Filling a need: Where government and nonprofits intersect

As part of Xpress’ Nov. 19 Nonprofit Issue, we asked several community leaders for their thoughts about the work nonprofits perform in our community. Here’s what Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Gantt had to say. Mountain Xpress: What role do nonprofits play in our community? David Gantt: Nonprofits play a huge role in […]


UPDATE: Verve Magazine will cease publicatio­n with June issue

Verve Magazine, the local, monthly publication devoted to “covering Asheville’s most fascinating women,” will cease publication with its June issue, Publisher Rimas Zailskas confirmed June 26. Launched in May 2008, Verve dished up lively features accompanied by striking photos. “So even though it is a little sad, it is an opportunity as well,” Zailskas said, […]

Shoots and leaders: Eliada Homes’ after-school programs use the Golden Rule to help kids learn to relate to one another. Photo by Max Cooper

Taking a stand, giving a voice

An unusual bit of bean counting took place at Ira B. Jones Elementary School in north Asheville. During a school assembly — part of national “No Name-Calling Week” — students and staff were encouraged to pluck a bean out of a jar for every time they’d ever felt bullied or were the target of unkind […]

Making connections: South French Broad resident Larry Funk has completed LEED green associate training. He hopes a temporary job as a solar-power field technician will turn into a permanent one. photos by Tracy Rose

Now what?

As a local program that trains workers for green jobs winds down, staff and graduates alike confront a frustrating situation. “As far as finding training-related work, that’s the challenge,” says Susan Garrett, Green Jobs director for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry. The ABCCM Green Jobs program began nearly two years ago when the nonprofit […]

Big ideas

You’ve got an idea for a business. Or maybe you want to take your existing business to the next level. Now you just need the tools to put those ideas into action. Luckily, there are a number of local resources that can help. Here are a few to get you started: • Asheville Area Chamber […]

Amanda Hendler-Voss photos by Tracy Rose

A question of balance

When I was pregnant with my son, Ryan, people frequently asked: Are you going to keep working or stay home with the baby? Those well-meaning inquisitors had bought into the “either/or” myth of modern motherhood: You either work full time outside the home and use day care, or you take care of the kids while […]

Who you gonna call?

If you’re casting about for help in starting a new business — or are primed to take your business to the next level — there are a number of resources available. Here are a few to get you started: • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business & Entrepreneurship department has information on topics pertinent […]

Cupcake mom: Short Street Cakes founder Jodi Rhoden explains how she went from social work to business owner: motherhood. “I really realized I needed to do something to build a better foundation for myself and for my family.” photos by Jonathan Welch

Taking care of business

Try as you might, you’d be hard pressed to find more enthusiastic, hardworking, community-minded women than Mountain BizWorks’ three 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year winners. “Those are really … people we’ve seen grow and work their business in a successful way,” says Sharon Oxendine, director of the nonprofit’s Women’s Business Center. And given the rocky […]