Business Buzz: 10/12/22

October 12, 2022


  • Formation PR + Brand, a public relations and branding agency in Hendersonville, NC recently hosted a celebration to commemorate their 15th year in business. More than 40 clients, vendors, partners and colleagues gathered on Sept. 29 to celebrate the milestone. Over the past 15 years, the agency has grown from one to a team of 12, managing crisis communications, public relations campaigns, brand strategy and development, communications planning, web development and content strategy, and media buying. Formation PR + Brand is committed to investing in the regional economy and working with clients who are dedicated to creating social and economic impact throughout the communities and regions in which they work. The agency relocated to its permanent location in the Historic 7th Avenue District of Hendersonville in 2019 and is committed to supporting the area’s revitalization and development efforts. Learn more about Formation PR + Brand.


  • From October 17-30, for each pair of Merrell footwear purchased at Mast General Stores in Waynesville, Hendersonville, and Asheville, the store will donate $15 to the MANNA FoodBank for its kid-focused outreach, including MANNA Packs and School Pantry Programs. Guests can also round up their purchases to make a direct donation to MANNA. Every little bit helps – the MANNA FoodBank will leverage the $15 donation into 60 meals through their network of vendors and donors.   This year marks the thirteenth time Merrell has helped with Food for Kids.The Mast Store continues the traditions of the general store by supporting its communities through many avenues, especially when it comes to basic human needs. Learn more about the Mast General store.


  • Dogwood Health Trust announced the availability of a comprehensive landscape study of K-12 education in Western North Carolina. The research and analysis, conducted by the Education and Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC), highlights the strengths in the region’s K-12 schools and the opportunities for Dogwood and its partners to better promote the wellbeing of students throughout Western North Carolina. The full report is available for free download on Dogwood’s website. Dogwood will host a webinar with the researchers from EPIC on October 26 at noon to review the findings in more detail. All members of the community are invited to attend and can register using this link.