Business Buzz: 6/15/22

June 15, 2022


  • Last week, in a crowd of 3500 people, from 50 states and six countries, Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF) and Laura Elliot of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County were recognized by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) for their work on behalf of local students at the National Community Schools And Family Engagement Conference in Los Angeles. Greg Hall, program director of ACSF’s In Real Life (IRL) After-School program, accepted the Civic Engagement Award from the Institute for Educational Leadership for their work organizing youth, families, and our community to advocate for an equitable public education system. At the same event, Laura Elliot was recognized for her work locally and on the national stage, with the Community Schools Initiative Leadership Award. This award is given to individuals that have significantly advanced their initiatives toward broad and measured equitable impact, strengthened sustainability through cross-sector development, and increased the number of Community Schools. Read more here.
  • AdventHealth Hendersonville’s newest DAISY Award winner is Jessica Henderson, BSN, RN, CHRN, part of the team at the AdventHealth Medical Group Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Medical Office Building. George Crosby, a recent patient of Jessica’s shares, “She cares about the patient. Jessica got to know me and some of my issues that could impede the healing process. She treated me with tough love, telling me you have to take ownership in this process. My visits were dotted with conversation and laughter. She joined right in with my dry sense of humor. There were days I was down, and she cheered me up.” The DAISY Award was created by the family of J. Patrick Barnes in 1999 to thank the nurses who cared for Patrick and for them as he battled an autoimmune disease. Read more here.


  • Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru, is back Friday, June 17 with Latin fusion from Tumbao (7pm) and Appalachian hip-hop from Free Radio (5pm). DTA5 is free and takes place on N. Lexington Avenue between Hiawassee Street and I240. Celebrating Pride, June’s nonprofit partner is Blue Ridge Pride. Blue Ridge Pride’s mission is to promote equality, safety and quality of life for Western North Carolina’s LGBTQIA+ and allies, working as a united community through advocacy, celebration, education and service. Pride will sell wristbands at Downtown After 5 and receive a donation of $2000 to continue their important work in the community.  Learn more about Downtown after 5.
  • East Acupuncture Wellness Boutique is hosting a Summer Solstice Soiree on Friday, June 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.! There will be Acupuncture Treatments with East Acupuncture Wellness, Massage Services with East Acupuncture Wellness, Chiropractic Assesment with Radius Chiropractic, Iridology Reading with Creative Living Wellness and Body Somatic Stress Relief Sessions with Bloom Embodies. Plus, local vendors will  be selling antiques, plants, teas, pottery and more! Food and Drinks Provided. Plus, 20% of all EAWB boutique sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood. Learn more and register!


  • Galen College of Nursing, a proud affiliate of Mission Health, has announced a new campus will be coming to Asheville. This addition to nursing education in the Asheville area is designed to complement other area colleges and universities as we all work together to provide healthcare workforce education. Mission Health recently announced the funding of faculty members in nursing education at several colleges and universities in the Asheville community. The new 16,900 square-foot campus features resources designed to elevate the student experience and prepare future nurses to enter the field. Solely focused on nursing education, Galen prepares a diverse population of students to become nurses who deliver quality, compassionate care. The state-of-the-art facility will feature advanced patient simulation labs and classroom environments designed to encourage practice-based learning. Read more.