By Jessica Isaacs | [email protected]
Photos by Jim Swinkola
New and prospective members of the Avery Chamber convened at the chamber’s office on Thursday night for its annual open house, which draws in local folks for a celebration of the community’s business network.
The open house is held every January in addition to the chamber’s regularly scheduled Business After Hours events and brings everyone together for a good time.
“It’s a celebration of what we do for our chamber members and our prospective members, so we have a little bit of everybody,” said Chamber Executive Director Melynda Martin Pepple.
The event drew close to 100 people, who enjoyed food and door prizes from local establishments and fellowship with friends and neighbors.
“We had an excellent turnout,” Pepple said.
Pepple said the chamber and visitor center are dedicated to promoting local business partnerships, marketing the community and exploring new ways to promote tourism and commerce in the area.
Are you a prospective member? Chamber members enjoy the following benefits: and more
- Inclusion in a welcome letter email to 1,600 recipients
- Free listing in the chamber’s business and visitor guide
- Free listing on averycounty.com
- Opportunity to display rack brochures in the tourism office
- Access to the chamber’s knowledgeable and friendly staff
- Volunteer and leadership opportunities
- Monthly networking opportunities
The chamber will host its next Business After Hours Event at Linville Falls Winery on Feb. 9. For more information on this or other upcoming events and programs, check out averycounty.com or call 828-898-5605.
If you’re in town, stop by the visitor center at 4501 Tynecastle Highway Unit 2 in Banner Elk at the intersection of N.C. Highways 105 and 184 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays or between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
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