• S.T.I.R Business Connections

  • Chamber members are invited to join us for our 2020 S.T.I.R. business connection events. We look forward to seeing you!

    Socialize – Starting and growing business relationships is what these gatherings are all about. Combine that with great food and drinks at the end of the business day, at a location that is eager to share something new with you, and a group of friendly hometown business people. You'll get to know fellow business leaders and owners who want to know you as well. Meet and greet in a relaxed, social setting and learn more about each other.

    Talk - Sharing upcoming events, business specials, and new ideas is what makes businesses thrive and grow. Maybe you’ve been wearing all the hats at your business and you’ve found some ways to streamline your day. Share your story and make a difference for someone else, and be prepared to learn something new yourself! And besides, who says it has to be all about business? Sometimes putting a personal spin on an idea can break the ice!

    Interact – We’re a well-rounded Chamber, with gifted members from all walks of life. Do you tend to be outgoing? Find someone who may be new or unfamiliar with the group, and introduce yourself; then introduce them to someone you know. Sometimes all it takes is that ONE thing to make a real difference for someone else – and for you too!

    Remember – Follow up with just one business person that you met or an old friend you caught up with at STIR. One new business connection can translate into new business. Call them up or send an email – or better yet make plans to meet them for lunch – we’ve got some terrific restaurants in the neighborhood!

    The STIR; NOW we’re connecting businesses!

  • 2020 S.T.I.R. Schedule of Events 2020 S.T.I.R. Schedule of Events

  • January 23: Inaugural Lazy Hiker-Sylva Taproom and Mad Batter Kitchen Chili Cook-off, 5-6:30 p.m.           

    March 19-20: March Madness at the chamber- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., two-day event

    April 9: Dogwood Crafters luncheon/networking 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    May 16: Hook, Line and Drinker Festival, 3-7 p.m.

    June 25: Jackson County Habitat for Humanity, 5-6:15 p.m.

    July 4: Fireworks, 6 p.m. until fireworks at dark (9:45 p.m.)

    August 27: The Paper Mill Lounge- networking lunch in the pavilion, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    September 24: Jackson County Public Library and Friends of the Library, 5-6:30 p.m.

    October 22: Sylva Rotary Club at Innovation Station, 5-6:30 p.m.

    November 19: Holiday Party, UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, Harrah's Cherokee, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    As always, the Chamber will partner with Town and Rec Dept. to host Concerts on the Creek each Friday night from 7-9 pm, beginning Memorial Day and concluding Labor Day!


    • Events are subject to change. Always check your digital invitation.
    • Events begin at 5 p.m. (unless otherwise posted) and last approximately 1 hour.
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  • On Friday, Oct. 18, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony for our new members at The Farmhouse Mercantile and Coffee Bar. Located at 582 West Main Street in Sylva, The Farmhouse features handmade, unique farm house pieces, beautiful purses, jewelry, clothing, and much more. After shopping, enjoy their full service coffee bar and homemade pastries. The Mercantile is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Coffee Bar is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (828) 707-3331 or visit on Facebook. From left are Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Spiro Donaldson, Chamber Ambassadors John Hagdorn, Patricia C. Stanberry, Ina Sams, Steve Baxley, Brandi Warner, The Farmhouse's Kim Maynor, Farmhouse owner Tammy Fuller, her daughter Alillya Fuller, Tori Moody from the Farmhouse, Cody Stiles with the Farmhouse, Taylor Pettit with the Farmhouse, Richard Creasy with the Farmhouse, and Chamber Ambassadors Michele D Smith , Matt Saenger, Chad Gerrety, Laurie Lombardi Bryson, Brett Woods, and Natalie Newman.

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