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Local businesses celebrated at Sky High Growth Awards

May 30, 2023 09:19AM ● By WNC Business

The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce recognized 24 of the area's businesses at the Annual Sky High Growth Awards in May. These businesses are ones that are overcoming challenges, reaching beyond past successes, taking their business to the next level, creating jobs, and giving back to the community.

The Sky High Growth Awards honor the determination and accomplishments of Asheville's businesses. Honorees are companies experiencing growth and contributing to our local economy through innovation and hard work.

“The Sky High Growth Award is a tribute to the success of these businesses and to their contribution to our local economy,” said Kit Cramer, President & CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. “These companies serve as examples of businesses building community within, and beyond, their company walls.” 

Winners include:

A Look at Asheville

A Look at Asheville is a female-owned and operated coffee table publication showcasing Western North Carolina's local businesses and creatives to its 3 million readers. With the launch of its new website in 2023, A Look At Asheville anticipates further growth in revenue and job positions to support ongoing blog content and editorial highlights.

ActionCOACH Growth Partners

ActionCOACH Growth Partners, a business and executive coaching firm founded in 2006, has experienced continued growth in the past few years. The company helps business owners, entrepreneurs, and CEOs grow their business by building better teams, earning more money, and finding the time to do the things they went into business for in the first place. With plans to add an administrative team member, a business development person, and a business coach this year, the company attributes its success to community involvement, innovation, and its commitment to providing high-quality business education, coaching, and accountability. 

All Souls Counseling Center

All Souls Counseling Center, a leading nonprofit provider of quality mental health counseling focusing on underinsured and uninsured people, experienced substantial growth in 2022 and 2023. The Center added two new full-time positions last year and two new part-time positions in 2023 this year to enable the Center to better respond to the growing demand for mental health counseling in the community, particularly among vulnerable populations such as those experiencing homelessness.  

Allegra Image 360

Allegra Image 360, the full-service printing and marketing company, has experienced steady job and revenue growth over the past few years. The company has added several full-time positions in the past two years and plans to continue adding more as the business grows. 

Atelier Maison & Co

Since its inception in 2020, Atelier Maison & Co. has experienced momentous growth. With a focus on healthy, sustainable furniture and accessories, the company has established itself as a leading home furnishings destination in the Asheville Design District. Its revenue has doubled in the last three years, and the company has added numerous new positions, including Design Consultants, Marketing staff, and a Buying Dept. manager. 

Carleton Collins Architecture

Carleton Collins Architecture works with a variety of public and private clientele to explore how architecture can enrich and sustain community life. Carleton Collins Architecture has experienced meaningful growth since its founding in 2017, focusing on designing for people, purpose, and place. Despite challenges in finding employees, CCA has responded with creativity and innovation, integrating technology and sustainable design features into their projects. 

Carolina Mornings, Inc.

A ten-time Sky High Growth Award Winner, Carolina Mornings, Inc. is the longest-running vacation rental management company in Asheville. They have grown their business by managing over 150 vacation properties in Western North Carolina. To maintain a good work-life balance for its team members, the company has added several new positions over the past two years, ranging from full-time housekeeping assistants to property management coordinators. 

Devil's Foot Beverage, LLC

The craft soda company, Devil's Foot Beverage, sources organic roots and fruits from local and regional farmers to brew their delicious farm-to-can sodas. The company has grown rapidly since it was founded in 2016. With two full-time positions created in 2021, including a "Soda Ninja," as well as two part-time positions, the company anticipates hiring more positions this year. With innovation key to its mission and values, Devil’s Foot has diversified its business to include craft canned cocktails via Devil’s Foot Distillery and collaboration distilleries. 

Franny’s Farmacy

Since its founding in 2018, Franny's Farmacy, the seed-to-shelf CBD company, has shown remarkable workforce growth and revenue growth. The company has added various positions to its team to empower its employees and facilitate business growth, resulting in an anticipated 2023 job growth in event planning and franchise support. In response to hardships over the last two years, Franny's Farmacy made swift changes to ensure job retention and growth, exhibiting creativity and innovation by releasing three new product lines and remaining involved in the community. 

GoMinis Portable Storage

In the past year, GoMinis Portable Storage has experienced significant growth due to diversification into the restoration and renovation business. Because of increased demand for portable storage containers in the community, the company has added 48 new GoMinis in the past year and innovated by changing its platform for clients and staff service. 

Hulsey Media

Hulsey Media, the leading magazine publisher in Western North Carolina, has experienced continued growth since its founding in 2014, expanding its portfolio of targeted, content-rich publications and digital marketing solutions, including include WNC Business, Aging Resources Magazine, Hendersonville Magazine, Hendersonville Holidays, Healthcare Resources of WNC, The Real Estate Book of Asheville/Hendersonville, WNC Homeowners Resource Guide, Asheville Ale Trail, Upstate Ale Trail, and Discovery Maps. The company has created new job opportunities in Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Editorial, and Operations Management positions, and anticipates further growth in 2023. 

I Need A VA

I Need A VA, a virtual staffing and outsourcing company, has experienced major growth since its inception in 2021. With a focus on providing highly trained and vetted virtual staff for small businesses and non-profits, the company hired 19 full-time virtual assistants in 2021, and 65 in 2022, with plans to add 100-150 new full-time virtual assistant positions in 2023. 

Kaplan CFO Solutions, LLC

Since its founding in 2008, Kaplan CFO Solutions has experienced steady growth by providing part-time CFO services  and financial leadership to small and medium-sized businesses. The company has added five new full-time positions in 2021 and 2022 and anticipates adding six more in 2023 to meet the demand for their services. Kaplan CFO Solutions has been able to serve clients all over the country by working remotely and has helped them navigate various financial challenges. 

Mosaix Group

Twelve-time Sky High Growth Award winner Mosaix Group is an Asheville-based company that provides full-spectrum corporate events and meeting experiences defined by quality, collaboration, and creativity. Mosaix Group hit its creative stride in 2022, leading to a record sales year, which the company attributes to high-value referrals based on a long history of successful projects and increased demand following the pandemic. The company experienced job growth in 2021 and 2022 with strategic hires and promotions, streamlining of departments, and successful completion of key projects, positioning it as a contender in new markets.

Nomadic Marketing + Software

Nomadic Marketing + Software, the full-service digital agency founded in 2019, has experienced significant growth in recent years. With its primary departments offering digital marketing and software engineering services, the company has added several new positions to its workforce, with an anticipated six more positions to be added in 2023. 

Physio Physical Therapy and Wellness

Local health and wellness company, Physio Physical Therapy and Wellness has been steadily growing in the last few years, including opening a second location in West Asheville. They have added multiple full-time positions, including therapists and administrative staff, and plan to continue this trend by adding at least four full-time positions in 2023. 

Printville, Inc.

Printville, the printing company founded in 2009, has grown significantly in both revenue and workforce over the past few years. The company's commitment to providing high-quality printing services with integrity and speed has helped it remain resilient during challenging times. Printville has responded to supply-chain issues within the industry by taking on new customers and building sustainable, long-term relationships.

Quility Insurance

Quility Insurance was founded in 2020 to protect American families from financial hardship after losing a loved one and since then has experienced significant growth and revenue. With a focus on innovation, strong community and business partnerships, and a dedicated workforce of full-time employees in WNC, the company is projected to continue expanding several departments, creating over 40 new positions by 2023. 

Sona Pharmacy

From holding over 100 onsite flu clinics at businesses to coordinating daily free deliveries to hundreds of patients across WNC, Sona meets the community where they are and rises to whatever the need is, ensuring that Asheville and WNC residents have all their pharmacy needs taken care of by people who truly care. That commitment has driven Sona’s success, including expansion of their delivery team and service area to serve patients in rural communities; expanded services and reaching new patients at their existing pharmacies; and plans to open a new location this summer in South Asheville. 

Tessier Associates

Tessier Associates, is a full-service real estate firm offering property management and brokerage services. The company has experienced considerable growth since its founding in 1985 and is a three-time Sky High Growth Award winner. The company has added multiple new positions to its team, with plans for continued growth in 2023. Tessier's growth has been attributed to its focus on relationships, providing excellent service and hiring dedicated, hardworking individuals. 

The Matt & Molly Team

Since its formation in 2011, The Matt & Molly Team has become one of the top real estate teams in Western North Carolina, with a workforce that has grown from just two to 15 full-time employees. Since joining forces, Matt & Molly have been one of the top real estate teams in our region, have been voted # 1 Real Estate Agents in Western North Carolina for multiple years running, have been recognized by Keller Williams International and continue to have fun doing what they love. 

Union Transfer and Storage

Winning their fourth Sky High Growth Award, Union Transfer & Storage has experienced growth in an array of ways in recent years, expanding their business lines to fit a growing market by adding interior design concierge, special projects, and commercial warehousing. The company expects to add several new full-time positions expected to be in 2023. Union Transfer & Storage responded creatively to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by cross-training employees to operate in different roles and pivoting to meet the needs of the community. 

UPM Raflatac

In the past few years, UPM Raflatac, a global provider of self-adhesive paper and film products, has experienced growth in revenue and employment, with plans for continued expansion. The company attributes its success to its innovation in sustainable labeling solutions, commitment to responsible business practices, effective commercial strategy, and growth in label market demand. They have responded to changing workforce dynamics by prioritizing employee well-being, implementing flexible working environments, and creating new positions to meet market demand. 

Warren Restoration

Since its founding in 2013, Warren Restoration has seen continued growth, expanding from to 22 full-time employees to support homeowners and businesses with expert and compassionate service when disaster strikes from water damage, fire damage, storm damage and mold remediation. The two-time Sky High Growth Award winner has increased revenue 43%, which can be attributed to increased marketing, word of mouth, and community involvement.

The 2023 Sky High Growth Awards are sponsored by Park National Bank (presenting sponsor), Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, A-B Tech, The Matt & Molly Team, WNC Business and FASTSIGNS of Asheville.

About Asheville Chamber of Commerce: 

For 125 years, the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce has been the catalyst for economic vitality in our community. The Asheville Chamber connects member organizations, both large and small, to valuable resources such as economic development and research, business education, marketing opportunities and advocacy. Asheville Chamber initiatives have stimulated economic development, influenced public policy and supported the growth of thousands of local and regional businesses. Learn more at