Finding a house is just one step in the complex process of building a home in a new community. Your local chamber of commerce offers a wealth of information to help you choose a neighborhood, find a job, start your own business, or plan for retirement. Today, we’re covering just a few of the many essential moving resources you can find at a Western North Carolina chamber of commerce near you.
What is a Chamber of Commerce?
At its heart, a chamber of commerce is a voluntary network of local businesses. Chambers of commerce advocate on behalf of member businesses to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life in a community. Chambers host activities that range from networking events to lobbying local representatives to engaging with local nonprofits. According to the US Chamber website:
As a chamber works to accomplish these goals, it must champion many different functions: economic developer and planner, tourist information center, business spokesperson, economic counselor and teacher, government relations specialist, human resources adviser, and public relations practitioner.
No other local organization is tapped into the community in the same way as your chamber of commerce. If you are moving to a new area, the local chamber offers essential information about employment, housing, education, health and wellness, and lifestyle opportunities in that area.
What Resources can You Find at Your Local Chamber of Commerce?
Employment Information and Resources
Many people move for work. Many others need to find employment quickly upon arriving in a new town. Your chamber of commerce helps you find support, available jobs, and resources wherever work takes you. Chambers are great resources for local employment (and unemployment) information. They may also host job boards, networking events, and career expos. And, of course, they have everything you need to start your own business.
Local Demographics and Essential Services
Unfamiliar with the many official and unofficial neighborhoods in your new town? Worried about finding the right school for your kids, or having access to necessary healthcare providers? Your chamber has education reports, cost of living information, details on local hospitals, and much more. You can also find information about everything from public transportation to county taxes and utilities.
A community is built on the foundation of local businesses, but that’s not all. A good chamber of commerce can convey how a community’s unique businesses interact with each other and with the greater environment. For instance, the Asheville Area Chamber offers a variety of information about visiting and living in Asheville. From local restaurants to arts and culture endeavors to outdoor adventures, there are many things to see and do.
There are many challenges and opportunities in choosing where and how to relocate in retirement. Your chamber can offer the same information as listed above, but tailored to the unique needs of a current or prospective retiree. Explore walkable neighborhoods and community engagement opportunities. Learn more about retirement communities, assisted living facilities, senior-care support, and long-term care options. And find great support networks to help you stay active and secure in your golden years.
COVID-19 Resource Guides
Right now, many local chambers around the country also feature a list of resources related to COVID-19. These guides include prevention tips, business support, workforce considerations, and more. In Asheville, the Chamber is hosting webinars and virtual town halls for business owners and the public alike. It has links to current unemployment and job information. And it offers access to a variety of business resources and funding support for small businesses navigating the current economy.
Find a WNC Chamber of Commerce Near You
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Coalition
36 Montford Avenue, Asheville | (828) 258-6101 | ashevillechamber.org
Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce
175 E Main Street, Brevard | (828) 883-3700 | brevardncchamber.org
Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville | (828) 692-1413 | hendersoncountychamber.org
Haywood County Chamber of Commerce
28 Walnut Street, Waynesville | (828) 456-3021 | haywoodchamber.com
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