Start with a seed: Create your own economy, says Carolina Ground founder Jennifer Lapidus, who aims to provide a local source of grain for the area’s artisanal bakers. photos by Max Cooper

Planting a seed

In the former Square D plant in Emma, vacant since the electrical-components manufacturer moved operations to Mexico in 2005, Jennifer Lapidus perches on a 1-ton “tote” of grain. Behind her stand dozens more just like it; in front of her looms a towering wooden mill. There’s enough grain here to make 37,000 loaves of bread. […]

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WNC poised for economic growth, panelists say at Advantage West event

Touting the success of Harrah’s Casino and such improvements as a state-of-the-art school and a rural broadband network undertaken by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian, panelists at Advantage West’s annual Economic Summit — including Vice Chief Larry Blythe, pictured — said that Western North Carolina has the ingredients to thrive. (photos by Max Cooper)

photos by Max Cooper

Eyes on the street

Walk out in the street and ask anybody — ask the beggars or the tourists, the hippies or the Bible thumpers, the artists or the accountants — and they’ll tell you the world is going to hell. As a photographer, this means good things for me. I've been shooting pictures in Asheville for a decade […]

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Venture Local conference focuses on local business movement

More than 100 entrepreneurs and investors gathered Thursday, Oct. 27, for Venture Local, a business conference dedicated to the growing local-business movement. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council, the forum brought business people from across the region and speakers from across the nation to the Asheville Renaissance Hotel. 

Venture Local: Conference explores the local-business movement

On Thursday, Oct. 27, the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council will host Venture Local, a forum that convenes investors and business owners for a discussion of the growing local-business movement. And the night before, Asheville Green Drinks will host Slow Money NC’s co-founder, Carol Peppe Hewitt, for a discussion about the importance of investing in local “food sheds.”