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.


Asheville may increase housing density rules

December 9, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The Asheville City Council could vote Tuesday on rules that would increase housing density as much as 400% per acre in 11 of the city's 32 zoning districts. Under the new rules, developers could build up to 40 units per acre.

Developers seek approval for 667 apartments in Asheville

December 8, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Three proposed apartment projects would bring a total of 667 new apartments to Asheville. The largest of the three, a 309-unit complex on Fairview Road, has residents concerned over increased traffic volume they say will make the road more dangerous. Asheville City Council is expected to vote on the projects Tuesday.

Strong start for choose-and-cut tree farms

December 8, 2014

(The Watauga Democrat)

Choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms in Watauga County are cautiously optimistic following a strong opening weekend. Most tree farms in the area are reporting above-average sales for the season.

Developer cleared to build nine-story Asheville hotel

December 3, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

MHG Tower has received approval from a city technical review committee to begin construction on a new Marriott hotel in downtown Asheville. The nine-story hotel will be built on the site of the former BB&T building parking garage. The 17-story main building will later be converted into condominiums and a boutique hotel.

Network aims to revive Western NC's textile industry

December 1, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

The Carolina Textile District – a regional network of more than 80 manufacturers and other businesses – is helping its members pool supply-chain resources and create new jobs in Western North Carolina's textile industry. 

Recount confirms Beasley's court race win

November 26, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Cheri Beasley, an associate justice, was confirmed the winner in the statewide N.C. Supreme Court race after a recount was completed Monday. The final tally showed Beasley received 5,410 more votes than opponent Mike Robinson, a Winston-Salem lawyer, out of more than 2.4 million votes cast. Beasley was appointed to the seat in 2012. 

Boone brewery plans to add cider

November 26, 2014

(The Watauga Democrat, Boone)

Boone-based Appalachian Mountain Brewery Inc. is seeking permits to add cider to its operation. The company's CEO says Hard Mountain Cider LLC, a subsidiary of the brewery, already has a winery permit from the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to produce hard cider. The cider operation will likely start with three employees, and production could begin by the end of this year.

McConnell Golf to acquire Country Club of Asheville

November 25, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Raleigh-based McConnell Golf will acquire The Country Club of Asheville – North Carolina's oldest private country club – for an undisclosed amount. When the deal closes, McConnell Golf will own ten golf clubs in the Carolinas. The company acquired Greenville's Brook Valley Country Club last month. 

Asheville sets tourism record in October

November 24, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Buncombe County's hotel occupancy rate reached 86.2% in October, a 7.1% increase over last year's rate and the highest ever, according to hotel-data company STR Global. Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to spend a record $4 million on advertising for the fiscal year which began July 1 (Statewide, October).

Pardee Hospital lets CMO contract expire

November 20, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Pardee Hospital' board of directors decided not to renew the contract of Chief Medical Officer Robert Kiskaddon, who had served in the position for four years. The 222-bed Hendersonville hospital did not give a reason for the decision or announce whether an interim CMO has been appointed.

State suspends license of contractor who performed work at Boone hotel

November 20, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

A state board has suspended the license of a contractor from Independence Oil and LP/Gas who performed faulty work on a pool heater at a Boone hotel where three guests later died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The board previously suspended the license of a heating contractor from Boone-based DJ's Heating Services for failing to recognize problems with the pool heater at the Boone Best Western following the first two deaths.

Asheville tech company acquired by NY digital media company

November 14, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville-based DoctorDirectory has been acquired by New York-based Everyday Health for $65 million and the company expects to add up to 20 employees to its existing 81 by year-end. Located in Asheville since 1999, DoctorDirectory provides communication between doctors and pharmaceutical companies. 

Lumber company adding 114 jobs in Graham County

November 11, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Oak Valley Hardwoods, a Charlotte-based subsidiary of China-based Tides and Times Group USA, will create 114 jobs and invest more than $10.1 million in a lumber operation in Robbinsville. The company will take over the former Stanley Furniture factory, where 400 workers – about 13% of the workforce in Graham County – lost their jobs when the company shuttered the plant earlier this year (Statewide, May).

Belk to close Biltmore Square store by January

November 11, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Charlotte-based Belk will close its retail store at Asheville's Biltmore Square Mall by the end of January, a company spokeswoman said. The mall is being transformed into an outlet center that is expected to open in the spring. Belk has another local store at Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road.

Country Club of Asheville could be sold to McConnell Golf

November 10, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Shareholders of the Country Club of Asheville will vote Nov. 19 on whether to sell the 120-year-old golf club to Raleigh-based McConnell Golf. If the deal is approved, McConnell will assume up to $2.3 million in debt and invest at least $4 million over three years.

Asheville's PLI to add up to 50 jobs

November 5, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Plasticard Locktech International will add up to 50 new jobs with the next two years, CEO Mark Goldberg said last week. Asheville-based PLI, which on its website calls itself the world's largest manufacturer of plastic hotel key cards, became employee-owned earlier this year. 

Linamar adding 150 jobs near Asheville

November 3, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Linamar will add 150 jobs with an average annual salary of $42,667 and invest $115 million in its Arden plant, where the Guelph, Ontario-based company will make gears for automatic transmissions for an unnamed automobile-maker. About 200 people currently work at the plant, which makes parts for diesel engines and off-road vehicles.

Duke Energy says Asheville still needs coal

October 29, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A Duke Energy spokesman told the Asheville City Council residents would not have enough electricity for daily activities if the company shut down its local coal-fired power plant. Earlier this month, the Sierra Club presented the Charlotte-based utility with a petition signed by local businesses asking for the plant to be closed.