Small Business Week, May 1-4

Press release from Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce:

Asheville Small Business Week celebrates the impact of small businesses May 1-5, 2017 with daily events designed to enhance small business success.

About 96 percent of Asheville metro area establishments have 50 employees or less. From unique shops and restaurants to personal and professional services, small businesses have a big impact. They create jobs, spark innovation and give back to the community.

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce supports small business year-round by providing opportunities to connect with customers and partners and resources to help small businesses grow and thrive. Asheville Small Business Week is an opportunity to bring additional focus to the impact of these organizations and support the work they do in the Asheville community.

Events are free and open to the public. Event details and RSVP at


For each event you attend, you will receive one entry for a one-night stay at Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown, and two drinks & small plates at The Montford. Drawing will take place at Business After Hours on Thursday, May 4th. Must be present to win.


Kick-off reception: Motivational Monday *
Monday, May 1 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Base Camp AVL

Be inspired and learn from one of Asheville’s local experts. Join us for a motivational message from writer, baker and entrepreneur Jodi Rhoden and a reception to kick off Asheville Small Business Week.

Panel Discussion: Managing Vulnerability *
Tuesday, May 2 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Western Carolina University Biltmore Park

Hear expert tips for managing a thriving small business from local business school professors.

Educational Series: Demographic Trends *
Wednesday, May 3 from 8-9 a.m. at the Asheville Chamber

Business Check-Up: Get Free Expert Advice for Business Success*
Wednesday, May 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Asheville Chamber

Some of Asheville’s successful business experts are volunteering their time to spend 20 minutes with you, just for the purpose of answering your burning questions and get your business working at maximum potential. There are limited time slots for each expert, so register early.

Business After Hours 
Thursday, May 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Hawthorne at Crowne Plaza

Culminating Small Business Week, Business After Hours provides valuable networking opportunities for businesses of all sizes. On this evening, the drawing will be held to announce the winner of the Small Business Week prize, an iPad PRO, compliments of First Restoration Services.


Asheville Small Business Week is presented by ActionCoach and Wells Fargo. Additional sponsors include Asheville Savings Bank; Blue Ridge Public Radio; Surgical Specialists of Carolina; FASTSIGNS; UNC Asheville Family Business Forum; Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort; Greenstone Media; First Restoration Services; To Plan Ahead; Shift Brain Integration and SBTDC.


The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,700 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business.

About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.

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