Asheville North Carolina is known for a lively arts scene and historic architecture. We are home to the 19th-century Biltmore House, which is known to be the largest privately owned home in America. The Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums. There are endless eateries and of course, Asheville is the Beer capital of America. This beautiful, fun, scenic mountain town delights visitors and locals alike. No doubt this is a unique and beautiful place to live. The lesser known fact about Asheville is that it is home to many innovative startup companies. Innovation is the heartbeat of Asheville North Carolina and a great place to start a business.
Here are my top 10 favorite startups in Asheville, NC.
What we do: Provide Job seekers just Asheville area jobs and provides an in-depth look into companies in and around Asheville, NC.
Why we rock: The only locally owned job employment website that was founded in Asheville in 2001.
Founded in 2001, this family owned business saw there was a need for a true local online job board. They have provided a way to bring together thousands of employers and job seekers and truly impact their lives for the better.
What we do: Collects and organizes construction records on millions of properties across U.S.
Why we rock: First of its kind national database for property condition
BuildFax created and manages the nation’s first-of-its-kind database for real estate property conditions, much like Carfax does for autos. Its products serve the entire real estate ecosystem—from insurance carriers to lenders to savvy real estate professionals—answering essential questions about property improvements, structural risks, and changes over time. With more than 8 billion data points on U.S. commercial and residential structures, BuildFax is the nation’s only on-demand provider of property conditions.
Site: Aeroflow Healthcare
What we do: Supplier of home medical equipment
Why we rock: A 2-time Inc. 5000 fastest growing company (2015-16)
Aeroflow Healthcare is recognized as a premier provider of durable medical equipment (DME) and service in the Southeast, and continues to grow nationwide. Patients and physicians choose Aeroflow as their provider for home oxygen, diagnostic sleep testing, CPAP equipment and supplies, nebulizers, mobility equipment, breast pumps, pediatric needs, catheters, negative pressure wound therapy and more.
Site: Deltec Homes
What we do: Round and prefabricated home manufacturer
Why we rock: Net-zero energy homes that can withstand hurricane force winds
Founded in 1968, Deltec Homes is a family-owned company based out of Asheville, NC. We began as Delta Technologies and primarily built round homes for resort communities. As more and more guests of these resorts inquired about building their own round home, business shifted from commercial to residential. In 1985, founder Robert Kinser changed the name to Deltec Homes. Today, over 85% of our homes are residential and best known for their energy efficiency and hurricane resistance.
Site: Digital Chalk
What we do: Learning management system for online courses & training
Why we rock: Clients include Kauffman Foundation & Duke University
DigitalChalk’s secure, cloud-based, hosted system means that students can access courses anywhere, anytime from any device.
Highland Brewing Company rolled out its first kegs in December 1994. Built almost entirely of retrofitted dairy equipment, our original brewery in downtown Asheville could produce up to 6,500 barrels of beer per year.
What we do: Software and online tools for home inspectors
Why we rock: Home buyers get free access to trusted U.S. service providers
HomeGauge® provides the home inspection software and Internet tools inspectors need to best serve their clients (home buyers, home sellers, and real estate professionals). Using our software and Internet tools, home and commercial inspectors are able to provide their clients with comprehensive information on the condition of the inspected property by printing a report onsite or by our online secure report delivery and validation process through HomeGauge.com.
Site: Moog Music
What we do: Inventor of the synthesizer
Why we rock: Used by Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, David Bowie, and The Beatles
Since first revolutionizing the music industry with the Moog synthesizer, Moog Music relentlessly innovates and shapes the music industry with iconic electronic instruments from its Asheville headquarters. Its superior synthesizers like the MiniMoog have been endorsed by rock legends and musicians throughout the decades. The global brand, which became part employee-owned in 2014, recently has been consistently pushing annual growth around 20%. It hosts the internationally acclaimed MoogFest, a synthesis of music, art, creativity, and technology.
Site: RISC Networks
What we do: SaaS platform to migrate IT operations to the cloud
Why we rock: Clients such as IBM and Cisco Systems
RISC Networks stands apart from other vendors with an industry leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivered, comprehensive IT Operations Analytics (ITIOA) platform that enables IT leaders to transform their businesses with more relevant information with the least amount of effort. RISC Networks analytics encompass three key areas:
• Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Migration Analysis – Gives IT organizations greater visibility, flexibility and control over the cloud lifecycle planning process, while significantly increasing the success of workload migrations.
• Cloud IaaS Landscape Analysis – Automates the identification and analysis of IT infrastructure readiness for cloud migration and transformation. By collecting IT infrastructure inventory and performance data helps IT leaders to properly scale, price, and compare the best cloud providers for their actual workload performance and usage.
• IT Infrastructure Assessment and Analysis – Helps IT leaders improve the efficiency, agility, and resiliency of their IT infrastructure through a comprehensive assessment of network, server and unified communication components
Kelly Bowman is a Product Manager for AshevilleJobs.com and VP Sales and Customer Service for LocalJobs.com, LLC – parent company of AshevilleJobs.com. She has been a local resident of Asheville NC for over twenty years and loves to help people get plugged into new career opportunities. In her private time, she loves home & fashion design, exercise, dance and being #1 mom to her now grown boys.
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