Chamber Blog

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2017 Chairman, Chamber Board of Directors

Your Henderson County Chamber of Commerce has been a positive force for business since 1911. In the 106 years since its founding along the Buncombe Turnpike we have beheld many changes. We have seen the fall of the horse and the railroad; the rise of automobiles we drive to ones that are driven for us. Communication from posted letters to internet emails and from the telegraph to the telephone to the smart phone. Time that was kept in your pocket, then on your wrist, can now be found on your phone too.

One of the great constants through the years has been your Chamber. Providing your businesses with support and encouragement through great and not so great times, each year helping make Henderson County a great place to start and run a business. There are over 2,800 businesses here in our community and your Chamber has regularly scheduled programs and services to make them better in so many ways. Here are but a few:

It can seem that your Chamber never sleeps. At 7:45am on the second Wednesday of each month the informational networking opportunity called Business Morning Update is held at The Chariot in downtown Hendersonville. Over coffee and pastries businesses interact before hearing about timely community events and issues affecting our business community. Every Thursday at 8:00am two separate Leads Groups, north and south, meet for a weekly review of local business happenings from twenty + professionals during a casual one-hour meeting. Then on the second Thursday at 8:30am the Small Business Committee meets. This was my first formative experience at the Chamber and I remember the work their fondly. Setting up and breaking down tables makes for a very supportive group.

When writing newspaper columns or press release we always include our “Tag-line” which very briefly describes our organization. You will find it at the end of this column as well. We hope that this column will go a little further in depth as to who we are, and just as importantly, who we are not.

            There are four economic drivers in Henderson County – agriculture, manufacturing, retirement and tourism. According to the industrial directory published by the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, over 135 manufacturers call Henderson County home. They range from the large industry leaders such as Meritor and Wilsonart to the small family owned companies such as Mountain Rug Mills and Southern Appalachian Craft Brewery. With over 5,000 employees making an average of $940 plus a week, you can see why organizations such as the Chamber and the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development work hard at maintaining the quality of life that is so important when companies are looking to build or relocate their facility.

            Just a few of the aspects that make Henderson County so attractive are:

Effective March 1, 2016, certain repair, maintenance and installation (RMI) services performed on tangible personal property are subject to sales tax. It is critical for both vendors and consumers of these services to familiarize themselves with these rules. As with sales tax on products, if sales tax should have been charged but was not, a corresponding use tax is owed by the customer.

Unfortunately, it will not always be straight-forward to determine which RMI services are taxable. One rule of thumb to consider is that if the underlying property is subject to sales tax, then the associated RMI services may also be taxable. If, however...

Some business owners might say their schedule is demanding enough at the moment, and the thought of adding one more activity to their busy calendar is unbearable. So why should they try to cram time into their already hectic schedules to join and actively participate in the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce? Because membership in the Chamber offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within their community and local marketplace.

The infographic below will give you tips on how you can increase the number of visitors to your Expo booth and be the center of attraction to your target customers.