Perhaps not surprisingly, topics of discussion mirrored the diverse mix of folks who came together for the daylong event at A-B Tech’s Enka campus: small-business owners, investors, employees and assorted individuals with an interest in collective prosperity.
Xpress sat down with Jane Hatley, western regional director of Self-Help Credit Union, who says Asheville’s local economy stands out as a positive, entrepreneurial role model for economic development.
From Ed Whitfield’s keynote speech, “A Logical New Approach to Community Development,” to a panel on sources for local funding, there’s something for everyone at the March 18 Bringing It Home conference. Here’s a look at the main sessions and speakers.
The city’s local push has transformed from mere trend to full-fledged movement, a move that now seems natural, but how did local businesses get whipped into such a unified front?
From the Get It! Guide: The Asheville Grown Business Alliance takes 2015 by storm with a focus on diversifying, learning and courageously leveraging our community’s assets to create radical resilience and prosperity for everyone.
In the years ahead, Asheville Downtown Association Board President Adrian Vassallo wants the nonprofit to help cultivate a “dynamic downtown of innovation, business and opportunity for all,” he says. “Not just a downtown playground for visitors.”
Citing the ever-growing craft beer industry, quality of life and ample support for early-stage businesses, Popular Mechanics named Asheville the second best up-and-coming city for entrepreneurship in a Jan. 13 article.
It all began with a picture in a shop window, but as the Asheville Grown Business Alliance has developed from a poster to a loyalty card to a web of interdependent local businesses, the goal has always been, well, growth.
Funds from the sale of the Go Local card, a loyalty card that offers discounts at participating locally owned, independent businesses, will support Asheville City Public Schools and the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.
It’s time to kick off the third year of Go Local, the loyalty card from Asheville Grown Business Alliance that raises money for Asheville City Schools by supporting the local economy. Part two of our series looks at how the movement to buy local is growing throughout Asheville and western North Carolina.
It’s time to kick off the third year of Go Local, the loyalty card from Asheville Grown Business Alliance that raises funds for Asheville City Schools and the local economy. Part one of our series looks at the big difference the little card is making in city schools.
Asheville City Schools Foundation announces the 2014 Go Local card directory.
This Friday, Sept. 13, is opening night of Eliada’s Annual Corn Maze.
On Friday, September 6, Western North Carolina’s largest corn maze and fall event will open to the public, featuring a design that honors Eliada’s partnership with the Asheville Grown Business Alliance.
The third celebration of unchained and independent Asheville, with its creative mélange of music, food and wares, happens on May 5. It promises to be a delightful day, with two stages of terrific music, a variety of local food vendors and an array of fun things to browse and buy.
“Corporate capitalism is unable to meet the needs of people and planet,” says economist and independent nonprofit organizer Howard Nemon. On April 10, he introduced Ashevilleans to the “New Economy,” an enterprising initiative that strives “to find an economic structure that works for everyone.”
Starting last Friday, those purchasing the Go Local discount cards can designate which Asheville-grown group will receive the $5 donation included in the purchase.
The most successful buy-local initiatives and partnerships “are those where everyone recognizes that having thriving downtowns, neighborhoods serving business districts, a strong base of independently owned businesses and ongoing opportunities for entrepreneurs is a community interest — not just a business interest,” says Jeff Milchen, co-founder and co-director of the American Independent Business Alliance.
Tonight, Asheville City Council is set to tackle the issue of a Business Improvement District — a services nonprofit funded by a special tax district in downtown. Here’s a roundup of information and perspectives on this controversial topic.