You might think that Allison Walker’s love of cars was handed down from a family member or mentor. “I’ve always been a car fanatic,” remembers Walker. “I would ask my friends’ parents about their cars: ‘What kind of gas mileage are you getting? Do you have the four-cylinder or the six-cylinder?’ And they were happy […]
The women who own boutiques selling undergarments in Asheville know the search for the right bra can be a fraught experience (as many who’ve experienced a meltdown in the dressing room can attest).
“In our society, money is a taboo topic, especially for women,” says Laura Webb of Asheville’s Webb Investment Services. She and other local women are working to change that in the financial industry.
Asheville may never have won an official designation as “city where you’re most likely to encounter someone wearing hiking boots in a bar.” Residents and tourists alike, however, know that this is a place where yoga pants, muddy Tevas and a reusable water bottle are practically the local uniform. One demographic that’s embracing this health- […]
Farmers and homesteaders can get their hands dirty all over Western North Carolina. For those with more modest ambitions, there are houseplants. Garden stores, chain stores and even pharmacies sell houseplants nowadays, but it’s also an attractive industry for many small-business owners. The Asheville area is home to several plant shops known for their intimate […]
“It is important that women feel empowered and prepared to face any challenge.”
Teaching children to ride a bike can be nerve-racking for parents and kids alike. And Asheville mom Emi Kubota, a longtime cyclist, realized that while a lot of classes existed to teach kids how to ski, there was nothing for cycling. Kubota, a cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, taught her daughter to […]
“A big lesson I learned is that plans don’t always go as expected, and you must roll with it.”
“To other women considering launching their own retail business, especially moms, I want to let them know that it is possible.”
“There are so many fantastic resources available to those looking to start a businesses in Asheville, and many of them are free.”
“As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned many important lessons along the way: the necessity of having a mentor for accountability, creating a board of advisors and knowing your core values.”
“I hope that other women business owners exercise their voices in order to secure their place at the table.”
“What I want young women to know is that it is your job to follow your instinct and stay the course of what you know is right for you! You are the expert on your life!”
“Stand tall, be proud of the work you’re accomplishing and respectfully correct people when they make you feel uncomfortable.”
“I made the choice to serve my sisters because it is consistent with who I am and what I genuinely care about.”
“I wish I would have known early on that I am the greatest asset in my business and that I needed to invest in taking care of self.”
“One thing that has been a constant throughout all my job and career paths has been my vision to live a creative life.”
“Who knew I’d go from scooping up some poop to running a business that is fighting to stop climate change?”
From breweries to clothing lines, businesses are clamoring to address internal biases and racism in the workplace. As inquiries pour in, local equity consultants Marisol Jiménez and Tamiko Ambrose Murray are busier than ever.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos launched a new initiative this year that strives to create “50/50 representation of gender equity” across the management ranks at its properties. According to Leeann Bridges, Harrah’s regional vice president of human resources, Savvy is a resource for professional women to learn skills that help them gain access to leadership positions through […]
Despite the unique set of challenges it presents, WNC women are increasingly looking to agriculture as a business option.