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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 or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.



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Creating a Home Office that Works

Home Office

Asheville draws people from all lines of work, but what makes the area especially attractive is the ease with which budding entrepreneurs can create and run a small business from home. Asheville’s supportive, nurturing environment for burgeoning business ideas means more and more people are striking out on their own, and first on their wishlist is an optimally functional home office. Whether running a business from home -- or working remotely for an employer --  setting up an office at home that really works takes a bit of forethought, but doing so promises a productive operation in the long run. Following, a few tips:

Home Office Space·        Separate work from home – Most people set up their home office in a separate room, but even a nook, a walk-in closet or corner of a larger living space can function as a small-business command station, with all your equipment, files and storage in one place. Erect a bookcase partition or high screen to set off your workspace, so you can physically AND mentally separate work from home.

·        Cut the clutter – Have only what you need, and keep it close at hand to help streamline operations, stay organized and remain focused. Having to hunt for files or supplies saps time from more pressing matters and breaks productive momentum.

·        Efficient storage – Things like floating shelves and double-duty filing cabinet “desks” (wood counters supported by two cabinets) make good, inexpensive use of tight spaces. Consider storage options that can double as bench seating or a coffee table.

·        Create a soothing space – Sure, functionality is important, but so is an inviting workspace: Add serenity with a soothing color scheme, position your desk so it faces outside and gets lots of light, place potted plants for a pop of green, or add a comfy couch for additional seating when you’re taking a call or working on your laptop. Such surroundings help to energize and inspire throughout the day.

·        Ergonomics matter – Working at a desk, even if it’s in the comfort of your home, can still take a toll on your body. Invest in a good, supportive chair; position a footrest to elevate your feet. Or consider a standing station. Take hourly breaks from the computer: focus on faraway objects to ease screen-weary eyes; stretch hands, wrists and shoulders; spend five minutes strolling around your neighborhood.

·        Go green when you’re making green – Activate power-saving features on your computer. Turn off your computer, printer and other electronic office equipment when not in use. When it’s time to trade in old equipment, don’t dump: There are many free, environmentally responsible recycling options around Asheville.

For a personally guided tour of residences featuring home-office potential, or for more information on all types of real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.