Business Buzz: 12/4/20

December 4, 2020

The Asheville Art Museum has announced its schedule of creative and educational programs for youth and adults for December 2020 and January 2021. In addition to virtual lectures and presentations, they also are looking ahead to an upcoming exhibit opening called “Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art,” which is presented in conjunction with the Whitney. The exhibition will open on December 18th, and includes work from approximately 20 artists.


  • The Grove Park Inn has cooked up new way to display the traditional Gingerbread House competition entries this year. The 12 Days of Gingerbread will take place on Facebook (@omnigroveparkinn) & Instagram (@omnigrovepark) from December 1st-12th at 11AM daily. One finalist will be announced per day, and the Grand Prize Winner will be declared  where the hotel will announce one Finalist, per day, with the Grand Prize Winner declared on Dec. 12th… which coincidentally, is also National Gingerbread House Day!


  • The City of Asheville has extended the public comment period for the proposed noise ordinance until Friday, December 11th. To date, the proposed ordinance has been viewed 2000+ times, and received 287 responses. Access the new noise ordinance proposal and provide comments and feedback here.


  • The Asheville Art Museum offers a wide range of creative and educational programs for youth and adults throughout the year. Programs invite visitors to explore works of art featured in exhibitions and the Museum’s Collection, to discuss current topics as they relate to art, to get creative with guided, hands-on projects, and more. View a full calendar of programs and register at
  • Official Maui Invitational t-shirts are here! Order your official tournament shirt today by heading to the tournament website.


  • The City of Asheville’s  racial healing grants for local nonprofits are now open for applications. This is the second year of funding, and like last year, the grant amount up to $4,999 aims to support existing projects  in Asheville that promote racial healing, reconciliation, and/or transformation in Asheville communities. To be competitive, organizations that apply should  focus on communities that are the  most impacted by government policies and practices that have caused racial trauma and/or displacement.  Interested applicants are encouraged to apply online. Please contact Yashika Smith, Inclusive Engagement and Leadership Manager, with any questions, or visit our website for more information. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Jan. 4, 2021.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville welcomes Paul B. Johnson to its leadership team, where he will serve as Director of Practice Operations overseeing team members, providers, and protocols at several AdventHealth Medical Group locations in Western North Carolina. Johnson joins AdventHealth after most recently serving at University of Florida Health in Jacksonville, Fla., as Operations Administrator, where he was responsible for the execution of all business-related functions for the multidisciplinary cancer treatment center.


  • For Giving Tuesday 2020, Helios Hand Sanitizer and AMP-Connect partnered up to donate 1,000 bottles of Helios hand sanitizer to Manna FoodBank. “Manna is a tremendous organization… the work they do in support of people struggling with socioeconomic adversity is deeply inspiring,” said Terry Houck, Jr., founder of AMP-Connect. Watch the donation video here.
  • Help others this holiday season by donating blood at the Asheville Outlets to the American Red Cross. Schedule an appointment on Thursday, December 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or Thursday, December 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Donors are asked to register in advance by visiting and entering the sponsor code “Ashevilleoutlets.” All blood donors are tested for COVID-19 antibodies. If you cannot donate blood, you can still help by making a monetary donation at