Meet Asheville’s 12 Certified B Corp companies

Local businesses you can feel extra good supporting.

East Fork founders John Vigeland, Connie Matisse, and Alex Matisse.

East Fork founders John Vigeland, Connie Matisse, and Alex Matisse.

Photo by Mike Belleme

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Can we brag really quick? The Asheville area is home to 12 Certified B Corporations, a number that has been steadily growing since Big Path Capital became our city’s first B Corp back in 2007.

Today, we’re honoring these remarkable companies, which have gone the extra mile and then some to make the world a better place.

But first, what’s a B Corp again?

In short, it’s a very difficult-to-earn certification (issued by the nonprofit B-lab) for companies that seek to change the world through the way they do business.

Specifically, B Corps are held accountable for sustainable practices, fair treatment of employees and customers, transparency in business matters + commitment to shareholders.

New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium produces approximately 500,000 barrels of beer a year.

Photo courtesy of New Belgium

And who are these companies?

The 12 Asheville Certified B Corps join an all-star roster of companies like Ben and Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, Warby Parker, and Patagonia. You could say they’re in good company.

Big Path Capital | Certified since December 2007 | This financial advice firm serves business owners and fund managers in the impact and sustainable sector.

Cloud For Good | Certified since June 2013 | This company works with Salesforce to provide database support for nonprofits and educational organizations.

New Belgium Brewing | Certified since January 2013 | Social responsibility is a key part of this brewery’s mission, which was founded in Fort Collins, CO and opened its Asheville production center + taproom in 2016. Read about how it helped restore Penland Creek and revitalize the surrounding area.

Earth Equity Advisors | Certified since October 2014 | This financial services firm focuses on fossil fuel-free planning + investments.

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An example of Deltec’s unique building approach.

Photo courtesy of Deltec Homes

Deltec Homes, Inc. | Certified since February 2016 | This builder makes stunning, net-zero energy-efficient homes with a distinctive round design.

French Broad Chocolates | Certified since September 2017 | This iconic chocolate maker uses sustainably grown, fair-trade cacao for its sublimely delicious chocolate bars + other sweet treats.

JB Media Group | Certified since March 2018 | This digital marketing agency provide strategy, SEO, social media management, content creation, online advertising, and other marketing support for social enterprises and non-profits.

Gaia Herbs | Certified since October 2018 | This plant pharmaceutical company is one of the largest herbal brands in North America, with more than 200 patented extracts, powders, and herbal teas that aim to support a healthier lifestyle for its customers.

dmarcian | Certified since May 2019 | This tech company helps banks, top internet properties, governments, marketing agencies, and other enterprises optimize their DMARC, or in layman’s terms, email security.

East Fork | Certified since May 2021 | If y’all don’t already know these Instagram-famous potters, you should. This 120+ person team designs, manufactures, and sells thoughtful, durable ceramic dishware in gorgeous glazes like Butter, Amaro, and Panna Cotta. Its signature dishes can be spotted at many Asheville restaurants.

BlueEarth | Certified since December 2021 | This environmental consulting firm provides water resources planning, engineering, and design with the Earth and all of its inhabitants in mind.

Bloom Communications | Certified since 2022 | This communications agency partners exclusively with mission-driven organizations dedicated to growing and impacting their communities.

Interested in becoming B Corps certified?

B Local Asheville offers support to businesses and community partners who want to get certified.

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