Committee Information

The following is a list of our chamber committees


Business & Community Development Committee

The Business & Community Development Committee seeks to facilitate connections between area industries and other businesses, schools, and community partners, while also developing local leaders and offering support for small businesses.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Conduct industry and non-profit organization visits to enhance committee members' understanding of Ashe County business operations and to create connections
  • Plan and facilitate annual Leadership Ashe and Connect Ashe programs
  • Oversee the Small Business Consulting Group, a free and confidential consulting service available to any Ashe County business
  • Support, fund, and escort Ashe County Schools STEM tours
  • Aid the Ashe County Schools CTE Advisory Committee and other entrepreneurial efforts or opportunities with the Ashe County Schools.

Andria Robbins


Education Committee

The Education Committee seeks to assist area education by partnering with and supporting Ashe County Schools, Ashe Early College, and the Ashe County homeschool community.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop, plan, and direct the Dick Miller Youth Leadership Program for high school juniors and seniors
  • Facilitate a scholarship program for Ashe County students through the Ashe Advantage Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
  • Welcome and support first-year or first-year-in-Ashe teachers and homeschool group instructors through the Adopt A Teacher program

Joallen Lowder


Member Services Committee

The Member Services Committee seeks to enhance and enrich the membership experience for the 450+ members of the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce by planning networking opportunities and providing recognition for Chamber members.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Plan and facilitate monthly Member Blast and Morning Mingle networking events
  • Organize three annual Chamber events: the Outrageously Good Customer Service Awards breakfast, the Small Business of the Year Award luncheon, and the Annual Meeting
  • Select recipients of and annually present the Cabot Hamilton Community Advocacy Award and Non-Profit of the Year Award
  • Oversee production of the annual Christmas ornament by Bessie Clay
  • Review and determine categories and investment fees for Chamber membershi

Rita Schaefer


Tourism Committee

The Tourism Committee actively promotes Ashe County locally, statewide, and regionally as a travel destination through carefully designed advertising and marketing programs, consistent branding, and area partnerships, seeking to increase economic impact and business opportunities.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement cohesive advertising campaigns, strong social media presence, and sponsorships of major area events including MerleFest and Christmas in July
  • Facilitate the Ashe County Event Calendar and Virtual Tour
  • Distribute the annual Ashe County Guide
  • Lead planning and organization of the Blue Ridge Brutal bike ride
  • Work closely with the West Jefferson TDA, High Country Host, and other area Chambers to present unified, mutually-beneficial campaigns
  • Promote Ashe County as "the Coolest Corner of North Carolina"

Andy Guion