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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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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