This Week’s Business Buzz: 8/22/19

August 22, 2019

As we look ahead to the coming months, there’s much to be excited about. The Wortham Center for Performing Arts has announced its 2019/2020 schedule in its newly renovated venue, the Outdoor Economy Conference is headed to town in October, and on September 6th, Asheville Investment Club will host Big Scary Fish Tank, where four local companies vie for $500k of equity-focused investment.


  • Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that two of the hospital’s nurses, Marche’ Tucker and Jennifer White, have been named Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina by The Great 100, Inc. This award recognizes registered nurses in North Carolina who demonstrate excellence in practice and commitment to their profession. Honorees will be celebrated at the 2019 Great 100 Gala on Saturday, Oct. 5 in Concord, North Carolina.


  • The Outdoor Economy Conference is coming to town on October 10th. The conference is focused on growing North Carolina’s outdoor industry, and how to use outdoor recreation to promote vibrant, healthy communities. There is an early bird pricing available until August 31st.  More details here. 
  • The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2019/2020 Season schedule, the venue’s first season following the transformation from the single-entity Diana Wortham Theatre into a newly expanded and renovated three-venue performing arts complex. A wide range of top touring artists in music, theater, dance, comedy and other performing arts will delight audiences in the 500-seat Diana Wortham Theatre, as well as in the new Tina McGuire Theatre (seating up to 100 people) and the Henry LaBrun Studio (seating up to 80). 
  • On Thursday, September 6, Asheville School will welcome Jonathan Haidt, one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of morality. Haidt will address the school community and discuss themes in his 2018 New York Times Notable Book, “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • Fresh from the Fermenter: This week Highland Brewing releases its Tippy Taps Session IPA with Galaxy, Simcoe, Centennial and Mosaic hops. The inspiration behind the name? This dog. 
  • On Friday, September 6th from 6-9pm Asheville Investment Club will host Big Scary Fish Tank, a fundraiser for local nonprofit, OnTrack WNC, where four local companies vie for $500,000 of real investment in exchange for equity.


  • As development in Buncombe County continues to surge, there has also been an increase in farmland during a five-year stretch. From 2012-2017, Buncombe County experienced a one-percent increase in farmland and now has more than 1,000 farms using more than 70,000 acres of land. The yield from all of those operations generates more than $48 million of market value.
  • This Saturday, August 24th, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity will officially open the doors to shoppers at their new Weaverville ReStore at 10am, following a ribbon cutting ceremony with Weaverville Mayor Al Root and others at 9:30am. The Grand Opening celebration will include music from 98.1 The River, give-aways, refreshments, and of course a large selection of gently used and new merchandise. The media and public are invited to attend.


  • Hot Works is calling for youth art submissions in advance of its Fine Art Show in October. All students in grades K-8 or ages 5-13 are encouraged to enter his/her original and personally handmade art that will be publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend. On Sunday, October 27 at 3pm, there is $250 in youth art awards presented.
  • Panera Bread is now hiring smiling faces for its new Asheville Cafe on Peaks Center Drive. They offer flexible schedules, a fun work environment, meal discounts and many opportunities for advancement. Apply at or Text Ali at 336-250-7750. 
  • Friday Services is hiring several positions in the Asheville area including: General Laborer, Microbiologist Assistant, Composites Technician, Order Picker, Production Tech, Sander, Welder 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. 


  • United Federal Credit Union donated $5,000 to the Four Seasons Foundation, a palliative and hospice care non-profit organization serving western North Carolina. United’s donation will help support the music therapy program at Four Seasons. As part of the Hospice care team, music therapists address the social, emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual needs of patients, family members and bereavement clients.