Cohort 12

All Bodies Movement

All Bodies Movement helps folks in any body develop sustainable and accessible movement practices that help them feel better in their bodies so they can do the things that make them happy.

Aluminati Guitar Co.

Aluminati perfectly combines forward-thinking green technology and classic design to bring musicians unparalleled tone & playability. Our instruments are hand-built by our team of skilled luthiers here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western NC.

Asheville Adventure Company

Asheville Adventure Company is a market leader in a variety of different categories in the outdoor industry in Asheville with ownership in several different businesses including Cultivate Climbing and The Asheville Outpost. Asheville Adventure Company specializes in giving people from all different backgrounds the tools and inspiration to get outside in the beautiful southeast.

Boondock Van Company

Boondock Van Company is a camper van conversion company. At BVC we take ordinary cargo vans and transform them to custom adventure vans. We craft each van with premium finishes to ensure superior quality. Our vans are tailored to suit the unique lifestyle and preferences of our clients. Our goal is to get you off the grid and on to life.

Cara Mae Skin Care

Cara Mae Skin Care makes Potters’ Skin Butter to help ceramic artists and people with hard-working hands do what they love. Our small batch lotion and pottery enrich people’s lives. Cara's ceramics studio is at Second Story Potters in Asheville.

Dirtcraft Living Soils

Dirtcraft Living Soils is the Southeast's craft soil blender. Our performance potting mixes are biologically active, peat-free and organic approved. We take the guesswork out of growing healthy plants for organic farmers and gardeners.

Eda Rhyne Distilling Company

Eda Rhyne produces small batch, world class spirits that showcase the biodiversity and cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

The Educational Garden Project

The Educational Garden Project provides a wholesome outdoor garden camp for school aged children using cooking, gardening, and animals as our curriculum. We believe kids grow best outside!

Evolve Early Learning

Evolve Early Learning is a hub for early learning and caregiver support. We partner with children, families, and teachers to grow a community of happy, healthy, life-ready kids. Our heart-centered, play-based approach supports all children to thrive.

The Farm Connection

The Farm Connection is a family-owned edible, medicinal, and native plant nursery and garden center in Marshall, NC specializing in organically grown, unique, hard-to-find, and useful plants.

J & M Farms

J & M Farms at Freeman Orchards is a 70 year old multi-generational farm located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. We farm 120-acres of apple orchards with over 50 different kinds of new and heirloom apple varieties along with a roadside market and cold storage facility.

Little Guatemala

Little Guatemala gives you a taste of what Guatemala is all about, right here in the foothills of western North Carolina. You can experience it in person at our restaurant, coffee shop, indoor/outdoor soccer fields, and park, or you can take it home with you in our freshly roasted coffee beans, carefully crafted chocolate, and stunning crafts.

M.S. Lean LLC

M.S. Lean LLC is a Black-owned, insured landscaping service company. Our goal is to provide the best customer service in landscaping for residential and commercial property needs.

Online Training Concepts

Online Training Concepts develops elegant solutions for every aspect of the training development process, from high quality content designed with adult learning in mind to web ecosystems that deliver intuitive and seamless user experiences.


Otterpine is an independent author support agency that specializes in creating gorgeous print books with impeccable words, beautiful aesthetics, and lasting quality.