Asheville Small Business

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Asheville Beer Jobs

Thinking of making a move to Asheville, but wondering about employment and business opportunities? The Asheville area is lucky to have both low unemployment and strong job growth. And it’s no wonder: Very few tourist destinations boast the stable population growth, healthy housing market, growing professional services, strong health-care industry and small-business boom that Asheville does. The population’s unfaltering support of local and independent businesses, coupled with the entrepreneurial spirit so integral to the city, has helped start-ups thrive in recent years, generating even more jobs and business opportunities.

Top 10 Major Asheville Employers

According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, the top employers in the area range from medicine to manufacturing to education, in addition to tourism. The four-county Asheville metro is a diverse $16.4 billion economy, with nationally recognized schools, close proximity to many major cities, direct access to I-26 and I-40, and the Asheville airport, with direct flights to Washington and New York, among others. Annual visitors to Asheville number in the millions.

Asheville Employer BiltmoreThe top 10 employers in the Asheville area are:

Mission Health System and Hospital

Buncombe County Public Schools

City of Asheville

The Biltmore Company

Buncombe County Government

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Ingles Markets, Inc.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

VA Medical Center - Asheville Department of Veterans Affairs

Eaton Corporation - Electrical Division

Big Support for Small Business in Asheville

Small Business AshevilleThanks to the kind of startups, incubators, co-working spaces, business community support and commercial resources you’d find in much bigger cities, Asheville is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to develop quality products and services while maintaining an enviable quality of life. With an overwhelming majority of businesses in the Asheville metro area employing fewer than 50 people, small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape and shaping the economy.

Driven by a city that embraces the impact of small companies on culture and lifestyle, the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Coalition and other community organizations have developed a variety of resources designed to help small businesses succeed.

In addition, services like those offered by the non-profit Mountain Bizworks help small businesses start, grow and create jobs through loans, classes and coaching.

Nowhere is small-business growth more evident than in Asheville’s craft-beer boom. The community support of such local start-ups as Hi-Wire Brewing Co., Burial Beer Co. and Asheville Brewing – to name just a few – has helped fuel a cycle of growth that has spurred job creation and even greater entrepreneurial drive. And the country is watching: Local start-up successes have drawn the likes of such national heavy-hitters as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium brewery, whose second U.S. facility, based in West Asheville on the French Broad River, generated 140 new jobs when it opened in 2016.

Most who choose to relocate to Asheville are driven by the area’s natural beauty, range of outdoor activities, and greatly heightened lifestyle. Now you can add incredible employment opportunities to the mix. For a guided tour of all the Asheville real estate market has to offer, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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Small-Business Support Makes Asheville Work for Entrepreneurs

Asheville Small Business Resources

“Go Local” – it’s a mantra Asheville truly takes to heart. The passionate support and strong nurturing of small businesses and the self-employed make the area fertile ground for those looking to bring an entrepreneurial idea to fruition. Asheville offers those who want to start a business or grow their at-home operation the tools necessary to do so successfully. Whether its loans, classes or coaching, if you’re seeking small-business support, Asheville is the ideal place to be.

Mountain BizWorks

Mountain BizWorks envisions a thriving Western North Carolina in which small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have access to the resources needed to make their dreams a reality.

A U.S. Treasury-certified non-profit community development financial institution, Mountain BizWorks makes business loans ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 to small businesses in Western North Carolina who may find it difficult to secure funding from banks and other traditional sources. All loan decisions and relationships are managed locally, with customized, peer-to-peer business coaching by an extensive network of local, successful business owners. This innovative blend of lending and learning helps entrepreneurs overcome obstacles, grow strategically, and create jobs.

Asheville NC Small BusinessMountain BizWorks also offers a platform of three flagship courses to support aspiring and existing small-business owners on their journey from startup to sustainable growth. The courses are led by experienced small-business owners and use a participatory, supportive learning environment to deliver relevant, actionable skills and tools to further business goals. Each program is also designed to create a network of peers from which to gain ideas, support and feedback along the way. https://www.mountainbizworks.org

A-B Tech Small Business Center

The Small Business Center at A-B Tech Enka is part of the statewide Small Business Center Network, a community college-funded initiative with a vision to foster and support entrepreneurship and small-business and economic development in local communities with an emphasis on assisting start-ups, early stage, and at-risk enterprises.  

The Small Business Center provides a variety of training, including free business seminars, interactive workshops, and classes. Training is available on many business topics including basic bookkeeping, software training, Web design, marketing analysis, utilizing Google pay-per-click tools, WordPress, business-management training, international product export services, craft business development, and more.  Most of the business workshops and seminars are free, with some advanced topics available for a nominal fee.

Asheville New BusinessesThe center also provides free, one-on-one confidential counseling for small-business and startup ventures, in the areas of business law, planning, business coaching, business development and growth, problem-solving, and cash flow management. The center also offers access to free professional services involving individualized counseling and advice with area professionals. https://www.abtech.edu/small-business-center/services-and-resources

Asheville Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce pools many tools together to assist small-business owners, creating a curated set of resources specifically geared toward helping businesses in all stages of growth succeed. Included is a directory of Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce member businesses such as banks, legal firms, real-estate agents, and business counselors and consultants that can assist with the needs of small businesses.

The chamber’s research department can provide data necessary to make impactful business decisions, as well as information helpful to location selection, industry competitors and much more. The chamber’s business startup and counseling service helps hundreds of companies every year make key connections and plan next steps on the path to entrepreneurship.

For information about living in Asheville and Real Estate in Asheville, contact Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190. We can also help find you some commercial real estate to locate your small business. 

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