The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to unravel a knot of problems that are far worse in Cashiers than in most of Western North Carolina. Atop a remote plateau, the tourist town is open for business only about six to nine months a year. The difficult topography and relative isolation have combined to make Cashiers a haven for wealthy retirees seeking second homes. So, businesses like inns and restaurants are stuck trying to staff low-wage, seasonal positions when, with few exceptions, the nearest affordable housing is 10 windy, two-lane miles away in Highlands, or 28 in Brevard, necessitating reliable transportation. High Hampton Inn and Country Club uses the J1 visa program to fill over 130 summer positions. Those hires typically have completed a four-year degree program in a field like international travel or tourism management. But lower-wage dishwashers, housekeepers, and room attendants are difficult to find. Some venues hire college kids, but they can only work three months. Others, like Marina McDonald’s Randevu Restaurant, cooperate with employee-sharing agreements, whereby managers coordinate schedules for people who want to work two jobs. The chamber is getting more proactive about sparking recruitment initiatives. It is also trying to build interest in possibly time-sharing or subleasing student housing at Western Carolina University, twenty miles away, and having employers pool to pay for a commuter shuttle.