This Week’s Business Buzz: 6/21/19

June 24, 2019

Congrats to Lach Zemp of Roberts & Stevens, P.A., who will serve as president of the NCADA and to Sanesco on its new headquarters. In other news, Tryon International Equestrian Center is hiring for more than 11 positions. And Buncombe County has announced its budget for fiscal year 2020 which includes $3.7M for affordable housing.


  • AdventHealth Hendersonville has been recognized by Premier Inc. as a recipient of the Premier Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Excellence in Patient Safety Across the Board Award. The award recognizes AdventHealth’s commitment and execution, from the C-suite to the bedside, for creating a culture of patient safety and delivering high-quality, safe, reliable care and services to the patients they serve.
  • 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.


  • Roberts & Stevens, P.A. is pleased to announce that firm partner F. Lachicotte “Lach” Zemp, Jr. has been confirmed as president of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys. Established in 1977, the NCADA is a professional organization of nearly 900 attorneys and paralegals across the state who devote a majority of their time to representing businesses and individuals in civil litigation. Zemp was confirmed on June 15, at the 2019 NCADA Annual Meeting held at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. He will serve as president of the organization for one year.
  • On June 18, Commissioners approved Buncombe County’s budget for fiscal year 2020. “The $334,454,722 general fund maintains the current property tax of 52.9 cents while continuing to provide existing services and sustain funding for all of the Commissioners’ strategic priorities,” notes County Manager Avril Pinder. The three largest areas of spending are: 27 percent for education; 26.5 percent for human services; and 19 percent for public safety.
  • Buncombe County will help create nearly 350 new homes due to its investment in multiple projects aimed at diversifying the affordable housing landscape. In its new spending plan, there is $3.7 million appropriated to affordable housing, one of the Commissioners’ six strategic priorities. A majority of this funding will supplement long-time partners such as Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Mountain Housing Opportunities, Homeward Bound, and the Asheville Housing Authority to build new, affordable housing units over the next few years.


  • Roost Home Watch, a new, locally owned, technology driven home watch company serving Buncombe, Haywood & Henderson Counties, is proud to announce its founder and owner, Matthew Rooks, has been designed as a Certified Home Watch Professional by the National Home Watch Association.


  • Avadim Health, Inc. announced that its second consumer clinical innovation is launching in 22,000 pharmacies in the 3rd quarter. The Arthritic Joint Discomfort and Inflammation formulation follows the launch of Theraworx® Relief for Muscle Cramps and Spasms and Symptoms Associated with Restless Leg Syndrome, which is the fastest growing brand in the external pain category in pharmacies.
  • Sanesco is proud to announce the new location of its headquarters in Arden. This new headquarters poises the company to achieve its long-term growth goals.  From increasing scalability and the expansion of its state-of-the-art laboratory to fostering a sustainable workplace culture for employees, Sanesco is proud to have a new “home” — a strong foundation that will allow them to continue leading the way as pioneers in assessing, monitoring, and correcting neurotransmitter and hormone imbalances.


  • This week, the North Carolina-based Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation announced the names of the awardees of over 2.5 million dollars in community-based grants in 2019, and YWCA is honored to be named as one of those grantees on behalf of Asheville’s Racial Justice Coalition (RJC). The grant will award the RJC $150,000 per year for two years.
  • In addition to YWCA, the Racial Justice Coalition includes the ACLU of Western North Carolina, Asheville-Buncombe Branch of the NAACP, Asheville-Buncombe Institute for Parity Achievement, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Building Bridges of Asheville, Carolina Jews for Justice/West, Center for Diversity Education at UNC-Asheville, Children First/Communities in Schools, Christians for a United Community, Coming to the Table, Democracy NC, Green Opportunities, Mountain People’s Assembly, Residents’ Council of Asheville Housing Authority, and Southerners On New Ground (SONG).


  • The City of Asheville is launching a community survey to inform the future design of Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and to determine how to best update the auditorium to meet community and patron needs. The survey, which will be open from June 19-30, is available here.


  • AdventHealth Medical Group is excited to welcome Jacob Hansen, DO to its Anesthesiology care team.  He is board-certified in anesthesiology and has nearly two decades of direct patient care.


  • Tukit Tour Co is looking for drivers/tour guides with flexible schedules to not only drive an all electric Tuk Tuk, but to also serve as a tour guide as needed.  The Tuk Tuk has 6 passenger seating and is used for brewery / city tours, and Biltmore Experience Ride through the property. They will also be doing events and weddings renting by the hour.  So they need drivers who have familarity of Asheville, can create/tailor tours per a customers request, and who are excited to have fun and make money on this new adventure. Must have a valid NC drivers license and a good driving record.  Please call their office at 828-712-1800 or email your question or resume to
  • Friday Services is hiring several positions in the Asheville area including: Assembly, Machine Operator, Material Handler, Warehouse Laborer, Sorter, Order Picker, General Office, Data Entry, and more! They offer fair wages and comprehensive benefits. If you are looking for work, or looking to hire talent, give Friday Services a call today at (828) 684-8700, and discover why Fridays has been the premiere employment solutions provider in Western NC since 1980.
  • Tryon International Equestrian Center is hiring Saturday Event Staff. Available part time event staff positions include: servers, culinary staff, bartenders, hostess, bussers, and concessions. For more information or to apply, CLICK HERE.


  • APEX Brain Centers offers a summer camp unlike any other. A high frequency brain-based boot camp that aims to optimize brain function without invasive or pharmaceutical approaches. Luckily, this opportunity isn’t just for teens. In this video you will meet Sheri Ponzi, a Parkinson’s patient relocating to Asheville to take advantage of the alternative & high-tech therapies. She is already seeing benefits after just two days of intensive therapy!
  • AdventHealth Hendersonville is committed to Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ in all aspects of whole-person care, including community partnerships with Blue Ridge Prison and Jail Ministries. This is the fourth year for AdventHealth Hendersonville to host the Used Bible Donation Drive to provide Bibles for this ministry. This year, AdventHealth team members brought in 429 Bibles and Christian books making our collection total to more than 1,800 Bibles collected and distributed throughout these years.


  • Sparked by the active, outdoor lifestyle in Western North Carolina (WNC) and our region’s adventurous entrepreneurial spirit, Mountain BizWorks, the Outdoor Gear Builders, and several other strategic partners introduce the Waypoint Accelerator. Waypoint will be the first outdoor business accelerator program in the Eastern U.S. and the third program of its kind nationally. The program was unveiled to an international outdoor industry audience on Wednesday at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Denver, Colorado.