LEADING EDGES
IN COMMUNICATIONS
From early switchboards
and some of the
first trials of
electricity in America...
...to Facebook servers, fiber optics, and forerunners of new technologies.
PLACES OF CULTURE
& COLLABORATION
From the friendly
charm of our small
cities and towns...
...to today’s energetic urban areas, preserving a heritage of welcome.
THE NATURE
OF SUCCESS
From a centuries-old
tradition of rest and renewal
in placid mountain settings...
...to outdoor gear manufacturing in an ideal laboratory for product testing.
WELLSPRINGS
OF AN
ORIGINAL CUISINE
From farm-and-stream
freshness folded into
early Appalachian recipes...
...to the largest shared-use food processing facility in the Southeast.
THE WEFT
& WARP
OF OUR TIMES
From the woven
history behind the
Southern Highlands Craft Guild...
...to the high-speed, computer-assisted spinning of contemporary fabrics.
THE MUSIC
OF INVENTION
From the timeless world
of the Cherokee, finely-made
instruments of song...
...to the planet of Moog, where synthesizers and imagination mix and mingle.
A HERITAGE
OF THINGS
WELL-MADE
From a region that
pioneered hands-on
manufacturing...
...to new technologies defined by precision and fine-tuning.

A TRADITION OF INNOVATION here in the North Carolina mountains causes art and invention to glide seamlessly together in the shape of new technologies, new foods, new energy, new ideas about wellness. In serving Western North Carolina, AdvantageWest – recognized as one of the most innovative economic development partnerships in the US – catalyzes enterprise that springs from the pioneers, the groundbreakers, the trendsetters for which these mountains are so well known.

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Raise a glass to Blue Ridge Food Ventures at fundraiser on Oct 20 at Oskar Blues

Feeling the Monday blues? Not when you hop on over to the Oskar Blues Brewery taproom, at 342 Mountain Industrial Dr., in Brevard, on October 20, 2014, for Makin’ A Difference Monday, where 10% of your purchase benefits Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Read more...
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Gearing Up: Sylvan Sport Makes Innovative Adventure Gear

Manufacturer of outdoor adventure gear finds success for his entrepreneurial venture in the Western North Carolina mountains. Read more...
Amy Pickett makes her dreams come true with her gelato cart and the help of Blue Ridge Food Ventures.

Video: How Blue Ridge Food Ventures Makes Dreams Come True

For Blue Ridge Food Ventures clients, getting their products to market is a dream come true. Hear their stories in this video on the impact of Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Read more...
Theresa Green, CEO of UliMana, in a video about her chocolate company

Founder of chocolate truffle company enjoys the sweet taste of success

With her raw, organic chocolate truffles made at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, UliMana founder and CEO Theresa Green is enjoying the sweet taste of success. She began production the same year that our agribusiness incubator opened its doors. It was a match made in commercial kitchen heaven. Read more...
AdvantageWest awarded for sustainability efforts by Ford Motor Company

AdvantageWest awarded for sustainability efforts by Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Company has selected AdvantageWest for a $2,000 sustainability award, recognizing us as a "forward-thinking organization improving the environment and quality of life" in Western North Carolina. Read more...
Asheville Skyline at Night

Trade magazine ranks Asheville #1 as a moviemaking town

The recognition by MovieMaker magazine for Asheville as the #1 Town in the US in the publication’s "Best Places To Live and Work as a Moviemaker in 2014" is a big win for the filmmaking industry across all of Western North Carolina. Read more...
Sierra Nevada's bottling line, coming to Western North Carolina

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. selects AdvantageWest region for east coast expansion

The second largest privately held brewery in the US is making a multimillion dollar investment in the region and creating 80-100 full-time jobs and 40-60 part-time jobs. "We are thrilled to have found an ideal location in Western North Carolina for our second brewery," says Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman. Read more...
BRP Spruce Pine manufacturer innovates to increase value.

BRP Spruce Pine zooms ahead with innovations that meet customer demands.

Tucked away in Mitchell County is the Spruce Pine facility of BRP, a leading lost foam casting manufacturer and a global producer of Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles; Sea-Doo watercraft; Can-Am ATVs, side-by-sides and roadsters; Evinrude outboard engines; and Rotax engines. Read more...
Chimney Rock State Park draws international filmmakers

Chimney Rock State Park draws international filmmakers

Dutch filmmakers traveled to Western NC's Chimney Rock State Park to shoot "Love Is in the Air," a TV reality series that reunites Dutch people with their loved ones and soul mates in distant foreign countries. How did they find the region? "Truly magical...capturing the epic beauty of Chimney Rock is something we will never forget." Read more...
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Biltmore Beacon's 40 Under Forty includes AdvantageWest VP

Biltmore Beacon names AdvantageWest VP as one of its 40 Under Forty

AdvantageWest VP of Entrepreneurship & AdvantageGreen, Matt Raker, is recognized for his achievements by the Biltmore Beacon newspaper. Read more...
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Evening at Oskar Blues Brewery on October 20 benefits Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Feeling the Monday blues? Not when you hop over to the Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard on Oct 20, where a percentage of sales benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures. The event will include food samples from Blue Ridge Food Ventures and an open bluegrass and old-time jam session, with free shuttle service from Asheville and Biltmore Park. Read more...

The Biz behind the Food Biz: From Winning Recipe to a Winning Business

Learning the behind-the-scenes basics of building a successful food-based business is the focus of “The Biz behind the Food Biz: from Winning Recipe to a Winning Business,” a 2-day program for those considering a food-based startup, co-hosted by Blue Ridge Food Ventures and the Asheville Center for Professional Studies. Read more...
AdvantageWest President & CEO Scott Hamilton

A special goodbye message from AdvantageWest's president & CEO

Check out the latest edition of AdvantageWest eNews for a special message from Scott T. Hamilton, departing as AdvantageWest's President & CEO after a 20-year career in economic development in Western North Carolina. Read more...

"The World Made Straight" Feature Film Picks up US Distribution

The WNC-filmed feature "The World Made Straight," based on the book by the same name by NC author Ron Rash, has secured US distribution by Millennium Entertainment. This production shot in March 2013 in Buncombe and Madison Counties and had a direct in-state spend of more than $2 million and accounted for 288 jobs. Millennium will releas Read more...
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AdvantageWest website wins "Superior" by Southern Economic Development Council

The new website for AdvantageWest has won a "Superior" from the Southern Economic Development Council, the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America with 900 members in 17 states and DC. This is the fourth consecutive year that AdvantageWest has been recognized for communications excellence by SEDC. Read more...
Stir Crazy, produced by Asheville Affiliates to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures

A look back at the hottest party of the summer

Big thanks to everyone who attended, supported, and contributed to Stir Crazy, the party to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Check out a photo gallery from the event here. Read more...
UNC-TV Features Advantage Opportunity Fund Loan Portfolio Client

UNC-TV Features Western North Carolina Inventor & Entrepreneur

This segment on the physics of sound aired on UNC-TV's "NC Science Now." The news segment features Paul Vo, an Advantage Opportunity Fund loan portfolio client. His company, Vo Inventions, is increasingly being recognized for its tremendous innovation. Read more...
Canola Field

The Laurel of Asheville Highlights Biofuels Project

The regional publication, The Laurel of Asheville, focuses on a unique project supported by AdvantageWest in "Field to Fryer to Fuel: Advancing WNC’s Clean Energy Future." Read more...
WZGM's Matt Mittan interviews Matt Raker of AdvantageWest about the new AdvantageWest website

WZGM Radio Discusses AdvantageWest's New Website

The new AdvantageWest website was recently the topic of discussion on regional radio station 1350 WZGM. AdvantageWest VP of Entrepreneurship Matt Raker (shown right, with program host and station owner Matt Mittan and producer Leslie Godbold), along with AdvantageWest Sr VP of Corporate & Public Relations Kathi Petersen were interviewed. Read more...
Blue Ridge Food Ventures natural products manufacturer Wounded Warrior is featured in Asheville Citizen-Times

Western North Carolina natural products industry on the rise

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports on AdvantageWest's efforts to cultivate the natural products industry, and features an interview with Blue Ridge Food Ventures natural products manufacturer Wounded Warrior. Read more...
Oct
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12:00pm

Raise a Glass for Blue Ridge Food Ventures at...

Oskar Blues Brewery

342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard...

Oct
20
5:30pm

"Here and There" Screening & Red...

Tryon Theatre

45 S Trade St, Tryon NC

Oct
22
6:30pm

Clean Energy for Western North Carolina

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

2021 Kanuga Rd, Hendersonville NC