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Chamber E-NEWS 9/21/2017
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Closing out summer with Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
In the last official week of summer, gorgeous weather greeted members of Asheville's business community for a day of golf at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove. Golfers, sponsors and volunteers made connections while enjoying a beautiful day. The annual tournament is one of the Chamber's largest fundraisers supporting our mission of building community through business.
Congratulations to overall tournament champions Wicked Weed Brewing (Ryan Guthy, Justin Crouch, Nate Smith and Rob Robinson) and second place overall Ken Wilson Ford (John Schmidt, Ronnie Dillingham, Hugh Yarborough and Jeff Pruitt).
View photos from the event
Thank you to our sponsors for your support in making this a great event: presenting sponsors Coldwell Banker King and Build Carolina along with Highland Brewing, Luella's Bar-B-Que, Sciteck, Asheville Radio Group, Hyatt Place, Pepsi, Beverly-Hanks & Associates, Moody Plumbing, Arcadia Beverage, Altamus, CleanEnvironments, Jos. A Bank, Clarus, NOVA, Big Frog, Insurance Service of Asheville, Atlantic Bay Mortgage, Asheville Ford, The Blood Connection, Nationwide - McKinney Insurance Services, Citizen-Times, Bojangles, Oppenheimer, FASTSIGNS of Asheville, Asheville Elks Lodge, Asheville Outlets, Sam's Club and Blue Moon Water.

Local Partners Collaborate to Purchase Creative Vitality Suite
A local partnership has worked together to acquire a new data tool for the arts called Creative Vitality Suite (CV Suite). CV Suite helps quantify the economic activity of arts in the local economy, provides data to add insight about the region’s creative sector, and helps measure change. The software was developed by Westaf, an organization partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, whose goals are dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. The organizations include Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce/EDC, City of Asheville, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, River Arts District Artists, and UNC Asheville. The software incorporates a Creative Vitality Index that measures for-profit and nonprofit activity and shows Asheville Metro has a strong creative economy compared to the state of North Carolina. In 2015 Asheville showed 44% more creative activity per capita than the rest of the state using Westaf’s criteria, a good starting point for further investigation. For the Asheville Area Chamber, contact Heidi Reiber for more information.
Early voting for City primary open
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
Asheville Chamber map ad sales underway
We are pleased to be working with cartographic and marketing firm Target Marketing Inc. to publish a new, up-to-date, full color Asheville Street Map and Resource Guide. Members have an opportunity to include an advertisement on the new map. More than 14,000 maps will be printed and will be available for about 24 months. For more information about advertising on the map, contact Target Marketing at 800-933-3909.
Upcoming Events
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!
Camp Bow Wow South Asheville - dog day care & boarding
Kerry Bober Branding by Design - graphic design and branding
LabelPack Automation, Inc. - manufacturing; fulfillment; automated labeling system
Lanier Air Products - industrial equipment service provider (air compressors)
Momentum Gallery - contemporary art gallery
The Peaks - commercial developer
Community Events

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
Sept 27 - Basic Internet Marketing
Sept 30 - Building Your Business' Strategy and Business Planning
Sept 30 - Michaelmas Festival
Oct 4 - Social Media for Business
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 - Glassworks Concert Series ft. HotPoint Trio, Ginger's Revenge & Habitat Brewing
Oct 6 - Pastor Appreciation Breakfast and Tour
Oct 7 - Brand Messaging Workshop
Oct 10 - Close The Confidence Gap: Speak Authentically; Present Powerfully
Oct 11 - Advanced Internet Marketing
Oct 14 - How to Find Your Customers
News from Members

Friday Staffing posts immediate job openings

Challenges of preserving biodiversity on a crowded plant is focus of Collider's movie night

Betty Smith to receive Order of the Long Leaf Pine at Mars Hill University

New graduate RN Residency program hosts open house

Mission Hospital earns comprehensive stroke center certification

Eliada seeks volunteers for Corn Maze

BBB offers free shredding

Of Time and the River fine art show to benefit RiverLink and the French Broad River

Composition by Asheville School senior selected for West Coast Music Festival

Friends of the Smokies awarded grant to promote bear safety on AT

Park Ridge Health celebrates new DAISY Award recipient

Avadim Technologies announces partnership with Cardinal Health

United Federal Credit Union partners with Red Cross in hurricane relief efforts

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