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Platinum Group Partners

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Platinum Group partners with leading solution and service providers to achieve our shared goal of helping clients create success. We collectively work to address complex challenges businesses face in managing their organization. From financial support, HR guidance to legal advice, we invite you to meet our community of support!
 
HR PARTNERS
                             
 
Craft HR Solutions
Craft HR Solutions

We develop organizations and leaders. Growing a business is challenging, and the people you hire will be the cornerstone of your success.  But managing people is tough, and building an environment that drives long-term value doesn’t happen overnight.  Craft HR Solutions is here to help develop your employees and organization, no matter where your company is in its life cycle.  Whether it is employee coaching, talent assessment, organizational leadership, professional search, or HR outsourcing; we are here to help you navigate the challenges your business will face.
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Cultural Intelligence Works
Cultural Intelligence Works

Carrie Wagner and Elaine Robinson Beattie created a strategic partnership to address diversity, inclusion, and racial equity in the workplace through Cultural Intelligence. Cultural Intelligence Works is a company that equips leaders to excel in today’s multicultural workforce. Carrie Wagner is a global consultant and training specialist. Elaine Beattie is a motivational speaker, leadership coach, and trainer. Combined they have over 50 years of experience serving in a variety of multicultural settings customizing training solutions. They work specifically with companies who value diversity and will continue working with global organizations to increase productivity and reduce employee turnover. Wagner and Beattie believe people are at their best when they feel valued and respected, and that diverse teams produce greater results. The partnership has offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Asheville, North Carolina.
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McGuire, Wood & Bissette
McGuire, Wood & Bissette

The Employment and Labor Law Team at McGuire, Wood & Bissette provides tailored, practical guidance for all of your employment-related needs, whether you are a manufacturing employer with more than 200 employees or a non-profit starting out with just five. Employers rely on us to handle all aspects of employee-relations issues. Our Employment and Labor Law Team can draft policies, procedures and contracts; provide compliance training, advice and audits; and represent you in front of governmental agencies and state and federal courts. Employment law is not one-size fits all. Instead, to provide comprehensive employment advice, we need to understand your business to help you manage one of its most important assets — your workforce.

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OMH Solutions
OMH Solutions

OMH Solutions enhances employee well-being, engagement and productivity through customized interventions in workplace environmental health, emotional health, physical health, social health, personal health, and organizational health.
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Flexible Solutions

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Flexible Solutions

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BUSINESS PARTNERS
                             
Kaplan CFO Solutions
Kaplan CFO Solutions

Kaplan CFO Solutions is a team of veteran CFOs who proivde interim financial and business leadership for growing companies and those in transition. 

Combined, the principals of Kaplan CFO Solutions offer more than 250 years of financial and business management experience in a wide varitey of industries. 

With a unique business model, diverse professional network and extensive business management experience, we help companies like yours overcome the challenges in realizing your goals.

Embedded Engagement: An embedded Kaplan CFO provides experienced financial leadership, without the cost of a full time C-level employee. It is designed for companies who need veteran financial leadership but are not yet ready for a full-time CFO. 

Project Engagment: A project engagement is ideal for companies who require specific expertise for individual projects, such as due dilligence, debt/equity funding, debt restructuring or business plan development.

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McGuire, Wood & Bissette
McGuire, Wood & Bissette

Protecting and managing the intellectual property of your business — including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents — is often paramount to your continued success. The Intellectual Property Team at McGuire, Wood & Bissette can assist you with both preserving and realizing the value of this incredibly important business asset.

Trademark Specialist/Patent Attorney, Rebecca Crandall

Ascendo Resources
Ascendo Resources

Ascendo Resources specializes in placing accounting, finance, banking, compliance, healthcare, IT, HR, and administrative professionals in temporary and project opportunities as well as direct hire positions. Through our specialized divisions, Ascendo has the solution to your critical staffing needs. We leverage our experience, market knowledge, professional network and extensive candidate database to get our clients the best available resources. Through our in-depth process, we provide specialized guidance in order to help you find the right candidate, with the right skill-set, for the right market value.

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Asheville Independent Restaurants
Asheville Independent Restaurants

Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) is an association of over 120 local, independent restaurants dedicated to keeping Asheville’s food scene eclectic, authentic, interesting, fresh and flavorful. In our vibrant mountain city you will find the flavors of Spain and the Caribbean, India and France around the corner from Southern Appalachian Mountain favorites.
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Anthroware
Anthroware

Anthroware studies humans to make the custom software they need and love to use. Our mission is to untangle the complexity in routine workflows by creating digital tools that automate, streamline, and simplify the processes. We develop websites, applications, platforms and databases that are rooted in real end-user studies that supercharge productivity for y our clients and users. We view every project like a product, and design and build the solution with your end-users and business outcome in mind. That's the difference between hiring a coder, and hiring a product development expert.

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Fine Point Consulting
Fine Point Consulting

Fine Point Consulting, LLC is a boutique firm that provides a lean accounting solution for SBIR- and investment-supported startups and entrepreneurial nonprofits. At Fine Point Consulting, we believe in disrupting an industry that is long overdue for disruption. Traditional CPA firms are great at compliance, but not well-equipped to act like an extension of your management team. Traditional accountants are great at telling you what happened last month, but not so good at helping you understand the levers that will make tomorrow’s numbers better. We believe that to be a true partner to entrepreneurs, we need to give you all of this under one roof, while still being an affordable, lean solution. We are passionate about our craft and passionate about helping entrepreneurs succeed. 

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Craft Financial LLC
Craft Financial LLC

Preparing for that next step in life isn't always easy. The road to financial stability can seem complicated, time consuming, and difficult — perhaps even a bit overwhelming. Life is full of so many responsibilities and priorities that it can be hard to find time to start or even to know where to begin.

We offer a straightforward approach to building financial strategies focused around you, your schedule, your circumstances, and your objectives. We take the time to understand your needs, explain different options to you and earn your trust before offering possible solutions. By working with our Financial Services Representatives, you can take meaningful, manageable steps toward developing an integrated strategy to help achieve a secure financial future. Since your financial situation is bound to change, we work with you over time to monitor your progress and help ensure you are on track to achieving your goals.

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Malartu
Malartu

Malartu is revolutionizing the way private market investors and operators share information. We provide unmatched data aggregation, analysis and collaboration. From running a business to investing, management shouldn't be restricted to a one-dimensional report a month. With Malartu's data aggregation and reporting platform, all the data you need is right at your fingertips, exactly when you need it.

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Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors
Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors

The Mountain Area Restaurant Vendors (MARV) was created in 2010 and provides a source for professional restaurant and hospitality vendors in Western North Carolina. The network was developed out of the need for consistent, trustworthy, experienced personnel who provide quality products and professional services to the hospitality industry. MARV believes that our network works well because each of us holds each other to a higher standard due to our close referral relationships. MARV has continued to expand and currently represents over twenty companies – each contributing to the on-going success of our association.
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Earth Equity
Earth Equity

Earth Equity Advisors is a leading socially and environmentally responsible investment management firm located in Asheville, NC. Since 2004, we have been helping our clients align their investments with their values. Offering investment management, financial planning and business retirement plans for individuals, trusts, businesses and non-profits.

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BENEFITS PARTNERS
                             
Bankers Inurance
Bankers Insurance

We focus on you, the client, and endeavor to be your trusted insurance adviser to find the right fit to answer  your insurance needs. Using the combined resources and buying power of each of our locations, we negotiate better rates and products with insurance providers, all in the service of our clients. We also serve several niche markets to provide specialty insurance products.

We were formed by a consortium of community banks in 1999, but we trace our roots as far back as 1896, serving the insurance needs of local communities. Though we have grown to be a full-service, independent insurance agency, we are still structured to provide local client support and service at each of our 21 offices throughout Virginia and North Carolina.

Mike Atwood - Group Insurance

Kristy Wilson - Workers' Comp

Trout Insurance
Trout Insurance

Trout Insurance is a full line insurance agency based in WNC. We serve clients in North and South Carolina as well as national companies. Trout Insurance offers life, health, disability, Medicare supplement, long term care insurance, home and auto insurance for individuals. For businesses we offer group health & benefits, commercial liability, property & workers' compensation as well as plans for business owners. 

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WNC Health Insurance
WNC Health Insurance

WNC Health Insurance is a privately owned & independent firm headquartered in Asheville, NC. We currently serve over 300 employers in North Carolina and service the health benefits for over 20,000 individuals. On our journey to design a better healthcare model, we have invested in strategic partnerships and integrated our agency’s systems with the top insurance carriers, technology providers, & compliance vendors. When other agencies have “sold out” or “offer no way out”, our local professionals have the resources and the expertise to "help out". Through embracing change, predicting out-comes, and acting nimble, we support our clients with the information & tools they need to adjust to a dynamic employee benefit environment.

We serve clients operating in the Medical Care & Delivery space, Legal & Tax Services space, Manufacturers of raw materials & finished goods, Food Service Providers, Hospitality businesses, Non-Profit Organizations, and many more industries. 

We are contracted with ALL major health insurance providers and have access to unique health plans that are ONLY available to our agency. We also design and implement health plans specific to a client’s appetite for risk to sustain an affordable healthcare model. Let us design a better model for you & your employees.

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Conscious-K
Conscious-K

For over a decade, our advisors have specialized in socially responsbile investing, including fossil fuel-free portfolios and customized green solutions. We are an experienced team who can identify what you need in a retirement plan. Your best interest is our main value. 

The Conscious-K team has been at the forefront of socially-responsbile investing since our founder, Peter Krull, established Krull and Company (now Earth Equity Advisors) in 2004. Conscious-K became the next natural extension of the firm's services, solely dedicated to ensuring bsuiness owners can provide defined benefit and contribution plans that offer more than just security for retirement...they contribute to a stronger, more sustainable futre.
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