Survey says Asheville unfriendly toward small businesses

If you’re thinking of starting up a small business in North Carolina, Asheville may not be the best choice according to a new Small Business Friendliness Survey from Thumbtack and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The survey, conducted over 38 states and 82 metropolitan areas and including responses from over 12,000 small business owners, ranked Asheville dead […]

“To be successful, you have to start from the bottom and work your way up, little by little.” — Edith Segovia-Sanchez, Libreria A y M photos courtesy of Mountain BizWorks

Determination and flexibility

While it is true that a business owner needs to analyze the financials and create an effective marketing plan, success requires more. There are two other crucial ingredients, which may at first seem like a strange combination: determination and flexibility. Many of Mountain BizWork’s clients, especially the Latino immigrant entrepreneurial community, demonstrate just how powerful […]

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Venture Local conference focuses on local business movement

More than 100 entrepreneurs and investors gathered Thursday, Oct. 27, for Venture Local, a business conference dedicated to the growing local-business movement. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Entrepreneurial Council, the forum brought business people from across the region and speakers from across the nation to the Asheville Renaissance Hotel.