Business Walk Overview

The Business Walk is a survey of local businesses aimed at gauging the community’s business climate.

We want to know:
1. How is business?
2. What change would help make your business more successful?
3. What change would you make to improve Asheville’s business environment?


Business owners and managers are invited to fill out the Business Walk survey online.

Business Walk Frequently Asked Questions

Why? Businesses are one of the most important parts of the community. The Chamber wants to make sure we periodically talk face-to-face to the business owners and managers and find out their needs and concerns and see how we might assist. The Chamber and our strategic partners will use your answers to inform our economic development and public policy efforts aimed at building community through business.

Who? Local businesses throughout the Asheville area are invited to participate in the survey, reaching a variety of industries, including healthcare, arts/culture/tourism, advanced manufacturing, science & technology, higher education, professional services, hotels, restaurants, retail and others.

Sponsored by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. Partners include City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Mountain BizWorks, Asheville Downtown Association, Lenoir Rhyne University, River Arts District Business Association, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Minority Enterprise Development Week of WNC/ SBTDC & Western Carolina University, UNC Asheville.

When? On Oct. 17, 2013 120+ volunteers visited businesses throughout the Asheville Area to conduct the survey. Survey results will be compiled and presented to the community on Nov. 19th from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Asheville Chamber.

No one visited me on Oct. 17th. Will you be visiting my business at a later date?

No. The Business Walk was conducted in person ONLY on Oct. 17th from 10 a.m. to noon. All face-to-face surveys were completed at that time.

I missed the in-person Business Walk. Can I still share my opinion?

Businesses owners and managers are invited to submit their opinions online at

As a resident of Buncombe County, I share concerns about our community. Can I participate in the Business Walk survey?

The Business Walk is geared specifically to the needs and concerns of the business community and is not directed to individuals or residences.

When will we hear the results of the survey?

The Business Walk survey results will be shared with the community at a reception on Nov. 19th at the Asheville Chamber from 4:30-6 p.m.