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.