Business Buzz: 3/9/21

March 9, 2021


  • The French Broad Adventures (FBA) zipline canopy tour in Marshall, NC has become the first-ever operation to be accredited by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). ACCT, an international trade association, is dedicated to standards, credentialing and professional development for members of the aerial adventure industry, like ziplines and canopy tours. Up until 2020, accreditation was only available to those who built, inspected and trained in the industry, but in July of last year, they launched the Operation Accreditation program, which opened the door for operations like French Broad Adventures to demonstrate, prove and be recognized for their adherence to rigorous safety standards. The path to accreditation was a thorough, in-depth process that evaluated all aspects of the operation to ensure that FBA was meeting internationally recognized standards.


  • Asheville Radio & Media Group has announced their inaugural “Best of Asheville.” The “2021 Best of Asheville” invites, engages, and allows the greater community to recognize the best businesses, organizations and people in our area and can be nominated in one of nine topic areas: Eat & Drink, Health & Beauty, Home & Garden, Motors, Schools, Services, Shopping, Stay in Asheville, and Things to Do. Within each of these nine categories are 235 sub-categories in which individuals vote on their favorite nominee. Nominations began on March 8 and will run until March 19. Voting runs between April 5 – April 23. The names of the winners will be posted and announced on Thursday, June 24, 2021. More information can be found at


  • In celebration of upcoming International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and Blue Ridge Hiking Company announced JPD’s Spring Hike Series, a fundraiser for Women Build. Over the next 6-8 weeks, registrants will receive 4 emails outlining 4 different hikes (one in each quadrant of the county) hand-picked by Jennifer Pharr Davis, the internationally recognized hiker, author, speaker, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, and new appointee to the President’s Council of Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. The hike series costs $25, which will support the construction of a Women Build House to be built in Habitat’s New Heights neighborhood. Habitat International’s Women Build program empowers women to build – and advocate for – affordable housing in their communities. To date, fifteen Women Build houses have been built in Buncombe County by Asheville Habitat. Click here to register.
  • AR Workshop Asheville is hosting a Charcuterie & DIY Workshop where you can build your own charcuterie board and learn how to fill it up. It’s a great time to mingle with friends, BYOB and build your own wooden serving tray.The workshop, featuring Mereleigh Foods, will be held at 3726 Sweeten Creek Rd on March 27 from 2-5 p.m. Registration is required and the price depends on the type of project you decide to make during the class. Register at