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Nationally known economic futurist to speak at Metro Outlook
Ted Abernathy, a nationally known economic futurist and expert on economic development, will offer an enlightening and compelling look at the economy at the 18th Annual Metro Economy Outlook on Thursday, Oct. 19th.
Born in Dallas, NC, Ted received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Master’s from Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and is an Eisenhower Fellow for global economics.
Ted is the Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, a consultancy that is currently working in more than a dozen states to develop economic strategies. He has 35 years of experience in directing economic development and workforce development programs.

From 2008-2013, Ted was the Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policies Board, a 42-year old public policy think tank that provided economic development research, strategy and marketing advice, to states and communities across the South. A practicing economic developer for 28 years, he served as Executive Vice President and COO for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. During his eight years directing RTRP's operation he worked with hundreds of clients and helped generate 65,000 new jobs and almost $10 billion in investment. As a nationally known economic futurist, Ted speaks to about 100 groups annually on topics ranging from global trends to state and community economic competitiveness.

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Award nominations requested for women in business
At our 2nd annual WomanUP Celebration & Awards Ceremony on Nov. 28th, we will be honoring outstanding women professionals in our community. Please consider nominating a colleague or woman business leader in Asheville/Buncombe for one of three awards: the Woman Entrepreneur, Best in Business Award; Outstanding Woman in Non-Profit Leadership; and Woman Executive of the Year. Nominations are due Oct. 20th.
The WomanUP Celebration features guest speaker retired NASA engineer Christine Darden and keynote speaker local entrepreneur Troylyn Ball of Asheville Distilling Company. Darden was one of NASA's human computers featured in the book "Hidden Figures" and a graduate of Asheville's own Allen High School. In a keynote address, Ball, maker of award-winning Troy & Sons Whiskey, will share her story of overcoming personal and financial hardship and finding success through a strong dose of entrepreneurial spirit and perseverance.
Submit a nomination
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

7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business
Businesses can use LinkedIn to generate leads, produce sales and hire professionals but how do you go about making the platform work for you? Here are seven ways to grow your business using LinkedIn with tips for creating and promoting your company page. Read more
City dashboard provides info on capital projects
Check in on capital projects planned for Asheville with the City of Asheville's capital projects dashboard. Updated bi-weekly before City Council meetings, the dashboard allows you to search by project category, to isolate projects funded by last fall's bond referendum and to see project overview, status and dollars spent. A  project map is also available representing projects visually and allowing you to search geographically. We really appreciate the City's efforts to keep everyone informed through these tools.

Upcoming Events
Oct. 12
Mega Networking - Fall 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12 noon | Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, 1009 Patton Ave., Asheville 28806
Registration Link
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
Oct. 19
Ribbon Cutting for RE/MAX Executive
4:00 p.m. | 301 College St., Suite 130, Asheville, NC  28801 | Details
Oct. 19
Ribbon Cutting for Momentum Gallery
5:00 - 8:00 pm | 24 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC  28801 | Details
Oct. 21
YPA Service Project at Manna
1:00-3:00 pm | Manna Food Bank, 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville | Details & Registration
Young Professionals of Asheville welcomes young professionals (ages 21 – 40) living in WNC to join us for events focused on professional development, fostering connection and serving our community.
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!
Keller Williams Realty - All Homes Asheville - real estate
Talent Force - full service staffing; temporary employment; temp-to-hire
Community Events

Oct 13 - Crisis Communication Planning and Response: How to Communicate Before, During and After a Crisis
Oct 13 - Trans- Across, Beyond, Through (Panel Discussion)
Oct 14 - How to Find Your Customers
Oct 14 - WNC Home Expo
Oct 14 - Salong Series // Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Oct 14 - Asheville Parade of Homes
Oct 18 - All You Need to Know About Website Development
Oct 18 - Rapid Prototyping Workshop
Oct 20 - Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Oct 20 - ToP® Facilitation Methods Training
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
Oct 21 - Asheville Parade of Homes
Oct 25 - Pitch Party
Oct 27 - RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference
Oct 28 - Marketing Your Business
News from Members

WNC Human Resource Association announces Gregg Levoy

Mountain Credit Union staff and members step up for two causes

Mission Health now out of network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC

The Van Winkle Law Firm attorneys Rob Mays and Jenny Boyer named to Biltmore Beacon's 40 Under Forty list

Ten-time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri brings Latin jazz to Diana Wortham Theatre - Oct. 20th

Asheville School Dramatic Society presents "Birds of Paradise"

Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care announces name change

Wai Mauna Asheville to host pro paddler for fitness clinic - Oct. 14th

Ruth Barnes to present dance performances and lecture during residency at UNC Asheville - Oct 17-20

Immediate job openings posted by Friday Staffing

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