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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fearless: Despite the recession’s challenges, many local women entrepreneurs are thriving, say organizers of this year’s Women in Business Conference, sponsored by Mountain BizWorks. photo by Jerry Nelson

Daring to succeed

Gather 300 or so women entrepreneurs, shower them with pertinent advice and encourage them to network. Then send them home with the taste of chocolate in their mouths. Sound like a promising plan? That’s what the organizers of Mountain BizWorks’ seventh annual Women’s Business Conference think. The May 27 event aims to offer support, encouragement […]

Yada-yada, get healthy already: Team Bayada aims to be the winning team in the Heartstrings project. photo by Jonathan Welch

A real lifesaver

When teams of kickboxers, Zumba dancers, cyclists and other athletic-minded volunteers converge on the Reuter Family YMCA April 30, they'll be raising money to help Buncombe County residents like Keldwyn Teves — and promoting a healthier community. Teves, 63, feels certain she wouldn't be alive today without Project Access, a program of the Western North […]

Getting their feet wet: The Western North Carolina Nature Center offers a hands-on approach to learning — which sometimes involves getting dirty. Photos copyright Kevin Fitzpatrick

Into the woods

Think back to the science classes you had when you were a kid. Mine conjure up the acrid smell of formaldehyde as my high-school biology classmates and I dissected enormous, pale, flatworms that seemed too otherworldly to slither on the earth. Nature photographer Kevin W. FitzPatrick has a similarly uninspiring story. "When I was a […]

The Buzz

If you’re looking for a women’s conference that offers a generous dose of herbal education mixed with camaraderie, empowerment and self-reliant living, then the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference may fit the bill. The sixth annual conference, to be held Oct. 1-3 at Lake Eden in Black Mountain, draws women from across the Southeast to attend […]

Cool moves

Now that we've been sprung from our seemingly endless winter, it's somehow easier to focus on fitness — both physical and mental — when we don't have to try so hard just to stay warm. The same goes for our kids — who, in their off time, can use a bit of inspiration to keep […]

Close to you

When Tara McDonald-Tiner was pregnant with her daughter, Olivia, she and her husband were so preoccupied about the impending birth that the couple didn’t focus on what parenting style they’d use once the baby arrived in the world. Group hug: Local parents Jubal Tiner and Tara McDonald-Tiner snuggle with their daughter, Olivia. Photos By Jonathan […]