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
- 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
- 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.