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Entrepreneurs on show at culmination of two-year mentor program


 
Venture Asheville’s Elevate inaugural Demo Day showcased the culmination of more than two years of work at Venture Asheville and allowed over 150 guests the opportunity to hear pitches from 14 startups that have advanced through the Elevate entrepreneurship program over the past year.
 
Collectively, the 14 companies that pitched, represent the emerging pipeline of Asheville deal flow and gave attendees first-hand access and insight into Asheville’s emerging high-growth economy.
 
Venture Asheville is the Asheville Chamber's high-growth entrepreneurship initiative. Elevate is a service provided by Venture Asheville as part of our strategy to systematically strengthen and support high-growth ventures in the Asheville area and enables startup entrepreneurs to simultaneously navigate the practical, day-to-day challenges of building great companies and develop their skills as effective managers, leaders and CEOs.


Partnership with Haywood Chamber to strengthen economic opportunities for both communities
The Asheville Area Chamber has been approached by the Haywood County Chamber about our serving as consultants for economic development.
 
The proposal, approved by the Chamber board of directors on Tuesday, would add Haywood County properties to our portfolio of available sites and buildings as our economic development team meets with site selectors and corporate decision makers.
 
We see this as a win-win. The future for both communities is brighter when we partner together. Haywood will benefit from the infrastructure we have already established for economic development recruitment, and the additional funding will provide more marketing resources for our economic development team, for instance, expanded site selector relationships and marketing venues. In addition, the vibrancy of Asheville and Buncombe County’s economy rely upon the strength of the region and the workforce it provides. Fully 40% of our workforce is derived from counties surrounding Asheville.
 
An added benefit is that a relationship of this nature positions Buncombe and Haywood as leaders in the state in demonstrating the power of rural and urban areas working together.
 
Details are to be worked out before the end of the year when we expect the contract to be in place.
 
Mountain Xpress article on partnership
 
Smoky Mountain News article
Small Business of the Month: Physio Physical Therapy

Small Business of the Month Physio Physical Therapy and Wellness was founded in 2012 by Chris and his wife Lara with the goal of providing the Asheville community access to revolutionary treatments from the best providers. The group offers physical therapy, massage and medically developed weight loss program.
 
“When you are in pain and don’t want to have to go through the healing process, we are there to support and guide you, yet offer revolutionary techniques to speed up the healing process,” Taylor said.
 
Read more about how Chris's experience as a patient influenced how Physio provides care


Advertising opportunities in Livability Magazine
Livability Asheville, North Carolina magazine is starting sales and giving our local businesses the opportunity to purchase advertising space. Don't miss this opportunity to promote your business to thousands of residents, businesses, potential newcomers and visitors.
 
The print magazine features high-quality articles and photography about Asheville’s business climate, quality-of-life amenities and tourist attractions, and is distributed to potential residents and businesses throughout the year.
 
Your advertisement will also be featured in the digital version of the magazine. As an advertiser, you’ll have the opportunity to secure a space on Livability.com, a national website showcasing some of America’s best places to live and visit.



 
To take advantage of this exceptional marketing opportunity and set up an appointment, please email sales@livmedia.com or call 615-771-0080 Ext. 292.


Get informed then GO VOTE - City Council candidate survey
It is important for business people to be engaged in local politics. We encourage you to be informed and to vote in the upcoming election. To see where City Council candidates stand on issues of importance to the business community, review our 2017 Candidate Survey
Upcoming Events
Thurs
Nov. 2
Business After Hours
5:30-7 p.m. | White Labs Asheville Kitchen & Tap, 172 S Charlotte St, Asheville | Details
Tues
Nov. 7
Ribbon Cutting for Security Camera Warehouse
4:00 p.m. | 11 Richland St., Asheville, NC 28806 | Details
 
Thur
Nov. 9
Ribbon Cutting for Batton Clayworks
4:00 p.m. | 349 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville, NC  28805 | Details
 
Wed
Nov. 15
Economic Summit Asheville
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Asheville US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. | Details & Register
 
Wed
Nov. 15
Smart Series: Cyber Security in the Workplace
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Chamber Boardroom, 2nd floor, 36 Montford Ave. | Details & Register
 
Wed
Nov. 15
Ribbon Cutting for Ferguson Family YMCA
4:00 p.m. | 31 Westridge Marketplace, Candler, NC 28715 | Details
 
Thur
Nov. 16
Ribbon Cutting for Spa Theology
4:30 p.m. | 53 College St., Asheville, NC 28801 | Details
 
Save These Dates
Tues
Nov. 28
2017 WomanUP Celebration
8:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Crowne Plaza Expo Center | 1 Resort Dr., Asheville | Details & Register
 
Thur
Jan. 11
Asheville Restaurant Week Kickoff
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | New Belgium Brewhouse, 21 Craven St., Asheville | Details & Register
 
Jan.
15 - 19
&
22 - 26
Asheville Restaurant Week
Local restaurants offer special deals and menus during these two weeks. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
 
Sign up to be a participating restaurant

Welcome to our newest members!
 
Carolina Electrical Technologies, Inc.- electrical contractor
Ellington Realty Group - commercial real estate
Keller Williams Commercial Real Estate - commercial real estate
Laughing Seed Cafe, Inc. - vegetarian restaurant
Lost and Found - retro ladies clothing & accessories boutique
Northstar Bakehouse - bakery; custom cakes
Rejuvenate Laser Center - aesthetics, tattoo removal, body sculpting
 
Community Events

Nov 2 - Recipe Exchange and Mini Short-Film Festival
Nov 2 - Air Quality: Citizen Science and the Internet of Things
Nov 4 - Basics of Bookkeeping
Nov 7 - Billy Graham's 99th Birthday Celebration
Nov 10 - "Being Mortal" Free Film Screening & Panel Discussion
Nov 10 - Veterans Day Breakfast & Tour
Nov 11 - Creativity in Small Business
Nov 11 - Rapture, Blister, Burn - Woman-Up Night
Nov 15 - HCM Webinar - Stop Fraud In Its Tracks
Nov 16 - Asheville Affiliates Present: Climate City Soiree - A Night to Benefit The Collider
Nov 17 - Ladies Night Out
 
News from Members

US Green Building Council Summit - Oct. 27th

Diana Wortham Theatre announces 2018 scholarship program for young emerging artists

New development answers Asheville’s call for restaurants and retail

Sunny Point Cafe provides matching opportunity to keep national park safe

"Rapture, Blister, Burn" presented at NC Stage

"Small Works" featured at Asheville Gallery of Art in November

MAHEC partners with Helpmate to reduce domestic violence

From Africa to Asheville: consulting firm establishes USA headquarters at The Collider for work on intractable problems

Grovewood Gallery hosts Holiday Sip & Shop in December

Local HR professionals receive statewide awards

Park Ridge Health welcomes first Project SEARCH class

Conductor Darko Butorac leads Asheville Symphony in music spanning three centuries

Grove Arcade's winter wonderland starts Nov. 17th

Reich, LLC now hiring for multiple manufacturing positions

Mars Hill University breaks ground on athletics field house

 
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