This Week’s Business Buzz: 6/1/18

June 1, 2018

This week in AVL Biz, we offer a huge congrats to Green Sage Cafe, Urban Orchard Cider Co., Electronic Office, and Pardee UNC Health Care, who are all expanding! In addition, Champion Credit Union was also recently named as one of the 2018 Best Employers in North Carolina. Read on for more achievements, announcements, and opportunities in the Chamber world.


  • Champion Credit Union was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Employers in North Carolina. This program was created by Business North Carolina, NC SHRM, and Best Companies Group. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in North Carolina, benefiting the economy, workforce, and businesses in the state of North Carolina. The list is made up of 45 companies.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.


  • The “City of Asheville 7-day Vegan Challenge” marks the first time in US history that a municipality (City of Asheville), a regional hospital (Mission Hospital), and an Animal Rescue Organization (Brother Wolf Animal Rescue) have come together to promote the vegan diet as a means to combat climate change, mass species extinction and animal cruelty, and to improve human health. The campaign was originally proposed to the City of Asheville and Mission Hospital by Brother Wolf, and its goal is to recruit at least 500 participants for this historic challenge.
  • The Folk Heritage Committee announces its summer 2018 dates for two celebrated mountain traditions in Asheville, North Carolina: the 52nd season of Shindig on the Green and the 91st Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Each event features long-standing as well as the newest generation of traditional and mountain string bands, ballad singers, and big circle mountain dancers and cloggers, resulting in fun-filled and authentic evenings enjoyed by kith and kin of all ages.


  • Pardee UNC Health Care will open its newest Urgent Care location at 3334 Boylston Highway, Suite 10, in Mills River on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the new facility. Pardee Chief Executive Officer James M. Kirby II, Pardee Chief Administrative Officer Johnna Reed and Camp Highlander owner Karl Alexander will attend.
  • The popular clean-eating Green Sage Cafe will open their fourth Asheville location at 633 Merrimon Ave., the former location of Atlanta Bread Company. The new nourishing nook of Green Sage Cafe will feature the company’s headquarters, inside and outside seating, and an array of healthy eats for this North Asheville neighborhood.
  • Urban Orchard Cider Co. announced this month that they will expand their popular West Asheville cidery to the South Slope. Construction has already begun at the former Eagle’s Nest Outfitters (ENO) building on Buxton Ave. Reports say the cidery will expand their production as well as add a tasting room. Congrats to Urban Orchard and we look forward to sampling those South Slope ciders!
  • The Electronic Office is proud to announce their expansion and relocation to a new state-of-the-art headquarters at 1400 Sweeten Creek Road. Since opening in 1981, The Electronic Office has grown to become the region’s leading provider of commercial technology support services and consulting. EO provides managed IT services to over 80 clients including hospitals, physician practices, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations throughout Western North Carolina.


  • Waste Management is Hiring CDL Drivers and Heavy Truck mechanics in your area! If you are 21 years of age and have two or more years of relevant work experience, apply today at
  • Friday Staffing is looking to hire machine operators, composites technicians, and assembly workers. If you are interested in learning more, call 828-684-8700 or visit


  • Gardner-Webb University recently hosted approximately 70 professors and graduate students in religion for the annual meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR). This was the University’s second time hosting the event. Dr. Steven R. Harmon, associate professor of historical theology in the GWU School of Divinity, is NABPR vice president and president-elect.