ASHEVILLE NC – Job seekers with a New Year’s resolution of advancing their career in 2015 can start with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Homecoming Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Presented by The Omni Grove Park Inn, the job fair will be held at the Davis Event Center at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher.
With nearly 100 employers and job seeker resources slated to attend, Western North Carolina’s largest annual job fair will showcase regional employment opportunities in growth industries, including advanced manufacturing, health services, technology, financial services, and hospitality.
New Belgium Brewing will kick off its Asheville hiring process at the Chamber’s job fair and will be hiring for about 50 positions throughout 2015 for its new brewery in West Asheville and its distribution center in Enka-Candler. Also new in 2015, Venture Asheville and a handful of high-growth tech and startup companies, including BuildFax, RISC Networks, Hot Wax and Trunk Media, will be represented and seeking talent to hire. For job listings, visit the job board at VentureAsheville.com.
In total, participating companies will be looking to fill an estimated 6,000 positions available in the region. Information on participating employers is currently listed online at www.HomecomingJobFair.com. Additionally, a mobile app will be available for download and use at the event to easily locate employers at their booth locations.
As an added benefit, the job fair will include career seminars sponsored by AARP for area job seekers at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. titled, “Life Reimagined for Work: Are you 40+ and wanting to find work or make a career change?” Job seekers are encouraged to bring resumes for distribution, as many employers will accept applications at the event.
Participating employers and job seeker resources include the following:
Advance Trucking Institute
American Security of Greenville
Army Strong Community Center
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Asheville Savings Bank
Baldor Electric Company
Blue Ridge Community College
Blue Ridge Metals Corp.
Bojangles of WNC
Carolina Information Technology Resource Corporation (CITRC)
Chimney Rock Management
City of Asheville
Comforce Staffing Services
Express Employment Professions
Friday Staffing Services
Golden Living – Asheville
Goodwill Industries NWNC
Hunter Automotive Group
Juice Plus+ Company
Land of Sky Toastmasters
Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville
Linamar North Carolina
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Mars Hill University
MB Haynes Corporation
Meet the Geeks
Mr. Rooter Plumbing
NC National Guard Family Programs
NCWorks Career Center
New Belgium Brewing
North Carolina Highway Patrol
Nuclear Fuel Services
Plasma Biological Services
RHA Health Services
Silver-Line Plastics Corporation
Sitel Operating Corporation
Smartrac Technology Fletcher
Sunshine Employment Resources
The Omni Grove Park Inn
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Trout Insurance Services
Turning Point Services
United Security Incorporated
Veteran Services of the Carolinas (ABCCM)
Western Southern Life
Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society
YMCA of WNC
“In the past eight years, the Homecoming Job Fair has proven to be a successful regional collaboration to make the Asheville area a great place to live, build a career, and grow a business. As the largest recruitment event in Western North Carolina, we look forward to this opportunity to connect regional businesses to talent, to present our workforce to employment, and to promote the diversity of career opportunities in Asheville,” stated Ben Teague, Executive Director, EDC.
The Economic Development Coalition is grateful to its generous sponsors and partners that provided support for the 9th Annual Homecoming Job Fair. Sponsors include The Omni Grove Park Inn, AARP, Another Broken Egg Café, Asheville Citizen-Times Publishing Company, Asheville Radio Group, Bojangles of WNC, LLC, iHeart Media, Duke Energy Progress, Friday Staffing Services, Massage Envy, Montreat College, North Carolina State University Extension Services, PLI, and Printville.
For additional job seeker resources, go to www.HomecomingJobFair.com.
The Economic Development Coalition (EDC) for Asheville-Buncombe County is a public-private partnership committed to: creating and retaining high quality jobs, community leadership, and being a resource for better business decisions. The EDC accomplishes this mission through its four core services: business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurship, research, and marketing and recruitment. The EDC is funded by Buncombe County, the City of Asheville, the Town of Weaverville, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce and the AVL 5×5 Campaign. Visit www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development.
Venture Asheville, the entrepreneurship initiative of the EDC, creates and connects trusted networks of entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors who collaborate to build high-growth ventures. Venture Asheville acts as a hub for entrepreneurship resources and education. It brings visibility to Asheville’s unique startups and talent pool and shares those stories within our own community and with the wider global marketplace. Visit ventureasheville.com.
The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is a member organization with over 1,800 member businesses and organizations. Chamber members collaborate with community organizations and coalitions to support the community and each other with the mission of building community through business. The Chamber is home to a 4,000 square foot Visitor Center which welcomes over 200,000 visitors per year. To get active in the Chamber, visit ashevillechamber.org.