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Chamber E-NEWS 10/18/2017
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Expansion brings renowned outdoor gear co. to Asheville
Fox Factory Holding Corp. announced plans to bring regional headquarter functions to Asheville, creating 47 new jobs over the next five years.
An industry leader, FOX designs and manufactures performance defining ride dynamics products for bicycles, on-road and off-road vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles and other vehicles. Locating regional headquarters (including sales, finance, research & development, service, and distribution) in Asheville will facilitate continued growth in Eastern US and European markets for the bike division.
FOX joins a fast-growing community of over 30 manufacturers, distributors and outfitters in Western North Carolina producing bike, boat, camping, sports and adventure gear.
“Along with a very passionate mountain biking culture, we believe Asheville offers us the ability to tap into a top-notch talent pool to help us continue to improve our business in these functional areas," said Larry L. Enterline, FOX’s Chief Executive Officer.
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Rep. Meadows visits Asheville Chamber members

Rep. Mark Meadows spoke with Asheville business leaders this week in a candid conversation about tax reform, healthcare, political climate and more. As a non-partisan organization, the Asheville Chamber is pleased to facilitate conversations like this with our elected officials that enable Asheville business leaders to share thoughts on issues of importance to our business community. We appreciate Rep. Meadows taking the time to meet with our business leaders.
"Human computer"/local entrepreneur to speak at WomanUP
When "Hidden Figures" rocketed onto the literary and cinematic scene, the story shown a light on the often overlooked work of African-American women at a key time in our nation's history. What you may not know is that one of those "human computers" highlighted in Margot Lee Shatterly's best-selling book has ties to Asheville. Dr. Christine Darden, retired NASA engineer, graduated from the Allen High School in Asheville.
We are thrilled to be able to shine a light on Dr. Darden and her story during the 2nd annual WomanUP Celebration on Nov. 28th. The event will also feature keynote speaker local entrepreneur Troylyn Ball of Asheville Distilling Company, who will share her story of overcoming personal and financial hardship and finding success through a strong dose of entrepreneurial spirit and perseverance.
At the celebration, 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 today - Friday, Oct. 20th.
Get tickets or submit a nomination
 Mega Networking fosters connections
One hundred and four people enter the room with 13 tables. Each person is given a unique rotation schedule. The result is a dance of connection we call Mega Networking, held last week. At the end of the morning each person has visited each table and met everyone in the room. The structure fosters business connections and enables participants to learn about other Asheville businesses.
Upcoming Events
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
Oct. 25
Open House & Job Fair - Tradesmen International
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. | 8 Glenn Willow Dr., Suite 6, Arden, NC 28704 | Details
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!
Children First / Communities In Schools of Buncombe County - nonprofit
Citrusolution Asheville - carpet cleaning
Kimmel & Associates - employment services - executive search
The Law Firm of John C. Hensley, Jr., P.C. - attorneys - medical malpractice; workplace injuries, etc.
Community Events

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 21 - Craft City Food and Art Tours
Oct 25 - Pitch Party
Oct 25 - HCM Webinar - Raising the Bar on Employee Well-being
Oct 27 - RETR3AT Cybersecurity Conference
Oct 28 - Marketing Your Business
Oct 28 - Craft With A Stranger: Public Event
Nov 1 - Livestream: Reach Customers this Holiday Season
Nov 4 - Basics of Bookkeeping
News from Members

Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn nominated by USA Today as 10 Best - voting still in progress

NC Defense Industry Diversification Initiative hosts 3rd statewide town hall in Asheville - Oct. 26th

Girls on the Run of WNC is hiring an Executive Director

Avadim Technologies, Inc. awarded patient cleansing and skin care, bag-based agreement with Premier Inc.

Mission Hospital earns honors as a top nurse employer in NC

BBB shares report "The State of Small Business Cybersecurity in North America"

Claxton Elementary hosts craft fair - November 4th

RED, Tony Award-Winning play by John Logan, opens in 35below

#IDriveFor event supports breast cancer patients and research

The Collider addresses climate change and chocolate at movie night

NC Dept. of Revenue offers Business Tax Essentials seminar - Nov. 16th

Current "hot job openings" posted by Friday Staffing

Program to address role of architects in designing buildings to meet climate change challenges

Aeroflow has multiple job openings in Asheville

Platinum Group to host Human Capital Management Webinar Series

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