Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Blue Ridge Community College

Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator Businessman's hand points up along graph line going up

Take your business to the next level.

A comprehensive business innovation program designed to assist for profit, not-for-profit and family owned businesses to take them to the next level of success and sustainability.

August 25 – December 15, 2021

Registration for the 2021 Program now open.
Registration accepted through August 23, 2021.

Blue Ridge Community College and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce have partnered once again to offer the Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator, a five-month, ten-course program.

 

August 25, 2021
Business Best Practices and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) Checklist by Department Identifying Opportunities for Acceleration

September 8, 2021
Management and Leadership

September 15, 2021
Human Resources, Legal and Insurance

September 29, 2021
Capital and Purchasing

October 13, 2021
Competition and Competitive Advantage

October 27, 2021
Branding, Marketing and Sales

November 10, 2021
Customer Service and Information Technology

November 17, 2021
Business Logistics: Best ways to meet customer needs

December 1, 2021
Accounting and Finance

December 15, 2021
Business Acceleration Plan Presentation and Graduation

Sessions run Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. except 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 25 and December 15, 2021.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator
Jul 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Blue Ridge Community College

Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator Businessman's hand points up along graph line going up

Take your business to the next level.

A comprehensive business innovation program designed to assist for profit, not-for-profit and family owned businesses to take them to the next level of success and sustainability.

August 25 – December 15, 2021

Registration for the 2021 Program now open.
Registration accepted through August 23, 2021.

Blue Ridge Community College and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce have partnered once again to offer the Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator, a five-month, ten-course program.

 

August 25, 2021
Business Best Practices and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) Checklist by Department Identifying Opportunities for Acceleration

September 8, 2021
Management and Leadership

September 15, 2021
Human Resources, Legal and Insurance

September 29, 2021
Capital and Purchasing

October 13, 2021
Competition and Competitive Advantage

October 27, 2021
Branding, Marketing and Sales

November 10, 2021
Customer Service and Information Technology

November 17, 2021
Business Logistics: Best ways to meet customer needs

December 1, 2021
Accounting and Finance

December 15, 2021
Business Acceleration Plan Presentation and Graduation

Sessions run Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. except 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 25 and December 15, 2021.

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator
Jul 29 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Blue Ridge Community College

Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator Businessman's hand points up along graph line going up

Take your business to the next level.

A comprehensive business innovation program designed to assist for profit, not-for-profit and family owned businesses to take them to the next level of success and sustainability.

August 25 – December 15, 2021

Registration for the 2021 Program now open.
Registration accepted through August 23, 2021.

Blue Ridge Community College and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce have partnered once again to offer the Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator, a five-month, ten-course program.

 

August 25, 2021
Business Best Practices and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) Checklist by Department Identifying Opportunities for Acceleration

September 8, 2021
Management and Leadership

September 15, 2021
Human Resources, Legal and Insurance

September 29, 2021
Capital and Purchasing

October 13, 2021
Competition and Competitive Advantage

October 27, 2021
Branding, Marketing and Sales

November 10, 2021
Customer Service and Information Technology

November 17, 2021
Business Logistics: Best ways to meet customer needs

December 1, 2021
Accounting and Finance

December 15, 2021
Business Acceleration Plan Presentation and Graduation

Sessions run Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. except 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 25 and December 15, 2021.

Expand Your Circle: Roundtable version for Women Entrepreneurs
Jul 29 @ 5:30 pm
Focal Point

In July, we are getting down to business! July’s “Expand Your Circle” event will be roundtable sessions. Each table will have 4 women, plus 1 seasoned entrepreneur leading the table. Each person will present a problem/issue/question(s) they have and the whole table will brainstorm on it for 15 minutes. It is guaranteed that others will bring up issues that you also have. For instance, your number one concern right now might be “How should I be pricing my products/services?”
Someone else may bring up “Is it better to use contractors or hire someone?” or “My marketing isn’t working. Help!” These are probably things that you also deal with, so you’ll get tons of information on all the topics.
So join us for community, food, fun, encouragement and ideas!
This project receives support from NC IDEA.

Friday, July 30, 2021
Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator
Jul 30 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Blue Ridge Community College

Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator Businessman's hand points up along graph line going up

Take your business to the next level.

A comprehensive business innovation program designed to assist for profit, not-for-profit and family owned businesses to take them to the next level of success and sustainability.

August 25 – December 15, 2021

Registration for the 2021 Program now open.
Registration accepted through August 23, 2021.

Blue Ridge Community College and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce have partnered once again to offer the Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator, a five-month, ten-course program.

 

August 25, 2021
Business Best Practices and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) Checklist by Department Identifying Opportunities for Acceleration

September 8, 2021
Management and Leadership

September 15, 2021
Human Resources, Legal and Insurance

September 29, 2021
Capital and Purchasing

October 13, 2021
Competition and Competitive Advantage

October 27, 2021
Branding, Marketing and Sales

November 10, 2021
Customer Service and Information Technology

November 17, 2021
Business Logistics: Best ways to meet customer needs

December 1, 2021
Accounting and Finance

December 15, 2021
Business Acceleration Plan Presentation and Graduation

Sessions run Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. except 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 25 and December 15, 2021.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Asheville Women in Tech
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online w/ Asheville Women in Tech

VIRTUAL MEETING: Asheville Women in Tech

Hey Asheville women! Are you a coder, a developer, a designer, an architect of information? This is a group for Asheville women in tech who want a collaborative and supportive space to bring projects to workshops, participate in tutorials facilitated by other members, spark new ideas, write practice code, and develop cool stuff. Maybe (like me) you’re just getting started, and you wish you could bounce ideas off someone, or just ask them how to center that block of text on the page? You should come! We’ll work it out together. Or maybe you’re a veteran web developer who thinks rookies are brave (possibly foolish) souls with no idea what they’re getting into? Please come tell us all the things you wish someone had told you! Let’s skill-share, meet other women in the biz, learn new things, and give each other a leg up!

We’re on Slack!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Business Morning Update
Aug 11 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Online w/ Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Business Morning Update
Sep 8 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Online w/ Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Asheville Women in Tech
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online w/ Asheville Women in Tech

VIRTUAL MEETING: Asheville Women in Tech

Hey Asheville women! Are you a coder, a developer, a designer, an architect of information? This is a group for Asheville women in tech who want a collaborative and supportive space to bring projects to workshops, participate in tutorials facilitated by other members, spark new ideas, write practice code, and develop cool stuff. Maybe (like me) you’re just getting started, and you wish you could bounce ideas off someone, or just ask them how to center that block of text on the page? You should come! We’ll work it out together. Or maybe you’re a veteran web developer who thinks rookies are brave (possibly foolish) souls with no idea what they’re getting into? Please come tell us all the things you wish someone had told you! Let’s skill-share, meet other women in the biz, learn new things, and give each other a leg up!

We’re on Slack!

Friday, September 17, 2021
Crisis Communication Planning and Response
Sep 17 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Online w/ WCU

Crisis Communication

Crises are a fact of life. Regardless of the type of organization, we all are at risk. Manufacturers experience serious accidents and product recalls. Restaurants reel from outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. Educational institutions deal with deadly shootings. Government and business leaders commit crimes and/or act unethically. Etcetera.

The question likely is not IF but WHEN will a crisis occur. Unfortunately, many organizations fail to prepare fully or fail to keep their crisis communication strategies up-to-date. How organizations/individuals communicate before, during and after a crisis can have a profound impact on reputation and brand, community relations, customer loyalty, and the bottom line. If handled well, your organization may emerge stronger than before the crisis. If not handled well…

Is your organization ready to communicate when your worst nightmare becomes a reality?

In this hands-on, participatory workshop, attendees will explore:

  • Key principles of effective crisis communication
  • The leadership imperative (obligations and opportunities)
  • Case study examples of effective and ineffective crisis responses
  • Suggestions for monitoring and managing social media during crisis
  • The elements of the Crisis Communication Plan (CCP)

Attendees will receive a digital template for a basic CCP, and will have the opportunity to begin drafting elements of the plan during the workshop.

To facilitate collaboration and productivity, multiple members of your organization’s crisis team are encouraged to attend. (See multiple team member registration discount info.)

Attendees are also encouraged to bring laptop computers (at least one per team) to the session.

Attendees who already have a CCP are invited to bring their plans for sharing, refining, updating, etc.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Asheville Women in Tech
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online w/ Asheville Women in Tech

VIRTUAL MEETING: Asheville Women in Tech

Hey Asheville women! Are you a coder, a developer, a designer, an architect of information? This is a group for Asheville women in tech who want a collaborative and supportive space to bring projects to workshops, participate in tutorials facilitated by other members, spark new ideas, write practice code, and develop cool stuff. Maybe (like me) you’re just getting started, and you wish you could bounce ideas off someone, or just ask them how to center that block of text on the page? You should come! We’ll work it out together. Or maybe you’re a veteran web developer who thinks rookies are brave (possibly foolish) souls with no idea what they’re getting into? Please come tell us all the things you wish someone had told you! Let’s skill-share, meet other women in the biz, learn new things, and give each other a leg up!

We’re on Slack!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Business Morning Update
Oct 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Online w/ Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Asheville Women in Tech
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online w/ Asheville Women in Tech

VIRTUAL MEETING: Asheville Women in Tech

Hey Asheville women! Are you a coder, a developer, a designer, an architect of information? This is a group for Asheville women in tech who want a collaborative and supportive space to bring projects to workshops, participate in tutorials facilitated by other members, spark new ideas, write practice code, and develop cool stuff. Maybe (like me) you’re just getting started, and you wish you could bounce ideas off someone, or just ask them how to center that block of text on the page? You should come! We’ll work it out together. Or maybe you’re a veteran web developer who thinks rookies are brave (possibly foolish) souls with no idea what they’re getting into? Please come tell us all the things you wish someone had told you! Let’s skill-share, meet other women in the biz, learn new things, and give each other a leg up!

We’re on Slack!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Business Morning Update
Nov 10 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Online w/ Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
DigiMarCon World 2021 – Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – Nov 18 @ 4:30 pm
Online

“DigiMarCon World 2021 is your chance to …
– Hear from some of the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing, media and advertising industry.
– Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level.
– Network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your professional network.

The 6th annual DigiMarCon World, the Premier Virtual Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference will be held November 17th to 18th, 2021, available live stream and on-demand. Join your peers online for 2-days jam packed with digital marketing best practices, latest trends, practical solutions, strategy and networking.

Immerse yourself in topics like digital strategy, programmatic advertising, web experience management, usability / design, mobile marketing & retargeting, customer engagement, user acquisition, social media marketing, targeting & optimization, video marketing, data science & big data, web analytics & A/B testing, email marketing, content marketing, conversion rate optimization, search engine optimization, paid search marketing, geo-targeting, predictive analysis & attribution, growth hacking, conversion rate optimization, growth marketing tools, marketing & sales automation, sustainable growth strategies, product marketing & UX / UI and much, much more!

At DigiMarCon World 2021, you will receive all the elements you need to achieve digital marketing success! Conventional thought will be challenged, new ways of thinking will emerge, and you will leave with your head, notebooks and professional toolkit full of action items and ideas to lead and supercharge your agency / team / account to even greater success.

Be a part of DigiMarCon World 2021 and discover how to thrive and succeed as a marketer in a rapidly evolving digital world.

See why people keep coming back year after year to this must-attend event! Register and secure your seat today.

For more details visit https://digimarconworld.com.”

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Business Morning Update
Dec 8 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Online w/ Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Asheville Women in Tech
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Online w/ Asheville Women in Tech

VIRTUAL MEETING: Asheville Women in Tech

Hey Asheville women! Are you a coder, a developer, a designer, an architect of information? This is a group for Asheville women in tech who want a collaborative and supportive space to bring projects to workshops, participate in tutorials facilitated by other members, spark new ideas, write practice code, and develop cool stuff. Maybe (like me) you’re just getting started, and you wish you could bounce ideas off someone, or just ask them how to center that block of text on the page? You should come! We’ll work it out together. Or maybe you’re a veteran web developer who thinks rookies are brave (possibly foolish) souls with no idea what they’re getting into? Please come tell us all the things you wish someone had told you! Let’s skill-share, meet other women in the biz, learn new things, and give each other a leg up!

We’re on Slack!