Chamber Press Releases

The Asheville Chamber keeps its members informed of the region's business news. The latest Chamber news releases can be found below.

For Media Inquiries please contact: Erin Leonard, Director of Communications, 828-258-6131

April 11th, 2017
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 2017 Sky High Growth Award to 22 businesses that have experienced outstanding growth in revenue and/or employment over the last several years. These 22 businesses collectively represent more than 2,400 full-time jobs.
March 30th, 2017
The Asheville Chamber is pleased to learn of the passage of HB142, which repeals HB2, and removes vestiges of institutionalized discrimination from our state statutes. We are encouraged at the bipartisan support of the bill and want to thank Governor Roy Cooper, Senate Pro Tem Phil Berger and Speaker Tim Moore for their efforts. While not perfect, this bill allows us to get back to business as a region and state, as we look towards the future and a more welcoming business environment.
March 15th, 2017
On March 22, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a public meeting on affordable housing solutions for artists, craftspeople and makers. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to engage with and learn from Artspace, a national non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN that specializes in creating, owning and operating affordable housing and studio/business space for artists and creative sector businesses.
December 14th, 2016
The Asheville Chamber is pleased to announce Corey Atkins joins the organization at the first of the year as Vice President of Public Policy. Corey will execute the Chamber’s advocacy initiatives and work closely with the organization’s Advocacy & Policy Committee. Prior to joining the Chamber, Corey served as partner at Brazil & Burke, P.A.
December 13th, 2016
In its fifth year, Asheville Restaurant Week will take place over the course of 10 days during January 17-26, 2017. Participating restaurants will provide a prix fixe menu featuring one or more of the following options: a $15 two-course lunch, $35 three-course dinner OR $30 dinner for two.
September 14th, 2016
WomanUp, a new initiative of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce focused on women in business, kicks off November 2016 with a celebration breakfast featuring author and journalist Pamela Ryckman and honoring outstanding local women professionals. Nominations requested WomanUP focuses on business women who wish to build a strong network of women intent on inspiring one another to achieve individual potential; supporting each other in business endeavors; and creating a legacy through mentorship.  
August 19th, 2016
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the City of Asheville general obligation bond referendum and will be organizing an initiative to support passage of the bonds in the 2016 fall election.
April 8th, 2016
At the 2016 Legislative Luncheon, Asheville Chamber President Kit Cramer spoke on HB2 and its impact on business, calling on any trace of discrimination to be scrubbed from the law.
March 31st, 2016
The 2016 Sky High Growth Award honor 36 Asheville area businesses that have experienced outstanding growth in revenue and/or employment over the last several years. These 36 businesses collectively represent more than 1,400 full-time jobs and nearly 1,000 part-time jobs.
February 1st, 2016
The Board of Directors for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution Jan. 26 supporting the Connect NC Bond Act. The Connect NC Bond Act benefits core support structures that impact the region’s ability to grow our economy including infrastructure, education and tourism.