Business Buzz: 7/20/21

July 20, 2021


  • A-B Tech Community College has announced that it will use federal COVID-19 emergency relief funds to establish the A-B Tech “Trailblazer Promise” to cover tuition and fees for students who enroll this fall. Under the Trailblazer Promise, students who enroll in fall semester classes are eligible to receive up to $1,500 to cover their tuition and fees. Students may qualify simply by enrolling in six or more credit hours of fall academic classes and completing a free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) form by August 10. A-B Tech also will distribute additional relief funds to curriculum students during the semester to offset the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to pay for tuition or other expenses such as childcare, technology and transportation costs. Learn more about the Trailblazer Promise here.
  • In partnership with Bank of America, A-B Tech Community College is expanding the college’s Skills Training Employment Program (STEP), which aims to offer clearly defined career pathways and job placement to low-to-moderate-income individuals. STEP serves over 200 participants a year, with the vast majority going into frontline health occupations. The goal of the program is to assist the participants with the cost of courses, books, materials, uniforms and testing. These direct support funds often run out before the end of the year and Bank of America’s $50,000 investment will ensure that funding is available to support the needs of every participant through the 2021-22 school year. Bank of America’s investment both provides direct support for STEP program participants and aligns with the company’s commitment to advance economic mobility and racial equality by helping to address issues facing women and communities of color. More than half of STEP participants are racial or ethnic minorities and the vast majority, 89%, are women. Learn more here. Learn more here


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville has announced the newest winner of the DAISY Award is Hannah Bell, MSN, FNP, CNOR, a nurse in The Baby Place at AdventHealth Hendersonville. Bell was given the award for her incredible compassion for her patients and commitment to support her team members in The Baby Place. The DAISY Award was created by the family of J. Patrick Barnes in 1999 to thank the nurses who cared for Barnes and for them as he battled an autoimmune disease. Barnes lost his battle, but his family realized the impact his nurses had on the final days of his life. For that, they wanted to create an opportunity for all families who experience the benefits of the extraordinary care of nurses to show their appreciation. Learn more here.
  • The Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) recently announced Adoratherapy’s Clarity Chakra Spice has been named Aroma Products Bronze Winner in this year’s COVR Visionary Awards. Each year COVR gives Visionary Awards to entries selected from among the best products in the Mind Body Spirit industry. The Chakra Spice roll on collection offers the purest essential oil ingredients expertly formulated to enhance daily spiritual practices from yoga to meditation .Learn more here.


  • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to help build New Heights, their most ambitious neighborhood to date. Volunteers can take an active role in ensuring everyone has an affordable place to call home by learning new skills or honing existing ones while working alongside community-minded people and future Habitat homeowners. To sign up to volunteer, click here or call 828-251-5702. If construction doesn’t interest you, but you’d like to volunteer at one of the Re-Stores, contact Carrie at 828-210-9381 or contact


  • Archetype Brewing is hopping across the pond in June of 2022 with a trip to Belgium and Germany. In partnership with EF Go Ahead Tours, the small group Food & Beer Tour will journey through Belgium and Germany trying local beers, fare and tradition. Archetype’s Director of Marketing, Drew, will be hosting an information meeting on Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at their downtown location at 174 Broadway St. At the info session, there will be multiple free tastings of Belgian inspired brews. Learn more here
  • A-B Tech Community College is hosting its annual Find Your Future Open House on Thursday, July 22 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. This year’s open house will be held in the locations where classes are taught. Attendees will be able to see classrooms, labs, training facilities, and more. Faculty and advisers also will be on hand to answer questions about academic programs, admissions and financial aid. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more and register, click here or call 828-398-7900.