This Week’s Business Buzz: 11/22/19

November 22, 2019

Just in time for the holidays, Manna Food Bank has launched a new initiative to help address food insecurity in Western North Carolina. Their brand new Mobile Pantry will travel to isolated communities with free food distribution, wrap-around resources, and services tailored to address the specific needs in each community.


  • Malaprop’s Bookstore and Little Jumbo cocktail bar have teamed up with author Denise Kiernan to create a new author conversation series called CRAFT. Held on the last Sunday of each month, Ms. Kiernan hopes to shine a light on fascinating authors and the subjects that compel them to write, as well as provide a more intimate experience for both writers and their readers. Read more about Denise Kiernan and see the event schedule on her website. 


  • Recovery is a journey. AdventHealthcare will host a free seminar on Life After Prostate Cancer from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, December 2. The workshop will cover the emotional aspect of recovery for patients and families, treatments for urinary incontinence, options for improving sexual health after treatment, and more. Reserve your spot by calling 855-774-LIFE or online at 



  • Sterling Henderson has been named the Head eSports Coach at Mars Hill University. eSports, which is short for electronic sports and refers to competitive multiplayer video games, will launch at Mars Hill University in fall 2020. Mr. Henderson joins Mars Hill University after serving as the General Manager of Carolina Gaming, experience as a QA Tester at Electronic Arts, and more.


  • Asheville Fine Furnishings is hiring a Retail Store Manager. Required skills: excellent communication skills, computer skills, the ability to guide customers to the perfect piece of furniture, and more. Read the full job description here. Don’t miss their grand opening on Sunday, December 1!\
  • Friday Staffing Services has multiple open jobs in the Fletcher and Mills River areas, as well as an apprenticeship program where you get paid to go to school! Check out their website for more information.


  • In Western North Carolina, 1 in 4 kids faces an empty plate, and in some areas, almost 90% of people struggle to afford basic groceries. Manna Food Bank has launched a new initiative to help address this major food security issue. Their new Mobile Pantry program will travel to isolated communities with free food distribution and services tailored to address the specific needs of each community. Read more about the initiative on their website and how you can help them. 
  • Give the gift of employment. Express Employment Professionals of Asheville kicked off their Pay It Forward holiday campaign. For each associate that they put to work from now through December 17, the company will donate $10 to Manna Food Bank. Just $10 can provide meals for 35 for people. Available opportunities include administrative clerks, general labor, warehouse work, and more.