This Week’s Business Buzz: 8/3/18

August 3, 2018

Gaia Herbs, the leading herbal company in the US, is expanding in WNC with a new facility. Johnson Price Sprinkle shareholder J. Scott Hughes was elected onto the NCACPA Board of Directors. And Helpmate is pleased to welcome its new board members.



  • Helpmate is pleased to welcome the following new board members, all committed to providing their volunteer time and talents to our goals.  Helpmate is dedicated to providing both prevention education and services to those working to end domestic violence in their community or in their own personal life.  We are pleased to welcome: Beverly Brignolo, Megan Apple, Carmen Cabrera, Casey Blake, Mariate Echeverry and Kidada Wynn. Officers for 2018-2019 include Bonnie Spradling – President, Paul Bellows – Vice President, Gary Snipes – Treasurer, Ginny Raviotta – Vice Treasurer, Jennifer Adams – Secretary, and Cindy Ireland – Immediate Past President.
  • Johnson Price Sprinkle PA is pleased to announce the following professionals have been promoted as of July 2018. Please join us in congratulating: Kellie Kanipe’s promotion to Senior Manager, Hannah Zeiger’s promotion to Senior Associate, Ryan Watry’s promotion to Senior Associate of Technology Services, and Diana Gwaltney’s promotion to Manager.
  • Sundance Power shares that the demand for solar is now strong and growing in the customer-owned residential, commercial, and non-profit sectors as well. On July 26th Duke Energy announced more than 1,500 customers applied for its solar rebate program, filling its available capacity. Sundance is continuing to work with companies like Duke to optimize this solar rebate program.
  • HomeTrust Bank has announced the appointment of Kellen Griffin to the position of Work Sales Officer. According to Richard Pace, Sales Manager for the HomeTrust at Work program, “Kellen will be the primary HomeTrust at Work liaison for commercial and business banking teams.  His primary emphasis will be on establishing new HomeTrust at Work customer relationships and enhancing current relationships throughout the HomeTrust footprint.” 


  • Mercy Urgent Care is pleased to announce its newest location in Burnsville, opening on Friday, August 31, at 9 am. For residents and visitors of Yancey County and the surrounding area, this new facility means that high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries will be just minutes (instead of an hour) away. Patients in Yancey County will now have access to walk-in care at a fraction of the cost of an ER visit.
  • Gaia Herbs, the leading herbal co. in the US, will expand operations in WNC with new facilities in Mills River. Buoyed by $300,000 in economic development incentives from Henderson County and the Town of Mills River, the expansion will benefit our economy by $12 million+ and 30 new jobs.


  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Prep Shop Tech, Warehouse Worker, General Laborer, Finishing Operator, Inspector, Furnace Operator, Wiring Technician, Machine Operator, Receiving Clerk, and Bottle Assembly Line. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to


  • Wells Fargo announced it will award Mountain BizWorks $250,000 in program grant funds and $400,000 in lending capital to help diversify small business owners in Asheville. The nonprofit, which has experienced 4x growth in the past 3 years, will use the funds to double its lending to diverse entrepreneurs, start/expand 100 businesses, and start/retain 225 jobs within 3 years.
  • Community members from across Western North Carolina gathered for the inaugural Friends of the Smokies’ Stomp Barn Party in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) Saturday, July 21st. The event raised more than $60,000 to fund park projects and featured a ‘fund-a-cause’ for Parks As Classrooms, which provides hands-on curriculum-based environmental education programming for thousands of WNC schoolchildren.