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I won the contract, now what? - Willing, Able and Ready Training Series Part 3

April 15 @ 1:00 PM
This training will address performance and deliverables. Once you have the contract, there are important points to keep in mind to provide great customer service and deliver on your contract. We will also look at ethical issues that may impact your relationship and discuss ways to approach them. Register in advance here.
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As a business owner, am I ready to do business with my local government agency? - Willing, Ready, and Able Training Series Part 2

April 14 @ 1:00 PM
This training will help the business owner to understand if they are ready for the opportunity and what homework they could do to get ready. This training will provide an in-depth look at the type of certifications available, what each certification means, and why they are important. Learn the skills needed to communicate in a professional manner. Register in advance here.
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Is doing business with the government right for my business? – Willing, Able & Ready Training Series Part 1

April 13 @ 1:00 PM
Often, business owners want to know if their business can contract with the government, especially with their local government. This training will inform business owners what products and services the City of Asheville may procure. The training will also address certifications utilized in government contracting and provide an overview of homework that the business owner could do before engaging their local government agency. Register in advance here.
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Find cold weather emergency shelter

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Voices from Asheville’s Emergency Shelter, Part 1: Tony and Lisa

    This spring, the City of Asheville began providing rooms for unsheltered people experiencing homelessness at several hotels in the area, including at the Ramada Inn, 148 River Ford Parkway. This incredible opportunity was made possible by an unprecedented level of federal funding from several sources. It played a key role in keeping our homeless community [...]

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Homelessness: How our whole community wins when we invest in ending homelessness

  Read Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on homelessness solutions in Asheville.   Homelessness issues in Asheville are long-standing and complex. Right now, the City of Asheville has an unprecedented level of resources available to help end chronic homelessness and build the homeless service system we need to best [...]

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City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office launches AVL Pathways to Grow training program

  The City of Asheville’s Business Inclusion Office is excited to announce a new training program for local small businesses, AVL Pathways to Grow. The training program is geared towards helping women and small business owners of color to grow and scale up their businesses.   AVL Pathways to Grow is a collaboration between the City’s Business Inclusion [...]