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Friday, January 28, 2022
Businesses Get in the Local Food Guide!
Jan 28 all-day
online w/ ASAP
Get in the Local Food Guide!
2021 Local Food Guide and Full Share: A CSA GuideEvery year, ASAP calls more than 1,400 businesses to update our Local Food Guide and CSA guide so that we get the most accurate information about connecting with local food and farms. We’ve started making calls for 2022!
Want to get a head start on updating your listing? You can give us a call (828-236-1282) or do it yourself online (click login in the upper right of appalachiangrown.org). The deadline to be included in the print Local Food Guide is Jan. 31 (or Dec. 31 for CSA farms).⁣
Have a new farm, restaurant, retail outlet, or other locally sourcing food business that you want to be listed? Go to appalachiangrown.org and click Get in the Guide.⁣ An online listing is completely free.
Join or Renew Your Membership Today: Asheville Downtown Association
Jan 28 all-day
Asheville Downtown Association

Asheville Downtown Association Weekly News

Membership is the cornerstone of the Asheville Downtown Association. By renewing or joining, you are adding your voice to a collective of business, nonprofits and individuals working together for a thriving downtown. Benefits include:

  • Inclusion of your business’ profile in our online business directory
  • Member news and events featured on our website and in our newsletter
  • Business referrals through our website, phone calls and drop-in visitors
  • Collective advocacy on issues that affect doing business downtown
  • Placement of your brochures in our high-traffic brochure rack
  • Networking opportunities at our Member Mixers
Nominations are Now Being Accepted for the 15th Annual ATHENA of Henderson County Award
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
online

Vanessa Mintz 0507

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Pardee UNC Health Care, Optimum/Morris Broadband, and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 15th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Professional Women’s Luncheon in May to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Vanessa Y. Mintz brought the ATHENA award to Henderson County in 2008 and she embodied the values underlying ATHENA Vanessas Vision

International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities, and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of out-of-town professional judges, based on Athena leadership criteria.

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

Kathy Streeter Morgan (2021)

Barbara Volk, City of Hendersonville (2020)

Barb Morgan, Project Dignity of WNC (2019)

Lee Henderson Hill, Community Foundation of Henderson County (2018)

Roxanna Pepper, Children & Family Resource Center (2017)

Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance (2016)

Judith Long, Free Clinics (2015)

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat’s School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.

99th Annual Dinner + Awards Re-Engage, Re-Focus, Re-Ignite POSTPONED to March 25
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
BRCC Conference Hall
Join us for the 99th Annual Chamber Dinner & Awards Program honoring outgoing Chairman, Dan Poeta, retiring Board of Directors members, and area businesses.
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Businesses Get in the Local Food Guide!
Jan 29 all-day
online w/ ASAP
Get in the Local Food Guide!
2021 Local Food Guide and Full Share: A CSA GuideEvery year, ASAP calls more than 1,400 businesses to update our Local Food Guide and CSA guide so that we get the most accurate information about connecting with local food and farms. We’ve started making calls for 2022!
Want to get a head start on updating your listing? You can give us a call (828-236-1282) or do it yourself online (click login in the upper right of appalachiangrown.org). The deadline to be included in the print Local Food Guide is Jan. 31 (or Dec. 31 for CSA farms).⁣
Have a new farm, restaurant, retail outlet, or other locally sourcing food business that you want to be listed? Go to appalachiangrown.org and click Get in the Guide.⁣ An online listing is completely free.
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Businesses Get in the Local Food Guide!
Jan 30 all-day
online w/ ASAP
Get in the Local Food Guide!
2021 Local Food Guide and Full Share: A CSA GuideEvery year, ASAP calls more than 1,400 businesses to update our Local Food Guide and CSA guide so that we get the most accurate information about connecting with local food and farms. We’ve started making calls for 2022!
Want to get a head start on updating your listing? You can give us a call (828-236-1282) or do it yourself online (click login in the upper right of appalachiangrown.org). The deadline to be included in the print Local Food Guide is Jan. 31 (or Dec. 31 for CSA farms).⁣
Have a new farm, restaurant, retail outlet, or other locally sourcing food business that you want to be listed? Go to appalachiangrown.org and click Get in the Guide.⁣ An online listing is completely free.
Monday, January 31, 2022
Businesses Get in the Local Food Guide!
Jan 31 all-day
online w/ ASAP
Get in the Local Food Guide!
2021 Local Food Guide and Full Share: A CSA GuideEvery year, ASAP calls more than 1,400 businesses to update our Local Food Guide and CSA guide so that we get the most accurate information about connecting with local food and farms. We’ve started making calls for 2022!
Want to get a head start on updating your listing? You can give us a call (828-236-1282) or do it yourself online (click login in the upper right of appalachiangrown.org). The deadline to be included in the print Local Food Guide is Jan. 31 (or Dec. 31 for CSA farms).⁣
Have a new farm, restaurant, retail outlet, or other locally sourcing food business that you want to be listed? Go to appalachiangrown.org and click Get in the Guide.⁣ An online listing is completely free.
Join or Renew Your Membership Today: Asheville Downtown Association
Jan 31 all-day
Asheville Downtown Association

Asheville Downtown Association Weekly News

Membership is the cornerstone of the Asheville Downtown Association. By renewing or joining, you are adding your voice to a collective of business, nonprofits and individuals working together for a thriving downtown. Benefits include:

  • Inclusion of your business’ profile in our online business directory
  • Member news and events featured on our website and in our newsletter
  • Business referrals through our website, phone calls and drop-in visitors
  • Collective advocacy on issues that affect doing business downtown
  • Placement of your brochures in our high-traffic brochure rack
  • Networking opportunities at our Member Mixers
Nominations are Now Being Accepted for the 15th Annual ATHENA of Henderson County Award
Jan 31 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
online

Vanessa Mintz 0507

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Pardee UNC Health Care, Optimum/Morris Broadband, and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 15th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Professional Women’s Luncheon in May to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Vanessa Y. Mintz brought the ATHENA award to Henderson County in 2008 and she embodied the values underlying ATHENA Vanessas Vision

International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities, and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of out-of-town professional judges, based on Athena leadership criteria.

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

Kathy Streeter Morgan (2021)

Barbara Volk, City of Hendersonville (2020)

Barb Morgan, Project Dignity of WNC (2019)

Lee Henderson Hill, Community Foundation of Henderson County (2018)

Roxanna Pepper, Children & Family Resource Center (2017)

Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance (2016)

Judith Long, Free Clinics (2015)

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat’s School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Henderson County Tourism Grants
Feb 1 all-day
online
The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is excited to announce that its tourism grant program is returning, with a goal of awarding several hundred thousand dollars to as many tourism-related Henderson County for-profit and nonprofit organizations who apply for funding as possible.
If your organization is interested in learning more about any of the grants that will be made available by the HCTDA for 2022-2023, you are invited to attend the Tourism Conference or to an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 26th at Cascades Mountain Resort, located at 201 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, where you may drop in anytime from 3-4:30 pm.
The funds, which must be used for tourism-related projects, will be available in three categories: Destination Marketing Grants, Destination Event Grants, and Capital Project Grants.
Applications will be accepted from February 1- 28, 2022. Grant award decisions will be made in spring 2022 by the HCTDA Board members.
Nominations are Now Being Accepted for the 15th Annual ATHENA of Henderson County Award
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
online

Vanessa Mintz 0507

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Pardee UNC Health Care, Optimum/Morris Broadband, and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 15th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Professional Women’s Luncheon in May to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Vanessa Y. Mintz brought the ATHENA award to Henderson County in 2008 and she embodied the values underlying ATHENA Vanessas Vision

International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities, and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of out-of-town professional judges, based on Athena leadership criteria.

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

Kathy Streeter Morgan (2021)

Barbara Volk, City of Hendersonville (2020)

Barb Morgan, Project Dignity of WNC (2019)

Lee Henderson Hill, Community Foundation of Henderson County (2018)

Roxanna Pepper, Children & Family Resource Center (2017)

Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance (2016)

Judith Long, Free Clinics (2015)

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat’s School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.

Sales Funnels (Part 1 of 2)
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
BRCC SBC Online

No cost due to sponsor support

Marketing your brand online isn’t just about getting your one-way messaging across to your prospects the way you might in a flyer or on a billboard, it’s about engagement and more importantly providing the online prospect the information that they logically want or need based on their interest level.

The concept of the Sales Funnel is critical to building interest and rapport with your online prospects, nurturing them through the online experience towards making a purchase or donation.


Speaker(s): Aaron Wesley Means

Co-Sponsor(s): Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce

Webinar info will be emailed after registration

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Henderson County Tourism Grants
Feb 2 all-day
online
The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is excited to announce that its tourism grant program is returning, with a goal of awarding several hundred thousand dollars to as many tourism-related Henderson County for-profit and nonprofit organizations who apply for funding as possible.
If your organization is interested in learning more about any of the grants that will be made available by the HCTDA for 2022-2023, you are invited to attend the Tourism Conference or to an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 26th at Cascades Mountain Resort, located at 201 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, where you may drop in anytime from 3-4:30 pm.
The funds, which must be used for tourism-related projects, will be available in three categories: Destination Marketing Grants, Destination Event Grants, and Capital Project Grants.
Applications will be accepted from February 1- 28, 2022. Grant award decisions will be made in spring 2022 by the HCTDA Board members.
Nominations are Now Being Accepted for the 15th Annual ATHENA of Henderson County Award
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
online

Vanessa Mintz 0507

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Pardee UNC Health Care, Optimum/Morris Broadband, and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 15th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Professional Women’s Luncheon in May to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Vanessa Y. Mintz brought the ATHENA award to Henderson County in 2008 and she embodied the values underlying ATHENA Vanessas Vision

International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities, and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of out-of-town professional judges, based on Athena leadership criteria.

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

Kathy Streeter Morgan (2021)

Barbara Volk, City of Hendersonville (2020)

Barb Morgan, Project Dignity of WNC (2019)

Lee Henderson Hill, Community Foundation of Henderson County (2018)

Roxanna Pepper, Children & Family Resource Center (2017)

Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance (2016)

Judith Long, Free Clinics (2015)

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat’s School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Henderson County Tourism Grants
Feb 3 all-day
online
The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is excited to announce that its tourism grant program is returning, with a goal of awarding several hundred thousand dollars to as many tourism-related Henderson County for-profit and nonprofit organizations who apply for funding as possible.
If your organization is interested in learning more about any of the grants that will be made available by the HCTDA for 2022-2023, you are invited to attend the Tourism Conference or to an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 26th at Cascades Mountain Resort, located at 201 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, where you may drop in anytime from 3-4:30 pm.
The funds, which must be used for tourism-related projects, will be available in three categories: Destination Marketing Grants, Destination Event Grants, and Capital Project Grants.
Applications will be accepted from February 1- 28, 2022. Grant award decisions will be made in spring 2022 by the HCTDA Board members.
Nominations are Now Being Accepted for the 15th Annual ATHENA of Henderson County Award
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
online

Vanessa Mintz 0507

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Pardee UNC Health Care, Optimum/Morris Broadband, and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 15th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Professional Women’s Luncheon in May to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Vanessa Y. Mintz brought the ATHENA award to Henderson County in 2008 and she embodied the values underlying ATHENA Vanessas Vision

International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities, and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of out-of-town professional judges, based on Athena leadership criteria.

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

Kathy Streeter Morgan (2021)

Barbara Volk, City of Hendersonville (2020)

Barb Morgan, Project Dignity of WNC (2019)

Lee Henderson Hill, Community Foundation of Henderson County (2018)

Roxanna Pepper, Children & Family Resource Center (2017)

Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance (2016)

Judith Long, Free Clinics (2015)

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat’s School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.

Business Tax Essentials
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
BRCC SBC Online

This seminar will cover the basic requirements to help NC businesses understand the laws and obligations necessary to be a tax compliant business. Participants will learn about filing and administrative requirements, the basics of NC sales & use tax law, and the basics of NC withholding tax law in addition to receiving directions for completing sales tax and withholding returns and for filing and paying online. Agencies such as the Secretary of State, Industrial Commission, Employment Security or Business Link NC may be present at dates noted below to deliver additional information.


Speaker(s): NCDOR

Co-Sponsor(s): Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce

Webinar info will be emailed after registration

Sales + Use Tax Basics
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
BRCC SBC Online

This workshop will help participants better understand their sales and use tax obligations. Participants will receive a hands-on experience preparing sales and use tax returns in addition to learning about sales and use tax basics, about the most common types of sales and use taxes collected, and how to register an account. Sales and use tax law changes regarding capital improvements and repair, maintenance, and installation services will not be addressed in any depth during this workshop.


Speaker(s): NCDOR

Co-Sponsor(s): Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce

Webinar info will be emailed after registration

Friday, February 4, 2022
Henderson County Tourism Grants
Feb 4 all-day
online
The Henderson County Tourism Development Authority (HCTDA) is excited to announce that its tourism grant program is returning, with a goal of awarding several hundred thousand dollars to as many tourism-related Henderson County for-profit and nonprofit organizations who apply for funding as possible.
If your organization is interested in learning more about any of the grants that will be made available by the HCTDA for 2022-2023, you are invited to attend the Tourism Conference or to an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 26th at Cascades Mountain Resort, located at 201 Sugarloaf Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792, where you may drop in anytime from 3-4:30 pm.
The funds, which must be used for tourism-related projects, will be available in three categories: Destination Marketing Grants, Destination Event Grants, and Capital Project Grants.
Applications will be accepted from February 1- 28, 2022. Grant award decisions will be made in spring 2022 by the HCTDA Board members.
Nominations are Now Being Accepted for the 15th Annual ATHENA of Henderson County Award
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
online

Vanessa Mintz 0507

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, Pardee UNC Health Care, Optimum/Morris Broadband, and Judy Stroud/State Farm Insurance are pleased to announce the 15th Annual ATHENA Leadership Award in Henderson County in memory of Vanessa Y. Mintz. Nominations are now being accepted for the ATHENA Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Professional Women’s Luncheon in May to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way, and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

Founded over 30 years ago, ATHENA International is a women’s leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA’s flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6000 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982.

Vanessa Y. Mintz brought the ATHENA award to Henderson County in 2008 and she embodied the values underlying ATHENA Vanessas Vision

International’s philosophy of incorporating the talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities, and our government. Reflective of a quote attributed to Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there”, the ATHENA Leadership Award honors and illuminates the leaders and leadership styles of individuals others would emulate.

The program is facilitated locally by the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce, a licensed ATHENA host organization. Nominations are sought throughout the community. Recipients are selected by a diverse group of out-of-town professional judges, based on Athena leadership criteria.

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive. Past Henderson County ATHENA Recipients Include:

Kathy Streeter Morgan (2021)

Barbara Volk, City of Hendersonville (2020)

Barb Morgan, Project Dignity of WNC (2019)

Lee Henderson Hill, Community Foundation of Henderson County (2018)

Roxanna Pepper, Children & Family Resource Center (2017)

Judy Stroud, State Farm Insurance (2016)

Judith Long, Free Clinics (2015)

Caroline Long, St. Gerard House (2014)

Annie Fritschner, First United Methodist Church (2013)

Myra Grant, Pardee Hospital Foundation (2012)

Joyce Mason, Four Seasons Compassion for Life (2011)

Pat Shepherd, Pat’s School of Dance (2010)

Ragan Ward, Carolina Alliance Bank (2009)

Robin Reed, Bares It All (2008)

ATHENA Leadership Award Recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of ATHENA Recipients.