This Week’s Business Buzz: 3/20/19

March 20, 2019

Happy Spring, Asheville! Blue Ridge Hiking Company is celebrating another season of hiking by opening a new ultralight backpacking store downtown, along with a bunkhouse on the Appalachian Trail. Buncombe County is offering a free, two-day workshop that will help get business owners HUB certified.  And last Friday Roberts & Stevens helped answer over 1,000 legal phone calls in honor of annual call-a-lawyer public service program.


  • UNC Asheville’s TheatreUNCA will stage performances of an original performance – Nothing’s Happening: A Black Mountain College Project – created by students in collaboration with guest director Leon Ingulsrud of New York City’s SITI Company and based on John Cage’s Lecture on Nothing, April 18-20, in Belk Theatre on campus. Ingulsrud is UNC Asheville’s Black Mountain College Legacy Fellow for the spring 2019 semester.
  • The next show in Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery will be the annual Student Art Exhibition, featuring works in all styles and mediums. There will be paintings, drawings, graphic arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media pieces created by art majors as well as those who are just taking an art course or two. The exhibition runs March 27-April 19, 2019.
  • Tobacco-free campuses are a growing trend among colleges and universities across the nation. Lenoir-Rhyne University recently announced that the University will move to become tobacco- and smoke‐free across all campuses beginning with a soft launch in spring 2019, with a full implementation of the tobacco-free policy starting June 1, 2019.


  • Is your business HUB certified? Your business could be missing out on an opportunity to get government contracts. The good news is that Buncombe County is offering a free, two-day workshop that will help get business owners certified while also teaching them about navigating the landscape of landing government work. The two-day workshop is Friday, March 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, March 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch will be provided on Friday.


  • Blue Ridge Hiking is expanding its operations to include a specialty hiking and backpacking store in downtown Asheville and a bunkhouse located on the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs, NC. The Blue Ridge Hiking Company retail location will focus on a small curated selection of the best ultralight backpacking gear with most of the products custom-made by individual or small independent businesses. The shop is located at 70 College Street and scheduled to open April 5th.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville is excited to announce it has named Ella Stenstrom, MBA, CPA as its new Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer. Stenstrom has more than eight years of comprehensive experience in leading health care finance organizations and has been providing this exceptional leadership as the Administrative Director of Finance for AdventHealth Hendersonville (formerly Park Ridge Health), since 2015.
  • AdventHealth Hendersonville is excited to announce it has named Barbara Kenney, MS, RN, ACM, CCM, as its new Director of Case Management. Kenney is committed to excellence with the utmost care and compassion and is dedicated to AdventHealth’s mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.
  • To oversee the expanded operations and new facilities, Blue Ridge Hiking Company hired Lindsey Barr as the new Manager. Lindsey is a North Carolina native who active outdoor adventurer who joins Blue Ridge Hiking Company with four years of experience as Manager at Great Outdoor Provision Company in Greenville, NC and a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering.


  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Coating Operator, Packer, Machine Maintenance Apprentice, Collections Rep, Finishing Technician, Culinary Support Consultant, Executive Assistant, Order Picker, and Warehouse Laborer. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to


  • On Friday, March 1, more than 42 attorneys across Western North Carolina, including 9 from Roberts & Stevens, participated in the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s 12th Annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day. This annual call-a-lawyer public service program began in 2008 and engages volunteer attorneys to provide free legal information to North Carolinians, from the mountains to the coast.  During the 2019 event, the 42 volunteer attorneys at the Asheville site answered 1,078 of those calls. Roberts & Stevens attorney John Noor served as co-chair of the 2019 4ALL event in Asheville. Roberts & Stevens attorney Jacqueline D. Grant, who is currently president of the North Carolina Bar Association, visited and answered calls at several of the call sites across the state throughout the day. Photos courtesy of the North Carolina Bar Foundation.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care has launched a dedicated bariatric surgery website ( for people interested in weight loss surgery. The new site features detailed information about the Pardee Bariatrics and Weight Loss program and team, and a full-length video seminar for individuals who cannot attend Pardee’s in-person seminar, which is the first step in the bariatric surgery process. In the coming months, will unveil its Bariatrics University, which will provide patient resources, including educational information, recipes and helpful tips from other weight loss surgery patients.


  • Did you know Emerge Ortho Blue Ridge Division has an Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine available on the website? Check it out here: