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Becoming a Work Ready Community
It can be tough finding just the right employee. Take the guesswork out of finding workers with the right skill set by helping Buncombe County become a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). This initiative is powered by the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC™). CWRC offers a suite of assessments and certifications that measure an individual’s foundational workplace skills such as math, reading and locating – skills required for a majority of today’s jobs. Plus, your participation in helping Buncombe County become a Certified Work Ready Community benefits not just your company, but our entire county. The efforts of CWRC is helping job seekers understand what skills employers are looking for, and it helps local educators prepare students for success. It also provides employers with an accurate assessment of the skill level of the workforce, which helps your company hire the right candidates.
Registration for your business, company or institution is fast and easy through this website, For more information on the Work Ready Communities Collaborative, please contact Tim Lampkin at 828-258-6128, or Terry Bellamy at 828-398-7604,

Avoiding Legal Pitfalls of Social Media
With billions of users, social media has become integral for a business' marketing and branding. Although its benefits are numerous, social media can create a minefield of legal problems for employers.
In our October Smart Series session on Oct. 4th, we will provide an overview of new and trending legal issues relating to social media usage in the workplace, and provide tips and tools to assist employers in complying with their legal obligations and protecting their employees' rights.
About the Presenter
An Asheville native, Mindy Wudarsky has been representing clients in complex business litigation and transactional matters since 2008. She regularly advises clients on issues of compliance with federal, state and local laws. She has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine for 2016 and 2017. Mindy teaches business law at Mars Hill University, and she is a regular guest lecturer at A-B Tech in Hospitality Law and Human Resources classes.
Register for the Smart Series
Early voting for City primary open
Early voting starts Sept. 21st for the City primary. Twelve individuals filed their intent to run for City Council in the 2017 primary. The Oct. 10th primary will narrow the field to six candidates on the ballot for the general election in November vying for three seats on Asheville City Council.
Our recent survey of the 2017 Asheville City Council candidates gives you information on where the candidates stand on issues of importance to the business community.
Please read the candidate responses as you consider your vote.

2017 Asheville City Council Candidate Survey

For early voting times, location and other voter services, visit Buncombe County Election Services
Primary FAQs from Citizen-Times
Restaurants invited to participate in Asheville Restaurant Week
Restaurants are invited to join the Asheville Chamber for our 6th annual Asheville Restaurant Week. This 10-day event is designed to support our local restaurants during the slower season.
Restaurant Registration
PitchBreakfast comes to Asheville

This Wednesday, our entrepreneur initiative Venture Asheville welcomed the first PitchBreakfast. PitchBreakfast, which also holds events in Charlotte and Charleston, gives startups an opportunity to practice their investor pitch in a safe and supportive environment. Four companies will each pitch for 5 minutes followed by 10 minutes of Q&A and feedback from our expert panel. The first Asheville PitchBreakfast included a presentation by loyalty program LoLo.
Audience members can find value in hearing how other startups pitch, what types of feedback (both positive and negative) they receive, and of course seeing some of Asheville's up-and-coming startups while networking with other entrepreneurs and startup community leaders. Stay tuned for future PitchBreakfast events.
Upcoming Events
Oct. 4
Smart Series - Social Media: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Chamber Boardroom, 2nd Floor, 36 Montford Ave.| Details & Register
Oct. 5
October Business After Hours
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Insurance Service of Asheville, 408 Executive Park, Bldg. 400 | Details
Oct. 12
Mega Networking - Fall 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon | Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, 1009 Patton Ave., Asheville 28806
Registration Link
Expand your professional network and garner exposure for your company during this structured networking event. Held twice a year, Mega Networking takes a round robin approach allowing you to make numerous connections with professionals from a variety of industries. 
Oct. 17
October Business Before Hours
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Mast General Store, 15 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | Details
Oct. 19
Metro Economy Outlook
11:30 a.m. | Celine & Co., On Broadway, 49 Broadway, Asheville | Details & Register
The 18th Annual Metro Economy Outlook offers an enlightening and compelling look at the economy with Ted Abernathy, a nationally known economic futurist and expert on economic development.
Oct. 24
Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast
8:30 a.m. | Rhubarb | Details & Register
Save These Dates
Nov. 15
Economic Summit Asheville
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Asheville US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. | Details & Register
Nov. 28
2017 WomanUP Celebration
8:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Crowne Plaza Expo Center | 1 Resort Dr., Asheville | Details & Register

Welcome to our newest members!
Asheville POS - point of sale technology for hospitality industry
Bay Equity Home Loans - mortgage lending
Citizens' Climate Lobby - Asheville Chapter - nonprofit organization
European Wax Center - skin care, waxing, beauty
Paris of the South Candles - manufacturer of organic soy candles; labels represent Asheville icons
Community Events

Sept 30 - Building Your Business' Strategy and Business Planning
Sept 30 - Michaelmas Festival
Oct 4 - Social Media for Business
Oct 4 - Growing and Maintaining a Company Culture (W/Jay Richardson of New Belgium
Oct 5 - "Parenting with Identity in Mind" FEATURING ROSETTA LEE
Oct 6 - More Than Mindfulness Conference
Oct 6 - Glassworks Concert Series ft. HotPoint Trio, Ginger's Revenge & Habitat Brewing
Oct 6 - Pastor Appreciation Breakfast and Tour
Oct 6 - Contract Negotiations, Liability and Risk Factors
Oct 6 - Opening Reception for "We are American Craft Week" exhibition
Oct 7 - Brand Messaging Workshop
Oct 7 - Hey Day at the Nature Center
Oct 10 - Close The Confidence Gap: Speak Authentically; Present Powerfully
Oct 11 - Advanced Internet Marketing
Oct 13 - Crisis Communication Planning and Response: How to Communicate Before, During and After a Crisis
Oct 14 - How to Find Your Customers
Oct 18 - All You Need to Know About Website Development
Oct 18 - Rapid Prototyping Workshop
Oct 20 - Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Oct 21 - 10th Annual Bikers with Boxes
Oct 21 - How to lead Marketing & Sales Conversations
Oct 21 - 8th Annual Mountain Classic Car Show
Oct 21 - HowlOWeen at the Nature Center
News from Members

41st Annual Hey Day Fall Festival at WNC Nature Center - Oct. 7th

Diana Wortham Theatre continues world music offerings with Spanish guitarist - Oct. 3rd

$25,000 Grand Prix Calcutta to benefit MANNA FoodBank

Asheville Community Theatre awarded grant from Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund

Waste Management seeks heavy truck mechanic

Grovewood Gallery debuts new exhibition for the holiday season: "Craft in Toyland"

Textile and ceramic installations at the Penland Gallery

Immediate job openings posted by Friday Staffing

Duck Donuts franchising company announces 50th store grand opening

OnTrack Financial offers classes throughout October

Montford's history goes public with historical display - Oct. 3rd

Habitat ReStore thanks community with annual Customer Appreciation Sale - Oct. 7th

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