This Week’s Business Buzz: 10/26/18

October 26, 2018

Many achievements in our business community this week: NC Stage Company wins National Theatre Company Grant, Mission Health nurses make top 100 list, and Gardner-Webb’s online MA in English is named among best in nation.


  • North Carolina Stage Company is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding North Carolina Stage Company with a 2018 National Theatre Company Grant. The American Theatre Wing announced that North Carolina Stage Company is one of the 10 recipients of the prestigious National Theatre Company grants. This is the second time that North Carolina Stage Company has been awarded this recognition.
  • Mission Health is proud to announce that again in 2018, four  nurses from across our health system were selected for this year’s list of Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. It is an honor for our nurses to be recognized by their peers for their professionalism and practice and commitment to the health and wellness of our community; and because it is a state-wide recognition, this honor is particularly meaningful.
  • For the second year, the Gardner-Webb University online Master of Arts (MA) in English degree has been named among the best in the nation by an education information website. The SR Education Group recently named the GWU program to its 2019 rankings for Best Online Colleges and Most Affordable Online Colleges.
  • In a surprise presentation at Gardner-Webb University on Oct. 19, GWU President Dr. Frank Bonner was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine—North Carolina’s highest civilian honor. Conferred by Gov. Roy Cooper, this prestigious award recognizes exemplary service to the state.


  • Pardee UNC Health Care’s Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center has once again been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast ultrasound as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).


  • The Pardee UNC Health Care Cancer Center has invested in an advanced form of cancer treatment called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and is now offering the treatment to qualified patients. SBRT represents a safe and effective treatment option for patients with early-stage lung cancer and early-stage prostate cancer who are not candidates for surgery.


  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Milling and Lathe Machine Operator, Material Handler, Dishwasher, Warehouse Worker, Order Puller, and Coldform Operator. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to


  • On Oct. 24, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $1.75 million grant to Buncombe County Government to continue building on efforts to reform the local criminal justice system and safely reduce the county’s jail population. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a $148 million national initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos concluded an internal fundraising event on Friday. Harrah’s Cherokee employees donated over $3,000 for the Red Cross in support of Hurricane Florence relief. The Casino matched those funds for a total of $6,940.