Biz briefs: Daily service to Washington Dulles from AVL, Slow Money NC hosts gathering

SHORT HOP: Officials celebrated United Airlines' new daily service from Asheville Regional Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport on Feb. 14 with a ribbon cutting, cake and inaugural flight. Photo courtesy of the Asheville Regional Airport

United begins daily service to Washington from AVL

Getting to Washington from the Asheville Regional Airport just got quicker with the introduction on Feb. 14 of twice-daily direct service to Dulles International Airport. Flights depart at 6 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on United Airlines.

In a press release, Lew Bleiweis, executive director of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority, said, “From Dulles International Airport, air travelers can connect to destinations around the globe. This route also makes Asheville more accessible to domestic and international travelers, opening the region to more opportunities for business, tourism and convention air travel.”

Slow Money NC at Wedge at Foundation

Slow Money NC will host a gathering to highlight opportunities for those interested in supporting sustainable farming and food through low-interest loans and equity investments. Local farmers, food entrepreneurs and prospective investors will mingle 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundry St.

To date, Slow Money NC has facilitated more than 320 low-interest loans and equity investments totaling over $4.5 million to finance 120 sustainable farms and food enterprises in the state. To present a project that needs capital, email

Real estate happenings

  • Beverly-Hanks Realtors recognized its top performing agents of 2018 in a company-wide awards ceremony on Feb.12. Clary McCall, Heidi DuBose Fore, Ann Skoglund, and Billy Taylor were among the top-performing agents in the company. The company also recognized the agent team Brian Noland and Catherine Proben for closing sales over $20 million. In total, 274 agents were acknowledged for their professional achievements.
  • Derek Hernandez joined the sales team at EXIT Realty Vistas in Weaverville.

Elevator speech

On Thursday, Mar. 14, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will offer Mega Networking, a twice-yearly event that provides participants with an opportunity to connect with other professionals in a fast-paced, casual environment. The event is held at Holiday Inn Biltmore West, 435 Smokey Park Highway, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Only one person per company is allowed. Registration is $45 for chamber members and $75 for nonmembers at

Going up

The cost of renting a two-bedroom apartment in Asheville has risen 2.7 percent compared to February 2018, according to a report from the online apartment-finding platform Apartment List. The report reflects an overall increase in rent prices in large metropolitan cities across the state. Asheville’s median rent is $1,100 per month, just short of the national average. The full report is available online (



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