In 2019, if you were to ask anyone what drove Asheville’s economy, they’d tell you beer, arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, hotels and restaurants. In short, tourism. Today, with those businesses only just beginning to ramp back up and tourists staying home, talk of diversifying Asheville’s economy is picking up.
Buncombe hotels can now host more visitors — as long as they have an 828 area code. The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has announced a coronavirus-inflected legislative agenda, and $5,000 micro grants are available for local startups.
Beyond recruiting new companies such as Haakon Industries and Fox Factory, the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition supported workforce development and local startups during fiscal year 2018-19. The Buncombe County Board of Commissioners learned about the return on its $350,000 EDC investment at an Aug. 20 meeting.
According to personal finance website WalletHub, Asheville is the nation’s 39th best small city in which to start a business. A combination of industry variety, high workforce educational attainment and low labor costs helped the city beat out over 1,200 other markets with fewer than 100,000 residents.
What are you waiting for? Turn your side hustle into a budding business with a $5,000 micro grant from community donors coordinated by Venture Asheville. Applications are due April 1, and Venture Asheville’s Jeff Kaplan says innovative business ideas and dreams have a great shot at receiving funding.
Sixteen Asheville-area startups will receive intensive personalized support from Venture Asheville as part of the entrepreneurship initiative’s Elevate program. Local business owners will be paired with successful company founders, executives and functional experts to help work through the challenges and opportunities of business growth.
A new mobile oil change business says it will offer on-site and on-demand service. The Van Winkle Law Firm announces a top ranking in 13 practice areas and the appointment of former Van Winkle attorney William Carleton Metcalf to a judgeship.
Thanks to a second round of state grant funding announced in early August, area students will have access to an expanded series of coding programs and courses at the high school and middle school levels. Local employers and economic development boosters say tech skills are vital to securing good jobs now and in the future.
In our weekly roundup of business news in brief, Jeff Kaplan takes the helm of Venture Asheville, while local printing concern Allegra Marketing Print Mail was named No. 16 on the Top 100 Quick and Small Commercial Printers compiled by Printing News in its annual survey.
Ramping up for its second cohort this summer, Venture Asheville is seeking applicants to help lead the way toward a diversification of jobs, higher wages for workers in Western North Carolina and stronger technology and sustainability industries in the region.
I’ll be the first to admit that here on the beer pages the news is usually fun. To the extent that it intersects with business news, it’s generally about crazy-fast brewery growth: Expansions, new locations and more jobs are the norm. Yet to say the brewing industry here is typical would be a lie. It […]
Aiming to cultivate entrepreneurial energy, Venture Asheville has started a new event series dubbed “Pitch for Pitchers.” An entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Venture Asheville recently got a shout-out in a Popular Mechanics story that ranked Asheville the second best start-up city in […]
Citing the ever-growing craft beer industry, quality of life and ample support for early-stage businesses, Popular Mechanics named Asheville the second best up-and-coming city for entrepreneurship in a Jan. 13 article.
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 […]