Behind the Scenes with Lauren Woodard of Bloom Counseling & Consulting

Sarahasheville, market

This past week was a huge one for Lauren ddard. Not only did she celebrate her one year anniversary of rocking her #girlboss status, but she placed on Mountain Express’ Best of WNC! Lauren is the Owner/Founder at Lauren Woodard, LCSW: Bloom Counseling and Consulting. She opened up her practice full time in March of this year to help adults and youth in our community deal with life changes. I was curious to learn more about Lauren’s path to entrepreneurship and am excited to share a bit of her story through this interview below. Her generous spirit has inspired her to go … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Jill Schwarzkopf of Sleep Tight Kids

Sarahasheville, dwell, market

In one of my Junior League of Asheville (JLA) meetings, I learned that Asheville has more non-profits per capita than any other city. Unfortunately, in this small North Carolina mountain town, we have a lot of needs that aren’t being met, but thankfully, non-profits are stepping in to support our community! I’ve learned a ton about non-profits through JLA, but through my connections at work, I learned about a wonderful nonprofit: Sleep Tight Kids (STK). Jill Schwarzkopf felt called to do more in 2009 when she was teaching in Western North Carolina. Realizing her family was blessed to have so much; she wanted to find a way … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Chelsea Larson of Chelsea Benay, LLC

Sarahasheville, dwell, market

I am a huge HGTV fan. I love dreaming of future homes and designs that could one day (hopefully!) be my own. Due to this love of design, I was so excited when I met Chelsea Larson, an interior designer in Asheville. When I met her, she was in the midst of launching her own design company, Chelsea Benay, LLC. I was inspired by her creativity and drive to launch her own business and am thrilled at the success and recognition she has received so far. Chelsea was recently featured in Carolina Home + Garden Magazine about her business and design aesthetics, sharing that her, … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Meg Ragland of Plum Print

Sarahasheville, market

I’m excited to start a new series on my blog focused on getting to know inspiring professionals in Asheville, NC and beyond. When brainstorming who I wanted to interview for this series, I immediately thought of Meg Ragland, who, along with her cousin Carolyn Lanzetta, started a growing company that successfully raised a million dollars from venture capitalists and angel investors in January of this year! Meg Ragland and Carolyn Lanzetta are co-founders of Plum Print, with headquarters and production studios based at the Small Business Incubator at A-B Tech in Asheville. Plum Print digitizes art, including photos and schoolwork, and organizes the … Read More

The Entrepreneurial Woman & 6 Business Books to Add To Your Reading List

Sarahasheville, market

I recently joined the Young Professionals of Asheville and attended a lunch and learn focused on Women Entrepreneurs in Asheville. Laura Webb, President of Webb Investment Services, Inc. moderated the panel of previous recipients of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Women Entrepreneurs Award. The panel at the presentation included Becky Cannon, President of i play, Drue Ray, VP of SimplyHome, and Julie Stehling, Co-Owner of Early Girl Eatery and King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffle. They discussed the challenges that come with owning a business. Owning a business is far more than just having an idea and creating a product. It requires you to wear every hat … Read More