This Week’s Business Buzz: 9/6/19

September 6, 2019

Want to help out the Amazon? On September 9, for every pint of Mountain Candy purchased, Craft Centric will be donating $1 to the Amazon Aid Foundation. In other news, we’re proud of Buncombe County’s Tax Assessment Office for earning a Certificate of Excellence. And congrats to Mars Hill University’s new VP of Student Life, Dave Rozeboom!


  • Kerri Jamerson, instructor of mathematics, and Jacque Ballard, administrative assistant for student development, received the 2019 Snow Caring Awards from Mars Hill University. Ann Peiffer, associate professor of psychology, received the 2019 Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award. The awards were presented on Thursday, August 29, 2019.


  • Buncombe County’s Tax Assessment Office has earned the Certificate of Excellence in Assessment Administration (CEAA) award from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). Since 2004, only 44 jurisdictions of the approximate 13,000 nationwide jurisdictions, and only two other North Carolina jurisdictions (Mecklenburg & Carteret) have completed the stringent requirements needed to earn this professional distinction. 
  • Our State magazine’s September issue features The Barns of Madison County highlighting the beautiful historic barns and the work of the Appalachian Barn Alliance ( The ABA is celebrating this milestone on Marshall’s Third Thursday, September 19 from 5pm to 8pm at the Madison County Arts Center, 90 S. Main, in downtown Marshall. The galleries and stores stay open late so you can make an evening of it. Taylor Barnhill will have a short presentation at 6pm highlighting those barns featured in the story. And, the Saints of Paint (who co-sponsored an Art Gala in June with paintings of barns) will be there on the first floor with an exhibit of paintings of barns and more for sale. For information, email
  • Capstone Health Alliance is proud to announce Consolidated Supply Chain Services (CSCS) is the newest acute care member to join the alliance. A management services organization, CSCS manages the purchasing services for Heritage Valley Health System, Washington Health System, and their affiliates. 
  • For the eighth consecutive year, the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is encouraging residents to show off their creativity and talent for a chance to win in the ReStore ReUse Contest. Garden shed, artist studio, chicken coop…Tree house, playhouse, tiny house…pallet table, headboard bench– if you recently built something using predominantly reused building materials, the Habitat ReStore wants to know. The contest runs through September 30, and entries must be submitted electronically. Guidelines and entry form are available on


  • Craft Centric’s in-house brewery Fermented Nonsense has increased production by adding a 2-barrel brewing system as well as 4 2-barrel fermenters on top of their original, trusty 1-barrel fermenter named Ghost. In fact all of their new fermenters are also named after the Stark Direwolves from Game of Thrones: Summer, Greywind, Nymeria, and Shaggy Dog. With the expansion, of course, comes more beer! Starting in September Fermented Nonsense will be releasing beer consistently, starting with a double release on Monday, September 2nd. Those beers will be “Jelly Donut Head” and “Orange is the New Chocolate”. 


  • Mars Hill University opened the 2019-2020 academic year with a new vice president leading its student development division. Dave Rozeboom joined the university in August. He previously was vice president for student life at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas.
  • AdventHealth Medical Group Urology is excited to welcome Nina Harkhani, MD.  Dr. Harkhani brings not only a patient-centered approach to care, but she also has an extensive base of experience in various urological studies. She will provide a diverse inpatient and outpatient care experience for people across the communities of Western North Carolina.
  • AdventHealth Medical Group’s Primary Care Behavioral Health Services welcomes Pauline “Poppy” Dyer, LISW-CP, LCSW. Dyer has more than two decades of experience in direct psychiatric care of patients ranging from children to senior adults. She has extensive training and experience in specialized behavioral health services for geriatric and medically-complex adult populations. She also has specialized training in care of chemically-dependent patients.


  • 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. 


  • Like many others, the people at Craft Centric Taproom and Bottleshop weren’t sure how to help out after news of the blazes ravaging the Amazon hit. To help give back to the “lungs of the earth” that give us 20% of our oxygen, Craft Centric will be donating $1 from every pint of Sycamore Brewing’s Mountain Candy to the Amazon Aid Foundation. More info here.