Hector Romero sees his life in Asheville as no accident. “God had it in my path that we should come to Asheville,” he says. “My wife and I loved Asheville, and so we set our eyes here.” But his journey to the Paris of the South was neither quick nor easy. Romero, who won the […]
Western North Carolina’s (and the nation’s) mobile food trend continues to roll along: Darren Stephens of Mills River believes he may have found a new market niche with mobile pizza kitchens. Nearly two years of research and development and about $60,000 pumped into the Asheville-area economy have yielded a compact, wood-fired oven that cranks out […]
If you’re thinking of starting up a small business in North Carolina, Asheville may not be the best choice according to a new Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The survey, conducted over 38 states and 82 metropolitan areas and including responses from over 12,000 small business owners, ranked Asheville dead […]
Businesses need capital to grow. And strong local economies need ways to grow local businesses. But as local business owner Kudzai Mabunda learned, getting the money can be an arduous and frustrating process.
Nov. 11 is Veterans Day — a day set aside to honor veterans of the U.S. armed forces. On this day, we show our appreciation to all veterans for their service and sacrifice. The Small Business Administration staff is proud to support those who gave so much for our country. There are approximately 5 million […]
The "Working Should Keep You Out of Poverty" response by Hatz of Americorps VISTA in the May 19 Xpress [letters to the editor] is a wonderful ideal and one every small business should strive [to provide] for their employees. The reality is many small businesses, especially if in their formative years, are not in a […]
A host of events will be held during Small Business Week, April 19 through April 22. Here are a few. For more details, go to www.smallbusinessweekasheville.com. Small business celebration Monday, April 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Local small businesses will highlight their products or services at this fun networking event, hosted by the Asheville Area […]
At Mountain Xpress, we're getting ready for our Big Small Business Issue, which is slated for April 14 — and we want your help. Send us your tips and stories of what works to keep a small business surviving and thriving in Western North Carolina during tough economic times. What lessons, straight from the source, […]
Send us your tips and stories of what works to keep a small business thriving or even surviving in Western North Carolina during tough economic times.
Diane English has held many jobs in her time. She’s been a medical technician, has sold ads and shoes, and served a stint as a newspaper graphic designer “in West-by-God Virginia,” she says. She even owned a metaphysical bookstore in St. Augustine, Fla., for 14 years. Fanny tickler: Diane English, owner of Asheville’s Great Cosmic […]
While the LAAFF Festival scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7 (see “LAAFF-In” elsewhere in this issue) may be the one day a year that North Lexington Avenue gets to proudly fly its freak flag, it’s also a day when the commercial thoroughfare gets to showcase its eclectic mix of small businesses. One big, happy family: The […]
If, as Rudyard Kipling famously wrote, “A woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke,” then what does that make the box the cigar came in? In the hands of craftsman and entrepreneur Steven Miller, it’s a fiddle—and one that not only feels and sounds like the real thing but is […]
Any city looking to become a top-tier place to do business needs certain amenities. And in Asheville, where commercial office space can be pricey and where thousands make a living as freelancers, telecommuters or home- or small-business owners, one key amenity is the availability of so-called “virtual offices.” Just plug in: Owner Doug English and […]
There are many roads to prosperity, but most folks don’t think of dead farm animals and livestock poop as particularly promising raw materials. One local firm, though, is building a booming business helping the state’s agricultural industry turn these and other organic waste byproducts into sweet, loamy compost that slashes costs while helping protect the […]
The first visitor you’re liable to come into contact with at Blaze-n-Skyy Pet Boutique & Wellness Center is “Blitz,” a spunky Pomeranian in a designer sweater. Whether sporting sweaters and nonslip doggie socks, riding in a swanky Dooney & Bourke handbag, lounging on a $300 canine sofa bed, or munching on organic, gourmet treats that […]
Rep. Heath Shuler met with local business owners and area executives in the medical and insurance fields on Thursday to discuss the need for, and the lack of, health insurance for small-business employees.