Natural Products Industry Networking Event in Asheville

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The North Carolina Natural Products Association (NCNPA) would like to invite all those with an interest in Asheville’s herbal, agricultural, and botanical community to our “Bring The Spring” networking event. The event is free, appetizers will be provided and beverages can be purchased. Bring the Spring will be held at MG Road Bar and Lounge (downstairs from Chai Pani), 19 Wall Street on February 25, 2015 from 5-8PM.
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NCNPA brings together botanical research, business leadership, agricultural and viticultural innovation, and informed herbal industry insight at the local level and is currently seeking your input on how to best benefit alternative agriculture in Western North Carolina.

In 2012 NCNPA and partners hosted the International Ginseng Expo at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension agency in Mills River. This event brought together growers, buyers, and conservationists with regional, national, and international stakes in the ginseng trade. The event provided a unique platform for many to contribute to a best practices discussion for the protection of ginseng both as a wild resource and as an important cash crop for our region.

This February 25 NCNPA invites interested community members to an informal get together to swap ideas, share about their services and discuss the upcoming season. The evening will feature a silent auction with many sponsorship opportunities available. Funds from the auction will be used to continue to promote education for the community on the natural products industry. Startups are especially encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to pitch their idea and secure strategic partnerships, while growers are encouraged to attend to meet potential buyers and learn about the industry.

Dandelion Sponsor – These little yellow-headed beauties bring a wealth in numbers as they take us into spring with their sunny dispositions and their healing ways. Be a dandelion and assist us with setting up the silent auction, or providing cleanup assistance to the MG Road staff. You will have our thanks and recognition—a great way to get involved with our community and other sponsors!

Black Cohosh Sponsor – Donate an item or service to our silent auction valued at $25 or more (starting bid, $5). Above and you can display your business cards and literature next to your item during the silent auction and receive recognition for your business or practice in our program for the event.

Trillium Sponsor – Donate an item or service to our silent auction valued at $50 (starting bid $25). Above and you will be singled out with hearty applause.

Shiitake Sponsor - Donate an item or service valued at $100 or more (starting bid, $50) Above and your organization or company will be featured in an upcoming NCNPA newsletter with a live link to your website.

Goldenseal – Donate an item or service valued at $250 or more (starting bid, $100). Above and your organization or company will have an opportunity to distribute literature and/or samples at the event and will be invited to speak in front of the event audience, basking in the glow and admiration of your peers.

Ginseng Sponsor – Donate an item or service valued at $500 or more (starting bid, $150). Above and receive heartfelt awe and amazement, a special thank-you basket from Blue Ridge Naturally producers. You will be invited to speak about your business or upcoming plans during the event, or take the roast-and-toast option and find out that your colleagues have planned for you! Your organization or company logo will be featured on the event program and in email newsletter documenting the event.

TO SIGN UP AS A SPONSOR OR REGISTER FOR THE EVENT PLEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Flynn - Proceeds from the silent auction will be used for upcoming community and industry education.