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Mountain chambers of commerce join forces to promote business

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will work with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce to help market business opportunities in Haywood. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Two mountain chambers of commerce joined forces to boost each other’s economies. The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will work with the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce to help market business opportunities in Haywood.

“It's a terrific thing that they're collaborating,” said Harris Clark, who opened his Farm Tables Etc. store on Canton’s Main Street earlier this year instead of in the Asheville area. “As a business starting out, we couldn't afford the rents there."

Haywood commissioners will spend $100,000 a year for the contract.

Canton mayor Zeb Smathers sees business growth around Asheville heading toward his town.

He said the agreement will help both jurisdictions, with people living and working and traveling back and forth in each area.

“We're very excited to attract everything from hotels to restaurants to shops in our downtown. We just think this really helps us plug in to the Buncombe chamber and allows us to have more databases, more exposure,” Smathers said.

Smathers called it’s a win-win for both chambers. He said Canton is in a strong position to compete for new businesses and bringing them to Canton brings new jobs, as well.

“It's really a place that's going to be booming soon, and it's only a 20-minute drive from Asheville for customers as well,” Clark said.

The contract with the Asheville Area Chamber runs three years.

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