As the director of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance and local business owner for 14 years, I appreciate the understanding, enthusiasm and respect that Gordon Smith brings to the local economy in Asheville and Buncombe County.
He values place-based economic development and believes in investing in the people and businesses that have their roots here in Buncombe County. He understands that these local businesses return three times more money to our community than the chains and businesses headquartered elsewhere.
Gordon wants to preserve, diversify and grow opportunities for our small, local, family- and minority-owned businesses. One of Gordon’s primary initiatives has been rolling out Buncombe Community Capital, a new $1 million loan fund for locally owned businesses.
I believe and support Gordon Smith, and I hope you will join me in voting for him to be a Buncombe County commissioner on March 15.
— Franzi Charen
Director, Asheville Grown Business Alliance