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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Sweet & Savory

Blue Ridge Food Ventures featured in December issue of Capital at Play

Story highlights six companies that have utilized the facility and expertise at Blue Ridge Food Ventures to help bring their products to fruition. Read more...
SylvanSport "GO"

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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ScaleUp WNC

Webinar scheduled to provide more info on ScaleUp WNC program

Looking to scale up your small business? An informational webinar has been scheduled to provide more information for entrepreneurs interested in taking their ventures to new heights. Read more...

Not-to-miss December events: Check 'em out in the AdvantageWest e-newsletter

The latest edition of AdvantageWest eNews is now online, with information about not-to-miss events for entrepreneurs December 1-5 and the annual Holiday Marketplace at Blue Ridge Food Ventures on December 10 -- plus information on the first distribution for the Winter Sun Farms CSA (it's not too late to join!). Check it out! Read more...
ScaleUp WNC

ScaleUp WNC helping small businesses grow and create jobs

Led by AdvantageWest, ScaleUp WNC will provide intensive growth strategy development and implementation assistance to 150 Western North Carolina growth-oriented entrepreneurs. This stage of companies, after startup but before maturity, tends to be underserved in the region and across the country. Read more...
Blue Ridge Food Ventures on Mountain Xpress Cover

Blue Ridge Food Ventures is featured on the cover of Mountain Xpress as one of Asheville's Food Pioneers

Mountain Xpress takes a look at the roots of Asheville's thriving food scene and a few of the many individuals and organizations who built it from the ground up. Blue Ridge Food Ventures is profiled as one of those food pioneers, with Executive Director Chris Reedy pictured on the cover. Read more...
Biltmore Beacon's 40 Under Forty

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...
US Small Business Administration logo

SBA Awards Contract to AdvantageWest & Partners for Scale-up WNC

The SBA has awarded AdvantageWest and its partners a contract to provide intensive business scale-up assistance and leadership development to small businesses across Western North Carolina with strong potential for growth and job creation each year through a program called ScaleUp WNC. It was one of only eight awards made across the US. 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...
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Application Window Now Open for First '...

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Application Window Now Open for First '...

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9:00am

Starring North Carolina! Exhibit

North Carolina Museum of History

5 East Edenton St, Raleigh, NC