Business Buzz: 12/15/22

December 15, 2022


  • The Eblen Charities St. Nicholas Project will began on Monday, December 12th and goes until Thursday, December 22nd. The store will be open nine days for local parents and guardians who may be struggling with the cost of providing holiday gifts for their children. Once they sign up on the Eblen Charities website for an appointment, they can shop for free. Eblen Charities is accepting new, unwrapped toys, books, clothing, and gift cards, as well as monetary donations. They provide gifts for children 0-18. Eblen is in need of teen gifts this year. Many schools and businesses around the community have toy drop-off boxes including Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville and Ingles Markets. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please text TOYS to 345345. Toys can also be sent or delivered to Eblen Charities at 50 Westgate Parkway Asheville, North Carolina 28806. Please check the website for our amazon and target wish lists. To learn more, visit


  • Legacy of Hope International is finishing up its fundraising campaign on Instagram to raise funds for its Cambodian Career Development and Stateside Kid’s Safety Parties to fight abuse. The Career Development Program was announced three months ago and has generated a lot of interest as veteran graduates of the LOHI dormitory eagerly continue to be mentored to complete Master Degrees in Social Work or start businesses with local leaders and abroad through LOHI. Stateside, LOHI announced 2 years ago the expansion of Safety Parties to assist with community networking, education, and empowerment of body safety and elevating those in high risk neighborhoods. For more information, visit LOHI, was founded in Cambodia in 2005 to prevent and eliminate human trafficking and abuse among those most vulnerable. Its vision is to assist with community growth and economic development through educational and public health initiatives. 


  • AdventHealth has welcomed Kimberly Brown, MBA, RT(R)(M), CNMT as the Director of Imaging Services for AdventHealth Hendersonville. Brown brings her extensive clinical and managerial experience in imaging services to her new role at AdventHealth Hendersonville. Brown’s career in imaging services began 27 years ago as a Mammography/Radiography Technologist and has steadily progressed to her current role as the Director of Imaging Services. Brown earned her bachelor’s degree in Applied Science with a focus in Technology Management from Troy State University in Troy, AL. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Business Administration from Troy State University as well. Read more.
  • Bank of America has welcomed April Brown as a new Market Executive for Asheville. In this role, Brown is responsible for helping lead the bank’s local efforts across Western North Carolina to connect businesses, families and individuals to the banking and investment resources that will help improve their financial lives. Working closely with Bank of America Asheville President Andy Nadeau, she also oversees community partnerships, sponsorships and philanthropy that enhance the vibrancy of our region. Brown joins Bank of America with 15 years of experience building community, facilitating change, and forming strong partnerships around shared vision and goals. Her passion for authentic relationships and economic mobility has been instrumental in building workforce development initiatives for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County, such as NEXT AVL and Inclusive Hiring Partners.