The Business and Economic Development Committee mission states the committee will provide awards, recognition, education, and communication opportunities and resources to assist Chamber members in operating successful businesses in Haywood County. The committee’s main areas of focus are related to small business issues, advocacy, economic development and workforce development.
The chamber staff and committee monitor the business climate and provide the forum to help member businesses stay competitive and raise their visibility in an ever changing climate.
The committee sponsors the annual Business Start-Up Competition and recognizes the recipient at the Annual Awards Dinner held in June. Members investigate providing additional assistance and support to Business Start-Up Competition entries and explore additional funding opportunities for the Business Start-Up Competition including grant opportunities.
The committee also selects and recognizes Business of the Month recipients, Business of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year. Recipients are recognized during monthly Issues & Eggs breakfast meetings and the Chamber’s Annual Dinner. 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.
Other efforts of the Business and Economic Development Committee are the continued partnership and programming with Haywood Community College, HCC Small Business Center, Haywood Economic Development Commission, Haywood Advancement Foundation, Advantage West, BREC, Smoky Mountain Development Corporation, Smoky Mountain Small Business and Industry Center, SCORE, Mountain Bizworks, SBTDC, and REAL ; continued CEC growth through website development and training’ and to Incorporate the Green Business Initiative as a function of the Business Economic Development Committee.
To open a shop is easy. To keep it open is an art.