Current Members

  • AB Emblem is an internationally recognized designer and manufacturer of embroidered emblems and patches. Look anywhere and you're bound to see our products. Thousands of organizations around the world, from Fortune 500 companies and NASA to Boy Scout troops and bowling clubs, wear AB emblems. Whether you need fifty pieces or a million, your order will see a level of service and craftsmanship unmatched in our industry.
  • Absolute Design and Print was created with a focus on meeting all design needs. From concepts, to printing, to application, Absolute Design and Print can assist in creating an image that will reflect the excellence of any business. A full array of options are utilized including critically placed printed media ads and focused mailing.  Custom website designs, Facebook utilizations, and other customized internet features can be created to enhance communication about a business or event.
  • Advanced Business Equipment  has provided a wide range of superior office equipment solutions to businesses and organizations throughout Western North Carolina since 1981. They pride themselves in the commitment to great customer service and support; and will do everything possible to find the right products for any office needs. Customers return year after year because of the quality of people and the commitment to customer satisfaction and service.  They are the only factory-authorized dealer for Minolta and Konica printing systems and copiers, as well as Muratec facsimile systems in Western North Carolina.
  • Asheville Grown Business Alliance is a group of over 440 local businesses that advocate for a healthy, collaborative local economy.  If you have an independent local company you can apply to be in the Go Local Directory.
  • Asheville Independent Restaurant - AIR is an association of local, independent restaurants dedicated to keeping Asheville’s food scene eclectic, authentic, interesting, fresh and flavorful. In our vibrant mountain city you will find the flavors of Spain and the Caribbean, India and France around the corner from Southern Appalachian Mountain favorites.
  • Asheville Oil Company is one of the leading lubricant suppliers in Western North Carolina distributing the highest quality lubricants and related products. They offer a complete line of products in bulk, drum, keg, pail, gallon, quart and grease cartridge containers. Regardless of responsiblty, the operation of amanufacturing facility,  a fleet of trucks or construction equipment, Asheville Oil has the products and services to make life easier.
  • Atlas Precision has been committed to providing high-quality, cost-effective plastic injection molding products with some of the most advanced technology since 1979. They service the healthcare, automotive, telecommunications, industrial and electrical markets. 
  • The Biltmore Company NC Family Business of the Year - 2012 
    The Biltmore Estate is America’s largest privately-owned home in the United States, and has been open to the public since 1930. Biltmore has been dazzling patrons with its collections of art, antiques, and acres of historic gardens, winery, luxury hotel and now Antler hill Village. Biltmore is passionate about its mission of preservation through self-sufficiency.
  • Brunk Auctions Founded by Robert Brunk in 1983, the auctions became well known for their integrity and professionalism. Andrew Brunk joined his father in 2005. His curatorial experience has brought additional focus on research and connoisseurship. Auctions are held in our North Carolina sale room but are attended – via phone and internet – by bidders from around the world. 
  • Capital at Play is a publication that examines the different faces of capitalism. They profile business owners that take the risk, those who share that risk, and those who support them, inspiring others to do likewise, while giving back economically and socially to the communities that support the community.
  • Carolina Management Team - NC Family Business of the Year Award (small category) - 2014; NC Business of the Year Award - 2010. This company specializes in painting and repairing water and sewage treatment plants. Their Five Step Quality Program is in place to be certain that customers are satisfied with not only the finished project but also working with CMT from start to finish.    
  • Catalyst - A Marketing Company is owned by Sheila Neisler.  For over ten years she has helped companies achieve double digit sales results by developing and implementing a 360° marketing approach. She creates tailored plans which takes a great idea and leverages it across a number of channels including Cause Marketing, Market Makers, Earned Media, Customer Engagement and good ole “feet on the street” sales. Great Ideas – Greater Results.
  • Center for Meaningful Work is a metaphor for what we challenge individual and organizational clients to do with their life/work – be centered.  When one is centered, he/she is more able to tap into their divine intelligence and create patterns of flow in their lives. We work with both individuals and organizations in Asheville providing transformative coaching and consulting services. 
  • Colton Groome & Company is the Family Business Forum founding company. They have been providing trusted financial solutions to business owners, medical professionals, retirees, families and individuals since 1950. Their team of expert adviosrs work with customers to deliver an intregrated plan for comprehensive financial guidance, life insurance strategies, corporate retirement plan management or investment advisory services, that creates more confidence about personal financial future. 
  • Culligan Water of WNC - For nearly a century, Culligan has been pioneer in water filtration. Starting with Emmett Culligan's very first filter made out of a coffee can and greensand back in 1921, Culligan Water has been on the forefront of innovation in water treatment. Today, Culligan continues efforts to bring the purest, softest,cleanest water into homes, offices, restaurants, and industrial facilities around the world. Their complete line of water softeners,water filtration systems, commercial and industrial water treatment solutions, drinking water systems, whole-house filtration systems and bottled water delivery set the standard in the water treatment industry.
  • Deltec Homes is an award-winning prefabricated home builder based in Asheville, NC. Their high performance homes will outperform traditional homes in terms of sustainability, strength, quality and design Deltec homes provide protection from hurricane force winds, great views, a stress-free building process or all of the above, their product will exceed your expectations. 
  • Dover Insulation, Inc. has provided quality and cost-efficient mechanical insulation services for commercial and industrial applications for nearly five decades. Mechanical insulation is essential to industry and construction, as it is important for energy conservation, freeze protection, personnel protection, mold prevention, condensation control, process control, noise control, and fire safety. Dover Insulation sets the industry standard in workmanship, as a contractor of industrial, commercial, and institutional insulations, a fabricator of removable (reusable) insulation systems, and as a direct factory distributor for manufacturers of quality insulation materials.
  • Ed Holmes and Associates Land Surveyors is poised to provide professional surveying services throughout Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Their company consists of over 25 employees, including 11 licensed surveyors to support your projects.  They provide a full spectrum of surveying services to a variety of clients, including private owners, major developers, government agencies, realtors, hospitals, schools, utility companies, architects, landscape architects, construction companies, grading contractors, treating your project like it was our own.
  • Electronic Office serves the IT needs of the Western NC since 1981. Electronic Office manages techonological infrastructure: servers, networks and desktops. They provide SQL database monitoring, e-mail protection and management, network management, server management, desktop support, performance monitoring, patching, anti-virus updates, software deployments and much more. Their focus is to be the trusted technology advisor for each client they serve.
  • Express Employment serve local businesses with both full-time and temporary staffing and job placement in addition to providing human resource services and consulting.  For nearly 30 years, the vision of Express Employment Professionals has been to help people find jobs and help businesses find the people and human resource services they need. They accomplish this vision through a network of more than 600 franchise locations in the United States, Canada, and South Africa.
  • Friday Staffing Services is the area leader in staffing for technical, and professional services. Serving Western North Carolina for over 25 years, Friday provides services of the highest quality to clients and employees. Friday has been recognized for its professionalism and integrity.
  • Fortune Financial and Insurance Our mission is to get to know and understand your needs, wants, and long-term goals. We want to help you develop, implement, and monitor a strategy that’s designed to address your individual situation. We understand the challenges families face today.
  • George Morosani & Associates values integrity, expertise and total service as real estate professionals. With over 100 years of combined experience, George W. Morosani & Associates specialize in locating, developing, marketing commercial property and managing real estate properties.
  • Grass Pad, Inc began it business in Ohmha, Nebraska and now has six locations in and around Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO. One member of the family lives in Asheville and has joined the Family Business Forum.  On their Facebook page Grass Pad describes their business:  "We sell truck loads of lawn and garden products + free advice! We don't sell aspirin, Cheerios, or underwear. High on grass for over 50 years."
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm has a mission is to connect sustainable agriculture practices, and customers by sharing the family farm experience and serving as an example of healthy land stewardship while providing high quality ethically raised meats. At Hickory Nut Gap Farm animals are raised in their natural environment. Pigs outdoors, cows on pasture eating grass and clover, multiple species grazing together, drinking fresh spring water and living the good life.
  • Hoyle Office Solutions  have provided  the highest quality service and products at the most competitive prices since 1945. Founded by "Red" Hoyle, his family continues the tradition of providing the best office supplies, office furniture and business technology at the best prices.
  • Integritive is a full service media strategic consulting firm. They live the values that they sell because clients recognize that culture drives results. Their work speaks for itself.
  • Insurance Service of Asheville has been providing service in our community since 1958. Their team-based approach will connect you with the right experts in commercial and personal insurance lines, as well as in group health benefits. They have been helping protect Western North Carolinians and the things they cherish with auto insurance, health insurance, and commercial insurance coverage.
  • JK Milne Asset Management is an SEC registered Investment Advisor founded in 2004 and is purposefully built to manage institutional fixed income assets in a boutique culture while competing in the global marketplace. The fixed income market represents a multi-trillion dollar arena with a wealth of risk with an opportunity to create a solution that fits in the larger schematic of return expectations, diversification, liquidity, and stability for assets that have purpose and vision.
  • Kimmel and Associates was established in 1981 by Joe Kimmel, specializing in executive search services in the construction and transportation industries. Over 75 employees are commitmentted to service and professionalism that has been the trademark and the guiding principle of the company. Ninety percent of their business is from existing satisfied customers. They place an average of 1000 candidates annually.  They work hard, work urgently, and work honestly. 
  • Leslie and Assoicates, Inc. established in 1984, is a full-service real estate brokerage firm specializing in property management for the Asheville and Hendersonville areas. They offer more than 1,200 rental units including residential rentals, professional offices, and warehouse space.
    Their services include fully staffed leasing, maintenance, and accounting divisions as well as 24-hour emergency property maintenance.
  • Little Pigs BBQ has been serving locals, and visitors alike Asheville's best barbeque and chicken since 1963. Whether it's your first time or your 50th, you will enjoy their warm and inviting atmosphere.  Experience an Asheville tradition.
  • Mills Manufacturing was founded in 1935 in New York City by Ernest A. Mills. Today they operate as a third generation family-owned company. All decisions are made locally, within the family that comprises its top management. Mills relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in 1952 to take advantage of nearby suppliers, favorable real estate conditions and a skilled workforce. Their customer base includes all branches of the United States Military and more than 65 foreign countries. Mills export parachutes are made to the same specifications as those manufactured for the US Armed Forces, unless otherwise specified by their customers.
  • Mast General Store originally opened in 1883.  John and Faye Cooper purcahsed the Valle Crucis, NC store  and reopened it in June 1980. It remains"the store that has everything." Stores are located in Boone, Asheville, Waynesville, Hendersonville, Greenville and Columbia, SC, and Knoxville, TN. 
  • National Wiper Alliance has become a market leader in the dry wipe category across several industries. The name National Wiper Alliance® was created to express their approach to business. National describes its core US market; Wiper indicates the product; and Alliance , because they believe each client relationship is an Alliance of working together. 
  • Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group originated in Cincinnati, OH in 1836 as the first US thermometer manufacturer. Since then it has been a market leader in product development for industrial measurement. From development of the "Foster Cup" thermometer in 1880, through the radical improvement of thermometer legibility by the patented "Red Reading Mercury" tube in 1929, to today's termperature and pressure measurement innovations, Palmer has always maintained the "first" tradition by bringing instrument value, service and quality to a broad range of industries. Palmer has manufactured its instruments in Asheville since 1987.
  • PECO is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, and specializes in the design and manufacture of outdoor power equipment. For over thirty-five years, PECO has been the leader in the lawn vacuum industry. 
  • Ray Funeral Services was established in 1938 by the late Jesse Ray and continues to be owned and operated by Jesse Ray, Jr. and his son, Bryant. Together with an experienced staff, they provide the guidance, support and service that you need to make the right decisions for the type of tribute you desire. They have experience in cremation, traditional and memorial services, green burial, multi-cultural services, pre-planning, and complete services for veterans. 
  • Reems Creek Nursery is one of the oldest and most experienced retail Garden Centers in Asheville, Weaverville, and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina. Since 1980, Reems Creek Plant Nursery has been helping people beautify their landscaping with gorgeous plants, gardening supplies, and knowledgeable advice.
  • Togar Rugs began as a small entrepreneurial endeavor, and now has evolved into a very successful direct importer and wholesaler. Tunc Togar, the owner, was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. After earning an MBA in Business he started working as a tour guide and rug salesman in Instanbul where he met quite a few Americans including his wife Nancy Pomeroy who was sightseeing in Turkey. The two were married in 1977 and decided to live stateside in Asheville. Over 30 years the family business has expanded and today the Togars have two wholesale warehouses. In addition, to both warehouses they now have showrooms at Market Square in High Point, North Carolina and The Merchandise Mart in Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • Turner & Co. is a carefully edited beauty boutique filled with an exceptional selection of luxury, independent, and innovative niche beauty brands. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff share our mission to bring clients these effective, unique products from around the globe. This philosophy coupled with extraordinary personal care makes Turner & Co. the premiere shop for luxury beauty products, as well as superior salon and spa services.
  • Signarama  is Western North Carolina's full service sign company.  Established in Asheville, NC 2011, by Ed and Arlene Sullivan, are quickly becoming known as the place in Western North Carolina for all sign needs.  Their growth is credited 100% to repeat clients and  customer referrals.
  • Spicer Greene Jewelers In 1926 E.O. Wick, with a desire to escape the hectic New York lifestyle where he worked with Tiffany&Co., moved to Asheville and opened a small jewelry repair shop on Wall Street. He was able to take on an apprentice, Paul Greene, in 1942, and became a full partner in the jewelry store creating Wick and Greene. In 1975, Paul’s son, Michael Greene joined the family business. Michael learned as an apprentice, much as his father learned. In 1981, Michael and Eva Buckner were married and she joined the family business. Their daughter Eva-Michelle grew up in the business and in 2014, together with her husband, Elliott Spicer, became partners in the business and began the journey to become Spicer Greene Jewelers. The couple’s vision included a complete restoration of the historic landmark as well as an experience tailored to the 21 st century shopper. 
  • Silver-line Plastics Corporation is an American owned and operated manufacturer of the industry’s highest quality plastic pipe products. They produce one of the industry’s most comprehensive product lines, featuring PVC, CPVC, Polyethylene, Geothermal, and PEX plastic pipe and tubing. They are known as an industry leader, focusing on innovation, prompt delivery, and personalized service.
  • Stone Bridge Connection are family business consultants that recognize that a family business is the sum of two indivisible parts – familial and financial. Events that impact one also affect the other.  Marla and Leonard Chalnick are a married team with skills and expertise to help manage the dynamic – and often conflicting – relationships between families and their family businesses.
  • Sunshine Chevrolet serves as a regional Chevrolet dealership. They have a full inventory of quality, competitively-priced new and used cars, trucks and SUVs. Their commitment to reliable customer satisfaction and full vehicle service has made Sunshine Chevorlet the premier auto dealer in the mountains of North Carolina.
  • TekTone Sound & Signal designs and manufactures nurse call, wireless emergency call, apartment entry, radio pocket paging and area of rescue assistance systems. A trusted leader in health care and apartment entry since 1973, TekTone has grown rapidly — and now serve markets both nationally and internationally.
  • Town and Mountain Realty has been serving the area over ten years.  Service drives their business philosophy, but so does giving back to the community that has supported it. They are grateful to all of Western North Carolina for helping Town and Mountain grow from a small shop with three staff members and three agents to an agency with some 40 agents and a staff of four.​
  • William S. Hein & Company  is a leading digital publishing company that has been serving the law library community for nearly 90 years. They are a highly respected publisher of original legal publications, a major reprinter of legal classics and out-of-print United States Government Printing Office documents, the world’s largest distributor of legal periodicals, and an online legal research provider serving the law library community worldwide.