Thursday, April 17, 2014

Balanced Is launches new culture workshop series for strengthening and evolving organizational culture

When: Thursday, April 24
Where: Laughing Waters Retreat Center, Gerton, NC (30 minutes from downtown Asheville)
For: Businesspeople and entrepreneurs focused on culture

On the heels of the release of founding partner Glenn Geffcken’s first book, SHIFT: Indigenous Principles for Corporate Change, Balanced Is launches new culture workshops designed to catalyze a shift in organizational culture through an exploration of principles from indigenous society.

Balanced Is workshops are geared toward businesspeople and entrepreneurs focused on culture as a force of positive change, and offers a methodology to help professionals and business leaders break free from the prevailing cultural paradigm and consider a different course.

Balanced Is workshops are unique. They are set both indoors, and outdoors in a lush mountain environment. Participants spend time around the fire, meditative time in nature, talking circles are held, and their workshops offer exercises to help participants connect with their value systems on a deeper more visceral level.

On April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Balanced Is will be holding the first of a four-part series of one-day culture workshops at the beautiful Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Gerton, North Carolina, just thirty minutes from downtown Asheville.

Click here for more information on this innovative workshop experience that past participants are referring to as “powerful,” “insightful,” and “authentic.”

Geffcken shares that, “While industries and technologies are constantly changing, the values that drive our behaviors are unchanging.” And he points to an encoding within indigenous culture for the continual perpetuation and enhancement of their culture as the key to the evolution of business culture.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Encore Entrepreneur Fair - April 21st

The SBA and AARP present a special Encore Entrepreneur Fair on Monday, April 21, from 8:30 am to 12 noon, at the A-B Tech Enka site - Haynes Conference Center, located at 1459 Sand Hill Road in Candler, NC 28715.

This special event kicks off Small Business Week in the Asheville area and will consist of two segments:

Part I
Panel discussion featuring successful small business owners who will share their experiences starting and succeeding in business:
  • Karen Caruso, Mind Your Business, Inc. - North Carolina Small Business Person of the Year for 2011
  • Carol Koury, Owner, Sow True Seed
  • Maceo Keeling, Owner, Asheville Alliance Finance and Business Accelerators
  • Jeremy Lerner, Owner, Lightform, Inc.

Part II
A special "speed-coaching" session where existing and future small business owners can rotate from table to table in small groups and take advantage of expertise in a variety of subject areas:
  • Business planning
  • Funding
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Business organization types

Who should come? Individuals wanting to start or expand a small business in their later years (encore entrepreneurs) are particularly targeted...but all are welcome.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and light breakfast items, and ends at 11:45 a.m.

Registration is required: or call 1-877-926-8300.

Barq In the Parq to benefit area animal non-profits - May 17th

There’s a new bark in town.  The inaugural Barq In The Parq event for dog lovers is coming, May 17th to the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center in Flat Rock.  Barq In The Parq is a wag-filled community event for dog lovers and their best friends to benefit the non-profit organizations Blue Ridge Humane Society, Charlies Angels, Brother Wolf and Horse About.

Entry fee is only $5 and with over 40 vendors from Asheville to Greenville participating with you and your dogs' health in mind… the day will be filled with contests, music, food, art, agility training and more.

Barq In The Parq is Saturday, May 17th from 10am to 6pm on the Green at Mountain Lodge and Conference Center just off I-26 and Upward Road in Flat Rock. Rain or Shine.

Organizers WTZQ AM-1600 and Mountain Lodge & Conference Center are proud to have as presenting sponsors BMW of Asheville and Morris Broadband.  Supporting sponsors include Hunter Subaru, Bank of North Carolina, Diamond Pet Food, and Boyd Chevrolet.

For information call WTZQ at 828-692-1600

Irish female vocalist of the decade Cathie Ryan to appear May 2 at Diana Wortham Theatre

With a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing Irish and American traditional music gems, Cathie Ryan and her award-winning band enchant and inspire audiences, 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, Cathie Ryan’s performances are renowned for their intimacy and power, as well as her witty banter. Jim Magill, Director of The Swannanoa Gathering where Ryan is on staff during Celtic Week, says, “Cathie Ryan has one of those voices that only comes along once in a generation … It's a voice than can transport you to another time, another place, and then gently bring you back, tingling from the experience, and wanting more.”

In 2010 Irish American News in Chicago awarded Ryan with the “Concert of the Year Award,” saying that Ryan “is quite simply the best. She and her talented, versatile band give the definitive live Irish music performance.”

For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations, a seven-year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, and numerous awards, Cathie Ryan has been among the vanguard of Irish music. Irish America Magazine has twice named her one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans” and in 2000 and 2010 Chicago’s Irish American News honored her as “Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade.” Radio highlights include NPR’s Mountain Stage and Thistle and Shamrock, Public Radio International’s The World, BBC in England and Northern Ireland, Radio Scotland, and RTÉ and RnaG in Ireland. She has been featured on more than forty compilations, including the famous Irish music collection, A Woman’s Heart – A Decade On. It was the first time Americans were featured in the series and Ryan shares the honor with Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris.

Cathie Ryan has built a loyal following throughout Europe and North America by touring steadily and singing songs of the heart. “There is nothing like a live show, being with an audience, sharing the music. That is the best part of being a singer and writing songs,” she says. At a live performance, The Irish Echo observed, “Cathie Ryan certainly knows how to communicate with her audience. And what she communicates through song are the enduring values of home, family, memory, and spirit….”

For her Asheville performance, Ryan’s band is comprised of top-notch musicians: Patsy O’Brien (guitar, vocals), an award-winning songwriter whose acclaimed genre-hopping, blues and jazz influenced originals have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered; Matt Mancuso (fiddle, octave mandolin, vocals), a former star fiddle player for Lord of the Dance whose broad musical horizons include jazz influences alongside Irish traditional; and Patrick Mangan (fiddle), a two-time winner of the coveted All-Ireland Fiddle Championship who at age sixteen was invited to appear in Riverdance on Broadway—the youngest fiddle player in the show’s history.

Cathie Ryan’s Asheville performance is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, and is made possible by Celtic Series Sponsors Don & Nancy Ackermann Cole, First Citizens Bank, and Ward & Smith, P.A.; with additional support from Media Sponsor WNCW 88.7 FM.

Duke University Professor of Civil Engineering to speak at Asheville School - April 24th

Henry Petroski, the Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and a professor of history at Duke University, will speak at Asheville School on Thursday, April 24, at 7:15 p.m. in Graham Theater. Petroski has written broadly on topics of design, success, and failure. He will discuss the history of engineering and technology during Asheville School’s Founders’ Day Convocation.
His latest book, The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship, looks critically at one man’s approach to design and construction and celebrates his unique achievement. The new book features the photography of his wife, Catherine, and will be published by W.W. Norton in early May.
Petroski’s visit is part of the Asheville School Pope Series for the Humanities and is free and open to the public, but with limited general admission seating available. After his presentation, Petroski will lead a short question and answer session, followed by a book signing in the Crawford Music House.
Associate Head of School Jay Bonner says Petroski’s visit was planned to coincide with Asheville School’s “year of science” theme in celebration of the school’s new state-of-the-art science center.
“In conjunction with the opening of the Vandergrift Science Center this academic year, we planned to bring in writers with a scientific bent who also are established as writers—wielding the pen with as much grace as a slide rule or microscope,” Bonner said. “I came to Dr. Petroski’s work, ironically, after being a fan of his wife’s first collection of stories, published back in the early 1980s. Over the years, however, I have been reading Dr. Petroski’s work with avid interest. He makes bookshelf design or the design of the pencil or paper clip a story of human ingenuity.”

In addition to his 17 books, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, Petroski has written many general-interest articles and essays for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal, and he writes regular columns for the magazines American Scientist and ASEE Prism.
“Dr. Petroski’s interests remind us of the importance of failure: how we learn from failure so as to eliminate larger problems or more egregious disasters in the future—an important point for a risk averse culture like a school,” Bonner says. “The point, though, is to make sure the risk is limited as opposed to systemic!”
Henry Petroski is registered as a professional engineer in Texas and as a chartered engineer in Ireland. He is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Click here, to read more about Petroski’s new book, The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship. (