Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Here’s more of what’s going around, including plans for a new bar on Broadway Street called Little Jumbo:

-A new bar called Little Jumbo is planned for 241 Broadway in Asheville, the former location of Valet Gourmet/Takeout Central. Chall Gray, who designs and plans bars through his consulting business, Slings and Arrows Consulting, announced the new venture. Stay tuned for more details. The bar’s location is also adjacent to a proposed mixed-use development that would include 46 apartments and office space.

-Frostbite ice cream shop on Merrimon Avenue is closing, WLOS reports. Frostbite’s first location on Patton Avenue will remain open.

-Asheville on Bikes is sharing video that the organization says shows an angry motorist punching a bicyclist at the corner of Sand Hill and Sardis roads. A description of events leading up to the incident accompanies the video.

Asheville Sister Cities will hold a fundraising event Oct. 15 at the new Crêpe Bourrée in downtown Asheville. The event goes from 4:30-6 p.m. Tickets cost $30.

Grateful Steps Publishing House is pleased to announce the arrival of Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness . . . based on a lie, according to a press release. The book by Barbara Willis Kimbrell of Asheville is a story about the ravages of addiction, mental illness and the aftermath of sexual abuse. The book can be purchased at the Grateful Steps Bookshop and other area bookstores. The author will read passages from her book at The BLOCK off Biltmore, 39 Market Street B, in Asheville from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Refreshments and musical entertainment are provided at this free event.

-The Show Me the Money Conference + Funding Expo will be held in Asheville on Oct. 9-10 at the UNC-Asheville Sherrill Center, according to a press release. More:

The conference will bring together top leaders in finance, grants, fundraising, angel investment, government contracting, and capital access for regional players to find solutions to their most complex growth barriers.

The two-day event will provide attendees with access to the most innovative tools, training, and connections needed to successfully secure and manage funding for their businesses, non-profits, or community projects. In addition to the 50+ organizations onsite, the event is also hosting a $25,000 Pitch Competition for high-growth companies from across WNC, and an intensive workshop on the new 2017 parameters of the Community Reinvestment Act taught by the Federal Reserve Bank, FDIC, and OCC.

The Conference, Funding Expo, and Networking Reception will take place on October 9th at the UNC-Asheville Sherrill Center and Kimmel Arena. Then on October 10th there will be optional intensive workshops offered at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies and Asheville Chamber of Commerce for those looking to aggressively seek funding platforms.

-The Bonfire Conference, a one-day weekend event dedicated to business success through storytelling, is coming to Asheville Oct. 27, according to a press release.The conference will be held at the Goodwill Corporate Training Center, and tickets cost $197. Get tickets here. The conference features three keynote speakers and a curated panel of four local community leaders to facilitate workshops on tools and strategies for using storytelling to increase engagement. More:

“Stories connect us in a way that numbers and charts simply can’t. We are a group of individuals who have experience in theatre, performance and business. We have seen the power of bringing the magic of storytelling to our organizations and businesses. We want to share that skill set with others,” says Murphy Funkhouser-Capps, one of Bonfire’s organizers and co-founders. She is the CEO of Kudzu Brands and founded the conference in 2016.

Storytelling as business strategy is garnering significant attention as a marketing trend. Research indicates that 78% of marketing directors think storytelling and content is the future of marketing.

The Bonfire Conference offers storytelling skills for business leaders interested in staying on the cutting edge of brand strategy. By building their own storytelling skills in October, business leaders will have the opportunity to integrate storytelling as a strategy across marketing platforms in 2018.

“Storytelling weaves you through a spectrum of emotions that stick with you for months and years,” says poet and radio personality James Navé. “A well-told story is a bright mode of communication, an intellectual anchor you can depend on.” Nave will be a keynote speaker at the conference. …

The Bonfire Conference is geared toward local Asheville and regional business owners, regional CEO’s, sales managers, and marketing directors. Anyone who wants to learn the skill of weaving a compelling narrative for business success is also invited to attend.

“Giving voice to our stories enables them to come alive. Participants have the opportunity to move an audience toward action and engagement through public speaking. Clarity of message, confident delivery and connection with an audience are crucial for success,” says Barrie Barton. Barton is one of this year’s keynote speakers and will be teaching attendees how to best present their stories to the public. Barton is the founder of Stand and Deliver Asheville, a presentation and speaking skills organization.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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