JB Media is based in Asheville, in the mountains of western North Carolina. As a company and as individuals, we’re actively involved in giving back to the community we call home.

Company Support for Local Nonprofits

RiverLink

Every year, our company chooses a community service project to do as a team. Starting in 2016, through RiverLink, we adopted Smith Mill Creek, a tributary of the French Broad River that runs through West Asheville. Last spring, team members waded into the creek, hauling out plastic debris, tires, and even a shopping cart that was half buried in the creekbed (we learned about teamwork on that one!) We’re committed to cleaning this stream at least once each year.

 

Our VOICE

Since 2014, we have sponsored Our VOICE’s annual  Walk-a-Mile Asheville, a march against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. One distinguishing feature of this march is that some men walk in women’s shoes to show their solidarity. We just want to say that Justin can rock a pair of womens size 12.5 red heels.

Other Nonprofits

We’ve supported numerous nonprofits as agency clients and as Institute students. We offer sliding scale rates to select local nonprofits so that we can help them take their great work further. We also donate a portion of our profits every year to local nonprofits. In recent years, we have supported Green Opportunities, Just Economics, Literacy Council of Buncombe County, Our VOICE, and Veterans Healing Farm.


Leadership Asheville and Leadership North Carolina

No fewer than five of our team members have completed Leadership Asheville, an intensive nine-month program that develops leadership skills and promotes collaborative problem solving. The program brings together citizens from a cross section of our community, representing business, government, nonprofit and education. JB Media has sponsored several team members to complete the program. Leadership Asheville alumni on our team include Justin Belleme, Sarah Benoit, Leah Quintal, Adrianne Gordon, and Kathleen McCafferty. Justin has gone on to complete the statewide program, Leadership North Carolina.


Strengthening Asheville’s Business Community

JB Media plays a leading role in strengthening Asheville’s business community—improving residents’ quality of life as we grow our local economy. We’re active in programs that help entrepreneurs get their start, small businesses scale up, and big initiatives take roots. Some highlights of our involvement include:

  • Our team members serve on the board of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
  • We help individuals gain essential marketing skills through the JB Media Institute.
  • We’re active participants in networking and business development initiatives including 1 Million Cups, Mountain BizWorks,…
  • Justin Belleme was awarded the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2014.
  • We sponsored the Western North Carolina Women’s Business Conference several times.

Our Team Loves Volunteering

Individuals on the JB Media team regularly serve our community by volunteering with local nonprofits, for example:

  • Gardening at a farm that grows organic food and gives it to those in need
  • Serving as an advocate on a crisis line for survivors of sexual violence
  • Tutoring non-native English speakers
  • Participating in a legislative response team to counter the potential defunding of Planned Parenthood
  • Supporting at-risk teen boys during their transformation into adulthood
  • Creating the e-newsletter for an independent, nonprofit radio station

Service on Nonprofit Boards

JB Media’s team also serves on Board of Directors for several nonprofits and community organizations, including:

  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce
  • FernLeaf Community Charter School
  • Literacy Council of Buncombe County
  • Veterans Healing Farm

Groups We Volunteer With

Our team members volunteer with all of the following organizations in our community:

  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce
  • Asheville Creative Arts
  • Asheville FM
  • Asheville Score
  • Beneath the Veneer
  • FernLeaf Community Charter School
  • Fur Kidz Sake
  • Girls on the Run of WNC
  • Journeymen
  • Help Youth Out
  • Leadership Asheville
  • Literacy Council of Buncombe County
  • The Lord’s Acre
  • NC Stage Company
  • Our VOICE
  • Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
  • RiverLink
  • Veterans Healing Farm
  • Word Camp Asheville