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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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The summer's hottest party is Stir Crazy, produced by Asheville Affiliates to benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Stir Crazy: A benefit for Blue Ridge Food Ventures

The summer's hottest party will be benefit Blue Ridge Food Ventures, thanks to a partnership with Asheville Affiliates. STIR CRAZY, July 24 from 6-9pm, at The Boathouse in the River Arts District in Asheville, will feature food, craft beverages, entertainment, and prizes galore. The event is $20 online and $25 at the door. 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...
BelloLea Artisan Kitchen owners Sue Devitt and Tom Gallo make their pizza kits at Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Ingredients for Success Found at Blue Ridge Food Ventures

What do you get when you mix a PhD ceramics engineer with a marketing and package design expert, combine that with a passion for creating healthy food and cook it all up at Blue Ridge Food Ventures? BelloLea Artisan Kitchen pizza kits – the only artisan-crafted pizza kits on the market. 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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BaconFest returns on Aug. 30, benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures

BaconFest Asheville is BACK, benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures

Save the date! The 2nd Annual BaconFest Asheville is August 30, with proceeds benefiting Blue Ridge Food Ventures Read more...

MGM Feature "Max" Begins Filming in North Carolina

MAX, an MGM family feature about a war-trained dog, is set to film in Western North Carolina and the Charlotte regions starting mid-July. The 150+ day project will shoot portions in the areas of Asheville and Brevard in Western North Carolina with the majority of filming taking place in Kings Mountain, Lincolnton and Gastonia located Read more...
United Natural Products Alliance chooses WNC for first East Coast meeting

United Natural Products Alliance chooses WNC for first East Coast meeting

The Utah-based United Natural Products Alliance hosted its executive team meeting outside of Utah for the first time in its 25-year history, choosing to meet in the AdvantageWest region. Among the partners helping to grow the natural products industry is Blue Ridge Food Ventures. Read the Asheville Citizen-Times' coverage 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...
Study Finds North Carolina Film and Television Tax Incentive Spurs Economic Growth, Yields Positive Return on Investment

Study Finds North Carolina Film & Television Tax Incentive Spurs Economic Growth, Yields Positive ROI

A new study released by North Carolina State Poole College of Management distinguished professor Dr. Robert Handfield found the tax incentive intended to attract film and television production to the State has produced a significant return on investment for North Carolina’s economy. Read more...

A Growing Number of Outdoor Gear Builders Call Western NC Home

The regional magazine Capital At Play takes a look at the outdoor recreational equipment manufacturing industry in Western North Carolina and some of the members of the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC. Read more...

Surface application manufacturer to bring 30 jobs to WNC; AdvantageWest assists with location search

As the initial contact and liaison with XO.STEEL, AdvantageWest worked for several months to help the company realize the benefits of locating in Western North Carolina. Raw material will be processed, manufactured, palletized and shipped to end users globally. Read more...
AdvantageWest wins awards for excellence in communications

AdvantageWest wins awards for excellence in communications

AdvantageWest received five awards for excellence in communications by the Southern Economic Development Council. SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America with 900 members in 17 states. Read more...
Prestige Adventure Center - home of Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC

New Adventure Center showcases recreational equipment manufactured in Western North Carolina

The AdvantageWest region is home to scores of companies that manufacture outdoor recreational equipment, many of whose products are showcased in the new Prestige Adventure Center. The space is a collaboration between Prestige Subaru in Asheville and the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, an alliance supported by AdvantageWest. Read more...
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Grants Available For Heritage Projects

Grant Information Session at Wilkes...

100 East Main St, Wilkesboro NC

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Asheville Buzz Breakfast Series: "Asheville...

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

31 Woodfin St, Asheville NC

Jul
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2:00pm

Grants Available For Heritage Projects

Grant Information Session at Museum of...

589 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee NC