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NC REAL Training: Jumpstart Your Small Farm Business

NC REAL, a non-profit dedicated to assisting the development of small businesses in North Carolina is offering a class on developing and managing a small farm or agricultural business at the Madison campus of A-B Tech.

This course is designed to strengthen the business literacy of area farmers to help them develop and manage a profitable, environmentally sound small farm or agricultural business.  The course uses… Continue

Added by Matt Raker on December 23, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

HUD announces new Rural Innovation Fund to promote sustainable housing and economic development

New innovation fund to help rural and tribal areas tackle distressed housing and concentrated poverty

HUD’s new Rural Innovation Fund offers grants of up to $2 million to support innovative housing and economic development activities. Eligible applicants include federally recognized Indian tribes, state housing finance agencies (HFAs), state community development agencies, local rural non-profit organizations, community development corporations, or consortia of these…


Added by Matt Raker on December 21, 2010 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Secretary Chu Announces up to $184 Million Available for Advanced Vehicle Research and Development

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today (Dec 16, 2010) the Department is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new efficient vehicle technologies that will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, save drivers money, and limit carbon pollution. Projects will span the broad spectrum of technology approaches, including advanced materials, combustion research, hybrid electric systems, fleet efficiency,…


Added by Matt Raker on December 17, 2010 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Bipartisan Senate Coalition Forms Behind Treasury Energy Grants

Two leading Senate Democrats, Maria Cantwell of Washington and Dianne Feinstein of California, are part of a group of about 25 senators seeking to extend a stimulus project designed to boost renewable energy. The group is seeking a two-year extension of the Treasury Grant Program in the lame-duck Congress before the end of the year. From the GOP, Sen. George LeMieux of Florida has also signed on to the plan.…


Added by Matt Raker on December 13, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Climate Talks End With Modest Deal and Standing Ovation

CANCUN, MEXICO -- Difficult talks in Cancun ended on Saturday morning with a highly praised "balanced" framework for a future climate pact, exceeding the low expectations established for the outcome and paving the way for a legal deal next year.

"Cancún has done its job," said UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. "The beacon of hope has been reignited and faith in the multilateral climate change process to deliver results has been restored."…


Added by Matt Raker on December 13, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Energy for Sustainability grant available from NSF

This program provides support for fundamental research and education that will enable innovative processes for the sustainable production of electricity and transportation fuels. Processes for sustainable energy production must be environmentally benign, reduce greenhouse gas production, and utilize renewable or bio-based resources that are abundant in the U.S. Priority will be given to activities that focus on one or more of the following sustainable energy technology areas: biofuels,…


Added by Matt Raker on December 13, 2010 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

Community Foundation announces Opportunity Grant solicitation

The Community Foundation offers Opportunity Grants of up to $7,000 to help organizations implement projects that will improve their services. Applications are due February 1, 2011 and must focus on one of the following result areas: 1) Assisting people in need 2) Building community and economic vitality 3) Improving educational opportunities 4) Promoting quality health 5) Advancing the arts 6) Enhancing our natural environment. For more information on this opportunity,…


Added by Matt Raker on December 13, 2010 at 11:06am — No Comments

Asheville area food entrepreneur uses Kickstarter to launch business

By using Kickstarter, an innovative funding platform for creative projects, an Asheville food entrepreneur is well on her way to starting her Lebanese Street Food Food Truck. What other kind of regional businesses could get a kick start using this innovative service? To learn more about the Food Truck venture, click… Continue

Added by Matt Raker on December 7, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Don't miss out. Be listed and advertise in the 2011 Green Building Directory

The time is here again to get your business listed in the 2011 Green Building Directory. The WNCGBC is once again partnering with the Mountain Xpress to put out the ever more popular WNC Green Building Directory. 25,000 print copies will be distributed in 2011 in addition to the online version.Take advantage of the Early Bird Display Ad Rates until December 18th.

Important information:

*** NO BUSINESS IS AUTOMATICALLY LISTED. If you are a member, you need to fill out the form.… Continue

Added by Matt Raker on December 3, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Bent Creek Institute names new President

Bent Creek Institute, Inc., working with the nation’s medicinal herb germplasm repository based at The North Carolina Arboretum, has hired Greg Cumberford as its new President starting January 1, 2011. He succeeds former BCI president Cheryl McMurry who moved to Charleston, SC.

Cumberford is a veteran in the US medicinal herb industry and comes to Bent Creek Institute from… Continue

Added by Matt Raker on December 3, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

U.S. Needs Critical Boost in Energy Research, Panel Tells Obama

The United States needs to more than triple its spending on energy research, development and demonstration projects, from about $5 billion now to $16 billion, and should institute a strategic review of national energy policy every four years, an advisory group of scientists and engineers said in a report to President Obama this week.

The United States lags behind other industrialized countries in public…


Added by Matt Raker on December 1, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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