Business Buzz: 4/27/21

April 27, 2021


  • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers were honored during National Volunteer Appreciation Week last week and eight core volunteers reached noteworthy service milestones in 2020, including the 15-year service anniversary of construction volunteers Jerry Ray, Kerney McNeil, Bill Winkler and ReStore volunteer Denise Goodson. Construction volunteers Bob Swartz and Bill Kantonen celebrated their 20th and 25th Habitat anniversaries, respectively. ReStore volunteers Allen Laws and Jan Wright met the 30-year volunteer service mark. Additionally, 40 volunteers celebrated 5 and 10-year service anniversaries last year. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity here.


  • The Junior League of Asheville, Inc. (JLA) has announced the winners of the 2021 Be the Change Grant. Western Carolina Rescue Ministries, Project Dignity, Helpmate, Babies Need Bottoms and Homeward Bound will each receive $1,000 to enhance and support their impacts on the community. The Be Change Grant funds will help Western Carolina Rescue Ministries provide nutritious meals, support, and mentorship to high-risk students, help Project Dignity in providing menstruation products to girls and women in need and assist Helpmate to provide shelter, safety, and support to survivors of intimate partner violence. Babies Need Bottoms will be able to provide potty training supplies to families in crisis and poverty and Homeward Bound will be providing households with their Welcome Home program, which provides people emerging from homelessness with household supplies and furniture. Learn more about JLA’s Be the Change grant here.


  • A new podcast, sponsored by McMillan Pazdan Smith’s K-12 Design Studio and IdeaXChange, is launching on all major podcast platforms this month. The series, entitled “Future of K-12 Education”, invites school administrators of all kinds, teachers, parents and other policymakers to answer tough questions and support better student outcomes in their communities. The series, with the first six episodes running through mid-May 2021, is hosted by Ben Thompson, AIA, ALEP, a practicing architect with McMillan Pazdan Smith. Thompson leads the K-12 studio work for MPS across the Carolinas and Georgia and is an accredited learning environment planner. Listen and learn more about the podcast here.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville has welcomed Dr. Evan Jones to its team of whole-care providers at AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Black Mountain. Board-certified in family medicine. Dr. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia at Athens, GA. He completed his medical degree at Augusta University – University of Georgia Medical Partnership at Athens, GA. Dr. Jones is welcoming patients at AdventHealth Medical Group Family Medicine at Black Mountain. To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 828-532-2470 or visit


  • Friday Services Staffing has several “Hot Jobs” available. Assembly & E-Coat in Fletcher offering $13-!3.50/hour for four 10 hour shifts, with a 30 minute break Monday-Thursday, first and second shift available. Order Picking, Order Packing, Shipping, Laborers and Janitorial positions in Hendersonville for $14-$16/hour during 1st shift Monday through Friday. An entry level Machine Operator position for $16/hour in Mills River. An entry-level Quality Inspector & Machine Operator job for $14-$15/hour in Asheville with 8-12 hour shifts. A Summer Apprenticeship with a local manufacturer for $14-$17/hour while earning 6 certifications. Learn more and apply here.