Broadband Survey is Open!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in news, Uncategorized

The Southwestern Commission, in conjunction with MountainWest Partnership, is asking local citizens and businesses to participate in a broadband assessment for the region (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY). This survey will verify availability of services in our counties, identify actual speeds available, and collect information on demand for services from respondents. While some counties have conducted individual broadband surveys already, this regional effort gives all...

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Upcoming Trainings and Events

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in news

Businesses in Western North Carolina have access to a number of terrific resources that are in place to help them meet their goals.  For example, the Small Business Centers at each of the community colleges in our region offer a wide variety of trainings, events, and seminars that are available to businesses.  These range from one-on-one consulting sessions to several-day workshops.  Click on the Small Business Center links below to see what training opportunities they have...

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NC #5 in US for Business

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in news, Uncategorized

North Carolina was recently ranked as the #5 state in the United States for business, according to a study conducted by CNBC. This year’s study ranked states based on ten weighted scoring categories and 66 metrics, including the following categories: Workforce, Infrastructure, Cost of Doing Business, Economy, Quality of Life, Technology and Innovation, Education, Business Friendliness, Access to Capital, and Cost of Living.  North Carolina ranked in the top ten in...

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Franklin, NC, Identified as Outdoor Recreation Destination

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in news, Uncategorized

Western North Carolina is home to a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, and visitors come from the world over to experience what this region has to offer.  Because of its reputation as a tourism and recreation destination, entrepreneurs and business owners have tremendous opportunities to create new businesses to serve those who come to our region to enjoy the mountain outdoor life. Recently, Franklin, NC, and two of the businesses found there– Outdoor...

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Summer Entrepreneurship Camp

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in news

This summer, Jackson County rising 7th through 9th graders will have the opportunity to attend a TREP! Camp that is being offered FREE of charge to students thanks to a contribution from X-Ray Recycling Solutions CEO Jared Firestine.  This camp is being held at Southwestern Community College, and it will run from June 19th until June 23, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Lunch is included. The purpose of this camp is to give students the opportunity to explore the world...

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Show Me the Money Conference

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in news

Click here to view the press release for the upcoming “Show Me the Money Conference + Funding Expo.” This event is being held in Downtown Asheville on May 11-12, and it will focus on topics related to securing funding for businesses or non-profits. This is an excellent opportunity for current or potential Western North Carolina businesses to network with regional leaders who have access to funding, tools, and training. See the poster below for registration...

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