Business Buzz: 2/23/22

February 23, 2022


  • Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) and BKD have agreed to merge effective June 1, 2022, to create a new, national professional services firm. The new firm will have a significantly larger national presence—ranked number eight—allowing them to quickly pivot to new opportunities and challenges as they arise. They will have more than 5,400 team members across 68 markets in 27 states, including the United Kingdom and the Cayman Islands. Learn more here.
  • The Asheville Home Builders Association (AHBA) has announced that three builder members were recognized nationally at the International Builders’ Show.  At the Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA Awards), Milestone Contracting, LLC won 2 awards for their Villa Nova Modern Home: Best in the Region Middle Atlantic, and a Platinum Award for Single-Family Custom Home between 3,001 – 4,000 sq. ft (architect: Brickstack Architects). You can virtually tour this home at  Bluestone Construction, LLC took home a Platinum BALA Award for The Lumiere House in the Single-Family Custom Home 4,001 – 5,000 sq. ft. category (architect: ACM Design). BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry. Awards are given to different levels, including platinum, gold and silver, as well as Best in Region and Of the Year recipients. While at the NAHB Remodeling Awards Celebration Semper Fi Custom Remodeling took home an award for Best Home Addition. Learn more here.


  • The Asheville Home Builders Association (AHBA) is hosting a Local Industry Night Thursday, February 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Atelier Maison & Co. Mix and Mingle with industry professionals while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and music in an amazing showroom in Asheville’s Design District. Learn more here.
  • Sierra Nevada is hosting a Guest Experience Career Fair on Sunday, February 27 from 6pm-9pm and Monday, February 28, 2022 from 6pm-9pm. Sample delicious housemande food, meet team leaders and apply for a variety of essential Guest Experience positions including line cook, prep cook, dishwasher and more. Sierra Nevada offers many benefits to employees, including medical, dental and vision insurance for full- and part-time employees, free on-site medical clinic, 401k company match and more. This career fair will be held in the High Gravity Room on the second floor above their Taproom.  Learn more about Careers at Sierra Nevada here.
  • The Carolina Cyber Center offers an affordable alternative to the traditional college experience. Go from having little or no IT experience to an entry level position in cybersecurity in a year or less. With our instructor-led synchronous classes, hands-on technical training including real-world experiences, plus essential life skills development, you will get what you need to excel in a cybersecurity career. Register today, part-time or full-time, for their Cyber Defense Analyst (CDA) Program. Register by March 1 for classes beginning at the end of April. Learn more here.
  • Craft Your Commerce, a Mountain BizWorks entrepreneurial program, is excited to present its upcoming virtual spring workshop series, March 25 – April 15, 2022. Sponsored by the American Craft Council, this spring series is titled Beyond the Studio: Next Level Digital Marketing and is designed to help artists expand their knowledge of digital marketing techniques and ultimately generate sales. These classes are specifically designed for those already using digital marketing techniques but want to kick it up a notch and see better results. The series consists of five interactive workshops focused on developing a digital marketing plan, creating more effective social media posts, and cultivating sales through emails. These workshops can be taken together through our series pass, or separately. Culminating the series will be a five-week business-development course beginning on April 20, Alpine for Creatives. Learn more and register here.
  • Described as a modern-day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal, Joshua Holden hilariously adapts his family show for more mature audiences, delivering ear-to-ear smiles in The Joshua Show: The Grown Up Special. Using live music, puppetry, physical comedy and tap-dancing, Holden creates heartwarming entertainment to make the world a better, happier place. At the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5. Tickets: $25 regular; $20 student; $10 day-of student rush (with valid I.D.). Box office: 828-257-4530 or
  • Cindy Williams will take the Wortham Arts Center stage in her one-woman show, Me, Myself & Shirley during the period April 10-20, 2022. The legendary star of the iconic comedy series, Laverne & Shirley will share memories of her career and hilarious backstage tales from her lifetime in entertainment. Although best known for her role as Shirley Feeney, Cindy Williams is a versatile actress and comedienne who overcame a challenging childhood to pursue her love of acting and found stardom. Tickets are available at