Friday, February 5, 2016

French Broad Vignerons offer private tasting of WNC local wines

Join restaurateurs and wine bar owners of Asheville as they taste and enjoy wines from our beautiful Western North Carolina region - wines made from grapes that are harvested, fermented, aged and bottled at the winery.

Tastings at 10:00-11:30 am and 1:30-3:00 pm
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Ambrozia Restaurant
1020 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville

Please take a few minutes for you and your wine manager to taste, meet the winemakers and consider the possibility of serving selections from these wineries at your establishment:

Adagio Vineyards
Addison Farms
JOLO Winery
Mountain Brook Vineyards
Parker-Binns Vineyard
Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery
Russian Chapel Hills Winery
Saint Paul Mountain
Silver Fork Winery

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Barley's honored as Small Business of the Month

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to honor Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria as Small Business of the Month.
Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria was born late summer of 1994. The now iconic taproom opened with just 7 to 9 taps of what craft beer they could find and some of the finest pizza known to Asheville. Today, Barley's serves about 56 taps of craft beer and continue serving some of the finest pizza in Asheville. 

"Our longevity and our commitment to quality products go hand in hand," says Barley's owner Jimi Rentz. "We are proud that our focus on craft beer has helped many brewers get a jump start on Southeastern exposure. We're also proud of the fact that we've served locally sourced beef and vegetables since we opened. "

Barley's opened in Greenville, SC in 1996 and expanded into Knoxville in 1999, taking many local brews into those towns helping to bring recognition to Asheville breweries. 

When asked about the best advice he's gotten for leading a small business, Rentz had this to say, "The best advice given to me was to not sign a lease agreement written on a paper napkin." A lot can happen on a napkin but sometimes you just need it to be more official.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

IMOCO to host OSHA safety training

IMOCO, Inc. is proud to announce it is now offering OSHA 10- and 30- hour classes as well as specialized equipment certification training to outside organizations. 

With over 30 years of experience in Safety Operations, in-house Safety Director Bob Revels has the background, certifications and resources to customize this safety and training program to fit businesses in the fields of construction, manufacturing and brewery operations.

Safety must be at the top of any employer’s core values and concerns.  This is training that can save lives and prevent injuries before they occur. 

For more information, please contact Bob Revels at 828-684-2000 or to schedule a free consultation.  Training will be held at the client’s facility or in a classroom environment arranged by Imoco.

Since 1964, IMOCO, Inc has specialized in providing full service industrial and commercial contracting and mechanical services throughout the southeastern US. 

Council on Aging introduces First Annual Breakfast of Senior Champions

What: The Breakfast of Senior Champions Inaugural Event

Where: Top of the Plaza, Renaissance Hotel, Asheville

When: May 3, 2016

Who: Hosted by The Council on Aging of Buncombe County, open to the public

Ticket Info: To purchase tickets, nominate a Senior Champion, or have your business sponsor this very special event, visit

The 60+ age group is the fastest growing population in Buncombe County.
The Council on Aging of Buncombe County* is planning the first ever county-wide recognition of this active and vibrant population group with an event that is sure to become a legacy in our community. Held at the Top of the Plaza in the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville, members of the public are invited to join us for a morning of festivities and well-deserved acknowledgment of this demographic.

This inaugural event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages to nominate and express gratitude to notable older members of the community, as well as to come together in celebration of their invaluable contributions.

Leading up to the event, Council on Aging will solicit nominations of “standout seniors” from the general public via a tv, radio and print campaign, and in local schools and businesses. Upon hearing their stories, a final group of 10 Champion Medal winners will be awarded at the breakfast. Meanwhile, stories and anecdotes from the nominees will be featured throughout local media outlets, and culminate in a touching commemorative at the breakfast.

A poignant keynote speech will be delivered in the spirit of living life to the fullest, as our
Champions certainly have done! This event is an important way for our community to come
together to express thanks and bear witness to a generation that has given us a beautiful

To nominate or invest in a sponsorship for this very special event, businesses or individuals can visit our website,, for more information.

*The Council on Aging of Buncombe County is an organization that works toward assuring
access to resources that help adults age with choice. Education, innovative programming, and coordination of resources for aging adults are top priorities of the organization.

Mission Health, A-B Tech name "Mission Grows" scholarship recipients

Mission Health and A-B Tech have announced eight recipients of the “Mission Grows” CNA-I scholarship. The competitive program was open to Mission Health staff and their dependents, participants in Mission’s student programs including School At Work®, Mission Possible and Students@Work, and area high school students and community members.

The scholarship covers full costs for the CNA-I certification program at A-B Tech, including tuition, books, uniform and other required equipment. Award recipients are able to select the CNA program schedule (based on availability) that best fits their individual needs, with classes held initially at the A-B Tech campus on Victoria Road, and later in 2016, on the Mission Health campus. The students’ clinical rotations will be offered at Mission Health, and upon successful completion they will be fast-tracked for CNA-I roles at Mission.

“We are so pleased to be able to partner with A-B Tech to offer this program to our staff and to the community,” said Sheila Meadows, VP of Human Resources and System Talent Management at Mission Health. “Our goal is to identify great people who already work for Mission, as well as those who will make exceptional future employees, and to grow our own highly qualified caregivers by giving them a boost on their educational journey.”

Sarah Lee is a current Mission employee who was tapped for one of the full scholarships. “I appreciate the selection committee identifying me as a recipient of this scholarship to help me accomplish my goals,” said Lee, who has been employed at Mission since 2012. “I started in Mission’s Environmental Services department with a desire to grow within the hospital. In my current role as a dual skills technician, I help monitor patients and communicate with nurses, as well as supporting the unit by responding to phone calls, call bells and more. These positions have placed a desire for me to move into the clinical side of the hospital to help provide care for our patients, and this scholarship will help me move my career into nursing.”

Latasha Johnson is not a current Mission employee, but sees this scholarship as an opportunity to develop personally and professionally as a member of the Asheville community. “My career vision is to one day work as a nurse providing affordable healthcare to marginalized communities,” said Johnson. “Without Mission Health awarding me a full scholarship to attend A-B Tech’s nursing assistant program, I could never have the opportunity to achieve my career goals at this time.”

“These scholarships represent the very best in a long partnership between A-B Tech as an educational institution, and Mission Health as a significant employer for our region,” said Christina Lang, Coordinator for Health Occupations at A-B Tech. “Together, we are helping to assure a well-trained workforce to fill high-demand roles in our community.”

Besides Lee and Johnson, other Mission Grows scholarship recipients include Mission staffers Mary Castaneda, Marissa Pack and Roshunda Foster; and Anna Grace Barefoot, Brittany Pressley, and Kaitlyn Brown, who are family members of Mission employees.