Programs & Initiatives


Business and Economic Development Committee

The Business and Economic Development Committee provides awards, recognition, education, communication opportunities and resources to assist Chamber members in operating successful businesses in Haywood County. The overall goal of the committee is to enhance business opportunities for small businesses dealing with growth and competing businesses in Haywood County. The committee sponsors the annual Business Start-Up Competition, selects and recognizes Business of the Month recipients, Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. Members of the committee also work diligently to provide quality speakers and programming for monthly Issues and Eggs breakfast meetings focusing on issues or topics concerning HCC Chamber members.


Governmental Relations Committee

The Governmental Relations Committee establishes and enhances relationships with governmental officials, provides information and obtains input from our members on governmental issues relevant to them; recommends advocacy positions and communicates the Chamber’s viewpoint to our membership and elected officials. The committee continues to build relations and improve communication between Chamber leadership and public officials, conducting an annual survey to the membership requesting input in relation to governmental policies and how it impacts their business to develop a legislative agenda for Haywood County that communicates strong and consistent positions for businesses. The committee also hosts roundtable session(s) with Elected Officials to discuss issues of importance to area businesses, the Annual Elected Officials Reception, Annual Candidates Forum or Meet and Greets inviting candidates seeking elected office to participate, and Annual Chamber delegation visit to NC Representatives in Raleigh, NC.


Women in Business

The Chamber’s Women in Business Committee aims to prepare women (and men) to be professional leaders in our community and to provide mentoring and support at all levels of business. The Committee coordinates and schedules Quarterly Luncheons on topics ranging from Personal Image and Branding to becoming a Financially Savvy Woman. Partners in LeadershipYPW Application.


Young Professionals of Haywood

The Young Professionals of Haywood (YPH) host monthly Professional Development, Networking and Community Service events in an effort to make Haywood County a better place to live, work and play.


Leadership Haywood

Leadership Haywood has become one of the most prestigious organizations in Haywood County.  Each year, a select group of local leaders learn not only what is going on in our business community but, how they can make a difference.  The program builds community relations through in-depth view of cultural, economic, historic, social, educational, and environmental and government resources.  The result is that the alumni have made countless contribution to the community and it quality of life. Leadership Haywood connects participants with prominent civic, business and government leaders.


Event Committees

Chamber Golf Tournament

The Chamber hosts an annual golf tournament in support of its initiatives. Golfers enjoy an afternoon of golf, lunch, a goody bag and an opportunity to network with members of the local business community. The Golf Committee is responsible for pre-event and day of coordination, sponsorship generation and post event follow up.

Mélange of the Mountains

Mélange of the Mountains Culinary Gala attracts more than 300 attendees and a dozen member restaurants to indulge in an evening of culinary delights and networking opportunities. This Committee is responsible for pre-event and day of coordination, sponsorship generation, restaurant recruitment and post event follow up.

Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon

Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon is an annual event for the Chamber. Running through downtown Waynesville and local areas, participants can enjoy Spring in the Smokies as they race to the finish. The Gateway Committee organizes pre-event and race day details, sponsorships, route safety and more.

Please contact the chamber for more information at or 828.456.3021 about any of our programs or initiatives