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Asheville Angels makes first investment in Plum Print

January 19, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville Angels has made its first investment, totaling more than $100,000, in Plum Print, a two-year-old local business that turns children's artwork into books. The group of angel investors was formed last year to invest in startups in the Asheville area and across the Southeast.

Rutherford County's first solar farm producing on target

January 19, 2015

(The Daily Courier, Forest City)

Rutherford County's first solar farm is up and running, and Asheville-based FLS Energy, which built the farm and leases the property, is talking with local economic-development officials about building a second farm. The 15-acre solar array is projected to produce enough electricity to power 300 to 350 homes.

Small Western NC breweries grow, thrive near larger ones

January 19, 2015

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Small craft breweries in Henderson and Transylvania counties are thriving in the shadow of Asheville (known as Beer CIty USA) and larger brewers such as Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and New Belgium. 

Leader says Asheville needs to appeal to both locals and visitors

January 16, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The president of a downtown advocacy group says Asheville needs to be more welcoming to locals, who often avoid downtown on the weekends due to crowds of tourists and parking concerns.

Mission Health addresses care deficit in Haywood County

January 15, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Mission Health says its new outpatient-care clinic in Haywood County will provide basic health care in an area that is underserved. The Asheville-based health-care system expects to serve 5,000 patients annually at the new medical-office building in Clyde, which is expected to be completed by fall.

Restaurants, art studios planned building in Asheville's River Arts District

January 13, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The architect and developer of Asheville's River Arts District project plans art studios, restaurants, a rooftop bar and other food-related businesses at the 60,000-square-foot 95 Roberts St. building. 

Biotech company to hire 65 in Asheville

January 12, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

White Labs will invest $8.1 million and hire 65 workers over five years in Asheville. The San Diego, Calif.-based biotech company makes yeast for beer and other alcoholic drinks.

Thousands seek jobs at annual recruiting event in Western NC

January 8, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Thousand of people turned out Wednesday for the annual Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce job fair, where 98 employers were looking to fill about 6,000 positions. The Asheville MSA, which includes Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison counties, had the state's lowest unemployment rate in November.

Asheville-based Ingles stock hits record high

January 8, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Shares of Asheville-based Ingles Markets closed at $40.90 on Monday, setting a record high for the grocery-store chain, and trading volume was about five times its normal pace. Ingles stock has risen about 43% over the past month.

Tupelo Honey introduces new menu

January 7, 2015

(The Charlotte Observer)

Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Cafe is updating its menu, bar menu and interior look to appeal to a new generation of diners, the company said in a news release. Started in 2000 in Asheville, the company now has eight locations in the Carolinas and Tennessee and will expand to Virginia later this year.

Mission Health ends contract with American Red Cross

January 5, 2015

(The Sylva Herald)

Mission Hospital announced a new contract with South Carolina-based The Blood Connection, which provides blood and blood-related products. The Asheville-based health system says the contract will allow it to cut costs because the South Carolina nonprofit charges 15% less than the national average. Mission said the Red Cross was unable to meet its blood demands.

Tourism, breweries and manufacturing boost Asheville economy

January 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Tourism led the Asheville area's economy in 2014, where at least six new hotels are planned or under construction. Other jobs announcements included multiple brewery expansions and manufacturing expansions by GE Aviation and Linamar.

Wong passes torch to daughter at Highland Brewing

January 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Oscar Wong is stepping down as president of Highland Brewing, the Asheville based company he founded 20 years ago. His daughter, Leah Wong Ashburn, will run the craft brewery while Wong will remain as chairman. 
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Campaign underway to increase solar projects in Western NC counties

December 22, 2014

(The Watauga Democrat)

A local effort is underway to install as many rooftop solar systems as possible in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties before North Carolina's 35% renewable-energy tax credit expires Dec. 31, 2015. Clean Energy for Boone will offer subsidies of up to $1,500 to homeowners and businesses who participate in its program.

$26M Cherokee Justice Center opens

December 18, 2014

(The Sylva Herald)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opened a $26 million justice center Wednesday near downtown Cherokee. The 76,000-square-foot center will house a tribal police station, courthouse and a 96-bed jail.

Greensboro hotel group proposes 104-room Asheville hotel

December 18, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville's hotel boom continues with a proposal for a five-story, 104-room hotel near Merrimon Avenue and Interstate 240. Greensboro-based CN Hotels owns the property, which would be developed by a Greensboro-based group listed as Asheville Property. The city's zoning commission is scheduled to review the project Jan. 7. 

Catawba Brewing set to build Asheville brewery

December 17, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Catawba Brewing will begin construction next week on a 5,400-square-foot Asheville brewery that will include a seven-barrel system, two bars and a courtyard. The Morganton-based brewer will keep its tasting room in Biltmore Village after the South Slope brewery opens, which is expected to be by spring.

Duke Energy considers lease rights sale at Asheville's Grove Arcade

December 16, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Duke Energy says it is exploring options and may be looking to sell lease rights for four floors of the historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville. The Charlotte-based utility owns the leasing rights for office space and 42 apartments at the 269,000-square foot structure.

Entrepreneurs struggle to get loans

December 11, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Small businesses in Western N.C. – even those with a track record of success – find it difficult to obtain funding through traditional small-business loans.

Craft breweries seek creative names to stand out in crowded field

December 10, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Craft breweries look for clever names to stand out in a crowded and ever-growing marketplace. Asheville Brewing uses 40 to 60 names a year, including some with comic-book names such as Rocket Girl and Ninja.