Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains, the Asheville area attracts newcomers for its astounding quality of life, low crime rate and welcoming entrepreneurial environment. Known for its culinary delights, history, architecture, natural settings and as a Mecca for adventure lovers, Asheville has something for everyone.
Whether you are just out of school or a veteran of the workforce, Western North Carolina offers outstanding opportunities. The quality of life and low unemployment rate found in the Asheville area draws top-talent from major cities throughout the nation. Professional, creative and technical specialists choose the Asheville area as their home.
Whether your ideal Asheville visit takes you gallery hopping on Broadway, antique shopping in Biltmore Village, trekking along the Appalachian Trail, or to a downtown show at a rock club named one of the top five in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine, the Asheville area has something guaranteed to delight every visitor. Don’t just take our word for it…experience it for yourself.
Ask almost any Chamber member why they are a member and they’ll tell you—in Asheville, it’s the most important way to meet people and grow your business. As North Carolina’s third largest Chamber, the Asheville Chamber includes nearly 1,900 businesses, organizations and coalitions. Members know the value a membership provides. Find out how members find value with the Asheville Chamber.
The departments of the Asheville Chamber help fulfill the organization’s mission of increasing the region’s livability by advancing its economic vitality. Learn more about the work and roles of the departments that make up your Chamber.
Membership opens the door to a multitude of opportunities for making new contacts, getting exposure to new ideas and networking with our region’s foremost leaders during events hosted by the Asheville Chamber. Check out our calendar of events developed especially for members of the Asheville Chamber. Be sure to register online and check back often -- we update our calendar of events frequently!
Do you have questions about the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce? Are you wondering where we are located, what we do, or how to find photos of the Asheville area? We’ve listed answers to our most frequently asked questions here.
The Asheville region has expertise in several dynamic talent driven industries. Local businesses, educational programs, and community leaders are working in collaboration to nurture and grow these targeted sectors.
Consider the Economic Development staff your one-stop resource for connecting to the Asheville community. Their comprehensive services are free of charge and confidential. Contact the EDC staff to learn how they can assist your company through your relocation or expansion project.
Small businesses are the backbone of Asheville’s economy. The community embraces the impact of these companies on our culture and lifestyle. The Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help all small businesses succeed.
Find local available commercial space right at your fingertips. Whether you are looking for office, retail, restaurant, warehouse, industrial space or even land, you can search here for the perfect business space.
Asheville’s economy and industry is constantly evolving. Keep up to date on the latest industry announcements and plans here. Contact the EDC staff if your company has exciting news to share with the community.
Asheville 5x5 is a five-year economic development initiative of the Chamber and the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County. Read on to learn more about the Chamber's efforts to grow 5,000 new jobs in the region.
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 fall election, Asheville Chamber president Kit Cramer announced Thursday, August 18th.
“The bonds are a great opportunity for us to come together in support of our community,” Cramer said. “The Asheville Chamber will be serving as the backbone for this campaign, but collaboration is key. Other organizations, community groups, parents and individuals who care deeply about Asheville all have a part to play in spreading the word about the importance of these bonds and encouraging Asheville voters to vote yes.”
The general obligation bonds would secure $74 million for public improvements in housing; parks and recreation; and streets, sidewalks and bike lanes. The bonds would enable the city to complete significant projects that otherwise would not be complete within the next 5-10 years, if not later.
The proposed projects adhere to the strategic focus areas adopted by the Mayor and the City Council and would work in addition to programs and projects that are already in place in the city.
Financial experts agree that general obligation bonds are a smart way to build a city. Interest rates are historically low, making this the opportune time to undertake this initiative.
“Asheville’s infrastructure should reflect our community’s success. Our residents deserve good roads, sidewalks, bike paths, greenways and parks as well as housing options that are within reach,” Cramer said. “This is the time. This is our city. Let’s make our mark.”
About the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member association of businesses and organizations. The Chamber and its members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to the Asheville Visitor Center which welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. www.ashevillechamber.org.