ScaleUp WNC Cohort 9

We’re excited to announce the members of our ninth ScaleUp WNC cohort, with sessions taking place in spring 2020. Congratulations to the 15 innovative small businesses that were selected for the program.

Members of the 9th Cohort – Spring 2020

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.

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Ben’s American Sake

Ben’s American Sake is a craft sake brewery with a new spin on an ancient beverage.

Black Mountain Handyman

Black Mountain Handyman helps with small projects inside and outside your home.

Blunt Pretzels

Blunt Pretzels makes German pretzels in Asheville and beyond, using traditional methods, organic and local ingredients.

Chad Johnson Acupuncture

Chad Johnson Acupuncture offers effective relief from chronic and acute pain, sports injuries, and complex syndromes.

Clade Design

Clade Design is a mission-driven design studio that works with human centric companies, big and small, to positively improve every experience.

Dry Ridge Farm

Dry Ridge Farm raises and markets high-quality pork, beef, and eggs with an emphasis on sustainability, animal welfare, and customer service.


Fermenti provides living probiotic-rich fermented foods, hand-crafted in Marshall, North Carolina while culturing community through the WNC Fermenting Festival.

Leap Frog Tours

Leap Frog Tours offers tours and transportation in Asheville and Western North Carolina, so visitors and locals can explore, enjoy, and experience the beauty and culture of our mountains.

Oak and Grist Distilling Company

Crafted from locally grown and malted grains, Oak and Grist Distilling Company distills spirits from grain to glass in small batches. 

Regear Outdoors

Regear Outdoors focuses on repurposing and recycling outdoor adventure gear and clothing to help people get into extreme sports safely and affordably.

Reid’s Catering Co.

Reid’s Café & Catering specializes in hand-crafted foods, offering innovative custom menus and fresh, seasonal ingredients paired with professional, personal service.

Rural Support Partners

Rural Support Partners specializes in community-based rural development in Appalachia through partnerships with networks, foundations, and nonprofit organizations.

Simply Green Recycling

Simply Green Recycling is a curbside recycling pickup service, committed to environmental stewardship.

Twin Leaf Brewery

Twin Leaf is a small 10 barrel independently owned brewery located in the heart of the South Slope of downtown Asheville.

Uptown Indigo

Uptown Indigo is an event venue with chic, industrial design located in Uptown Shelby, North Carolina.


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