Attention: Chamber Members on our Restaurant and Entertainment Guide Page!!!

Please review your information on this page and let me know when you have updates. Spring is on the way and I know many will have new hours to post. Many hotels and vacation rentals/cabins print this list to give to their guests to let them know about entertainment and dining opportunities.

Chamber’s Facebook Page Has a New Feature

The Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page now lists community events! These events are inclusive of the events at the Festival Grounds AND any event that is being held in Maggie Valley. Example: Elevated Mountain hosts events on the weekends (music, chili cook-off, etc). To have your event included in our Calendar, all you have to do is create a Facebook event page for your event and invite us to attend! We will then share you event on our event page. Simple as that!


Asheville Chamber of Commerce Announces Collaboration with Aetna Providing Small Businesses Better Access to Healthcare Solutions

Asheville, N.C. (March 11, 2020) – The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce today announced a new collaboration with Aetna, providing small businesses access to Aetna Funding Advantage health insurance. Member businesses that are part of 35 chambers of commerce in 26 counties may participate through Chamber Health Insurance for Western North Carolina, established by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Access to quality, affordable healthcare has the potential to truly help businesses grow and thrive. Our collaboration with Aetna is a step forward in addressing the insurance needs of small businesses and their employees,” said Kit Cramer, president & CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Buncombe County has had the lowest unemployment rate in North Carolina for four years running. Providing benefits like health insurance can help companies attract and retain talent in the workforce.”

“We’re excited to partner with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce to offer innovative and affordable health care benefit options with Aetna Funding Advantage.,” said Jim Bostian, Aetna’s market president in North Carolina. “In addition to our standard plans, we have a unique collaboration with Mission Health Partners, to offer our Aetna Whole Health product that is a powerful solution for managing health care costs and helping people on their path to better health.”

“Mission Health Partners is excited to collaborate with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Aetna to support Chamber Health Insurance for Western North Carolina,” said Terence van Arkel, Chief Financial Officer, HCA Healthcare North Carolina Division.  “Mission Health Partners is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the citizens of Western North Carolina.  We are enthusiastic for the opportunity to increase the health insurance coverage options for local businesses and their employees.”

Qualifying chamber member employers may contact their insurance broker for a quote.  If you do not have a broker, you may call the Asheville Chamber at 828-258-6119 for information on how to get a quote. You can also visit www.discoveraetna.com/afa.

About Aetna

Aetna, a CVS Health company, serves an estimated 38 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental and behavioral health plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, visit www.aetna.com and explore how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world. @AetnaNews

About Mission Health Partners

Mission Health Partners (MHP) is a physician-governed network of hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers working together to improve healthcare quality, performance, efficiency and value for the residents of Western North Carolina.

Asheville Chamber Media Contact:
Erin Leonard
Vice President of Communications
828-258-6131
eleonard@ashevillechamber.org


Your Input is Requested – TDA 1% Grant Monies Survey 

We have an opportunity this year to provide our Maggie Valley 1% committee with input on what projects, events, etc. we as business owners and residents would like to see funded through our 1% monies. Please email your input to Teresa @maggievalley.org by April1st  so we can compile your ideas and have them ready to review/discuss at our Rise and Shine meeting on April 7.

As of now the Rise and Shine will go on as scheduled. However, we will only be providing coffee. The pot luck breakfast will be suspended for the month of April. The meeting will be a BYOB meeting…..Bring Your Own Breakfast. Should these plans change we will let you know.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Teresa at the Chamber office.

Thank you!


THANKS FOR TWINKLING!!

On behalf of the Maggie Valley Chamber’s Winter Days Committee . . . . THANK YOU to all who helped decorate Maggie Valley for the 2019-2020 Winter Season!

THANK YOU to those who helped prep the skis and snowmen, painted them, installed and took down the skis…

THANK YOU to those businesses and residents who put white winter lights up and kept them up until the first of March! We look forward to having more businesses twinkling this next season.

We are already planning and preparing for the 2020-2021 Winter Season! We will have twenty (20) 8-ft snowmen this year and we will need people to paint them. Sixteen (16) 2 ft snowflakes will be created. And, our BIG PROJECT is to create three (3) “gigantic’ pairs of reindeer/elk to be placed throughout the valley. Our plan is to have a prototype of the “elk’ at the Tuesday, April 7th RISE and SHINE meeting.

Thank you for your support of this project that keeps Maggie Valley twinkling during the dark (and rainy) days of winter!

Sue Knapko, Chair
Maggie Valley Chamber Winter Days Committee


Banner Ads Available

Would you like to have your business advertised on the www.maggievalley.org or www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.com website that received (just shy) of 1 MILLION views last year? This opportunity is available to you for ONLY $90 for six months. That’s only 50 cents per day to have your business in front of thousands of people each month. Tell us which page you want your banner ad to run. Take advantage of this opportunity fast — only a few spaces remain. Contact the Chamber office at 828.926.1686.


COVE CREEK ROAD TO CLOSE – Road to Cataloochee Valley

N.C. Department of Transportation officials recently awarded a contract to stabilize a hillside on Cove Creek Road about five miles from Jonathan Creek Road in Haywood County.

NCDOT engineers and officials from Great Smoky Mountains National Park have determined the safest course of action is to close public access to the Cataloochee area until construction is complete. The winding, narrow and unpaved road will be closed starting Feb. 10. It is scheduled to reopen on May 20. 
Crews will restore the original width of the road by building a new retaining wall on the slope above the road to help prevent future slides and unexpected closures. In 2013, a slide removed a portion of the road and hillside below the road. NCDOT crews made short-term repairs that have kept the road passable for more than six years. Now, these improvements should stabilize this location for decades.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park will close Highway 284 — the alternate route into Cataloochee from Tennessee — throughout the duration of the construction project at the park boundary approximately two miles north of Mt. Sterling Gap. For more information on GSMNP road and trail closures, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/temproadclose.htm.
For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on social media.

COVID-19 Message

Patrick Johnson, Public Service Director, Haywood County Health & Human Services Agency has begun to send out a weekly COVID-19 message to keep the community informed. The Chamber will forward these messages on a weekly basis.

The message will provide pertinent updates, attachments and information from the State calls and emails. The goal is to send one email with important updates and summary bullets.

·     Mar 3, 2020. A North Carolina person has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The test, conducted by North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, is presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lab. The person is doing well and is in isolation at home. The North Carolina person from Wake County traveled to the State of Washington and was exposed at a long-term care facility where there is currently a COVID-19 outbreak. Local health department officials are identifying close contacts to monitor symptoms and contain spread. To protect individual privacy, no further information will be released.

·     March 2, 2020. Attachment one: The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) has completed verification of the CDC 2019-nCoV real-time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. So now COVID-19 testing can be completed in Raleigh. Testing info page 3-5.

·     Feb 27, 2020. Attachment two: Criteria to Guide patient evaluation for Persons Under Evaluation (PUI) for COVID-19. This spells out clinical features and epidemiologic risk for COVID-19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-criteria.html

·     For the latest information, North Carolinians should visit www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Patrick Johnson, RN-C, MPA; Public Health Services Director
Haywood County Health & Human Services Agency
“Enhancing the health, safety, and full potential of our community.”
157 Paragon Parkway Suite 800
Clyde, NC. 28721
Ph: 828-356-2244
Fax: 828-356-1115
E-mail: patrick.johnson@haywoodcountync.gov
Haywood County HHSA is an equal opportunity provider and employer


SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in
Disaster Assistance Loans

WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation:

“The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

  • The Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
  • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.


Changes To Unemployment During Pandemic

Important changes to unemployment has been implemented to offer relief to workers who have lost their jobs or hours due to COVID-19.

  • Removes the one week waiting period
  • Removes the requirement for the worker to look for a job.
  • Employee can apply remotely
  • Employers will not be held responsible for compensation paid.

More information can be found here: https://des.nc.gov


Census Takers Needed

$19.00 per hour plus $.57 per mile
(Jackson, Macon and Haywood Counties)

Work 20-40 hours per week in May, June and July

Must be:

  • 18 years old
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Have Transportation
  • Drivers Licence
  • Computer Skills
  • Veterans Have Preference

Answer your phone for the interview when your application is complete (the number will be 828.641……)

Be patient, these things take time. Apply Now! www.2020census.gov/jobs

For more information or help with applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020

2020 Visitor Guides are Here!

Stop by and pick up your copy today!

www.maggievalley.org

 


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!!

Business Partner: Great Smoky Mountain Association

 

WELCOME NEW BUSINESS OWNER: Andy Bhakta – Travelowes Motel


MARCH ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

Check Elevated Mountain’s Facebook page for all the details on entertainment

Full Bar Serving Beer, Wine & Cocktails
Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: Karaoke – Saturday: Live Band


Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Schedule

The 2020 Event Calendar has been placed on the Festival Grounds website: www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.com

www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.com


RISE and SHINE

1st Tuesday of Each Month

April 7

CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS