Survey says Asheville unfriendly toward small businesses

If you’re thinking of starting up a small business in North Carolina, Asheville may not be the best choice according to a new Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The survey, conducted over 38 states and 82 metropolitan areas and including responses from over 12,000 small business owners, ranked Asheville dead […]

“To be successful, you have to start from the bottom and work your way up, little by little.” — Edith Segovia-Sanchez, Libreria A y M photos courtesy of Mountain BizWorks

Determinat­ion and flexibilit­y

While it is true that a business owner needs to analyze the financials and create an effective marketing plan, success requires more. There are two other crucial ingredients, which may at first seem like a strange combination: determination and flexibility. Many of Mountain BizWork’s clients, especially the Latino immigrant entrepreneurial community, demonstrate just how powerful […]

Zero-point transporta­tion

In the span of just three weeks, green-minded transportation businesses in downtown Asheville have doubled. OK, so the number increased from just one to two companies, but a pair of local entrepreneurs nonetheless are excited about being on the vanguard of a local green-transportation movement. The first, the Your Chariot Awaits pedicab service, along with […]

The Biz

A lot of entrepreneurs launch a business to fulfill a dream. Some, however, go a step further, using their original startup as a steppingstone to bigger things. Felicia Thurman of Asheville fits squarely in the latter category. Driven: Felicia Thurman, 23, is passionate about her new pedicab service, which is slated to open May — […]