's Happening

Wednesday, June 10

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Member Orientation presented by Asheville Radio Group at the Asheville Merchants Corporation Boardroom in the Chamber Building

Thursday, June 11

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting at Park Ridge Hospital - The Baby Place at Park Ridge

Friday, June 12

5 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting at The Hop

Thursday, June 18

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Implementing the Lean Supply Chain at the Asheville Merchants Corporation Boardroom in the Chamber Building

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center

Thursday, June 25

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Business After Hours presented by Clear Channel Asheville hosted by Asheville Fence

Wednesday, July 1

5:30 - 9 p.m.

2009 Annual Meeting presented by Carolina First Bank at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa

Tuesday, July 14

8 - 9 a.m.

Business Before Hours presented by BB&T hosted by IWANNA & Sophie Magazine

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New Members
Join us in welcoming the Chamber's newest members:

Asheville Street Markets

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
Mari Cochran
Nutz About Fudge
Phillips Family Chiropractic
Simply Change Professional 

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