In an arrangement that Chamber leaders said was the first of its kind for the region, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Oct. 31 unanimously approved plans to provide economic development services for the Haywood County Chamber on a consulting basis.
At the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 18th annual Metro Economy Outlook on Oct. 19, economic futurist Ted Abernathy of Raleigh said Asheville’s economy is a success story among moderate-sized metro areas.
Women in Asheville have seen the light when it comes to the benefits of networking to boost their business and personal connections. Xpress explored a variety of networking opportunities for women, as well as some high-powered advice for maximizing the impact of time spent networking.
Asheville’s bustling economy owes much to the city’s continued popularity as a tourist destination, but the area is also benefiting from a wave of local business expansions.
When the DOT finally decided on a design for Section B of the Connector project in 2015, many stakeholders thought they saw light at the end of a very long tunnel. Other residents, however, see serious flaws in Alternative 4B, questioning whether the project’s long-term benefits will justify the sacrifices their neighborhoods must make to see it completed.
An diverse and influential group looks to incrementally implement universal preschool in Buncombe County. Xpress takes an in-depth look at the organization, logistics and potential costs behind the effort.
The Asheville-Area Chamber of Commerce has added its voice to the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission in opposing proposed zoning changes that are expected to be considered by Asheville City Council at its meeting on Feb. 14.
With a bevy of companies relocating or expanding operations in Western North Carolina, economic boosters, educators and business representatives are working to prepare the next generation of workers to meet the growing need.
The capacity crowd joined staff members of the CoC, event sponsors and colleagues to share breakfast and network with fellow women professionals from a diverse array of local industries. After the breakfast, an awards ceremony recognized three local female leaders in business, executive leadership and the nonprofit world.
As more women work toward leadership roles in the local workforce, female business leaders and local organizations are working to provide the encouragement and resources necessary to help them attain equity and advancement in the workplace. Sharing their wealth of experiences, these community leaders are hoping they can lay the groundwork for the next generation of successful women professionals.
Duke University Professor Jim Johnson shared insights with Asheville area business folk at the 17th annual Asheville Metro Economy Outlook. Ben Teague of the Asheville-Buncombe Economic Development Coalition also gave updates on the Asheville 5×5: 2020 Vision plan.
“There’s this treasure trove of information just sitting there that’s never really been very well mined, because in the past it’s been so complex to run computations against it,” explains Stephen Del Greco, chief of the Data Access Division at the National Centers for Environmental Information. A component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, […]
At the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on June 30, area business folk mingled, munched and meditated as they considered the state of the local business community. Awards were given and a keynote address was heard. The Omni Grove Park Inn deftly managed the sold-out crowd, though filled parking decks presented some attendees with an opportunity for a brisk walk from surface lots to the ballroom.
The Asheville Small Business Week event series will highlight the importance of small businesses in the Asheville area from May 2-5.
WNCW and Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project have teamed up to launch a new radio series called Growing Local; Villagers hosts a class on fermenting garden products into alcoholic beverages; Living Web Farms offers a knife skills workshop; plus Asheville Restaurant Week and Asheville Wing War approach.
With more than 100 employers seeking to fill around 4,500 positions, Asheville-area job seekers will have many opportunities to advance their careers in the new year at the 10th Annual Homecoming Career Fair.
The Self-Help Credit Union, in conjunction with dozens of local sponsors, is hosting a conference on our local economy. Entitled “Bringing it Home: Building a Local Economy for Everyone,” the daylong conference will explore local-centric ways to grow the Western North Carolina economy. The event will be held at the Harvey L. Haynes Conference Center […]
Several representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond gathered in an A-B Tech classroom Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 8, to host a discussion among local business owners. “This has been a fascinating visit for us,” said bank president Jeff Lacker. “It’s a really unique part of our district and country.” The bank serves the Federal Reserve’s […]
The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority held its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Items on the agenda included a first look at the new Foodtopia marketing campaign and a study recommending changes to the Tourism Product Development Fund.
Xpress freelancer Anne Fitten Glenn interviews Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kit Cramer and Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition.
At its Feb. 16 “We’re for Business” luncheon, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of various awards — from Clean Streak to Charlotte Street computers, from “innovative” to “over the top” with customer service.