If You are Involved with a Herb/Botanicals Business in WNC, Please Attend

Over the past five years or so there has been a lot of talk about building a natural products industry in western North Carolina.  One big concern I have is that the existing industry, which has been well established here for hundreds of years, is rarely mentioned in these discussions and people are often left with the impression that it doesn't exist or is very small and primitive!  We have a large community of herbalists, acupuncturists, natural healthcare practitioners of all kinds, herbal schools, raw botanical buyers and suppliers, herb growers, herbal product manufacturers, herb nurseries, and wild-harvesters.  I would like to see more attention and support given to these businesses and growing more like them.

If you feel the same way, please register for this event and show up at the NC Arboretum next Monday morning.  Demonstrate what the real WNC botanicals industry looks like. Many of you have commented that you want more attention from your government, well here is your chance!  Please spread the word!

Here is the announcement I received:

Senator Richard Burr is pleased to invite you to attend an Economic Development Summit on Seizing Economic Opportunity through the Botanical Medicine and Integrative Health Industry.  With speakers scheduled to attend including representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, NC Department of Commerce, Hamner Institute, Mission Hospitals, Gaia Herbs, Bent Creek Institute, and the NC Arboretum.

Please join Senator Burr on Monday, April 26, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, North Carolina.

The summit will focus on identifying the resources within North Carolina’s botanical and integrative health industry, branding possibilities and how best to attract foreign opportunities.

Please RSVP for this event by April 23, 2010. Check-in for registrants will begin at 8 a.m. the day of the event.

You may register to attend online at http://burr.senate.gov/register.

For further information, please contact Steve Green at events@burr.senate.gov or at 828-398-8918.

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