Category Archives: Business

Asheville proposes to raise drinking water, stormwater, other fees by $1.3M

636241335041793646-wncdrinkingwater-008(Asheville Citizen-Times) The city is proposing $1.3 million in fee hikes for a range of services used by residents and visitors alike.

The increased fees and charges would be for things such as drinking water, stormwater system maintenance and fire inspections. Fees make up more 35 percent of all money taken in by Asheville, just behind property taxes, at 36 percent. The total operating budget for this fiscal year, ending June 30, is $180 million.

The most direct impact to residents will be increases in water rates and a fee charged to maintain stormwater systems, which deal with rainwater draining off homes and other buildings.

Read the full report by Joel Burgess HERE>

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Answer Man: Asheville Outlets crime stats? ‘City app’ poor response?

636407287903952148-ashbrd-03-08-2016-act-1-a007-2016-03-07-img-ashevilleoutlets-003-1-1-i4dmc302-l773256555-img-ashevilleoutlets-003-1-1-i4dmc302(Asheville Citizen-Times) I did indeed ask Asheville Police Department spokeswoman Christina Hallingse for crime stats at Asheville Outlets going back five years, and she delivered. Keep in mind that the Outlets opened in May 2015, so the data from 2014-April 30, 2015 is for the previous tenants or unfinished property.

“Thirteen percent (220 calls) involved shoplifting, larceny and business breaking and entering, crimes consistent with major retail areas,” Hallingse said. “Of these calls for service 0.3 percent of incidents (six total incidents) are categorized as violent crimes —rape, homicide, robbery and aggravated assault.”

Hallingse also noted that Asheville Outlets is located within the Police Department’s Adam District, which encompasses West Asheville.

Read John Boyle’s full column HERE>

Asheville’s Flatiron hotel project OK’d by Downtown Commission as local concerns linger

185c00ab-f87c-4d7b-99f7-9cc025fd2435-flatironbuilding_meeting_10092018_0075(Citizen-Times) Plans to redevelop Asheville’s historic Flatiron Building into an 80-room boutique hotel will move ahead after receiving approval this week from the city’s Downtown Commission, a green light that comes with a lengthy list of concerns about its potential impact on the community.

Much of the commission’s roughly three-hour meeting Friday centered on a proposed multimillion dollar renovation effort for the 93-year-old property at 20 Battery Park Ave. Charleston, South Carolina-based developer Philip Woollcott has offered a plan in conjunction with building owner Russell Thomas to convert it from primarily small business use to a hotel with two bars and a restaurant.

Woollcott, an Asheville native, said the proposal — which still requires City Council approval — is designed to preserve the aging structure while putting forth a business model to “provide stability for it to sustain itself for generations to come.”

Red the full report by Dillon Davis <HERE>

Commentary: The dying corporate culture

mms 1350 bannerCommentary by Matt Mittan

It’s not surprising to me that the “Gig-Economy” is expanding the way that it is. The “Gig-Economy” is the world ruled by entrepreneurs, independent contractors and the self employed. This is a segment of the economy that is populated by people who do what they want, the way they want to do it, on the schedule of their choosing. And, according to a report in Business News Daily, 36% of the American work force is already independent. And numerous workforce study reports predict that we will see the freelance workforce in America surpass 50% within the next 10-15 years. So why is this happening?

Of course, technology is a huge factor in the change. More and more people can be productive from just about anywhere, so long as they have internet or cellular connectivity to the outside world. And culturally, younger generations have a different mindset about work / home balance. But I think there’s more to it than that.

There are too many times, when I’m trying to deal with corporate entities, that common sense and rational thought processes go right out the window. I can’t explain why, but there is a certain paralysis that manifests itself within many large corporations. People are often locked into rigid habits and routines that void them of even the most basic of independent decisions. And even where there may be empowerment to take action on items, many in the large corporate culture seem unwilling to make moves that may draw attention or engage any level of risk. Better to stay the course than to be party to something that may not work out.

When absorbed into this kind of environment, many employees and managers are blind to the inefficiencies and obtuseness of their stagnation. Employees who do see and feel the frustration and inevitable failure of this mind set in a company end up leaving, either to a more empowered work environment or they branch out to work for themselves.

In the face of constant turn over of employees and the challenges many businesses face in recruiting talent, many choose not to adjust their ways but instead clamp down on their key personnel even more rigidly. This further stifles creativity and workplace morale, which more and more people seek as a key factor in a job. Corporations that are learning to embrace the trend of independent workers are picking up speed, not slowing down. Unfortunately, most still don’t get it.

Which brings me back to where I began, it’s not surprising to me that the “Gig-Economy” is expanding the way that it is. Corporate culture is dying in the hearts of the American worker.

(Matt Mittan hosts the afternoon drive show on Biz Radio Asheville and owns an insurance and employee benefits agency in Asheville, NC.)

Up, Up and Away!

Biz_Radio_1350_Logo3 months on the air…. What’s been accomplished?

  • Create brand new, never done in Asheville before, radio station format, lineup and branding – Check.
  • Build out broadcast capability from scratch – Check.
  • Get new 10,000 watt station on the air live – Check.
  • Get live audio streaming up – Check.
  • Get Social Media and Web platforms up and running – Check.
  • Get Podcasts up and running – Check.
  • Get broad distribution of podcasts across multiple popular platforms (such as iTunes, Google Play and more) – Check.
  • Partner up to start doing community business networking events around town – Check.
  • Get live video streaming up and running – Check.
  • Feature a long parade of amazing people from across our community up on a very large media platform – Check.
  • Start promoting local advertisers to a growing listener base – Check.

Signed,
The entire crew of Asheville Business Radio, on the day of our 3 Month (young) anniversary. WOW!!!!

Thank you everyone!!! This is all yours! Celebrate! There’s still more to come!!!!