The Biz: Task Mania leaves the nest

Task Mania, the first business to graduate from A-B Tech's Business Incubator program, is moving to the Ridgefield Business Park (off Brevard Road, behind the Biltmore Square Mall). Founded in 2006 by Katrina Bragg, the company provides freelance administrative, creative and consulting services for businesses, including graphic design, data entry, copywriting, presentations, grant writing and event planning. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new digs Saturday, June 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be provided.
To learn more about Task Mania, visit

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons honors Groh

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has appointed Dr. Gordon Groh of Asheville to assist in developing comprehensive continuing medical education for its members. Groh — a board-certified specialist in shoulder, elbow and hand surgery — has practiced at Blue Ridge Bone & Joint for 15 years. He's one of only four orthopedic surgeons nationwide to hold memberships in both the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the academy notes. Blue Ridge Bone & Joint has offices in Asheville and Hendersonville.
For more information, visit

2011 official Asheville travel guide soliciting ads

Local tourism-related businesses looking to showcase their offerings to visitors traveling to the Asheville area have until Sept. 3 to secure advertising space in the 2011 edition of the official Asheville travel guide.

The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau provides a copy of the guide to all visitors requesting information. In addition to the print version, the listings will appear on the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce's official tourism Web site, Each digital ad will include a direct link to the advertiser's own web site.
For more information, contact Mary Ann Stafford of Journal Communications at 615-218-8271.

Minicozzi installed as Downtown Association head

The Asheville Downtown Association has tabbed Joe Minicozzi has been formally installed as interim executive director. The nonprofit works to preserve and improve the central business district.

Minicozzi, 41, will be responsible for day-to-day operations. An unapologetic advocate of urban living, he's worked in architecture, urban planning, real-estate development and finance, municipal government and, most recently, with Public Interest Projects, an Asheville real-estate and business-development firm founded by the late philanthropist Julian Price.
To see Minicozzi speaking about downtown Asheville, go to To learn more about the Asheville Downtown Association, visit

Packing them in

Downtown Asheville's historic Jackson Building has seen a dramatic upsurge in office occupancy since the opening of Pack Square Park, John Monroe reports. He should know: He's a broker with NAI BH Commercial, which manages the marketing for the building. "We're not exactly where we'd like to be because of the recession, but we're very pleased," Monroe told Xpress. "People want a view of the great new park." Although he was hesitant to provide exact figures, other sources say the occupancy rate is now the highest it's been in decades.

Completed in 1924, the Jackson Building was the first skyscraper in Western North Carolina; the 1939 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame was filmed there, and the neo-Gothic structure remains an attention-getter today. NAI BH Commercial, a division of Beverly Hanks and Associates, specializes in marketing industrial, commercial, retail and office properties in WNC, including the Jackson Building and the adjacent Commerce and the Legal buildings on Pack Square.
For more information on leasing opportunities, contact John Monroe at 210-3940 (e-mail:

Ellington still on the horizon

The Ellington, a luxury hotel/condominium tower planned for the now vacant lot at 35 Biltmore Ave., is on hold due to the economic climate but still "part of the overall plan." So says Deborah Potter, public relations manager for the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. In 2007, the Asheville City Council overwhelmingly approved the controversial project, which faced vocal opposition from residents who felt it would be out of scale with its surroundings. At 23 stories, it would be Asheville's tallest building.
For more information on The Ellington, visit

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3 thoughts on “The Biz: Task Mania leaves the nest

  1. Curious

    ” . . .Completed in 1924, the Jackson Building was the first skyscraper in Western North Carolina; the 1939 film The Hunchback of Notre Dame was filmed there . . .”

    Can anyone verify from an authoritative source the accuracy of this statement that the 1939 film was made in Asheville at the Jackson Building?

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