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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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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Mountain Governments Work Together on Broadband Infrastructure

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017 in Uncategorized

Mountain governments are working together to improve broadband infrastructure in Region A: The region is working together to incentivize providers to come in.  “…Macon, Graham, Swain, Clay, Cherokee, Haywood and Jackson Counties—are in the early stages of planning for better broadband deployment. It’s all part of a two phase approach to attracting more internet service providers, or, just better internet service in general…” To read the full article,...

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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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