Business Buzz: 12/11/20

December 11, 2020



  • North Carolina law requires all residents to list all taxable personal property owned as of Jan. 1 of each year. The Buncombe County Property Assessor’s Office wants to remind residents the listing period for 2021 begins Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 and the property tax listings must be completed and returned by Feb. 1, 2021, by 5 p.m. to avoid a 10 percent late-listing penalty.The Buncombe County Assessor’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The office is located at 155 Hilliard Ave., Asheville. Please call (828) 250-4920 to schedule an appointment. Forms are available here. Persons who must file a property listing includes:
    • All persons who own real estate must list any new additions, changes, or deletions made as of Jan. 1, 2021.
    • All persons who own personal property such as untagged motor vehicles, permanent multi-tagged trailers, manufactured homes, boats and boat motors, airplanes, rental personal property, or farm machinery used for income purposes, etc.
    • Business owners: All businesses are required to file a business personal property listing form annually during the listing period stated above, which includes: machinery and equipment; furniture and fixtures; computers; improvements to leased property; manufactured homes; aircraft; IRP plated vehicles; and supplies etc. used in connection with the business.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville Imaging has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
  • Mission Hospital was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals by Fortune and IBM® Watson Health®. The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights leading short-term, acute care, non-federal US hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The study is designed to identify impartial, actionable and attainable benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders as they work to raise their own organizations’ standards of performance in cardiac care. “This 2021 award marks the 15th year that Mission Hospital has been recognized by IBM Watson Health as a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital,” said William D. Kuehl, MD, FACC, Chief of Cardiology at Mission Hospital. For more information, visit


  • Immedion, a premier provider of cloud, data center and managed IT services, today announced their new Multi-Cloud Connector, which brings multi-cloud, cloud-to-cloud and hybrid cloud strategy enablement to the masses. “Easy cloud access is imperative for organizations to be able to function in today’s business world,” said Brad Alexander, Immedion’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “With Multi-Cloud Connector, we’re able to eliminate the complications, costs and time associated with managing a multi-cloud strategy and instead provide seamless cloud-to-cloud connectivity at a greatly reduced cost.” For more information, please visit, or contact Immedion at 864.908.3000.
  • South College is launching two new certificate level and seven new master’s level technology programs, and enrollment is open now for qualified students to start classes in January. Designed for residents seeking to advance their careers or change course, the programs are delivered in a fully online format, and full-time students can complete certificate level programs in 30 weeks and master’s level programs in 40 weeks. For more information South College, including the new technology programs, visit


  • Explore Asheville welcomed Vic Isley as new President & CEO at the beginning of December. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Isley began her career in tourism in the mid-1990s at the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau as the director of marketing and communications. After nearly two decades that included senior executive positions at Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau and Destination DC in Washington, D.C., Isley was selected as chief operating officer at Destination Marketing Association International, representing 600 official destination marketing organizations worldwide, commanding $2.5 billion in annual budgets. She also assumed the role of executive director for the organization’s foundation.Most recently Isley served as chief sales and marketing officer for Bermuda Tourism Authority for more than six years, where she was responsible for setting strategic direction, creating and managing the $25 million annual budget, and overseeing the New York City office with a staff of 19 and all global marketing, sales, crisis communications, media relations, social media and promotions.
  • AdventHealth Hendersonville is thrilled to welcome Chris Taulbee to the role of Director of Physician Services. In this role, Taulbee will oversee team members, providers, and protocols at several AdventHealth Medical Group locations across Western North Carolina, including Primary and Specialty Care practices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Flat Rock, and Tryon. Although new to the role, Taulbee is not new to our organization. He has served with AdventHealth Hendersonville for nearly 10 years, starting as a radiologic technologist in 2011 and taking on the role of Diagnostic Imaging Manager in 2017. In his most recent position, Taulbee was responsible for daily operations at AdventHealth Hendersonville Imaging in both the hospital and outpatient clinics.
  • The Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC) is pleased to announce Zurilma Anuel as the new Director. Zuri has worked with Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF) for more than five years and has been an invaluable member of the team. Previously, she served as the WWBC Associate Director, and the Founder and Director of CSBDF’s Latino Program. Prior to joining CSBDF, Zuri was the Latino Program coordinator for Mountain BizWorks and worked for over a decade as a personal banker at Wells Fargo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Commercial and Financial Administration from the Central University of Caracas and certificates in economic development finance and business credit analysis.


  • Namaste in Nature invites the community to join the FREE Asheville Trail Bingo challenge.After this year, we all need something to look forward to in 2021…This is the fastest, easiest & most fun way for you to plan, compare and hike the best 25 trails and waterfalls within an hour’s drive of Asheville in 2021.
    1. Go to
    2. Download/print the free bingo card & checklist by December 31, 2020.3. Watch the short 360º trail videos to compare trails and plan your hikes.
    3. Safely hike all 25 trails in 12 months in 2021. Tag #avltrailbingo to share your pictures and your progress!
    4. Enjoy the health benefits and personal satisfaction of hiking in the Asheville area.
  • The Asheville Ballet’s Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in Asheville for half a century. A spectacular professional production of the full original Nutcracker ballet from Imperial Russia interpreted and performed by Asheville’s own Ballet Company, directed by Ann Dunn. Available via private link, December 20 – January 3 whenever you want to view it, filmed live at Diana Wortham Theatre at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. All Tickets are $20, available via Eventbrite:
  • Raytheon Technologies, a global aerospace and defense company, recently honored “GivingTuesday” with a five-year, $25 million commitment to support marginalized individuals and communities through programs focused on racial justice, empowerment and career readiness. Raytheon is the parent company for Pratt & Whitney which recently announced plans to invest approximately $650 million through 2027 in a new Buncombe County manufacturing facility, creating 800 new jobs.The commitment is part of the company’s four-pillar strategy, which integrates initiatives across talent management, community engagement, public policy and supplier diversity, to drive progress and advance increased diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) across its workforce.As part of the philanthropic commitment, the company will provide a two-to-one matching gift. For every dollar Raytheon Technologies’ employees donate to select nonprofits working in the area of racial justice, the company will donate two.The nonprofits participating in the matching gift program were selected in collaboration with the company’s Black employee resource groups. They include the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Urban League and the Equal Justice Initiative. Each was chosen for its exceptional work in advancing racial, economic and social justice. Read more


  • Julieta Fumberg Creative is offering discounts for branding, graphic design and photography if you book before Dec. 30th. Includes custom web design services (see details), headshot studio sessions fro $150.


  • Saturday, Dec. 12: Join in the fun and spread a little joy this holiday season!  Asheville Parks & Recreation is hosting its first ever Jingle All The Way 5K  Walk/Run on Dec. 12 at Carrier Park.  Registration is FREE with the donation of a new $10 unwrapped toy.  All toys received will be distributed to children in our community who need a little extra cheer this holiday season. Staggered start times beginning at 9 a.m. and a limited number of participants promise to keep it safe for everyone.  The first 25 to register will receive a free T-shirt and hot chocolate and more will make the event merry!  You might even see Santa!It’s a 5K, it’s a toy drive, and it’s a great addition to your holiday season!  What’s not to love?  Register online at by Dec. 10.  For more information, visit the website at, on Facebook at or call Maria Young at 828-251-4026.
  • Saturday, Dec. 12: through a partnership with the Bullard Family Foundation, Kimpton Hotel Arras, My Daddy Taught Me That (MDTMT), the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, and MANNA FoodBank, Asheville-area families who need food will be able to pick up a robust holiday family food box and meet WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil aka. Thaddeus Ballard. Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Arthur Edington Center (133 Livingston Street Asheville, NC 28801)