The BASE is the A-B Tech Enka Campus

A-B Tech Community College’s Business Acceleration Site in Enka—simply called The BASE—is a hub for business advancement and continuing education in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Whether you are seeking skills to advance an existing entrepreneurial venture, need guidance for a business you wish to start, or want to gain knowledge for personal enrichment, The BASE is a place to start, a place to grow, and a place to connect with necessary resources. We offer hundreds of continuing education courses, from craft brewing to web design, a small business incubator for burgeoning enterprises, free one-on-one business counseling to get you on the fast track to success, and we offer specialized training and workforce development. Your path to personal achievement begins at The BASE.

If you have a thriving business, a new business or even just an idea for a business, The BASE should be your destination to guide you to success. We encourage you to contact any of our helpful staff at (828) 398-7900 for more information (see The BASE Directory below).

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Haynes Training and Conference Center

Economic & Workforce Development

Grow your business. Grow jobs. Grow skills through our Economic & Workforce Development initiative, which offers customized training on your schedule at your facility or on The BASE. more >

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Workforce Programming 

Guide employees to personal and career growth. Offer learning opportunities with tailored class content at your facility on a schedule that suits you. Try Computer Certification Training or Lean Manufacturing. We can manage it. more >

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Continuing Education 

Gain lifelong skills and improve your quality of life through courses in everything from financial wellness to hospitality to upholstery and quilting, Hundreds of classes are offered between five A-B Tech locations. Check out our class schedule and become a lifelong learner. more >

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Community Enrichment  

Learn a new language or try a yoga class. A variety of art classes from pottery to culinary arts are designed to contribute to the community’s overall cultural, civic, and intellectual growth. Check out our class schedule and become a lifelong learner. more >

p: (828) 398-7134 | e: | Hemlock Building, Asheville Campus


Haynes Conference And Training Center

Thinking of having a large event, seminar or class and need convenient event rental space? Consider the Haynes Center’s flexible space, which features two large conference rooms with adjoining catering kitchens as well as smaller breakout areas. The space is used for events ranging from conferences to job fairs, and is a short drive from downtown Asheville. more >

To make a reservation, please submit a Room Request Form.

For information contact: Ellen Ryan e: | p: (828) 398-7901


Center for Business & Technology Incubation (CBTI)

Small Business Center (SBC)

Become an entrepreneur or grow an existing business. Register to get free, one-on-one, confidential business advice. Apply for our Business Incubation Program. Attend a seminar on how to write a business plan. The Small Business Center (SBC) is part of the Small Business Center Network, comprised of 58 locations throughout North Carolina.

p: (828) 398-7950 | | facebook | CBTI Building



Explore life sciences and learn basic and analytical laboratory skills. Use our well-equipped laboratory for product research, testing, and development. Take a class on Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for dietary supplements and cosmetics. BioNetwork is a life sciences-focused initiative with seven locations across the state.

p: (828) 398-7945 | | CBTI Building

Technology Commercialization Center (TCC) Rooms 200 & 211


Global Institute for Sustainability Technologies (GIST)

Expand your knowledge about evolving sustainable technologies, or join the green-collar workforce. Find out how to switch to Biofuels. Learn about permaculture and green building. Make your house or business more energy efficient. more >

p: (828) 398-5848 |

Technology Commercialization Center (TCC), Room 1005


The Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast

Take a class or a two-year degree program in fermentation and distillation. Training covers the processes associated with craft beverages, including agriculture for hops and grape vines, marketing, sales and supplier organizations, restaurants and hotels, and new business development. more >

Technology Commercialization Center (TCC)

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