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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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...

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...

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...
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

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, is highlighted by the Outdoor Industry Association in their WebNews publication. AdvantageWest sees significant economic development impact here in the NC mountains from the outdoor industry. 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...
Sep
5
9:00am

Organic Growers School presents the 1st Annual...

Warren Wilson College

701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa NC

Sep
6
9:00am

Organic Growers School presents the 1st Annual...

AB Technical Community College Main...

340 Victoria Rd, Asheville NC

Sep
10
12:00pm

Regional Biofuels Educational Workshop in...

Isothermal Planning and Development...

Rutherfordton