Business Buzz: 8/24/22

August 24, 2022


  • Dr. Millicent Burke-Sinclair, President and CEO of Four Seasons, The Care You Trust – was named a Future Leader in the Class of 2022 in the Hospice Division by Aging Media. Aging Media recognizes dynamic leaders, ages 40 and under, who are making a push to define the future of aging America in senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice industries. Each nominee’s vision is unique, but they are all centered on improving customer experience and health outcomes above all else. Hospice future leaders are leading organizations through unprecedented change, redefining the standard of hospice care, and creating new partnerships that help keep patients comfortable during care transitions. These leaders are dedicated to patient care. By embracing innovative business, technology, and care strategies that give peace of mind to everyone involved, hospice future leaders are single-handedly transforming the hospice experience as we know it. Dr. Burke-Sinclair has led Four Seasons in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer since 2017 after holding several other leadership positions in the organization beginning in 2014. Read more.


  • The Blue Ridge Pride Festival will occur at Asheville’s Pack Square Park on Saturday, September 24. This is Western North Carolina’s largest Pride event, celebrating the estimated 75,000 LGBTQ+ people who make their home in Western North Carolina. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. However, many people arrive early to participate in the Welcoming WNC Procession. The procession is not your typical pride parade. It is a half-mile, family-friendly parade of people that is free to anyone who aspires to a vision of a WNC community that is welcoming to all. Companies, churches, organizations, groups, families, and individuals are all free to join. They need only register by September 20. Learn more here.
  • MANNA FoodBank has announced that the 21st Annual Empty Bowls event will take place on Monday, October 10, 2022, 10 am – 6 pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville-Biltmore. Empty Bowls brings together the area’s vibrant, renowned artisan and culinary communities, making it one of MANNA’s most popular annual events. The collective generosity of pottery donors, culinary partners, sponsors, ticket-buyers, and volunteers has enabled MANNA to raise funding for the equivalent of 3 MILLION MEALS over the two-decade history of the event. Adult tickets for this year’s event are $45 per person and include one handmade artisan bowl, a meal of bread, soup, and dessert provided by some of Western North Carolina’s most beloved chefs and culinary teams, and the opportunity to affect real change: each ticket sold creates funding for MANNA to provide 180 meals to neighbors who are turning to MANNA and its network of 250 partner agencies for support with their grocery bill. The ever-popular Collector’s Corner will also be a feature of this year’s event. The Collector’s Corner makes available for purchase—to both ticket holders and the general public—specialty works of ceramics, glass, jewelry, and other artisan, one-of-a-kind items for which 100% of proceeds go to support MANNA’s programs and mission. Read more.