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Scenes from the Mother Earth News Fair

Scenes from the 2014 Mother Earth News Fair held in the AdvantageWest region

Enjoy a photo gallery from the southeast's inaugural Mother Earth News Fair, featuring the WNC Sustainability Trail, a busy two days at the Blue Ridge Food Ventures booth, and a ceremony honoring AdvantageWest for our sustainability efforts in the region. Read more...
AdvantageWest is presented with a $2,000 sustainability award from Ford Motor Company

AdvantageWest is presented with sustainability award by Ford Motor Co.

AdvantageWest was presented with a $2,000 sustainability award from Ford Motor Company at the Mother Earth News Fair on April 13. Ford recognized AdvantageWest for being a "forward-thinking organization that is not only improving the environment, but the quality of life in your community.” Read more...
Blue Ridge Food Ventures natural products manufacturer Wounded Warrior is featured in Asheville Citizen-Times

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...
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...
Bio-energy research grants available

Bio-energy research grants available from NC Department (due 3/31)

The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production. A total of $500,000 in competitive grants is available and the deadline to submit proposals is March 31. Read more...
RootsRated recognizes Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina

Roots Rated recognizes Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina

Beer City may be becoming Gear City, as the number of outdoor gear builders continues to grow. See the article on RootsRated.com, designed to connect people to the best of local outdoor knowledge. Read more...

Outdoor Industry Association Highlights Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC in Economic Development Article

AdvantageWest's work with the Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina, an industry group of outdoor product manufacturers based in WNC, has been highlighted by a recent article in the Outdoor Industry Association in their WebNews publication. AdvantageWest sees significant economic development impact here from the outdoor industry Read more...

Solar energy company selects McDowell County for manufacturing facility

The Solar Connection plans to create 50 jobs and invest more than $500,000 over the next three years in Marion. 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...
canola field

AdvantageWest and partners awarded grant of $766,256 for clean energy project

AdvantageWest and a consortium of Western North Carolina partners received a grant of $766,256 expected to measurably advance the biofuels industry in WNC. Partners in the project will make a 50% match of $383,128 in inkind services and financial contributions for a total investment of $1,149,384. Read more...
May
8
5:30pm

Green Edge: Networking with WNC Green Building...

Catawba Brewing Co.

63 Brook St, Asheville NC

May
23
(All day)
Jun
6
8:00am

Export University 101, sponsored by AdvantageWest

A-B Tech Enka Campus

1465 Sand Hill Rd, Candler NC