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1/9/2012 - Engage your Asheville community: A bus tour and a greening
by Jason Sanford - Asheville Citizen Times

Posana Cafe gets greener

ASHEVILLE - Posana Cafe, the first restaurant in North Carolina to be a certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association of America, recently installed a solar-powered hot-water system.

The work, which was finished Dec. 29, is part of executive chef and owner Peter Pollay's continuing efforts to make the restaurant environmentally friendly. The restaurant is at 1 Biltmore Ave.

The work is also part of an ongoing effort to make Asheville the "green restaurant capital" of the U.S. Asheville recently received a $258,000 grant from the N.C. Green Business Fund to help up to 18 restaurants -- all members of the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association -- become more energy-efficient.

Pedal in conjunction with the full moon

ASHEVILLE - Looking for a unique bicycle ride?

Check out the Full Moon Pedal Party. The ride starts at 5 p.m. every full moon at the traffic circle in the River Arts District. Costumes, lights and music are encouraged. The riders plan to ride around town "and make good ol' fools of ourselves," according to a recent email circulating about the ride.

Seminar on home-based business set for Tuesday

WAYNESVILLE - Haywood Community College's Small Business Center will offer a free seminar, "All About Home-Based Businesses," 6-9 p.m. Tuesday in the student center building on the college campus.

Harry Ponder, owner of Carolina Business Services in Weaverville, will be the presenter. The workshop will cover the basics of how to organize a home-based business and address insurance, tax, legal and other concerns. Other topics covered include the nuts and bolts of setting up an office and dealing with family members.

To pre-register for the free seminar, call 627-4512.

RiverLink bus tour coming Jan. 19

ASHEVILLE - The nonprofit RiverLink will hold its next bus tour of the area along Riverside Drive at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 19.

The tour explains the plans for ongoing work on the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. It also address questions about plans for the old cotton mill property on Riverside Drive and how the floods of 1916 changed the area's landscape. The tour is an opportunity to see improvements and hear what's coming over the next few months and years.

 The bus trip starts and ends at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. The tour is free for RiverLink members. It costs $15 for nonmembers. Lunch is provided.

 Reservations are required. Go to to make a reservation online or call 252-8474, ext. 11.

Entrepreneur buys retail shop from Mountain BizWorks

ASHEVILLE - Entrepreneur Melinda Knies has purched the Mountain Made gallery and retail shop from Mountain BizWorks.

Mountain BizWorks opened the store, which features handcrafted jewelry, pottery, furniture and other work from more than 150 Western North Carolina artists, in 2002. Knies is the store's longtime manager.

"Melinda has managed Mountain Made since the beginning, and this is a great opportunity for her to take the store to the next level and make it her own," said John Mark Stroud, chairman of Mountain BizWorks' board.

Before becoming store manager, Knies participated in the nonprofit's business planning class. During that time, she built relationships with artists and helped created what Mountain BizWorks CEO Shaw Canale called "one of the finest collections of contemporary mountain-made arts and crafts" available in WNC. A ribbon-cutting to celebrate the change in ownership is set for 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the store, which is in the Grove Arcade. The store is open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday- Saturday and noon- 5 p.m. Sunday.

Mentors wanted

ASHEVILLE - The Climbing Toward Confidence program of the nonprofit Our Voice is accepting mentor applications for the spring .

The program is seeking adult women to mentor middle school-aged girls, and it is aimed at reducing the risk of sexual violence among young women. Mentoring sessions run Mondays from Feb. 22 to May 14. Applications are due Jan. 20.

Contact Our Voice at 252-0562 or visit for more information.

Two tech trends for 2012

Here are two tech trends to watch for the coming year, via USA TODAY:

Apple releases the iPad 3: If Apple sticks t o its script -- which it didn't do for the late release of the iPhone 4S last year --a new iPad model will be introduced early this year.

Apple, of course, isn't hinting at what the iPad 3 will include. We also don't know that it will be the iPad 3, especially after most people expected the iPhone 4S to be called the iPhone5.

But here are some features to bet on: the addition of high-resolution display and Siri, Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant.

Some recent rumors pointed to the possibility of a smaller, 7-inch iPad model that would compete more with the Kindle Fire's size and lower price. That's less likely.

The continued rise of Facebook as a platform: Facebook first showed off its vision for a frictionless social Web last fall. Just a handful of services embraced it. Music streaming service Spotify can now seamlessly broadcast what songs you listen to, offering a recommendation engine of sorts for your friends.

Facebook, like it or not, is becoming a platform for more and more facets of our online and offline lives.

Learn from the pros

ASHEVILLE - MountainBizWorks will present its fifth in a series of events in which Western North Carolina business leaders share their experience and case studies focusing on staffing, managing and organizing a growing business.

Leaders of four different successful companies will talk 8:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and the same time Jan. 20 at Blue Ridge Community College. The speakers are Jan Opalka, who will talk about a Web-based enterprise; Bil Arledge, who has experience in computer equipment and networks; Duane Gentry, a third-generation executive leading his family business specializing in replacing and upgrading heating and air-conditioning equipment; and Bill Kelly, a self-described "change leader" who has a broad range of business experience. Go to to register.

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