Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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

Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn, located at 640 Merrimon Avenue has been nominated for the USA Today’s 10 Best Contest in the category of Food & Drink. The contest winner is determined by votes through their website and the small business with the most votes will be declared the winner! The contest ends on 10/23/2017 and each person or email address/device can vote one time each day between now and 10/23/17.

Poppy started the contest in first place but has fallen to 4th place in recent days. The website for voting is : http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/makers-in-the-usa-best-food-drink-2017/poppy-handcrafted-popcorn-popcorn/share/

Poppy, just celebrating it’s 3rd year in business, is set to open a production facility and it’s 2nd retail location in downtown Black Mountain by the end of this month. Both the Asheville and North Carolina community has been instrumental in Poppy’s growth and their popcorn is now carried by retailers all across the country. But the only place to buy it right from the kitchen is right here in Asheville.

Poppy is asking their community to come around them once again by showing their support with votes for Best 10! There is no prize awarded but a write up in a nation paper just as the holidays approach would be a big win for this small local business.
For more information call: 828-552-3149

Pardee UNC Health Care and Henderson County Sheriff's Office to host pill drop event - Oct. 19th

Pardee UNC Health Care and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office will host a pill take-back event on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pardee’s Justice Street upper parking lot near the hospital’s main entrance. This event will provide local residents a convenient and safe way to dispose of old medications, including prescription pills, capsules, ointments, vitamins, liquids in their original containers, inhalers and patches. Radioactive chemotherapy medications as well as sharps, needles and EpiPens will not be accepted. For more information or questions, contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at 828-697-4596 or visit them at 100 North Grove Street in Hendersonville. 

“Dropping off your old medication helps keep other members of the household from taking expired medication that was not prescribed to them,” said David Ellis, M.D., chief medical officer at Pardee. “We also want local residents to avoid flushing medication down the drain, which puts unwanted chemicals into the area’s water supply.” 

“Through our partnerships with organizations like Pardee UNC Health Care, our county is continuing to reduce the availability of opioids by offering community pill drop events,” said Sheriff Charles McDonald. “Many of the medications being collected at these events are highly addictive. We encourage the community to join us and Pardee to prevent these drugs from falling into the wrong hands.” 

Since Sheriff Charles McDonald instituted the drug disposal program in 2013, over 5,575 pounds of medications have been properly disposed of and kept out of the water supply and out of the hands of potential abusers. More than 1,000 pounds have been collected and incinerated in 2017 alone. In addition to the on-site pill collection events, the public can bring their medications to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office lobby, located at 100 North Grove Street every Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

The North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative (NC DIDI), in conjunction with the North Carolina Military Business Center, will host a town hall entitled the “NC DIDI Western DoD Suppliers Forum” on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 to discuss solutions to the problems being faced by businesses who contract Department of Defense contractors in the state of North Carolina.

The town hall is a part of a 5-part series of town halls aimed at gathering the businesses and DoD suppliers to learn more about your experiences as a supplier to the DoD and US military. This is an opportunity to educate your state and local stakeholders about what elements of this relationship are positive and about the various challenges that suppliers face.

“The voice of North Carolina’s manufacturing and service providing contractors are the most important piece of this initiative. The opportunity to capture their thoughts on how this process could be streamlined is vital to fortifying the Department of Defense contracting supply chain in this state, ” said Secretary Larry Hall, of the the North Carolina Deparment of Military and Veterans Affaris and Co-Chairman of NC DIDI.

“These town halls coupled with our ongoing pilot projects will give defense companies the opportunity to grow and diversify into alternative markets.”

The event will take place at The Collider located in the Wells Fargo Building at 1 Haywood Street in Asheville, North Carolina in Suite 401. The event will begin at 10:00am and conclude at 12:00pm. The town hall will be moderated by the host.

"As we look to insulate defense contractors form potential budget cuts, we ensure that these companies remain viable. Hosting this forum to capture the experience of being in the DoD Supply Chain is important in better understanding how to both grow and protect these businesses in our various regions," said Scott Dorney, Director of the North Carolina Military Business Center.

Following the forum discussion, an informative briefing will be provided on ITARs and the ever-changing regulatory environment for DoD suppliers from subject-matter expert Derek Chen. While the event is free, registration is highly recommended. Those wishing to participate in the forum can register at our website, www.ncdidi.com or at http://bit.ly/NCDoDSupplierWest.

The presence of the media is requested.

The NC Defense Industry Diversification Initiative Advisory Board is chaired by NC Department of Military Affairs Secretary Larry Hall and NC State Industry Expansion Solutions Executive Director Phil Mintz.

Girls on the Run of WNC is hiring an Executive Director

Girls on the Run® of WNC is seeking a nonprofit professional to fill the role of Executive Director. The ideal candidate will possess a passion for improving the confidence, health and opportunities of girls, as well as a commitment to making Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based positive youth development program, accessible to third through eighth grade girls across fourteen WNC counties. 

The Executive Director will represent Girls on the Run of WNC to the public, lead organizational development and strategic planning, optimize financial performance, oversee program delivery, build donor relationships and oversee personnel.  The Executive Director reports to Girls on the Run of WNC Board of Directors and Girls on the Run International.

For the complete job description, visit gotrwnc.org/get-involved. The deadline to apply is October 27th.

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

Avadim Technologies, Inc. (“Avadim”), the Bionome Therapies life sciences company, is announcing that the company has been awarded a group purchasing agreement for the Patient Cleansing and Skin Care Bag-Based category of products, with Premier IncEffective October 1, 2017, the new agreement allows Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for Avadim’s product line of packaged impregnated cloth products containing Avadim’s patented, low pH, microbiome-compliant Theraworx® skin care formulation. 
“We are honored and gratified to have been selected by Premier for a purchasing agreement in this critical category,” said Steve Woody, CEO of Avadim Technologies. “This contract will enable us to offer our unique, proven technology to thousands of Premier hospitals nationwide, as we continue to focus on our goal of helping healthcare providers with the myriad of patient care challenges that they face every day.”

Theraworx® Technology products contain Avadim’s patented low pH, microbiome-compliant skin hygiene formulation, which helps support and maintain the key protective functions of the skin’s outermost layer, the stratum corneum, including the naturally antimicrobial “acidic mantle” of the skin, the skin’s moisture-preserving permeability barrier, as well as key skin cohesion and integrity elements important in patient skin care.

Premier is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and 150,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.