ScaleUp WNC Cohort 3

We are excited to announce the members of the third ScaleUp WNC cohort, with sessions taking place in spring of 2016. Congratulations to these 15 innovative small businesses that were selected for the program, which is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

MEMBERS OF THE 3RD COHORT – SPRING 2016

The following 15 growth-oriented small businesses will receive intensive training, one-on-one management support, assistance in connecting with growth capital, and the opportunity to strengthen connections in order to scale up their ventures:

* BLACK MOUNTAIN CIDERWORKS

Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery crafts modern cider and mead using traditional methods. We embrace the terroir of our Southern apples—the sweet and the tart—offering small batch ciders and meads from local ingredients, with no artificial flavors, no concentrates, and no ulterior motives. (Buncombe County)

* BLUE RIDGE ENERGY WORKS (BREW)

Insulation is not enough, BREW is in the business of maximizing the efficiency of your building and creating as much energy onsite as possible. (Watauga County)

* BRIAN BOGGS CHAIRMAKERS

Brian Boggs Chairmakers supplies the high-end consumer with original fine furnishing crafted exclusively from sustainably sourced materials. (Buncombe County)

* COPPER POT & WOODEN SPOON

Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon handcrafts seasonally produced jams, pickles, and artisan foods. Each recipe is made in small batches from local, seasonal, and all natural ingredients. We support responsible stewardship and sustainable agriculture in the Western Carolina region. (Haywood County)

* EAST FORK POTTERY

East Fork Pottery produces a hand-thrown line of contemporary dinnerware that harmonizes clean design with the gritty character of unrefined Carolina clay. (Madison County)

* INNOVATION BREWING

Innovation Brewing is a seven-barrel brewery located in Sylva. We have 32 house brews on tap at the pub as well as a homemade ginger ale. We like to experiment with styles and ingredients to create unique flavor profiles, as well as make traditional ales. (Jackson County)

* KUDZU BRANDS

Kudzu Brands is a full-service branding and marketing agency, and onsite commercial print house, located in downtown Black Mountain. Our goal is to creatively and strategically nurture high-potential businesses and organizations into becoming powerful and sustainable brands. (Buncombe County)

* MEDEA’S ESPRESSO & JUICE BAR

Medea’s is an organic café that offers an inclusive menu accommodating vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free choices. We serve fresh, healthy foods that taste great. Try our juices, fermented fruit Kvass, bone broths, foods, coffee, and deserts. (Buncombe County)

* NO EVIL FOODS

No Evil Foods is a young, fast-growing company that makes bold, full-flavored plant meats that are environmentally friendly, cruelty free, and damn delicious. We sell our products direct to customers through our online store, as well as wholesale to grocery stores, restaurants, and universities in seven states. (Buncombe County)

* ORGANIC PLANET CLEANING

Organic Planet is a green commercial and residential cleaning service. We provide the peace of mind that comes from having your space cleaned in an ecologically and socially conscious manner. Our mission is to show low-wage workers the path to financial freedom through entrepreneurship. (Buncombe County)

* OUTFITTER BICYCLE TOURS

Outfitter Bicycle Tours offers cycling enthusiasts experiences of a lifetime by providing unparalleled access to culture, hospitality, and unforgettable times in the saddle. Our destinations include Provence, Tuscany, the Alps, Asheville, and many more. (Henderson County)

* PISGAH PEST CONTROL

At Pisgah Pest Control, we take our customers and their environment seriously. We know a better environment creates a better experience. Whether it’s your crawlspace or your attic, we keep the critters where they belong and control the moisture levels to protect you and your home. (Transylvania County)

* PORT CITY MUSIC

Port City builds award-winning, hand-wired tube guitar amps, cabinets, and pedals to equip musicians with world-class amplification of superior quality and sound. (Buncombe County)

* PRINTVILLE

Printville is the region’s finest commercial, online, and retail printing, creative, and mailing company, offering three convenient locations (Asheville, Biltmore Park, and Fletcher). (Buncombe County)

* STILL POINT WELLNESS

Still Point Wellness is a locally owned spa dedicated to guiding you through an inner experience with a unique offering of services, including Salt Water Floatation (sensory deprivation), World-Class Esalen® Massage, somatic psychology, and therapeutic yoga. (Buncombe County)

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