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Chamber E-NEWS June 28, 2011

Rumors of Big News Precede Chamber's Annual Meeting

In an email distributed yesterday, Chamber President & CEO Kit Cramer said, "The Asheville Chamber's Annual Meeting & Dinner is always a great place to network, but this year, it will be the only place to hear BIG NEWS that will have a lasting impact on our community." For the unveiling of this news, you won't want to miss the largest Chamber event of the year. The 114th Annual Meeting of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce presented by TD Bank is this Thursday, June 30 at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. Tickets are $75 per person and tables of eight are $600 per table. Due to the popularity of the event, tickets will not be offered at the door. Please note: There is now a $5 fee for the parking decks at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa (cash and credit cards are accepted). Purchase tickets by clicking here or by calling Miriam Metcalf at 828.258.6114.


Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau Receives Accreditation from International Trade Association

The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce its accreditation by international trade association, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). The CVB was subject to a thorough review by a panel of 11 CEOs from various Convention & Visitor Bureaus around the world. Executive VP & Executive Director of the Asheville CVB Kelly Miller noted, "This designation speaks volumes about the BCTDA / CVB’s continued commitment to constant and never-ending improvement on how we jointly market and manage the destination." Watch this video for more information on the importance of this designation. To find out more about the work of the CVB on behalf of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA), please contact Kelly Miller at or 828.258.6104.


Montford Farmers Market Open Every Wednesday at Chamber

Asheville's newest farmers market opened last week to a large crowd eager to experience it. Open every Wednesday from 2 - 6 p.m. in the Chamber's parking lot at 36 Montford Avenue, the market carries an eclectic variety of offerings. Vendors lined the parking lot with items like homemade popcicles, flowers, fresh coastal seafood, jams, cutting boards and kitchen wares, artisan breads, and even beer from Asheville Brewing Company. Twenty permanent vendors and six additional day vendors will sell their offerings each week. The market's location, in a residential area at the Asheville Visitors Center, makes this tailgate a perfect stop for those headed home from work, as well as for the many visitors who come to the area, many of whom plan vacations to experience authentic local flavors and neighborhood farms. Don't wait for a chance to sample the new market! View a slideshow of images from last week's grand opening on the Chamber's Facebook page.


Green Drinks to Host Kit Cramer: “It’s Your Chamber, So Let’s Green Asheville”

President & CEO Kit Cramer will join Asheville Green Drinks this Wednesday, June 29 to talk about the Chamber's environmental and sustainability initiatives and what role the Chamber plays in protecting and promoting our region’s environment. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m. at Posana Cafe at 1 Biltmore Avenue downtown. Asheville Green Drinks is a networking group and part of the self-organizing global grassroots movement that connects local communities with environmental ideas, media and action. All over the world people who are interested in environmental issues and topics meet up for a drink and to listen to an expert in environment, ecology, and/or social justice.

Place Your Ad in the 2012 Official Asheville Travel Guide
Local tourism-related businesses looking to showcase offerings to visitors traveling to the Asheville area can sign-up to advertise in the 2012 Official Asheville Travel Guide now through September 2. The travel guide is used by the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) to respond to all visitor requests for information. In addition to the print version, the information will appear in an interactive digital version on the official travel website for Western North Carolina, Print advertisers that purchase one-half page or larger have the option of incorporating a QR code into their display ad. All advertisers will receive a direct link to their website from the ad that appears in the digital version. For more information, contact Mary Ann Stafford with Journal Communications at or call 615.218.8271.

News From Our Members


Susan Stone Recognized with Wild South Award of Distinction

Susan Stone of Stone Digital Media was recently recognized with the Wild South Award of Distinction. Executive Director for Wild South Tracy Davids noted, "Susan has furthered our mission by helping us reach out all across the region through interactive and visually striking social media...with the production of three videos for Wild South that have reached audiences far and wide helping introduce new people to our work, thank our volunteers and supporters. She has also been a strong advocate for our work and has dedicated herself to networking and marketing the work of Wild South in the Asheville community." Wild South is a non-profit grassroots organization whose mission is to inspire people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South.


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What's Happening

Tuesday, June 28

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for The Tree and Vine

Wednesday, June 29

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for Clean Streak, Inc.

Thursday, June 30

8 a.m.

Board Meeting for the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County at the Asheville Merchants Corporation Boardroom in the Chamber Building

5:30 p.m.

114th Annual Meeting of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce presented by TD Bank and hosted by The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in the Grand Ballroom

Thursday, July 7

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for YaYa's Frozen Yogurt

Tuesday, July 12

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for

Wednesday, July 13

8:30 a.m.

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

Tuesday, July 19

8 - 9 a.m.

Business Before Hours presented by BB&T and hosted by Galileo Planning

Thursday, July 28

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Business After Hours

presented by Clear Channel Asheville and Co-Hosted by The Brite Agency and Hunter Banks at Hunter Banks Company


Chamber in the News

Wednesday, June 29

7:30 p.m.

Watch an interview with Chamber President & CEO Kit Cramer on the arts airing on North Carolina Now on UNC-TV

Read articles about the new Montford Farmers Market at the Chamber:

     Asheville Citizen-Times

     Mountain Xpress


New Members

Join us in welcoming the Chamber's newest members:

Armstrong & Armstrong Law
Brooks Brothers
Environmental Corporation of

Ernestine Martinez: Exit Realty

    High Carolina Allstar Team
Glassco Management Corp.
Springtime Homes
Wallace & Jackson Real Estate
WNC Appliance



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