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As part of the City of Asheville's Disparity Study, we invite residents to share insights related to working in the local marketplace

58 registered responses


What industry best represents your business’ primary line of work?

Response Percent Response Count
Construction 6.9% 4
Professional services 43.1% 25
Goods supplier 12.1% 7
General services 5.2% 3
Other 32.8% 19

Is your business owned and operated by minorities or women?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes, minority-owned 7.5% 4
Yes, woman-owned 37.7% 20
Both minority- and woman-owned 9.4% 5
Non-Hispanic white male-owned 45.3% 24

What is the ZIP code associated with your business’ primary location?

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Please share insights regarding working in the local marketplace. We’re interested in hearing about experiences or barriers related to race- or gender-based discrimination; payment; business success; private or public sector work; prime contract or subcontract work; or other related topics.

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April 28, 2018, 1:12 AM
  • What industry best represents your business’ primary line of work?
    • Other - Food and hospitality
  • Is your business owned and operated by minorities or women?
    • Non-Hispanic white male-owned
  • What is the ZIP code associated with your business’ primary location?
    28801
  • Please share insights regarding working in the local marketplace. We’re interested in hearing about experiences or barriers related to race- or gender-based discrimination; payment; business success; private or public sector work; prime contract or subcontract work; or other related topics.

    I am a lone female cook in a restaurant where there is only one other woman working in the back of house, and she does not speak English. All of upper management is male and white. I was told when I first started that it is helpful to have a "thick skin" working here. I have been there less than a month and I've have found this to be quite true . On more than one occasion I have witnessed a superior male lose his temper and it be disregarded. Although the environment is stressful and demanding, I love to cook so it doesn't dissuade me from learning the trade .

    Additionally , I find that Asheville laws concerning street food vendors is quite limiting . While it seems that the food truck scene is growing, the mobile push cart food vendor growth is stagnant . This of course is because the city of Asheville only allows hotdogs to be served from pushcarts . This arbitrary rule seems nostalgic and outdated. How about ice cream? Popcorn? Snowcones? Or any other kind of ready-to-eat treat eagerly enjoyed on the street ? Summer is coming in the tourists are hungry, while many young people can hardly afford their rent in this town .

    Push carts are a very cheap investment with a potentially high return ( if your food is good, and you get a good spot ) especially when compared with the food truck . Allowing these vendors could provide an option for those needing to make a few extra bucks on the side while increasing our sense of community . Having street vendors also builds the local economy and makes the food service industry even more competitive.

    I myself have a few thousand dollars saved up I would love to devote my spare time to a seasonal occupation . I love working for myself, I am determined and I love food. I genuinely love this town I would love to see its food culture thrive . Please consider my suggestion to provide the community with more variety in their mobile street vendors, while in powering those in the community that can provide delicious sustenance but don't have the money for a food truck or a restaurant .

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