Saturday, November 26, 2016

How technology is poised to create a career boom in health care

the job outlook for health information technicians 
(involving digital and paper-based work) 
is projected to grow 15 percent by 2024, 
much faster than most occupations

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Asheville's Avadim Technologies raises $3.2 million, 550 jobs over five years

Avadim, a product that has been presented at Asheville's 1 Million Cups.

"In September, Avadim announced it will launch a major expansion of operations in Buncombe County, building a new 100,000 square foot corporate headquarters to “meet rapid growth and demand of its technology.”

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

IT Job Descriptions

Learn more about IT specialty areas including:

  • Administration
  • Application development
  • Consulting and systems integration
  • Data/database administration
  • Quality assurance (QA) and testing
  • Web development
  • Networking/telecommunications
  • Operations
  • Security
  • Software development
  • Technical services, help desk and technical support

Thursday, October 6, 2016

NC Tech Awards Finalists Includes WNC UGoTours


UGoTour is a FREE app that gives visitors the ability to tour the Western North Carolina area (and beyond) on their mobile phone. Users get access to unique stories and exclusive audio content through a simple, easy to use interface.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

WNC 2016 Tech Survey Findings, x3 Tech Job Growth

Not only are technology jobs are growing in Western North Carolina, but individuals are relocating to the area for the wonderful mountain lifestyles?

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Montreat College and Mission Health partner to train cybersecurity professionals

Cybersecurity training in the WNC!  Nice!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Buncombe County Avadim Technologies Inc To Expand and Create 551 Jobs

Avadim Technologies planned growth:

  • Adding 551 jobs (including information technology) 
  • 20M investment to Buncombe County.

As previously presented at 1 Million Cups Asheville, Theraworx Technology, a brand under parent company Avadim Technologies is expanding in Western North Carolina.
"Avadim’s new corporate headquarters will include office space, research and development, manufacturing and distribution. The expansion will enable increased production and sales of the company’s innovative topical therapy products, including Theraworx and [pH]UEL 5.0."
Learn more about Avadim Technologies, Inc - product line - Theraworx

Thursday, September 15, 2016

City of Asheville Rolls-out Restaurant Startup Guide for Entrepreneurs

Very cool!

They've also used a Google Form' in this process map.

White House Summit on Computer Science for All

Agreed, computer science should be in every school and supportive teachers are needed to use the computer to the fullest; including critical problem solving.
"The White House Summit on Computer Science for All will celebrate progress and announce new commitments towards President Obama's bold initiative to empower a generation of American students with the computer science skills they need to thrive in a digital economy. 
CS for All builds on efforts already being led by parents, teachers, school districts, states, and private sector leaders from across the country."


Spencer Black Featured in National Geographic September Issue - Blue Ghost Fireflies

Very cool Spencer!  Photography technology is effectively applied here.

"A-B Tech’s very own videographer and photographer extraordinaire Spencer Black has a photo featured in the September issue of National Geographic!  This is his time-lapse photo of Blue Ghost Fireflies, which are heavily concentrated in DuPont State Forest. Congratulations, Spencer!"

-Kerri Glover, A-B Tech Executive Director Community Relations & Marketing

Monday, August 29, 2016

Justin Belleme at StartUp Grind Asheville

Justin Belleme, a steward of our StartUp Grind Entrepreneurial world!

  • "For the foreseeable future, Facebook is the very best marketing tool" for business to consumer advertising
  • As an entrepreneur, making business decisions by talking it over with 4-5 diverse people is an important "personal check"

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Congratulations to our WNC Entrepreneurial Stewards

Six People to Know in Western NC University Entrepreneurship

  1. Jill Sparks - ABTech Small Business Center Executive Director
  2. Madison Eddings - UNCA Student Entrepreneur
  3. Susan Clark Muntean - UNCA Assistant Professor of Management
  4. Erich Schleker - ASU Managing Director for the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship
  5. Jonathan Carpenter - ASU Assistant Director for the Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship 
  6. Mary Lynn Manns - UNCA Professor of Management and Accountancy

Friday, August 26, 2016

Asheville Avadim Technologies raises $2.1 million in private offering

Technologies applied to healthcare, hygiene, and life sciences.
"The life sciences company’s products help hospitals control hospital-acquired conditions. One of its products helps preserve the body’s natural skin function by preventing dry skin and helping to maintain the natural acidic, anti-microbial nature of the skin’s outermost layer."

"Avadim, meaning “servant”, is dedicated to providing innovative, evidence based, broad spectrum hygiene products to healthcare providers.  One of the goals for the company is to serve those in areas that do not have access to modern healthcare in hopes of globally preventing unnecessary infections through the Theraworx® solution and patent pending protocols."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lever Gear | Tool Card - an Asheville Startup

You don't need a toolbox for this cool tool.

But if you come to Asheville you may need to be prepared with a bottle opener!

Consider supporting this crowdfunding startup at

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Vettery raises $9M as it expands its hiring marketplace to San Francisco


A smaller San Francisco?

Vettery raised additional funding and "will accelerate the company’s expansion into San Francisco (where it launched about two months ago), help it move into new industries (it’s currently focused on tech and finance) and allow it to expand the product team, with the aim of building integrations with existing HR tools."

Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

WNC could face a bleak future without better job training

"Without changes in preparing workers for the future, Western North Carolina will suffer massive job losses and declines in total wages by 2050 N.C. State University public-policy analysts say.
 "The state’s community-college system is the best entity that exists for post-secondary education training needed to stay competitive, said Nathan Ramsey, the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board director.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Beer Conference Coming to Asheville in March of 2017

Marketing = analytics = technology tools
"This new event aims to raise awareness of beer tourism and promote ways of beer marketing, said organizer Allan Wright."

Beer Marketing and Tourism Conference website:

Amazon debuts a dedicated shop for Kickstarter products

"Amazon announced it’s teaming up with Kickstarter to offer those successful Kickstarter products a way to reach more customers through a dedicated section on Amazon’s website."

Monday, July 25, 2016

Grammar lovers slam Trump for error-riddled tweet

Social media is global and although it does provide an opportunity for every individual to 'speak-up;' we should all be grammatically correct; especially as a leader.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Your Cause, Your Social Media

Live, learn, and breath your cause with social media.  

It is your passion that you want to engage friends, family, and businesses (including non-profits) by liking, sharing, and/or commenting.

Learn more at UNCA OLLI 


Friday, July 22, 2016

Charlotte’s a high-tech hotbed, report says

" research shows Charlotte increased its tech talent by nearly 75% in five years, adding 20,220 new tech jobs from 2011 to 2015."

Friday, July 15, 2016

Local climate science industry primed for takeoff (Mountain Xpress)

"COLLISION COURSE: The Collider, located in downtown Asheville, aims to be a hub for science-based industries looking to take advantage of the city’s repository of climatological data and a place where like-minded professionals can collaborate. 
Opened earlier this year, it already hosts the American Association Of State Climatologists, UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center and a variety of established and start-up companies working in the climate industry. Photo by Jared Kay"

Tech comes out against Donald Trump

Tech CEOs are proclaiming:
“We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation. His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth.
Immigration drives entrepreneurship, noting that 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies are founded by immigrants and the children of immigrants.
We believe that America’s diversity is our strength"

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Learn More About Your iPhone and/or iPad

New device giving you trouble? Check out upcoming AB Tech Continuing Education iPhone/iPad Intro class and learn the newest iPhone/iPad operating system. 

Students will learn to navigate and utilize the key features of an iPhone/iPad including the Native Apps, Messaging, FaceTime, Email, Calendar, Safari, Siri, and Photography. Students are encouraged to bring their devices to class.

M/W , 7/18-7/27, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., CIS-7515-103CO
RM 126, Birch, Asheville Campus
Fees: Course: $70 Tech: $5

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Initiative on Technology & Innovation

An outline I'm very proud to see:

  • Invest in Computer Science and STEM Education
  • Provide Every Student in America an Opportunity to Learn Computer Science
  • Engage the Private Sector and Nonprofits to Train up to 50,000 Computer Science Teachers in the Next Decade
  • Other STEM Investments
  • Build the Human Talent Pipeline for 21st Century Jobs
  • Open up the Higher Education and Job Training Landscape
  • Reboot Job Training Around Industry Needs and Job Credentials
  • Diversify the Tech Workforce
  • Increase Access to Capital for Growth-Oriented Small Businesses and Start-Ups, with a Focus on Minority, Women, and Young Entrepreneurs
  • Build Local Tech-Driven Economies by Investing in Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
  • Defer Student Loans to Help Young Entrepreneurs
  • Attract and Retain the Top Talent from Around the World
  • Invest in Science and Technology R&D and Make Tech Transfer Easier
  • Ensure Benefits are Flexible, Portable, and Comprehensive as Work Changes

  • Close the Digital Divide
  • Launch a “Model Digital Communities” Grant Program
  • Reduce regulatory barriers to the private provision of broadband services
  • Coordinate the development of broadband infrastructure with other municipal services
  • Develop public-private partnerships for broadband
  • Connect More Anchor Institutions to High-Speed Internet
  • Deploy 5G Wireless and Next Generation Wireless Systems
  • Reallocate and Repurpose Spectrum for Next Generation Uses
  • Foster a Civic Internet of Things through Public Investments

  • Fight for an Open Internet Abroad
  • Promote Multi-Stakeholder Internet Governance
  • Grow American Technology Exports
  • Promote Cyber-Security at Home and Abroad
  • Safeguard the Free Flow of Information Across Borders
  • Update Procedures Concerning Cross-Border Requests for Data by Law Enforcement


  • Reduce Barriers to Entry and Promote Healthy Competition
  • Appoint a Chief Innovation Advisor to Reduce Federal Regulatory Barriers
  • Encourage States and Localities to Reduce Barriers to Entry
  • Empower Federal Enforcement Authorities to Promote Competition
  • Defend Net Neutrality
  • Improve the Patent System to Reward Innovators
  • Reduce Excessive Patent Litigation
  • Strengthen the PTO’s Operational Capacity
  • Effective Copyright Policy
  • Commercial Data Privacy
  • Protect Online Privacy as well as Security

  • Make Government Simpler and More User Friendly
  • Make Digital Services a Permanent Priority for Federal Agencies
  • Transform the Top 25 citizen-facing Government Services
  • Eliminate Internal Barriers to Government Modernization
  • Use the Best and Most Cost Effective Technology
  • Open up More Government Data for Public Uses
  • Harden Federal Networks to Improve Cybersecurity
  • Facilitate Citizen Engagement in Government Innovation
  • Use Technology to Improve Outcomes and Drive Government Accountability

Seizing the TechHire Opportunity in Rural America, New Coding Bootcamp in Madison County NC

"Madison County, NC will collaborate with local universities and partners like Tech Talent South to offer accelerated tech training through a new coding bootcamp, TechRamp Madison. 
The 13-week program will prepare graduates for jobs with regional and global technology employers who have committed to the region, including Digital Information Systems (DISYS), Epsilon, Inc. and Tata-BSS." 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Social Engagement - Liking, Commenting, and Sharing

Social engagement with your friends and family often involves social media tools where you can like, comment, and share.

Do you effectively use social media?

Another class is coming at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in Asheville on July 30th.