Phase Two: Eating out ‘On Haywood’ Style

As pandemic restrictions loosen in North Carolina, restaurants are now able to open to dining again–but with restrictions. Notable are the needs to keep six feet social distancing between dining parties, and the further limitation of 50% capacity. This is a challenge for our restaurants, but not nothing is impossible! Here are a just a … Read more

City of Asheville Launches Curbside Pick-up Program and Expands Flexibility for Business Use of Private Lots

With public health considerations guiding our work, the City is advancing ways to use shared public and private spaces differently to support economic recovery and other community needs. Curbside Pick-up Zones  The City of Asheville is launching shared Curbside Pick-up Zones to support local restaurants and retailers in more than 20 locations around the city. … Read more

Shop the unusual. West Asheville is online!

As we move into the first phases of the state and city loosening shelter-in-place restrictions it’s become clear that, unlike the shutdown it’s going to be a slower process. How we pursue once common activities–like shopping–is changing. Our spunky West Asheville stores have adapted, however, and in addition to many offering curbside services, you can … Read more

Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Fund Established

Buncombe County Tourism Jobs Recovery Act was signed into law on May 4, providing a grant program to help tourism-related small businesses reopen.

Mountain BizWorks will administer the $5 million emergency grant fund. The application period opens May 15, with awards announced in mid-June. Sign up on the Mountain BizWorks site to be notified as program guidelines are available, when the grant application window opens, and other important fund announcements.

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UPDATE: The SBA Paycheck Protection Program: what it is, and how to apply

[UPDATED 4/17/2020] The funds appropriated for the Paycheck Protection Program have now been exhausted, and no further applications will be accepted unless Congress appropriates additional funds for the program. Original Post: Applications are now open for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which is part of the federal relief package. The program provides … Read more

City of Asheville Parks Close as Part of Stay Home, Stay Safe Declaration

In compliance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration issued by Buncombe County on March 25, effective immediately all City of Asheville parks, including dog parks, playgrounds, and outdoor courts, are closed until further notice. Greenways and walking trails remain open. If using trails, please practice social distancing.

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