Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber’s legislative trip to Raleigh keeps the issues of our business community in front of our legislators. The Chamber does an excellent job bringing concerns and actions that impact a wide and varied segment of Haywood County’s businesses to their attention.

Senior VP of
Operations & Marketing
Old Town Bank

The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is a business organization with a vested interest in the community. Our organization continues to provide the resources necessary for business success, economic vitality and a sustained quality of life in Haywood County.

Now more than ever is the time to be a member of the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce. Being a chamber member is one of the best investments you will make for your business. The Greater Haywood County Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business for the growth and prosperity of our members and the community. We are committed to being a voice for local business, building community prosperity, and collaborating with community partners to enhance the quality of life for all.

In 2010 the Haywood County Chamber moved into our new location to better serve our membership. We now reside in one of the most high-profile locations in Haywood County, and continue to remain the first point of contact for many visitors. The new location also provides a great meeting space for members, and the renovated historic building is a great face for Haywood County.

2010 was year of many accolades for the Chamber. A grant from BluePrints for Business provided multiple seminars aimed at helping members navigate this economy. Our Green Initiative is helping members become great stewards of the environment while highlighting Haywood County as an ecologically conscious business community. Programs like the Business Start Up Competition, Mélange of the Mountains, the Apple Festival, Fire & Ice, and the Blue Ridge Breakaway cycling event showcase the business community while acting as economic engines in and of themselves.

Many businesses have cut their marketing budgets during these tough times. Don’t make that mistake yourself. Because your competitors are cutting back, use this as the time to raise your visibility by being more assertive in your marketing. Website presence through banner ads and links on the Chamber website are a cost effective means of advertising and will help achieve a more aggressive marketing plan.

Networking or prospecting is another area that many businesses neglect. It is essential that you stay in touch regularly with your prospects and customers and that you hunt for new clients. People do business with those they know and trust. The Chamber offers several opportunities that will place you in the prospecting or networking environment. The Issues & Eggs Monthly breakfast and the Women in Business luncheons are just two examples. If you are not a chamber member please consider joining today. Our friendly and professional staff will make sure that all your questions are answered so that you may make an informed decision.

CeCe Hipps
Executive Director

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