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Noble Cider

Noble Cider

Noble Cider is Western North Carolina’s first hard cider. Naturally gluten free, our semi-dry hard cider is made from local apples and hand-crafted in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in Beer City, USA and NC’s Apple Country, Noble brings together NC’s rich history of agriculture with this region... Read more...
Cab Hound

Cab Hound

Cab Hound™ is a powerful smartphone based dispatching and payment system. Cab Hound enables passengers to find, track, coordinate and pay for trips with the best available drivers and allows drivers to promote themselves, accept credit cards and utilize our time saving tools like GPS navigation.... Read more...
Buchi

Buchi

Buchi kombucha is a living, probiotic rich, all-natural, social beverage. We use a traditional fermentation method which makes our brew unique to Appalachia and reflects the best of fresh, local food. We now share this ancient art form with communities across the Southeast, contributing to the... Read more...
Rightline Gear

Rightline Gear

Rightline Gear produces car top carrier bags and truck & SUV tents for the automotive aftermarket. The company’s car top bags are 100% waterproof and can attach to vehicle’s with or without a roof rack. Truck & SUV tents facilitate camping in the comfort of the customer’s vehicle. Rightline... Read more...
SylvanSport manufacturers innovative outdoor gear

Sylvan Sport

SylvanSport manufacturers innovative outdoor gear that enables adventure anywhere. Read more...
Highland Craftsmen is changing the nature of building

Highland Craftsmen

Highland Craftsmen is changing the nature of building. From its start as the manufacturer of the nationally acclaimed Bark House® shingles, Highland Craftsmen has grown to offer a full line of architectural elements for the whole home, inside and out. Read more...
Creative Allies music service and design community

Creative Allies

Creative Allies is a music service and design community, known for producing high-quality graphics and merchandise for rock stars. Creative Allies is a powerful fan engagement contest and community building Facebook application for bands. Hundreds of bands have tapped into Creative Allies’ network... Read more...
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Innovative WNC small businesses reveal plans to scale up

A baker, a beer-maker and a milkman walk into a bar….and a few hours later emerge having fully completed an intensive program designed to take their growing businesses to the next level. The event is the first ever ScaleUp WNC Demo Day, Tuesday, May 26, from 2-6 p.m.The bar is The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville .And joining the baker.. Read more...
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Inaugural 'Get in Gear Fest' on March 21 invites outdoor enthusiasts to get in gear for spring

This free, family-friendly event will take place at RiverLink Park in Asheville and will include product demos, gear clinics, beer from local breweries, raffles, races and more. A portion of proceeds from beer sales will directly support the work of RiverLink, a nonprofit that works to revitalize the French Broad River. Read more...
AdvantageWest E-News

AdvantageWest eNews: Announcing 1st ScaleUp WNC Cohort; plus, upcoming events & ops

Check out the AdvantageWest eNews for March 2, 2015 for details about the first ScaleUp WNC cohort, which includes 15 small businesses (selected out of a whopping 67 applicants!). You'll also find information about some exciting regional news and events. Read more...
ScaleUp WNC

First cohort for ScaleUp WNC is announced

An article in the Asheville Citizen-Times Sunday business section provides an overview of the 15 businesses selected for the first cohort of ScaleUp WNC, featuring interviews with Carolina Native Nursery, located in Yancey County, and Strivven Media, a Buncombe-based company that provides e-learning and education technology. Read more...
Buchi kombucha

Blue Ridge Food Ventures grad & Advantage Opportunity Fund portfolio client featured in documentary

Craft beverage company Buchi is featured in an ambitious transmedia project in which nationally recognized writer Darren Dahl and WNC filmmakers Adams Wood and Rod Murphy of Industrious Productions followed the life of the business for three months. The project has been released on American Express OPEN Forum as "The Journey." Read more...
Outrider USA, a member of the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC

Member of Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC featured on UNC-TV

Entrepreneurs in Western North Carolina take green vehicles to a new level, utilizing mechanical engineering and electronics to create an electric-assist recumbent vehicle. Hear the fascinating story of Outrider USA, a member of the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC. Read more...
The ScaleUp WNC Project Launches with Award from the US SBA

The latest edition of AdvantageWest E-News is now online, focused on ScaleUp WNC

AdvantageWest is excited to announce the launch of the ScaleUp WNC project that was recently funded by a multi-year, $1.2 million contract award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. ScaleUp WNC will be led by AdvantageWest with training and technical assistance provided by Ascent Business Network, A-B Tech, and The Sequoyah Fund. Read more...
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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...
Natural products made by Advantage Opportunity Fund loan portfolio client named top in country

Natural products made by Advantage Opportunity Fund loan portfolio client named top in country

Indian Country Today has named products made by Native Touch, an Advantage Opportunity Fund loan portfolio client, as one of the top natural skincare and cosmetic lines in the US. 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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Venture Local Fair

South Slope

Downtown Asheville NC