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Family-Owned Staffing Businesses Support WNC’s Job Market By Colleen Watson There are a number of reasons why Asheville continues to make the many “Best of” lists. Asheville and the surrounding area’s tourism-based economy draws people in part because of its beauty and access to amazing outdoor activities, the many great restaurants (most with a Farm-to-Table and organic focus), its vast live music and art scene, and let’s not forget the thriving brewery businesses. People come to visit and many wish to stay … let’s face it, Asheville is a hot market! And where jobs are concerned, new development and redevelopment are bringing new businesses to the area. Let’s look at the numbers. According to Forbes, Asheville is #40 in Best Places for Business and Careers and #10 in the Cost of Doing Business. As of September 2016, data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the Job Growth rose 2.3% with Unemployment at 3.8%. For the past six years, Asheville has seen year-overyear employment growth.

Express owners Gary Gallagher and daughter Meredith Campbell

Not surprisingly, at the crest of the job growth is the health services industry. Next in line is the professional and business services sector that includes accounting, architecture, law, and consulting firms—jobs offering higher pay and requiring a higher level of education.

About now, you may be asking yourself how you can tap into this growth and find a job in Western North Carolina (WNC). The process of finding a job has changed dramatically over the years, with even the content and formatting of your resume changing. There are companies that can help you navigate this process and two family-owned businesses are options in this area: Express Employment Professionals, located in Asheville, and Friday Staffing, with offices in Arden, Hendersonville and Morganton. On the surface, some may think this type of business doesn’t have much of an impact on the marketplace; however, this industry makes a large financial contribution to the job market. In 1987, John Modaff and his wife, Diane, bought Friday Temporary Help Services, tapping into his customer service experience as a commercial banking officer to successfully compete with national and international firms. 56 Fine Homes & Design | Winter 2017

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