Get to Know Us

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce is the area’s largest business organization and has served the Mitchell County area for more than 50 years. A lot has changed over the last fifty years and while we still value the honest and hardworking community we live in, we understand that businesses and organizations just don’t operate in the same world as they used to. In response we are developing new ways of defining the business community, connecting our member businesses through new networks and encouraging a spirit of renewal in our entrepreneurial community. While we are moving forward with innovative ways of helping our members grow and succeed, we still base our core business models and relationships with our members on old-fashioned mountain values.

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The Chamber At A Glance

The Chamber is an active membership organization that serves the needs of businesses, non-profits and government agencies of all sizes in Mitchell County. There is no other organization that connects you to all of the areas of the region like the Mitchell County Chamber.

Call us and let us tell you how we can help your business, we believe you will understand why hundreds of your business neighbors partner with the Chamber.



Who We Are

The Chamber has been a part of the Mitchell County area for more than five decades. Businesses, non-profits, agencies and individuals choose to be a part of the Chamber because we are a dedicated pro-active business leadership organization. We have proven, through our many projects and initiatives, that working with our community partners and business members results in an organization that benefits our members and our community. Contact us to learn how we support businesses and impact our entire community.



Our Mission

The Mitchell County Chamber is a member driven organization that serves its members by helping to create and sustain a healthy economic climate. Our mission is to support business and promote community.



Board of Directors (Effective 7/1/2022)


Gene Self
ECU School of Dental Medicine


Leanna Grindstaff
Tri County Builders


Ruthie Styles
Blue Ridge Partnership for Children


Ethan Finch
State Employees Credit Union

Executive Committee

Gene Self
Leanna Grindstaff
Ruthie Styles
Ethan Finch
Mandi Polly


Elected and Appointed Directors

Darlene Butler
Town of Spruce Pine

Chuck Shelton
Mountain Community Health Partnership

Ciji Dellinger
Hospice and Pallative of the Blue Ridge

Tara Garland
Blue Ridge Community Hospital/NC Rhododendron Festival

Mia Hall
Penland School of Craft

Starli McDowell
Toe River Valley Watch

Nikki Presnell

Patrick D’Elia
Sibelco Corporation

Walton Shepherd
L&L Furniture

Morgan Hall
Dewberry Photos and Design

Theresa Lewis
Theresa Lewis Photography/ Bakersville Area Merchants Assoc.

Steve Rowland
Bowditch Antiques

April Jones
NC Works

Jeff Harding
Commissioner Appointed


Executive Director
Mandi Polly
Joined the Chamber: 2021

Member Services Director
Jelinda Glenn
Joined the Chamber: 2022

Office Administrator
Sandy Buchanan
Joined the Chamber: 2008

Jill Edwards
Joined the Chamber: 2014

Visitor Center Manager
David Biddix
Joined the Chamber: 2022

Alyce Owens
Joined the Chamber: 2021