Chamber Organization

Trust The Chamber...

The Chamber of Commerce has been a trusted brand for hundreds of years.
When potential buyers know that a business is a member of the chamber, they are 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company.
~ Source: Shapiro Group survey of chamber brand trust

“We discovered that informing someone about a company’s chamber membership opens the door to positive perceptions of that business. There clearly is a feeling by our respondents that chamber membership is synonymous with quality and desirability."
~ Alex Trouteaud, Ph.D. The Schapiro Group

Membership: 360+ companies and individuals

53.9% Service
25% Retail
2.7% Manufacturing
1.9% Individuals
17.5% Professional
Board of Directors & Staff:
As prescribed in Articles of Incorporation, the Chamber is governed by a volunteer (unpaid) board of twenty members representing retail, service, professional and manufacturing sectors.

Paid Staff: Executive Director; Office Manager
Part-time: Project Mgr.; weekend receptionists
Visitor Services: 25 volunteer staff

Board Meetings:

Monthly 4th Wed., 7:45-9:00 am (open to members)

Main Program Areas:

Membership Services
Business Development
Business Assistance
Visitor Center Operation
Community Development - Leadership Program
Government Relations
Events Management
Relocation Services
Membership Meetings:
Annual Banquet: Mid-February
Business "After Hours": 2nd, 3rd & 4th quarters
New-Member Receptions: June & Dec (2nd Thurs.)
"Evening at the Lake"(fund-raiser): Mid-Sept.
Workshops: As announced

US Chamber of Commerce
American Chamber of Commerce Executives
Carolinas Assoc. of Chamber of Commerce Executives

Marion Business Association
McDowell Economic Development Association
McDowell Tourism Development Authority
McDowell Health Coalition
Better Business Bureau of Western North Carolina
WNC Assoc. of Chamber of Commerce Executives

LINC Program

Tuition Ddiscount Program

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