ScaleUp WNC Cohort 8

We’re excited to announce the members of our eigth ScaleUp WNC cohort and our first based in Sylva, with sessions taking place in summer of 2019. Congratulations to these 15 innovative small businesses that were selected for the program.


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:

Active Strategies

Active Strategies promotes vibrant active communities and organizations by helping them harness the catalytic power of outdoor recreation. Their job is to invigorate the crucial and unique connections between a space, the people, and the economy through measurable outdoor recreation strategies. With a process heavily based in research and outreach, their strategies integrate into existing structures to provide the spark needed for a community or organization to find lasting and impactful growth.

Archetype Brewing

Archetype Brewing creates complex, mindful, living beer that challenges the status quo of craft beer. Based in Asheville, Archetype has been brewing American and Belgian inspired ales since 2017.

Climbmax Climbing

Climbmax Climbing is the leading provider of indoor climbing and rock-climbing education and instruction in WNC. Now entering their 25th year of operation, they are proud to be able to participate in the 2019 WNC Scale Up program allowing them to gain new knowledge about operations and to help them remain vibrant and competitive as they enhance their services for customers and the community.

CoreSelf LLC

CoreSelf creates monthly sets of Classical Pilates workout videos which align to the seasonal energetics of Chinese Medicine. The CoreSelf content supports subscribers as they safely connect to their deepest core strength, cultivate awareness of how their body relates to the seasons, and integrate newfound strength into their lives “off the mat,” whatever their life stage and athletic performance goals.

Dig Local

Dig Local was born at a Startup Weekend competition at AB-Tech in Asheville, NC. Winning first place catapulted the app into reality and onto over 100,000 mobile devices in just 5 years. The Dig Local app is a dynamic digital hub for local authentic places and happenings in the Asheville area. Now referred to as Asheville’s App, visitors and locals use it to find where to go and what to do every day. The app features over 300 local businesses (no franchises) and allows them to get the word out and level the playing field in today’s crowded digital marketplace.

Gold Star Honeybees

Gold Star Honeybees educates and advocates for natural beekeeping – where the bees are in charge! The Gold Star top bar hive, made in North Carolina, is the premier top bar hive kit in the US. Good for bees, good for beekeepers, good for the planet!

Mountain Laurel Handrails

Mountain Laurel Handrails transform your home into a stunning work of art!

One Click Fix, Inc.

One Click Fix is outsourced IT for small to medium-sized companies. They specialize in managed services with 24/7 response time and quick turnaround on hardware sales and service.

SimpleTix is perfect event registration tool for the performing arts. Schools, theaters and playhouses use SimpleTix to handle online and on-site ticket sales with ease.

Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery

Smallcakes is locally owned and operated by Asheville natives, and their business is CUPCAKES! With over 250 cupcake flavors, they offer up to 14 flavors to choose from daily. Want any of their cupcake flavors in the form of a cake, they can do that too. In addition, one can choose from 12 flavors of store-made ice cream to complement their cupcake. Smallcakes focuses on “Bringing family & friends together over CUPCAKES & ICE CREAM” in a friendly environment. They believe “Maybe a CUPCAKE can help” any situation.

Sora Surya No

Sora Surya No is a transformative business coach, corporate leadership consultant, powerful medicine woman, international retreat leader, and inspirational speaker. She works with sovereign awakened women to incorporate the art of feeling sacred into their business through earth medicine practices.

Terrane Glass Designs

At Terrane Glass we craft hand-blown glassware in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They forge glass for life.

The Bright Angle

The Bright Angle is a handmade design brand focusing on contemporary design in Asheville, North Carolina. The Bright Angle emphasizes practical utility and technology to offer handmade lifestyle goods through carefully curated designer-maker collaborations. The Bright Angle provides gift solutions for those seeking American made home goods to elevate their lifestyles.


Urban3 is a private consulting firm specializing in land value economics, property tax analysis and community design. Their approach bridges the gap between econometric analysis, public policy and urban design. Their award-winning analytical tools provide an in-depth understanding of the built environment by measuring data and visualizing these results. At their core, they are data-driven storytellers. Urban3 has worked with over 90 communities in the United States, New Zealand, Canada and Australia to conduct economic analyses of community fiscal health.

VaVaVooom LLC

VaVaVooom is downtown Asheville’s unique locally owned and independent Boudoir Boutique. With apparel, lingerie and body safe intimate toys in a lovely 1920’s era brick and mortar shop, they express a contemporary feminine aesthetic with a commitment to body and sex positivity. All are welcome.

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