Business Buzz: 10/16/20

October 16, 2020

Highland’s seasonal Thunderstruck Coffee Porter featuring coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co. returns this Friday. Axeville will be onsite from 2-7 p.m. for some good old-fashioned ax throwing! As with all the brewery’s seasonal releases, A dollar per pour of Thunderstruck will support Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.


  • On Thursday, 16 locations across Buncombe County opened doors to voters who choose to vote in person ahead of the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election. Early voting through Oct. 30. will be held from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekends. On Oct. 31, early voting locations will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.


  • Community-minded realtors from across the area are coming together to spearhead a fundraising campaign called Closing On Hunger, which is designed to address food insecurity and introduce home buyers in the area to a deep need for food. LOTSAR is inviting realtors from across the area to forego their traditional closing gift to clients, and instead make a $100 gift to MANNA in their clients’ honor. For each honorary gift, MANNA can provide 400 meals to those facing hunger across our region. Interested in signing up, or know a realtor who might be? Contact Olivia Onderlinde, Corporate Relations Manager for Manna Food Bank at
  • The Asheville Home Builders Association is excited to announce this year’s Virtual Parade of Homes™ sponsored by Coldwell Banker King. This year’s Parade features thirty newly constructed homes throughout the Asheville area. Starting october 22, the Parade of Homes will be live including the digital publication, virtual tours, and more at



  • Interested in getting B Corps certified? Then check out the first ever Southeast BLD (B Corp Leadership Development) conference on Thursdasy, November 12th. B Corps, Conscious Capitalism members, social enterprises, and impact-focused students will gather for one unique day of learning and growing. Learn more about the event and register here.
  • Mission Health is hosting an opioid take back event to raise awareness about the dangers of opioid misuse and proper disposal of medications on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Called “Crush the Crisis,” the event aligns with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and invites community members to safely and anonymously dispose of unused or expired prescription medications.  For more information, visit or call toll free number at (833) 582-1970.


  • Over the course of the last few weeks, Roost Home Watch has been transitioning to become Roost Home Management. Since opening almost two years ago, the company has grown to offer more services to property owners than home watch alone. Why the name change? “Roost Home Management” more accurately defines who we are today. We are stewards of your investment offering peace of mind for practically everything under your roof. To learn more about how Roost Home Management can assist with your property, visit or call 828.505.1003


  • The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority announced the selection of nationally recognized and former North Carolina tourism executive Victoria “Vic” Isley as president and CEO of Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Isley, who has worked diligently for diverse communities throughout her career, starts Dec. 1. Her appointment was approved this week at a special meeting of the BCTDA board. Isley succeeds Stephanie Pace Brown, who announced last April that beginning July she would be taking an out-of-state position in the private sector.


  • AMP Connect has created a new video outlining their newest career development initiatives.  The InternView℠ series delivers brief (but informative) introductions to management students who are nearing graduation and have successfully completed a professional internship. Equally important, they have expressed an interest in exploring advanced manufacturing career opportunities. AMP Connect’s aim is to help HR leaders build a bright future for their employers — our current (and potential) customers. Watch the one-minute Internship Event video here, and evaluate internship possibilities for your organization with UNC Asheville’s Department of Management and Accountancy with the help of Elizabeth Harvey.


  • There’s a unique opportunity for local residents to help Asheville Habitat that doesn’t involve a hammer – or any tool, for that matter. As the non-profit partner of the 2020 Southern Living Idea House, Asheville Habitat will receive a portion of proceeds from ticket sales — revenue is expected to raise enough to build an entire Habitat home! In return, Habitat is responsible for providing Outdoor Greeters to welcome guests and assist visitors to the Victorian-inspired farmhouse in The Ramble Biltmore Forest that was built by Buchanan Construction.  This is a great opportunity to help Habitat build a home, without swinging a hammer yourself! Sign up solo or with a friend. Volunteer opportunities* available Thursday-Saturday 10am-1pm and 1-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm, with dates through December. For complete information about this unique volunteer opportunity and to sign up, click here. Purchase a ticket and reserve a time to tour the home here.
  • Ten years ago, Highland Brewing Company began donating a portion on the proceeds from seasonal beer release parties to Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). Little Hump spring ale, named for Little Hump Mountain in the Highlands of Roan, was the first seasonal release partnership. An American pale ale and a serious cult favorite among Highland fans, Little Hump was also named “Best Session Beer” at the 2012 US Beer Tasting Championships. Although the beer is no longer in distribution, this Taproom exclusive re-release will take place on Friday, October 30th. A dollar per pour from this batch of the beer will be donated to SAHC.