Realizing the Potential of the WNC Natural Products Industry – Phase II

Organization:
WNC Regional Economic Development Commission (d/b/a Advantage West Economic Development Group)
Amount:
$199,723.19
Program Area:
Open Grants Program
County of Applicant:
Buncombe
Description:

The purpose of this grant is to assist Advantage West with continued development and promotion of the western North Carolina natural products industry. The effort features a collaborative approach among several organizations including the Bent Creek Institute, the BioNetwork BioBusiness Center and Laboratory, Blue Ridge Food Ventures, NCSU, the NC Natural Products Association, and WCU. Components of the project include: establishing and implementing a Blue Ridge Naturally branding program; providing direct assistance to natural products businesses including marketing, product development, and laboratory analysis; and launching an online marketplace to connect growers, processors, and buyers.

Contact:
Mr. Scott Hamilton 134 Wright Brothers Way Fletcher, North Carolina 28732 828-687-7234
Areas Served:
Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey, Caldwell, Mitchell

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