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Chamber E-NEWS 9/14/2017
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Join us Thursday, Sept. 14th for Member Appreciation Open House
We appreciate YOU, our members and your commitment to the Chamber and Visitor Center! Allow us to say thank you with a Member Appreciation Reception. Plan to join us for a relaxed happy hour in the Visitor Center lobby where you can connect with your business friends and spend time with Chamber staff.
Green Opportunities is creating delicious hors d'oeuvres, and, of course, there will be beer and wine.
Please bring your co-workers and drop in anytime from 4:00 until 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 14th.

Early voting for City primary starts Sept. 21st
Early voting starts Sept. 21st for the City primary. Twelve individuals filed their intent to run for City Council in the 2017 primary. The Oct. 10th primary will narrow the field to six candidates on the ballot for the general election in November vying for three seats on Asheville City Council.
Our recent survey of the 2017 Asheville City Council candidates gives you information on where the candidates stand on issues of importance to the business community.
Please read the candidate responses as you consider your vote.

2017 Asheville City Council Candidate Survey

For early voting times, location and other voter services, visit Buncombe County Election Services
Primary FAQs from Citizen-Times
Conference to focus on role of railroad in transportation and economic development
The upcoming Railroads & Regional Economic Development Conference will focus on the dynamic and diverse changes in today's railroad industry and rail's critical role in regional transportation planning and development. Deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 15th.
Sessions will focus on how Western North Carolina can work to improve and expand freight services in the region; increase excursions to and through the mountains; promote existing tourist lines; and re-establish a passenger rail connection to Asheville and WNC.
This highly anticipated event will be held on Friday, September 22nd at the US Cellular Center Banquet at 8:30 a.m.
The conference is coordinated by the Western North Carolina Rail Committee, Inc, co-chaired by Marion Mayor Steve Little, Freddie Killough of the Marion Business Association and Ray Rapp of Mars Hill University.
Details & Registration
Diversity Engagement Coalition offers Professional Development Series
The Western North Carolina Diversity Engagement Coalition (DEC), a network of organizations dedicated to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion, presents the Fall 2017 Professional Development Series, Sept. 27-Nov. 15. The program is open to employees who would like to better position themselves for advancement. Learning objectives include: Building and strengthening relationships, Understanding your personal strengths, Managing conflict and navigating challenging environments, Negotiation skills,  Developing your narrative,  Developing and deepening leadership skills while increasing your value.
The Asheville Chamber is a member of the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition which seeks to bring people together to collectively support the professional development, engagement, and inclusion of multicultural people within the member organizations in Western North Carolina and to serve as a resource for organizations around best policy and practice regarding equity in the workplace.
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Upcoming Events
Sept. 19
2017 Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
Limited space still available for Afternoon Flight - 2:30 p.m. | The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Arden, NC 28704 | Details & Registration
Sept. 20
Fall Chamber Orientation
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. | Chamber Boardroom, 2nd floor, 36 Montford Ave.| Details & Register
Orientation is for newer members, newer employees or anyone who wants to get more engaged and learn more about how to make the most of your membership.
Sept. 21
September Business Before Hours
8:00-9:00 a.m. | Loving Food Resources, 123 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville | Details
Note: This event is Thursday (not the usual Tuesday).
Sept. 22
Railroads & Regional Economic Development Conference
8:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m.| US Cellular Center Banquet Room, 87 Haywood St. | Details & Registration
Sept. 27
Ribbon Cutting for Riveroak Fitness
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | 125 S. Lexington Ave., Suite 102-A, Asheville 28801 | Details
Oct. 4
Smart Series - Social Media: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Boardroom, 2nd Floor, 36 Montford Ave.| Details & Register
Oct. 12
Mega Networking - Fall 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon | Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, 1009 Patton Ave., Asheville 28806
Registration Link
Oct. 19
Metro Economy Outlook
11:30 a.m. | Celine & Co., On Broadway, 49 Broadway, Asheville | Details & Register
Save These Dates
Oct. 24
Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast
8:30 a.m. | Rhubarb | Details
Nov. 15
Economic Summit Asheville
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Asheville US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. | Details
Nov. 28
2017 WomanUP Celebration
8:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Crowne Plaza Expo Center | 1 Resort Dr., Asheville | Details

Welcome to our newest members!
Arcadia Beverage, LLC - manufacturer of juice, tea, lemonade, orange juice
Little Jumbo LLC - bar
Polanco Restaurant - contemporary Mexican cuisine
Range Urgent Care - urgent medical care
RootWise Landscape Solutions, LLC - landscaping services
Thrivent Financial - financial planning
YWCA of Asheville - community center, women's and children's support
Community Events

Sept 16 - Art in Autumn
Sept 16 - Women's Friendship Day Celebration - Dress Like Edna Day
Sept 16 - North Asheville Food Truck Festival
Sept 16 - Return of the Raptors Hike
Sept 16 - Heritage Weekend
Sept 16 - Men's Breakfast & Tour
Sept 19 - Free Knee Injury Prevention Workshop
Sept 23 - Over The Edge with Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Sept 23 - Becoming the Boss of the Best
Sept 27 - 5th Annual Mountain Credit Union "Tee It Up For Diabetes" Golf Tournament
Oct 4 - Growing and Maintaining a Company Culture (W/Jay Richardson of New Belgium
Oct 5 - "Parenting with Identity in Mind" FEATURING ROSETTA LEE
Oct 6 - More Than Mindfulness Conference
Oct 6 - Pastor Appreciation Breakfast and Tour
News from Members

Asheville School recognizes 50 years of racial integration

Platinum Group offers human capital management webinar series

16th Annual Empty Bowls benefit for MANNA FoodBank - Sept. 25th

Better Business Bureau urges checking security breach

Carolina Day School offers free forum to the public

Local playwright premieres newest work "Carry On" at ACT

2nd annual Asheville Fine Art Show scheduled for May 19 & 20, 2018

Vaya, MAHEC make overdose-reversal kits available to Buncombe County Schools

Discover the Boogerman Trail with Friends of the Smokies

Immedion promotes Brad Alexander to Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

Pardee Hospital shares news on facilities and programs

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