Business Buzz: 5/25/22

May 25, 2022


On Land Trust Day, Saturday, June 4, the Asheville and Waynesville Mast General Stores will host representatives from Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. To ensure that it has the support it needs to continue its vital service to our community, each store will donate 20% of that day’s sales to this partner agency. Land trusts preserve our landscapes, create shared open spaces, protect wetlands and wildlife habitats, and provide recreational opportunities for everyone. These non-profit organizations, also known as conservancies, work with landowners and other associations to purchase land and negotiate easements with private property owners, ensure a family farm is passed down to the next generation, and assist in expanding the boundaries of state and national parks, among many other important roles. 


On June 1 at The Crown Plaza, NAHB Chief Economist, Rob Dietz, will provide an overview of economic and housing market conditions as the economy struggles with the highest pace of inflation in four decades. The Federal Reserve is tightening monetary policy. What does this mean for economic growth, recession risk, and interest rates? Dietz will detail macroeconomic factors affecting housing demand and industry-level measures of supply-side headwinds that are limiting the construction sector, including building material prices. He will also show how local data compares to national trends. Bring your questions for this engaging discussion of the economy with a leading national economist. Learn more.


AdventHealth has welcomed Nicole Crane, MSN, NP-C to its team at AdventHealth Hematology-Oncology Infusion Services in Hendersonville. Crane has been providing care as a certified nurse practitioner since 2011 with previous experience in primary care, sports medicine, oncology, emergency and specialty surgical care. Crane has served as a registered nurse in multiple care units, such as Neurotrauma ICU, Neurosciences, and the Labor and Delivery Unit. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. Learn more.


Senior Helpers, a provider of personalized in-home senior care, has announced the official opening of its Asheville location, to be managed and operated by Daniel Pickus. The new franchise will serve senior citizens and their families in Asheville and Hendersonville, and it hopes to bring more than 75 new jobs to the region over the next year. Senior Helpers’ professionally trained caregivers will help local seniors continue to enjoy the comfort of their own homes despite age-related illnesses and mobility challenges. Read more.


​​SBTDC’s final virtual Taking the Leap cohort of 2022 will begin in two weeks on June 7 and applications are being accepted now here. Taking the Leap is ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs with a business idea they’d like to bring to life or existing sole proprietors that would like to focus and formalize their business and goals.  In the class, they cover customer discovery, business planning using the Business Model Canvas, financial planning, digital marketing basics, and students have a chance to do a very basic 2 minute elevator pitch to community mentors in the final session. Students have the chance to network with their peers, providing exciting new connections and insights from their collaboration. Learn more.


The American Diabetes Association (ADA)  announced the recognition of Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers through the Education Recognition Program (ERP). The DSMES service was originally recognized in May of 2022. The ADA’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES). The DSMES Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, 2012 and 2017. The ERP promotes quality Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) for people with diabetes by certifying that services adhere to the National Standards for DSMES. Services certified by the ADA’s ERP program offer a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.