The big small-business issue

Get to know your community and all of the ways your business fits into it.

That's the simple kind of advice you'll hear from the small-business owners featured in this issue. "Buy local" is another recurring tip — and some local entrepreneurs have taken the idea to new levels by seeking out collaborations in the business community. Going green is part of the mix too, along with old-fashioned customer service. Businesses that have been in Asheville for decades (one has been here more than 100 years) offer survival stories too. And we've got a host of tips and comments, as local business owners' reflect on how they're surviving the new economic climate — what many folks are calling the new normal.

Here's a breakdown of stories in this "big" small-business use:


About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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