Chamber Blog

Southern Appalachian Brewery has been awarded the Small Business Leader of the Quarter for the 1st Quarter of 2015 by the Small Business Committee of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to a company that has served Henderson County for more than three years, has grown to employ workers in our community and who has given back to the community through non-profit avenues.

           Many people join Chambers of Commerce expecting immediate return on investment (ROI). While there are many benefits to joining the Chamber, expecting immediate ROI is unrealistic. Like many investments, your investment in Chamber membership may take a while to fully accrue.

            Many membership benefits are obvious and immediate. Your listing on the website membership directory, access to member-only events, and placing your promotional materials in the Chamber reception area can all happen within a couple of days. Others take a while longer to develop and realize ROI. New members join the Chamber in hopes of building their network, generating new revenue streams, and taking advantage of educational opportunities.

            Setting reasonable goals for your Chamber membership is critical for ensuring your overall satisfaction as a member and realizing your long-term goals for your ROI. Where do you start in setting goals? Try starting with a set of SMART goals. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based.

Henderson County is blessed with many positive attributes which make our community a great place to live, work and raise a family. Being located in an idyllic location that experiences four seasons and has spectacular scenery is a gift we all appreciate. Having an economy that boasts a low unemployment rate of 4.2%, which is the 5th lowest in the state, is something we have worked diligently to attain. Much of that success can be attributed to the four economic engines that drive Henderson County’s economy – retirement, manufacturing, tourism and agribusiness.

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"Henderson County is blessed to enjoy a vibrant business community that embraces and enhances our high quality of life. Our community not only has a great business climate - it is a great place to live, work and raise a family." 

~ Bob Williford, President - Henderson County Chamber of Commerce

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce is a 1000+ membership based business organization representing businesses, not just in Henderson County, but all around the Western North Carolina region. I am Paul Parker, President of Carolina Information Technology Resource Corporation and I am one of those businesses.

There are a bunch of great options to keep up with what is going on at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce. If you are a member, but aren't receiving our weekly e-newsletter that goes out every Tuesday, that means we don't have your email on file. Give us a call and we will get that fixed for you. The Chamber also has a Facebook page and a Twitter page (HendersonCoCham). You might want to check those out.

We also publish a bi-monthly "Chamber Business Report" in the Times-News. It publishes the last Tuesday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December.

And, of course, you can always check back here - our website. It is the best and most up-to-date place to go for information. Or, give us a call - 828.692.1413!

Many people wonder what exactly the Chamber does for our community. We get a lot of calls about events such as the Apple Festival, the Antique Show, the Garden Jubilee, and other events, but those are actually organized by other entities such as the Travel & Tourism Office or Downtown Hendersonville, Inc.

The Chamber's main goal is to help you and your business thrive in Henderson County. From networking opportunities and business referrals, to efforts that improve the overall strength of the community, the Chamber strives to be of benefit to the community. Following is an overview of what we do: