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Chamber E-NEWS 9/21/2016
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Home-grown company Avadim announces major expansion
On Wednesday, Avadim Technologies announced an expansion that will create 551 new jobs and $25,400,000 in capital investment in Buncombe County over the next five years. This expansion marks the single largest job creation announcement in Buncombe's known history and will place Avadim in the area's top employers by 2020.

Avadim’s Chairman and CEO, Stephen Woody, said, “As a lifelong resident of Buncombe County, it was important to me that our business expansion happen right at home. This expansion will contribute to our economy by continuing to cultivate a vibrant life sciences sector and spur jobs in Western North Carolina.”
Through innovative product development, Avadim is addressing gaps in global health such as infection, neuromuscular disorders, and wound care with products in use by Veteran's Administration and U.S. soccer teams.
Read more about Avadim's innovation and expansion

Election Briefing with North Carolina Free Enterprise’s Joe Stewart
Joe Stewart, executive director of the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation, will be in Asheville Sept. 30th for an update presentation and will provide insights on the coming elections. His presentation at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce will cover statewide races as well as legislative and Congressional contests in Western North Carolina. Make sure to mark your calendar and join us for this free event.
NCFEF is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that conducts analytical research on candidates, campaigns, voter attitudes and demographic factors that impact the state’s political landscape. NCFEF does not have a legislative agenda, does not endorse candidates and doesn’t participate in campaign activity of any kind. As a result, NCFEF serves as the business community’s go-to source for objective, impartial and authentic information on what matters in the nexus between politics and public policies that impact the state’s business climate.
Award nominations open for outstanding business women
This fall the Asheville Chamber is launching WomanUp, a new initiative focused on women in business. During the November kick-off celebration breakfast, we will be honoring outstanding local women professionals. The event will also feature keynote speaker, Pamela Ryckman, author of Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business.
Awards will be given to three outstanding women in the Asheville/Buncombe business community: the Women Entrepreneurs, Best in Business Award; Outstanding Woman in Non-Profit Leadership; and Woman Executive of the Year. Nominations for the awards are due October 7th.
For more information on WomanUP or to submit a nomination, please visit
Show your support for Asheville; endorse the AVL Bonds

This November 8th City of Asheville residents will have a chance to vote on three bond questions that would generate $74 million in revenue for parks and recreation, affordable housing, and transportation network projects. The Asheville Bonds are supported by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Asheville Buncombe Adult Soccer Association and many other area businesses, organizations and individuals.
A 2016 study found that 67% of Asheville residents polled also support the bonds as a common-sense way to improve our vibrant city.

Make sure to vote YES FOR ALL THREE BONDS at the bottom of your ballot this November. 

Lend your support and help us get the word out before election day!

Add your name or business to the bond supporters
Upcoming Events
Sept. 26-30
Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week
Celebrating minority entrepreneurship in WNC through free community programs that aid in the promotion, establishment and development of minority owned businesses including the Minority Business Expo and Awards Reception on Thursday, Sept. 29
Sept. 27
Ribbon Cutting for Iron Hen Cafe
4:00 p.m. | 309 College St., Asheville, NC  28801 | Details
Sept. 28
Ribbon Cutting for Inner Chill Cryotherapy Wellness
4:00 p.m. | 1863 Hendersonville Rd., # 133, Asheville, NC  28803 | Details
Sept. 30
Election Briefing with NC Free Enterprise's Joe Stewart
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Chamber Boardroom, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville  | Details & RSVP
Oct. 5
Ribbon Cutting for Travel Centers of America
4:00 p.m. | 153 Wiggins Rd., Candler, NC  28715 | Details
Oct. 6
October Business After Hours
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care, 1272 Tunnel Rd., Asheville | Details
Save These Dates
Oct. 11
Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
8:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. | The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, Arden | Details & Registration
The front nine holes of this Jack Nicklaus designed course wind across open fields of former farmlands, playing across soft ridges and featuring bunkers that create multiple risk and reward opportunities. The back nine plays into native woodland vegetation, crisscrossing over and around mountain streams. 
The tournament builds a fun atmosphere with members of the business community coming together for food, beer and contests by our sponsors. Morning and afternoon flights.
Register your team
Oct. 13
Mega Networking - Fall 2016
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon | Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do, 1009 Patton Ave., Asheville 28806 | Details & Register
Nov. 10
2016 Woman UP - Network. Inspire. Support. -- NEW
8:00 a.m. | Mission Health Conference Center on A-B Tech Campus, Victoria Road, Asheville, 28801 | Details & Register

Welcome to our newest members!
Jewels That Dance - custom jewelry design
MetLife Auto & Home - insurance
Mod Pizza - pizza, sandwiches, salads
Vintage Market Days - antiques
White Insurance Agency - second location, Hendersonville Rd.
Community Events

Sept 22 - ToP® (Technology of Participation) Facilitation Methods course
Sept 22 - Art Opening Featuring Cheyenne Trunnell
Sept 23 - Grand Reopening
Sept 26 - Cancer Killers: Getting to the Cause
Sept 27 - 5 Essential Life Planning Documents
Sept. 28 - General and Special: Designer Talk with Ole Jensen
Sept 28 - Financing Dreams ~ Realtor CE Course
Oct 8 - Asheville Parade of Homes
15th Empty Bowls Fundraiser takes place Sept. 26th
Join the nationally recognized Asheville arts and food communities as they come together to help fight hunger in Western North Carolina at MANNA FoodBank’s 15th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Monday, September 26, 2016.

How It Works: Each ticket holder chooses a handmade soup bowl from a huge selection of beautifully crafted pottery made by area crafters and artisans. Then, attendees have a chance to dine on delicious soups from some of the top restaurants in Asheville.

Tickets available at, or by calling (828) 299-3663.
News from Members

YMCA hosts Community Week - Sept. 19-25

Mission Health to host career fair - Sept. 28

United Investment Planning hosts seminars on essential life planning documents

Vintage Market Days seeks sales employee for upcoming event

WCU offers workshop on preserving the environment

Town and Country Magazine names Asheville School as Top 10 boarding school

“Meditazioni” features artist Ruth Ilg at Asheville Gallery of Art

Pardee Hospital to host UNC Cancer Network lunch and learn series

UNC Asheville hosts "Black Lives in Germany" series - Sept. 21-Oct. 12

AAFA to host annual kickoff party - Sept. 29

Pardee nurse Lori Johnson among first to receive training for suicide prevention

Malaprop's to host month of special events in October

ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 8 Conference begins Sept. 23

Hot jobs listed by Friday Staffing

OLLI's Fab Fridays begin with Election Roundtable - Sept. 23

Membership numbers reflect consumer confidence in credit unions

Artists, RiverLink and Zealandia Holding Company celebrate the French Broad River

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