Today’s Email Announcements

Published Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 12:43 pm

1) Business Planning Course in Boone Set for Oct. 20-Nov. 24

Ascent Business Network is pleased to announce its next 6-week Business Planning Course in Boone, North Carolina. This course will begin on October 20th and run through November 24th.

The 6-Week Business Planning Course helps aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners to create a comprehensive business plan and gain the goals needed to successfully launch or improve their business.

This will be Ascent’s fifth 6-week Business Planning Course in the High Country. And, we are thrilled to welcome Chris Grasinger as the facilitator for this cohort. Chris grew up in the High Country of North Carolina and appreciates this region more than any other. He received his Masters of Business Administration from Appalachian State University in Fall of 2013. Chris serves as the Executive Director of High Country Local First and Ascent Business Network. He is also a partner at Center 45 Climbing and Fitness Gym.

Ascent’s 6-week Business Planning Course is an enhanced version of the popular Mountain BizWorks Foundations course, which has helped to launch and expand hundreds of WNC’s most successful small businesses. Through the course, participants acquire a clear aerial perspective of operations, financials, product/service development, and marketing. The concepts of start-up and overhead costs, units, break-even point, cash flow, mission and vision, target markets, and marketing strategy are featured.

Valerie Midgett, owner of Neighborhood Yoga stated, about the course, “It was about 15 years ago, that I decided that I wanted to open a yoga studio. Yoga is what I love to do, and then I tried to create a business out of it. I can honestly say that I was in this business all of these years with no business plan. The Ascent Business Planning Course helped me see the big picture and see how each part of my business fit together.”

Ascent is really excited about Neighborhood Yoga’s next step. “Neighborhood Yoga has been literally in my backyard for nine years,” Valerie said, “It’s time now to move out of my backyard and become a part of downtown Boone. My hope is that we might be a catalyst for other businesses to open downtown, to use spaces that are currently underused, and to create a downtown that thrives for both tourists and locals alike, even after 5:00 PM. I highly recommend the Ascent Business Planning Course. It gives you not only the resources, but that confidence that you need to go out and take that next step.”

The Business Planning Course meets 3 hours per week and is designed to create a network of peers from which participants gain ideas, support, and feedback along the way.

Cost: $250 (Cost-share scholarships available!)

When: October 20th, 2015 – November 24th, 2015 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Appalachian Enterprise Center, 130 Poplar Grove Connector in Boone

Ascent Business Network developed out of a need to connect High Country entrepreneurs with the resources that work best for them. As a High Country Local First program, Ascent understands that entrepreneurs face specific challenges when developing business plans, exploring new markets, seeking capital, or managing current assets. We want to build a network of existing, new, and emerging business support providers that truly foster success in the High Country.

Contact Ascent for more information about it’s upcoming 6-week Business Planning Course at [email protected] or visit our website at

2) Town of Boone Seeking Private Engineers/Architects for Professional Services




Interested firms are invited to submit a letter of interest (in the required quantity and format) by 2:00pm on October 30, 2015 to:

Eric Gustaveson

Deputy Public Works Director

Town of Boone

321 East King Street

Boone, NC 28607

3) Watch “Saving Mr. Banks” at Watauga Library on Oct. 12

High Country Lifelong Learners in association with the Watauga County Public Library invite you to join us for a movie viewing of Saving Mr. Banks on October 12th from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm.

Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, Mary Poppins. In the movie, author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. Ms. Travers has no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine.

This film has an MPAA rating of PG-13 and an approximate run-time of 125 minutes.

For more information please email: [email protected], Attention: Deb Gooch.

4) Movie Discussion Group: “The Orphanage” at Watauga Library on Oct. 154) Movie Discussion Group: “The Orphanage” at Watauga Library on Oct. 15

The Watauga County Public Library’s movie discussion group invites you to join us for a viewing of The Orphanage on October 15th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Spanish director, J.A. Bayona’s 2007 horror film, The Orphanage, tells the story of a woman who brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

This film won 7 Goya awards.

This film has an MPAA rating of R and an approximate run-time of 105 minutes.

For more information please call (828) 264-8784 ext. 2

5) Financial Literacy Workshop at Watauga Library Set for Oct. 12

The Watauga County Public Library would like to invite you to join

us for the second in a series of Financial Literacy Workshops for

adults on October 12th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at NC Works

Career Center, 130 Poplar Grove Road Connector, Boone, NC



Dr. Jarrod Johnston, Associate Professor in the Department of Finance, Banking & Insurance at Appalachian State University.

This month’s focus will be on setting financial goals. Specifically,

we will look at two important long-term financial goals: saving for a

college or technical education (whether for oneself, one’s children, or

even one’s grandchildren) and planning for retirement. We will learn strategies and discover tools to help achieve these goals.

Food will be served at the event!

To RSVP or for more information please call

(828) 264-8784 ext. 2.

6) ASU Musical Theatre to Present “Chicago” on Oct. 10, 11

The Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble presents the multi-award winning musical “Chicago,” by the legendary duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb.  There will be only two performances of this production: the first at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 11 in the Blue Ridge Ballroom of Plemmons Student Union on the Appalachian State University campus.

Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults, and are available online via and at the Musical Theatre Club’s table in Plemmons Student Union Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the door beginning one hour prior to each performance.

Set in Chicago in the roaring 1920s, the show revolves around the infamous murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. The high-speed lifestyle of the Jazz era sweeps audiences off their feet, putting them right in the heart of the action. Originally choreographed and co-written by the famed dancer Bob Fosse, “Chicago” is a fast paced whirlwind of excitement and thrills.

Now in its 19th year on Broadway, making it the longest running American musical in history, “Chicago” has everything that makes a musical great: a universal tale of the rise and fall of fame, one show-stopping song after another and choreography in the style of Bob Fosse. “Chicago” has been the winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and an Academy Award for its movie adaptation.

The Appalachian Musical Theatre Ensemble is the performance arm of the Appalachian Musical Theatre Club, and has previously produced successful productions of “Rent,” “Godspell,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Urinetown” and “Assassins.”  This production of “Chicago” involves 18 students in the cast and crew, representing more than a dozen different academic majors. The company is under the direction of Dr. Ray Miller, who also serves as choreographer.  Vocal Director Leia Gearhart is working with the cast while musical director JaQuan Wiley conducts a live, all-student orchestra for the production.

“Chicago” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., New York, New York.

The Blue Ridge Ballroom is on the second floor of Plemmons Student Union, located at 263 Locust Street in Boone. Free parking for the performances is available on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons, the Stadium Lot, and the Peacock/Raley Parking Lot.



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