THE BLUE RIDGE ENTREPRENEURIAL COUNCIL supports entrepreneurs through the following four focus areas: education, mentoring and networking, communications and capital formation. BREC meets regularly, and provides opportunities for qualified entrepreneurial businesses to present plans before a group of local investors, the Blue Ridge Angel Investors Network (BRAIN).

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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...
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...
CoCoChi maker of SkinFood Topical Nourishment


CoCoChi is focused on the development, manufacturing, and distribution of organic personal care products. Our first product line is SkinFare: the organic skin care stick in a biodegradable paper tube. Read more...
Innovation Fund North Carolina announces third cycle of loans and grants for statups

Innovation Fund North Carolina announces third cycle of loans & grants for statups

Innovation Fund North Carolina (IFNC), an organization created to help entrepreneurs gain access to critical pre-seed funding and mentorship for high-growth, scalable technology startups, has announced its third cycle of funding dates and the addition of two new information session locations. IFNC’s six information sessions are scheduled. Read more...

Seed Challenge Winners Announced

AdvantageWest announces the winners of the 2013-14 SEED Challenge, a business pitch competition designed to help agriculture and natural resource-based companies from low-wealth communities take their businesses to the next level. Read more...

Clear Channel radio stations feature AdvantageWest as part of Nat'l Entrepreneurship Week

Listen to the podcast of the public affairs program 'Changes' for information on AdvantageWest's Advantage Opportunity Fund as well as an opportunity to join the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, a group of entrepreneurs that manufacture outdoor recreational equipment in the mountains of North Carolina. Read more...
BREC-assisted company takes urban farming to the UAE & Africa

BREC-assisted company takes urban farming to the UAE & Africa

C3L Associates, the parent company of Asheville Urban Farms, was invited by the organizers of The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture to conduct several educational sessions focusing on controlled environmental agriculture for 12 African nations. The Forum will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Read more...
Opportunities for WNC Food Entrepreneurs

AdvantageWest report spotlights 10 emerging food product markets

The mandate of this research was to assess the potential viability and marketability of some value-added natural products that traditionally had not been produced in the area to any great extent. We learned that there is tremendous potential for a variety of value-added products. Read more...

2014 JumpStart Business Expo

A-B Tech Enka Campus - Haynes...

1459 Sand Hill Rd, Candler NC

(All day)

Synthesis@Moogfest 2014, April 25-26

Various locations

Asheville NC


Seminar: Preparing Operations to Serve More...

A-B Tech Enka Campus - BASE

1465 Sand Hill Rd, Candler NC