The Biz: WriteMind Institute: a refuge for working folk

There’s work done to collect a paycheck, and there’s work done to improve as a person. For writer/entrepreneur/Zen practitioner Jonathon Flaum, those two goals intersect, one serving as the setting for the other. Work as refuge: The WriteMind Institute for Corporate Contemplation offers leadership workshops and retreats for businesses. The Lexington Avenue location also includes […]

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Asheville-based software company Jute Networks formally launched Jute, its Web-based platform aimed at helping people network and collaborate on projects, at the March 24 InnoVenture conference in Greenville, S.C. The launch: Jute Networks CEO John Warner announced the launch of Jute, a Web-based software tool promoting project collaboration, at the March 24 InnoVenture conference in […]

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Speed-Networking For Creative Pros This Thursday, Feb. 12: Asheville HATCHfest, a multidisciplinary arts festival that will come to the city in April, will host an event Thursday, Feb. 12, that’s geared toward both raising funds for the festival and connecting creative professionals—on the quick. “Speed Networking for Creative Professionals” takes place at Mobilia (43 Haywood […]

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Creative Careers Talk At Unca Thursday, Feb. 5: You can create it, but can you sell it? UNCA’s Career Center is offering a chance to talk creative careers with experienced hands who do just that on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Mountain Suites at the university’s Highsmith University Union. The […]

The Biz: Task master

Katrina Bragg believes she’s hit upon a great idea. Companies of all stripes are constantly facing a variety of tasks they’re either ill-prepared or too busy to perform in-house. Bragg’s company, Task Mania, seeks to fill the breach. The one-stop shop handles assignments ranging from administrative to marketing to financial and beyond. Can-do spirit: Katrina […]

Biz: Nuts to you

For many of Sakshi Gantenbein‘s customers, the smell is what hooks them. The beguiling aroma—subtle yet savory, not to mention comforting—comes from roasted chestnuts, which Gantenbein cooks up in his portable roasting stand. In the winter months, he’s typically on hand at the entrance to Greenlife Grocery in Asheville, Wednesday through Sunday from noon to […]