Business Buzz: 3/30/22

March 30, 2022


  • OneWhoServes, Inc, the local business technology services provider, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary on April 1, 2022. Over the last two decades, OneWhoServes has seized every change in the IT industry as an opportunity to evolve and remain an active partner for its clients, while maintaining a strong focus on customer service. They have helped local companies save both time and money by providing excellent technology services and training. Since its beginning, Gordon Walton, President and founder, has successfully adapted OneWhoServes in an industry that is in continual transformation and has gone to great lengths to stay current and relevant. He has achieved this by investing in highly qualified Systems Engineers to provide technology support and management with a personal touch. When asked about the success of OneWhoServes, Inc., Walton keeps it simple, “The real key to success has been the word of mouth. And that word of mouth has come from keeping the focus on the clients and fulfilling their needs. Learn more about OneWhoServes here.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville is offering innovative surgery options for patients with the integration of the da Vinci® Xi robot into the operating room. Surgeons trained on the da Vinci systems can view the surgical site using magnified 3D HD technology, allowing them to make more precise adjustments during colon, cardiological, bariatric and gynecological procedures, just to name a few. Robotic surgeries mean less blood loss, less pain, less risk of infection, minimal scarring and a quicker recovery for patients. AdventHealth Hendersonville will use the da Vinci® Xi to perform general, urological, colorectal and thoracic surgeries. Learn more here.
  • Mars Hill University‘s Owen Theatre is getting a new sound and lighting system thanks to generous donations from the Stonecutter Foundation and Dominion Energy. The university will purchase a new soundboard, wireless microphones, spotlights, and other equipment to improve the audio and visual experience of theatre patrons. “We believe this is a wonderful opportunity to assist students in pursuit of careers in theatre arts and we are fortunate to have Mars Hill University in our area.” said Terri Barringer, executive director of the Stonecutter Foundation. Read more here.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville has announced the new recipient of the Sunshine Award. Doug Walrath, a member of their Engineering and Security Departments, is known for his compassionate spirit as he meets the needs of team members all around the hospital. AdventHealth team members explain Doug has a servant’s heart and lives out AdventHealth’s service standards with every person – whether a patient, visitor or team member. Learn more here.


  • Key Autism Services has opened a new location in Asheville and is holding an open house on Saturday, April 2 and will allow local families to tour the facilities while children enjoy face painting, balloon animals, snacks and a visit from Spiderman and other characters. Key Autism Service’s goal is to meet the expanding need of Autism services in WNC. The Key Autism Services Asheville clinic can be described as a welcoming and playful space. Register for the free open house and learn more about KAS.
  • On April 13, Webb Investment Services is recognizing Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day marks the day into the year when women, on average, earn what men did in 2021. It’s 2022 and women still earn $0.82 for every dollar a male counterpart makes. The second annual Equal Pay Day event, sponsored by Webb Investment Services will be held on April 13 from 11:30am to 1 pm in the Ingles Mountain Room in Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville with a virtual option available. Tickets are $25 to attend in-person and $10 to join virtually. All proceeds will be donated to OnTrack WNC Women’s Financial Empowerment Center. The panel, moderated by Laura Webb, the President of Webb Investment Services, includes four other local businesswomen including Aisha Adams, owner of Aisha Adams Media and developer of the Lenior-Rhyne Equity and Diversity Institute, Faith Doyle, a Certified Financial Planner Practitioner and financial advisor at Webb Investment Services, Tara Brown, the director of Community Engagement for Western North Carolina at Self-Help Credit Union and Tina Madison White, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Pride Center. Learn more and register today.
  • Five eccentric opera singers take the stage for an unforgettable (and unexpectedly hilarious) evening of physical comedy and repertoire from the greatest composers of their genre. The Opera Locos takes some of the most well-known operatic hits — music from “The Magic Flute,” “The Barber of Seville,” “La Traviata,” “Turandot” and more — and combines them with a bit of clownery and well-known pop classics. At the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $48 Regular; $43 Student; $20 Child; $10 day-of student rush (with valid ID). Box office: 828-257-4530 or
  • Leadership Asheville Forum’s (LAF) “Housing in WNC: Engaging to Make a Difference – Part II” Forum will be held on Wednesday, April 6 beginning at 5:30 pm at UNCA’s Reuter Center in the Manheimer Room. The topics covered in the second of this two-part series will be comprehensive, covering housing cost, supply, mix (rental vs. owned, single-family vs. dense), zoning for housing, the challenges developers face, redlining and its continuing impact, and affordable housing. LAF’s goal in this two-part series is to inform ourselves on the interconnected issues of housing; to listen, learn and distill our collective knowledge; to identify bold actions to address our challenges, and to become individually and collectively engaged on “getting housing right.” April 6th speakers will be Matt Allen, Professional Development Leader for the Land of the Sky Association of Realtors; Jim Lowder, Strategic Gifts Officer at Homeward Bound; and Todd Okolichany, Planning Director for the City of Asheville. Learn more and register here.


  • Dogwood Health Trust has announced that Alex F. Howard, a seasoned public health and higher education administrator, will join the organization as Vice President of Impact – Health & Wellness on April 18. In this role, Howard will be responsible for the visioning, development and implementation of ambitious impact strategies that aim to support access to care, improve the social conditions that contribute to health, and support upstream interventions that contribute to overall wellbeing. Additionally, Howard will oversee Dogwood’s bold goals to address substance use disorder as part of its commitment to support programs and networks that reduce deaths, treat addiction and prevent first use. Howard most recently served as the assistant vice chancellor of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University where he provided leadership for the departments of Counseling and Psychological Services, the M. S. Shook Student Health Services, University Recreation, and Wellness & Prevention Services. Read more.


  • Intern housing is available for any undergraduate or graduate students from any institution doing an internship in the Asheville area as part of their university coursework at UNC Asheville. Interns need to be at least 18 years of age. Housing is available from May 13 to August 1 and is nly $30 a night with all utilities included. Plus, there is the option to purchase a meal plan and the option to purchase a fitness pass. For more information, check out the website here.