Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Vickery Family Medicine honored as Small Business of the Month

We are pleased to honor Vickery Family Medicine as Small Business of the Month.  Read on for our interview with Dr. David Vickery and Administrative Director Margarita Gonzalez.

Asheville Chamber Board Member Laura Webb 
with Dr. Vickery and Margarita Gonzalez

Tell us a little about the history of the company.
Vickery Family Medicine started in the fall of 2005 with one doctor, two staff and a small leased space. Today, we have 2 physicians, 5 mid-level providers and 20 staff.  We are one of the first practices in our region to participate in patient-centered medical home models and to partner with insurers to enhance quality of care.  We remain an independently-owned and operated comprehensive primary care practice that is open 7 days a week to serve our customers.  We currently provide comprehensive primary care, full spectrum urgent care, weight management, nutritional health and provide direct primary care services to individuals and businesses.
What are you most proud of about the company?
We are most proud of the team of people working together every day to give our patients the best resources for their health available.  We have a passionate, hard-working, inspired group of people who are dedicated to excellence in delivering care and committed to how we steward our patients’ health care dollars.  I am certainly proud of our growth and the jobs created and the number of patients we serve, but I am most proud of the people I work with every day to make it happen.

A little known fact about your company?
For 3-1/2 years Vickery Family Medicine has operated a comprehensive primary care clinic for the Biltmore Company. It has served their employees on-site and has substantially reduced the cost of delivering health care for the company and the cost of worker injury issues while providing consumer-oriented, outstanding care.  Vickery Family Medicine has also been voted a best family practice three times by the readers in the MountainX Best of WNC poll.

Best advice you have gotten for leading a small business?
Identify what you are passionate about and what you do best.  Write down the plan of how you can create value with that service to the community that you plan on operating within.  Set goals and make sure that they are on paper and surround yourself with the best possible people who help you execute your vision.  Make sure you measure yourself quarterly and yearly to make sure that you are staying on track given the plan that you have formed.  Stay focused on what you are best at doing and make sure that whatever product you are delivering will be valuable for the community you serve.  Have a clearly- articulated vision statement and regularly meet with your employees to make sure they share that vision and can express it.

What is next on the horizon?
     Many things! Namely, growing our primary care practice by adding more providers and physicians, thereby being able to serve a greater number of individuals; expanding the services that we offer (including ultrasound, radiology services, sleep services and the ability to triage emergencies to reduce the need for our customers to spend time in emergency departments or hospitals). Simultaneously, we plan on partnering with retail deliverers of health care as well as offering direct rates and care products to business entities, self-insured entities, fully-insured entities and individual consumer. This will ensure our community has access to affordable, excellent comprehensive primary care and urgent care services. We’re also working with insurers to collaborate on new health care delivery models that will hopefully bring plans to the marketplace and the small business that are more affordable and provide more comprehensive coverage for their employees.

Our tagling is "Connect. Engage. Impact. Thrive." What does this mean to you as a small business in Asheville?
We hope to connect directly with our customers, but more importantly to begin to build connections between healthcare businesses, non‑healthcare related business entities who insure their employees, and health insurers to build positive collaborations that allow everyone to get more affordable accessible comprehensive healthcare.  Getting all of these partners at the table together to positively collaborate on the solutions is a challenge, but will help create a community where our businesses thrive and our individuals enjoy good health. We believe that healthcare will always be an individualized art, even with evidence-based scientific practices. The only way that our work will be effective is if we are able to intensely engage with the individual patients in a manner that engenders trust and confidence and inspires them to invest in their own health.  In doing so, we hope to be a part of enhancing community and population health, which will reduce healthcare cost, reduce injury and improve productivity.  We also hope that we will be able to engage directly with businesses, bring transparent pricing to healthcare delivery and the outpatient sector, and help businesses be able to have access to products that are affordable and effective.  The end result of this would be a significant impact on the health of our community and the health of our businesses.  By providing these type of services and reducing the cost of care, businesses will be able to invest more in not only their employees, but in their products and services and be poised to compete in their particular sector with a healthy and cared-for employee base.  We believe that the healthcare models we are passionate about can provide the business community and our individual population with the healthcare resources they need to thrive.  We have national data that proves that when businesses, healthcare providers and insurance entities engage in this positive collaboration that the health and economic metrics are extremely positive.  We have local data with our local business that supports this as well.  We are excited about the future of our business and the future of our region.

Part-time sales position available

Local art gallery seeks responsible, eager-to-learn, and motivated individual for part-time Sales Associate position.  If you enjoy being proactive on the job and like the opportunity to “wear many hats” then this is the place for you!

Candidate must be willing to multi-task and work in a fast paced, team oriented environment. Experience in retail is preferred but not required. Basic math and computer skills are required. 

Must be able to lift and carry at least 50 lbs. Availability to work on either Saturday or Sunday is a plus. 

Please send resume and three professional references to:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Outdoor fitness and fun fest scheduled for Oct. 11th at Asheville Outlets

WHAT: The North Carolina Arboretum Outdoor Fitness and Fun Fest at Asheville Outlets

WHO: The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville Outlets, and area wellness, fitness and outdoor businesses and organizations.

WHERE: Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC  28806.

WHEN: Sunday, October 11th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

INFO: A celebration of the great outdoors with interactive booths and displays from local businesses and organizations specializing in products and services that enhance the outdoor experience, promote personal health and wellness, protect our natural environment and much more. There will be live music and entertainment and fun activities for the kids. Additionally, Gary Bond, author of Rethinking Life on the Appalachian Trail, will be on-site to sign copies of his books. All proceeds from the event benefit The North Carolina Arboretum.

Key Learning Center at CDS presents community forum "Leadership & Dyslexia" - Nov. 10th

Join world-renowned inspirational speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Tommy Spaulding, to Asheville as he shares his powerful message about true leadership, empowerment, and the impact dyslexia has had on his life.

Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center
One Resort Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
FREE event
Register at

Following Spaulding’s keynote address, share in a panel discussion with educational experts, parents, and children whose lives have been touched by dyslexia. Experts will share helpful information and parents and students will discuss their own experiences and answer questions from the audience. The community event is designed to encourage and inspire those who are dyslexic, those who teach children with language-based learning differences, and parents raising children with bright minds who see the world a little differently.

“Our intention in hosting this event is to bring a message of hope and encouragement to people identified as dyslexic and to emphasize the full picture of the dyslexic mind, with not only the multi-sensory learning needs and capabilities these minds have, but also the abilities and gifts of creativity and ingenuity they possess,” said Catherine Gay, Key School parent organizer and mother of a child with dyslexia. “We want people to know there is hope in overcoming academic challenges with a dyslexic mind, and we want to connect people at this event with the resources and organizations to help them do just that.”

Tommy Spaulding is founder and president of Spaulding Companies, a leadership development consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. The former president and CEO of the global leadership organization, Up with People, Spaulding founded Leader’s Challenge, the largest high school leadership program in Colorado. He is president and founder of Spaulding Leadership Institute, which operates National Leadership Academy, Colorado Close Up, and Kid’s Challenge. His book, It's Not Just Who You Know speaks to transforming your life and organization by turning colleagues and contacts into genuine, lasting relationships. Spaulding's newly released book is called The Heart-Led Leader: How Living and Leading from the Heart Will Change Your Organization and Your Life. Key Learning Center at Carolina Day School is pre-selling the book for $30, with all proceeds supporting the event. Book signings are available after the program.

“We are excited to welcome such an accomplished and successful author and speaker; he is the perfect person to bring this message,” said Gay. “We are overwhelmed by the positive response in the community to this event and by the organizations, educators, physicians, and caring people who have offered their time to aid us with resources."

“My hope for this event is that people will come away with a sense of inspiration,” said Key Learning Center Director of Teacher Training Concha Wyatt. “The message is that although dyslexia causes struggles with language-based learning skills, there are unique dyslexia mind strengths that should be developed and celebrated.” Key School at Carolina Day School’s approach to learning transforms students with language-based learning differences into high achievers and confident, capable learners.

To order a copy of Tommy Spaulding’s book, The Heart-Led Leader online, and to register for the November 10 event, visit