Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates 125 years in service to local business

The milestone anniversary will be marked with a celebration of the Chamber’s history and its connections in the community.

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1,700+. That’s how many businesses are part of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. But it certainly didn’t start that way — in 1898, just 65 businesses in the Asheville area formed the Chamber’s precursor, the Board of Trade, to promote their economic interests and create a business community. But 125 years later, the Chamber still makes business vitality, community connections, and local growth its mission, and now it’s time to celebrate the century + a quarter of accomplishments.

Mark the milestone

The Chamber’s 125th Anniversary Celebration will be taking place on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Guests will gather for a garden party outside the Asheville Chamber (36 Montford Ave.), where you can listen to a little music, enjoy food + drinks from local restaurants and breweries, and build a network.

As part of the anniversary celebrations this year, the Community Betterment Foundation, the Chamber’s chartiable arm, is planning to award twelve grants to local nonprofits. A selection committee chose 24 finalists, and the public voted on the recipients back in June and July. We know you’re on the edge of your seat to find out the winners, but you’ll have to wait until the celebration.

Individual tickets to the event are $125, but you can also purchase a donated ticket, which will be given to these nonprofit grant finalists. Proceeds from the event will fund the $10,000 grants, and even if you can’t attend, you can make a grant donation directly.

Sustain the support

Although 125 years is a significant anniversary, the work of the Chamber doesn’t end when the string lights are put away and the marquees are taken down. There are plenty of ways for you to get involved outside of attending the party. Businesses of all sizes can become Chamber members as a way to build relationships with other local businesses and have a voice in local government. Even if you aren’t a member, you can join groups like Young Professionals of Asheville or attend events that are open to the public. Get ready to create some connections.

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