Take Action

It is important that our elected officials hear from you regarding COVID-19 needs. Below are actions you can take directly or organizations that are coordinating surveys in order to advocate for you.
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2nd Impact Survey and Town Halls

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is gathering input via an updated survey and through Town Halls focused on specific industry groups. Town Halls are open to business owners, managers or senior leadership. Registration required, see schedule below.

2nd Impact Survey
The North Carolina General Assembly is about to go into session to consider COVID-19 relief measures, and they need to hear from you and business leaders in your networks about what you need now and what obstacles you’ve faced as this crisis has evolved. Business owners, fill in the survey here.

Upcoming Town Halls:
Business owners and leaders are invited to join industry-specific town halls to share ideas or strategies that could benefit your industry in the next phases of reopening and recovery.

This is an opportunity to discuss new standards of doing business and to share your thoughts with County officials on operational changes, challenges and needed resources for employee and workplace safety in your industry. These Town Halls will also help you begin thinking about what you would need in order to reopen quickly.

Town Halls will include Buncombe County public health experts to clarify what reopening would mean from a public health perspective, the decision-making process that will go into it and expectations around timing (at least what is known at the moment).

While public health and safety take precedence, these Town Hall’s will inform the guidance County officials might issue for essential and non-essential businesses in the coming weeks.

Discussions will be facilitated by Asheville Chamber staff with Buncombe County public health experts. Participants will be able to share their comments via Zoom chat.

Town Halls are open to business owners, managers or senior leadership. Registration required.

If you are unable to attend, or missed your industry-specific Town Hall, but would still like to offer input, please email business@buncombecounty.org. Meetings will be recorded and available online. (We’ll update this article as those links become available.)

Child care/Adult Day Care Town Hall
Monday, April 27th • 8:30 a.m. • Register

Healthcare Town Hall
Monday, April 27th • 11:30 a.m. • Register

Arts/Entertainment/Recreation Town Hall
Tuesday, April 28th • 9:00 a.m. • Register

Retail Town Hall
Tuesday, April 28th • 11:00 a.m. • Register

Lodging Town Hall
Tuesday, April 28th • 1:00 p.m. • Register

Restaurants Town Hall
Tuesday, April 28th • 2:30 p.m. • Register

Manufacturing Town Hall
Tuesday, April 28th, 4:00 p.m. • Register

Personal Services Town Hall
Thursday, April 30 – 11 AM • Register

Professional Services Town Hall
Friday, May 1 – 1:30 PM • Register