It’s never too late for an established company to enter a high-growth venture stage. Just ask Brevard-based Gaia Herbs, whose $20.8 million raise put it among NC’s largest venture capital deals. It’s their third equity raise for one of the nation’s largest natural herbs e-commerce and retail companies, which is undergoing a $5 million expansion and a large hiring wave, with over 30 open positions in the region. (chart: Council for Entrepreneurial Development)

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