Committee Information

The following is a list of our chamber committees

Business & Community Development Committee

General Function

The Business Development Committee participates and/or initiates business development opportunities through the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the Committee is to provide recognition and support for business and industry.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities of the Business Committee shall include the following:

  1. Prepare an annual plan of work.
  2. Develop a committee budget to be approved by the Board of Directors.
  3. Organize and sponsor, along with County Government and the Town of West Jefferson, the annual industry appreciation luncheon.
  4. Organize and sponsor (along with other interested entities) an annual Job Fair.
  5. Support entrepreneurial efforts or opportunities with the Ashe County Public Schools.
  6. Other projects/programs as determined in the annual plan of work.
Membership

The Business Committee shall consist of a Chairman, other Board members and interested citizens.

Staffing

The Executive Director and other staff will assist in meeting notification as requested.

Chair

Kay Sexton

Education Committee

General Function

The Education Committee participates and/or initiates educational opportunities for the Ashe County Public Schools through the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the Committee is to provide education and leadership opportunities.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities of the Education Committee shall include the following:

  1. Prepare an annual plan of work including participation with Imagination Library.
  2. Develop a committee budget to be approved by the Board of Directors.
  3. Develop, plan and direct, along with the public schools, the Dick Miller Youth Leadership Program for high school juniors.
  4. Participate with County Government in hosting twice-annual Civics Days for high school sophomores.
  5. Participate in the Choices program for 8th grade students at Ashe Middle School.
  6. Other projects/programs as determined in the annual plan of work.
Membership

The Education Committee shall consist of a Chairman, other Board members and interested citizens.

Staffing

The Executive Director and other staff will assist in meeting notification as requested.

Chair

Jennifer Glass

Member Services

General Function

The Member Services Committee is always looking for ways to both enhance and enrich the membership experience as a part of YOUR Chamber. The committee plans all Networking Events for the membership. The monthly Member BLAST has become the most successful of those events. The year has seen a continuation of the activity by the (FREE) Chamber Consulting Service available to all Small Businesses in Ashe County. The Member Services Committee has the 23rd edition of the popular Christmas ornament in production (thanks to artist Bessie Clay).

The committee also oversees the planning and organization of (1) the Small Business of the Year Award luncheon (2) The Annual Chamber Membership Luncheon and (3) the Outrageous Customer Service Breakfast which all promote the best of Ashe County.

Chair

Terrie Moore

Personnel Committee

General Function

The Personnel Committee serves as the liaison between the Board of Directors and Chamber staff.  The primary goal of the Committee is to be an advocate for the staff and to oversee personnel-related functions.

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities of the Personnel Committee shall include the following:

  1. Monitor and ensure organizational compliance with state and federal regulations for human resources.
  2. Develop an annual budget relating to Chamber staff wages and benefits.
  3. Conduct the annual performance review of the Executive Director and ensure that the Executive Director conducts annual performance reviews of his/her staff.
  4. Monitor and update the Chamber’s Personnel policy as needed.
  5. In the event of open or newly-established positions, oversee the review/revision of job descriptions and the interview process.
  6. Maintain regular communication with the Chamber Executive Director and staff.
  7. Identify ways to show recognition of and appreciation for Chamber staff.
Membership

The Personnel Committee shall consist of the current Chamber President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and two at-large board members.

Staffing

The Executive Director and other staff will assist in meeting notification as requested.

Chair

Karen Powell

Tourism Development Committee

The Tourism Development Committee of Ashe County Chamber of Commerce creates opportunities for members to contribute to the growth and economic development of Ashe County by attracting visitors through the promotion of the County's natural resources, culture, heritage, businesses and adventures.

Objectives
  • Actively promotes Ashe County as a travel destination locally, regionally and statewide.
  • Enhance and maintain an effective, informative and user friendly website for the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce.
  • Develop and implement the annual tourism development program in a manner consistent with Chamber policy.
  • Strategically position Ashe County Chamber of Commerce to assume a leadership role in creating an Ashe County Tourist Development Authority (TDA).
Principle Activities
  • Create, implement and manage the advertising and marketing program for Ashe County Chamber including website, print advertising, collateral material associated with tourism and travel, and branding that will most effectively and efficiency use the Chamber of Commerce’s resources to promote tourism and travel in Ashe County.
  • Determine annual budget requirements and present recommendations to Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Develop and implement print media campaign including design, placement and timing of all print advertising.
  • Assist in the operation of the Chamber Visitor Center by providing the necessary collateral material for visitors to Ashe County.
  • Monitor website activity on behalf of the entire Chamber membership, provide periodic review and updates to the Chamber Board of Directors and make necessary changes to maintain viability.
  • Provide a clear, concise branding message and manage the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce brand.
  • Explore, develop and maintain strategic alliances with local, regional and state entities to promote tourism and travel in Ashe County and the high country.
  • Seek to create opportunities for all businesses and organizations in Ashe County to maximize the impact of the tourism and travel in our local economy.
  • Maintain ongoing communications with Ashe County Commissioners, Chamber Board and Membership and other funding sources.
Chair

Andy Guion

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