The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce will celebrate our local small businesses during National Small Business Week and continue to shine the light on the backbone of our community. This week is all about recognizing our local businesses and helping them connect, learn and grow.

“Mitchell County is blessed with so many small businesses and business owners that provide the backbone of our economy,” said Patti Jensen, Mitchell County Chamber Executive Director. Small businesses are a vital part of Mitchell County’s economy: sustaining jobs, adding to our unique culture and creating new products and services. “The Chamber’s mission is to support business and promote community and Small Business Week is a great opportunity to connect with our mission and remind everyone of the importance of small businesses in our county.”

The Chamber will be celebrating Small Business Week with a variety of events. Businesses are invited to take part in these events and offerings throughout the week and local citizens are encouraged to join the Chamber in celebrating small businesses in our community by making a point to shop local this week, share a business’ social media posts, tag your favorite local businesses in a thank you social media post, visit local businesses and thank them for doing business in Mitchell County.

Activities throughout Small Business Week in Mitchell County will include:

Daily shout outs on the Chamber’s Facebook page for ways to celebrate small business each day of the week.

Business Spotlights featuring local businesses.

Professional headshots by local photographer Dewberry Photography on Thursday September 16th. Get a new professional photo for your business website and social media profile at a reduced cost of $30 for Chamber Members and $50 for non-members. Call the Chamber to schedule your appointment.

Lunch and Learn series on Thursday September 16th 12-1:15 at the Spruce Pine Fire Department. Bring your lunch to this free event and learn the latest marketing tips as well as how to use networking with those right in our own community to build your business and support other businesses. Guest speaker Talia Freeman, Marketing Director, Beech Mountain Resort.  The event is co-sponsored by Mayland Community College Small Business Center. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Registration is on the Chamber’s Facebook page or call 765-9033.

Support Local Raffle: Purchase a raffle ticket at the Mitchell County Chamber office for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to shop local. Call the Chamber at 765-9033 for all the details.

National Small Business Week is a celebration and appreciation of small businesses. With an emphasis on local shopping and supporting local entrepreneurs, it highlights the role small businesses contribute in the nation’s economy.