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 more than 2,000 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.
Ranked as one of the country’s “Best Places for Business and Careers” by Forbes Magazine, Asheville successfully embodies a fresh mix of eclectic sophistication within a culturally and economically diverse community. The EDC's research team serves as a central point of information for the latest regional data and resources.
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.
More than 50 people gathered last Thursday for our first Public Policy forum of the year, the Health & Wellness Forum. Moderator Meridith Elliot Power guided the panel in a discussion of health and wellness issues facing our community.
Dr. Ron Paulus, President and CEO of Mission Hospital and Health System, outlined key drivers of healthcare costs for the area, pointing out that Western North Carolina has a higher disease burden than many other areas. "People are evolving to a later state of disease than elsewhere," he said. "We are failing our region in making care accessible to those that need it."
Incentivizing healthy behaviors is the key to making a change in our communities, said Paul Vest, President & CEO of YMCA of Western North Carolina. "For every one dollar in wellness programs, we can expect $6 in savings," he said noting that wellness programs lower healthcare costs and result in greater productivity, higher morale and retention and decline in workers comp claims.
One common theme of the discussion was how wellness goes beyond just looking at just physical health. Panelists Katie Craig of Van Winkle Law Firm and Stephanie Emerson of Johnson, Price & Sprinkle both discussed how wellness programs at their organizations facilitate overall wellness for employees and touch on mind, body and spirit. Ideas they shared included in-house training (software, soft skills, etc.), on-site yoga, potluck lunches, moving meetings, health screenings, training for the Chamber Challenge, and building fellowship through fun activities.
Special thanks to our presenting sponsor Crescent Health Solutions and to sponsors Jason's Deli, Sign-a-rama and OnDemand Printing & Design.