Despite the unique set of challenges it presents, WNC women are increasingly looking to agriculture as a business option.
Looking back on 2017, Xpress highlights some of the hundreds of stories we covered in our print editions and online over the year.
To boost participation of minority- and women-owned businesses in contracting opportunities with local government agencies, both the city of Asheville and Buncombe County provide programs to support those business owners in achieving certification and pursuing contracts.
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.
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.
As Asheville’s food sector has grown in recent years, many women business owners have made environmental sustainability a central tenet of their enterprises.
This article is part of Xpress’ 19th annual women in business series, which honors Asheville’s female business leaders. Healthy Harvest Natural Foods’ mission: “To promote wellness and the celebration of life, spirit, nature and the good that exists.”
This article is part of Xpress’ 19th annual women in business series, which honors Asheville’s female business leaders. Selina Naturally’s mission: “To provide a whole, high-mineral sea salt with the best quality possible and to make Asheville a ‘salt city.’”
This article is part of Xpress’ 19th annual women in business series, which honors Asheville’s female business leaders. Do More Bars’ mission: “To create a great tasting, wholesome, gluten-free snack.”
This article is part of Xpress’ 19th annual women in business series, which honors Asheville’s female business leaders. UliMana’s mission: “To provide a product that uplifts people, that tastes great yet delivers nutritional value to the body, and that is made with love and consciousness.”
Women-owned businesses are on the rise, both nationally and in North Carolina. Locally, women owned 29.3 percent of Asheville’s 12,773 businesses, putting the city above both national and state averages (28.8 percent and 28.2 percent, respectively). Xpress profiles four local women who’ve brought the mother-child dynamic into their self-run enterprises.
WNC artisans are harnessing the power of the Internet to expand their brands and peddle their wares worldwide.
When I first read the press release about Living on the Edge, I thought it was going to be an exhibition of homeless people’s artwork — an intriguing theme for an art show. Reading closer, I realized that Living on the Edge is an exhibition by two Asheville artists — Chloe Kemp and James Daniel […]
When I was pregnant with my son, Ryan, people frequently asked: Are you going to keep working or stay home with the baby? Those well-meaning inquisitors had bought into the “either/or” myth of modern motherhood: You either work full time outside the home and use day care, or you take care of the kids while […]
When Sheila Jamison began her career as a financial adviser, her male colleagues were the ones who were nervous. “The first time I wore a business suit, they asked me if I had on boxer shorts underneath,” Jamison joked. “So to give you an idea, I don't know if I was intimidated or if they […]
Soap peddler: Kimberly Masters Kimberly Masters has always been the crafty type. As a business student at UNC-Greensboro, she made things in ceramics classes. Later, she moved on to fleece hats and headbands, which she made while working as a bicycle tour guide in Alaska. It was a more recent trip to the doctor, though, […]
In the years leading up to the 1972 Clean Water Act, pollution had rendered the French Broad River “too thick to drink and too thin to plow,” as acclaimed local historian Wilma Dykeman wrote. For generations, the river had been used as an open sewer, and sedimentation due to development, heavy metals, other industrial pollution […]
In this edition of the Mountain Xpress’ local news podcast: Jake Frankel on the most recent Buncombe County Commission meeting; Susan Andrew with the latest on the CTS cleanup; Tracy Rose on the Women In Business supplement and David Forbes on the Asheville City Council meeting about downtown food trucks.