Small business week in Asheville, NC

Small Business Week in Asheville at Midnight Makers I Photo courtesy of Asheville Chamber of Commerce

DYK National Small Business Week is recognized May 3-7? All week long, small businesses throughout the US will celebrate the contributions they make to local economies.

Small businesses keep us fed, clothed, on trend, and entertained. Asheville’s local restaurants, mom + pop shops, and startups are a big reason our city has been able to maintain its culture as the area continues to grow. Moreover, they’re also major contributors to the local economy.

According to the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, 96% of Asheville businesses have fewer than 50 employees, and those businesses employ over 119,000 people in Buncombe County.Talk about economic impact. 

To commemorate the week, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is offering some events this week: 

  • Professional Headshots by Julieta Fumberg Creative

Wed., May 5 | 9–11:30 a.m. | In-person | $150, registration required | Put your best face forward with new headshots at a discount rate from Julia Fumberg Creative.

  • Smart Series: Social Economics & Gentrification

Wed., May 5 | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual | Free, registration required | Anna Zuevskaya, Executive Director of Asheville-Buncombe Community Land Trust, discusses innovative approaches to combat Asheville’s growing housing crisis. 

  • Sky High Secrets to Success

Thurs., May 6 | 9–10 a.m. | Virtual | Free, registration required | Learn tips + tricks from local companies, including Mosaix Group and Vannoy Construction.

  • Business After Hours at Aloft

Thurs, May 6 | 5:30–7 p.m. | Aloft Asheville Downtown, 51 Biltmore Ave. l | Free, no registration required | Mix and mingle with other local professionals while enjoying small bites and 2 drink tokens per person for wine + beer. COVID restrictions/health protocols apply.