Business Buzz: 9/14/21

September 14, 2021


  • Bryan Boatright, an assistant vice president at the University of Mount Union, has selected Mars Hill University as the site to complete his fellowship through the American Council on Education. Boatright is one of 52 members of the 2021-22 ACE Fellows cohort. The ACE Fellows Program is designed to give emerging higher education leaders the opportunity to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single year through retreats, interactive learning opportunities, visits to campuses and other higher education-related organizations, and placement at another higher education institution. Over the course of the 2021-22 academic year, Boatright will spend time at Mars Hill, observing and being mentored by President Tony Floyd and other senior university leaders. Selection as a host institution is an indicator of Mars Hill’s growing reputation as a leader among academic institutions in the region. It reflects the institution’s efforts of devoting time and resources to innovation, while continuing to build on previous successes rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Learn more here.


  • Asheville Ale Trail has joined Wicked Weed in their WNC Love: Flood Relief Fundraiser as part of a group effort to raise funds for those affected by Tropical Storm Fred. During the month of September, $5 of every clothing item purchased from their online store,, will be donated to BearWaters Brewing and United Way of Haywood County. In mid-August, Tropical Storm Fred hit WNC, causing extreme flooding. Haywood County in particular suffered severe flooding and damage affecting both residential and commercial areas. Many residents of Haywood County lost their homes. Unfortunately several members of the brewing community suffered significant loss and destruction as well. BearWaters Brewing in downtown Canton had over 9 feet of flooding and lost countless kegs, barrels and equipment, in addition to some of their outdoor structures. As a response, Wicked Weed created the WNC Love: Flood Relief Fundraiser Campaign to encourage the brewing community to get involved and help raise flood recovery donations. Along with Wicked Weed, several breweries have joined in participation by donating a portion of their proceeds to flood relief initiatives, and are hoping many more will join. 


  • Art, food, music, and friends all come together again this fall to celebrate Manna FoodBank’s 20th annual Empty Bowls event, it will be a true celebration. For 20 years now, a community of caring people have come together year after year to make Empty Bowls an incredible event that has filled millions of plates. The members of the Empty Bowls family of potters, chefs, sponsors, volunteers, and organizers are gearing up to ensure that the 20th celebration will again reach out with hands of love to the tens of thousands of families across the mountains who are struggling even now to afford the groceries they need. The event will be Monday, October 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville-Biltmore. Learn more and buy tickets here.


  • Express Employment Professionals has several job openings available. In administrative/office services, there is a Chiropractic Office Assistant position available in West Asheville with a pay of $18-$20/hr and an Orthopedic Technician position at a friendly, family-owned orthopedic office with a pay of $17/hr. In skilled trade, a company in Arden is looking for a welder with a pay of $17-$22/hr, with potential for overtime, and a company in West Asheville/Candler area is looking for a Tool Maker to join their team for $18-$24/hr. Learn more here.
  • Friday Services Staffing & Professional has several job openings available. In Hendersonville, there are assembly, machine operator and order picking/positions ranging from $14-$16/hr. In Fletcher, there are merchandiser, machine operators and production technician positions ranging from $15-$16.25/hr. In Asheville, there are assembly, material handler and CNC Machinist positions available ranging from $16.50-$19/hr. Learn more here.