This Week’s Business Buzz: 8/23/18

August 22, 2018

Lots of achievement and outreach to celebrate this week. Security Camera Warehouse, Avadim Technologies, and Blueprint Summer Programs have all made this year’s Inc. 5000 list, and 16 attorneys from The Van Winkle Law Firm have been named to The Best Lawyers in America. In other news, Mission Health may donate as much as $75 million to rural communities, and Park Ridge Health is partnering with Franklin Covey for a Community Leadership Development Initiative.


  • The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that 16 attorneys in 25 different areas of law have been named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2019, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession, which has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Attorneys within the firm have been recognized for inclusion in this list for over 25 years. In addition, Mark A. Pinkston was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Security Camera Warehouse, Avadim Technologies, Cloud4Good, Blueprint Summer Programs, and MedStream Anesthesia have all made this year’s Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.


  • Sundance Power Systems has announced that the Duke Energy Solar Rebate has generated strong response in the community, and hundreds of North Carolina residents, businesses, and nonprofits are taking advantage of 2018’s capacity. To position for the next round, Sundance encourages people to start the process of receiving proposals now, as 2019’s capacity will be open to filings starting in October of this year.
  • The search for the next Buncombe County Manager is underway and input from the public is an important part of the process. The Buncombe County Commissioners and interim County Manager George Wood invite the public to attend open community sessions. These forums will give the public an opportunity to weigh in on the skills, personality traits, and other issues they believe are important for the new County Manager to exhibit. In addition to the community input sessions, Buncombe County is also asking for input online at through Aug. 30.
  • Mission Health, in partnership with EL Design Studios & Gallery VI, is recruiting all artists, galleries and art organizations for work that may be considered for purchase and display at the new Mission Hospital for Advanced Medicine. Artists are invited to submit both 2D and 3D work, with an emphasis on nature and/or culture inspired art. Purchases will be chosen by a Steering Committee. This call is open to all artists residing in the following western North Carolina counties.
  • Gardner-Webb University is pleased to announce more than 200 students recently received degrees during summer commencement exercises held on Aug. 4, and four of those students are from cities and towns in the greater Asheville area.


  • Immedion LLC, a South Carolina-based provider of data center, Cloud and managed services, announced its intent to acquire Integral Solutions Group (ISG), a full-service IT company and data center operator based in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The acquisition is expected to close in Q3 2018, subject to customary closing conditions. This announcement comes on the heels of Immedion’s latest acquisition in Columbus, Indiana and will bring Immedion to nine data centers in seven markets.


  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Furnace Operator, Injection Molder, Assembly Technician, Machine Operator, Cold Form Operator, Warehouse Associate, and Forklift Operator. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to


  • Mission Health’s Board of Directors today announced that if and when the Mission Health and HCA Healthcare transaction is closed, each Entity Legacy Foundation will receive a distribution of $15 million dollars to improve the health and wellbeing of their community.
  • Asheville Habitat will be sending off a team this Saturday to South Bend, Indiana to participate in the week-long Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Build! This is the first time Asheville Habitat has sent a team to the Carter Work Build- eight volunteers and two staff (two of which hail from South Bend). Collectively, the team joins thousands who will build and renovate 38 homes throughout the week.
  • This September, MANNA FoodBank, together with the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks, will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger. Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA.
  • Park Ridge Health is once again partnering with Franklin Covey for its Community Leadership Development Initiative. This year, they feature The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity. This workshop features tools for Time Management in the 21st Century. Participants in this one-day experience will learn how to move beyond the sense of being busy and receive tools to avoid distractions and accomplish goals that matter most in both your professional and personal life. Best of all, this event benefits the Henderson County Education Foundation and its Leader in Me program.