Housing and Economic Development Summit

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in news

Please join us on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, for a one-day summit, “Housing and Economic Development: Bridging the Gap.”  This event will feature presentations on the connection between housing and economic development as well as examples of successful housing strategies from around the region.  State and federal resource providers will be on hand to discuss potential funding opportunities.  Click HERE for more information and to register for this...

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New Lending Opportunity- Thread Capital

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in news, Uncategorized

The North Carolina Rural Center has announced the creation of a new lending opportunity for businesses in North Carolina.  Thread Capital is a nonprofit organization that operates as a subsidiary of the NC Rural Center. The Thread Capital website states that this new organization “…works one-on-one with small business owners to identify and provide connections to the optimal financing, networking, and coaching resources for their business. We work with...

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New “Harvest” Video Released

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

The newest in a series of videos from the Southwestern Commission along with with the Mountain West Partnership is now available to view online.  This film grew out of the Rural Food Business Assistance Project, which ran a series of community meetings in small towns across WNC last year and also provided over $20,000 worth of scholarships to over 80 local food businesses in the region. That project aimed to both capture a snapshot of what was happening in the local food...

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Opportunities 2018

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in news, Uncategorized

Registration is open for the Small Business and Technology Development Center’s “Opportunities 2018.”  Opportunities is a “reverse” trade show, where small business owners visit government and prime contractor booths to discuss potential buying opportunities as well as attend informative seminars on government contracting. This is a tremendous opportunity for small businesses to learn more about the government contracting process and to position themselves...

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Broadband Survey is Closed: full report now available

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in news, Uncategorized

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, asked local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region. This survey verified availability of services in our counties, identified actual speeds available, and collected information on demand for services from respondents. While some counties have conducted individual broadband surveys already, this regional effort gave all counties the chance to participate. Data...

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