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COVID-19 Business Resources

Notice: For area businesses, the Asheville Chamber of Commerce has compiled the Coronavirus Resource Guide.  We encourage local businesses to respond to the COVID-19 Business Survey.

Asheville is recognized worldwide for being a hub for healthcare industries, maker economies and craft entrepreneurship, breweries, small businesses, travel and tourism, breathtaking natural resources, and a rich place for arts, culture, music and entertainment. The Community and Economic Development Department promotes the City’s development polices and leverages resources in order to enhance economic opportunity. We work with the community to improve economic and social conditions to create a vibrant, robust and sustainable city.


Contact: Angelica Driver

Updated 1/7/2022

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MWSBE Certification

Find information to register for certification as a Minority, Woman, and/or Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) with the City of Asheville.

Business Inclusion

The Business Inclusion Office for the City of Asheville actively seeks to identify minority and women-owned businesses for an opportunity to participate as providers of goods and services to the city.

Find cold weather emergency shelter

When extreme cold weather is expected, the Asheville Homeless Coalition issues a Code Purple Alert. Participating homeless shelters voluntarily add space beyond their normal capacity to keep as many people as possible out of the cold.

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Asheville Code Purple is extended through January 9

UPDATE – 1/7/2022 (10 a.m.) Correction: Trinity is operating overnight for families, couples and other vulnerable people who are unable to access other options. Not a warming center. UPDATE – 1/6/2022 (5 p.m.) Code Purple remains in effect through January 9. Shelter resources: In addition to Costello House and the Salvation Army, Trinity UMC (587 Haywood Rd. Asheville NC 28806)  is available overnight for families, couples and [...]