That year, a sudden funding crisis threw the long-running nonprofit Mountain BizWorks into a tailspin. An expected grant failed to come through, and just like that, the organization found itself struggling to survive.
Asheville is a hotbed for culinary entrepreneurship, but the path to success can be rocky. What does it take beyond a tasty product or a knack for cooking to build a flourishing food business?
Perhaps not surprisingly, topics of discussion mirrored the diverse mix of folks who came together for the daylong event at A-B Tech’s Enka campus: small-business owners, investors, employees and assorted individuals with an interest in collective prosperity.
The Self-Help Credit Union, in conjunction with dozens of local sponsors, is hosting a conference on our local economy. Entitled “Bringing it Home: Building a Local Economy for Everyone,” the daylong conference will explore local-centric ways to grow the Western North Carolina economy. The event will be held at the Harvey L. Haynes Conference Center […]
Citing the ever-growing craft beer industry, quality of life and ample support for early-stage businesses, Popular Mechanics named Asheville the second best up-and-coming city for entrepreneurship in a Jan. 13 article.
From the Get It! Guide: Kudzai Mabunda realized a demand for assisted living that allowed the elderly or disabled to remain in a home environment. Utilizing a loan from Mountain BizWorks, she was able to create two new facilities.
Buncombe Commissioners voted along party lines April 1 to give Mountain Bizworks $50,000 toward a new microloan program that will help small local businesses get needed capital. The local business nonprofit will leverage the county funds to receive an additional $300,000 from the federal Small Business Association Microloan Program.
As Mountain Bizworks continues to restructure its services, Buncombe commissioners are considering a plan to give the influential local business nonprofit $50,000 toward a new microloan program.
Struggling to address an increased demand for services amid a funding crunch, Mountain BizWorks is conducting “an intensive review of our programs and finances,” board Chair Eileen McMinn reports. Most of the organization’s existing training programs will be phased out by the middle of next year. The downsized local nonprofit will focus its remaining resources on lending.
Facing a “liquidity crunch,” Mountain BizWorks CEO Shaw Canale has stepped down from her post, a job she’s had since 2009.
Taryn Gentry calls her business a concierge service, but really she’s a matchmaker. It’s just that instead of matching sweethearts, she’s busy hitching tasks with talent.
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 […]
It’s not every day that a local small business gets its product tested by a hurricane. But Living Roofs Inc., a local company founded 2006 by Kathryn Blatt Ancaya and Emilio Ancaya, got just that
Mountain BizWorks supports small businesses in Western North Carolina through lending, consulting and training. Here’s one in a series of advice columns from one of the nonprofit’s local experts.
This week, in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight a growing segment of our entrepreneurial community.
Mountain BizWorks encourages novice and experienced farmers to turn their forests into money-making enterprises.
Xpress freelancer Anne Fitten Glenn sits down with Mountain BizWorks CEO Shaw Canale and Women’s Business Center Director Sharon Oxendine to discuss local trends concerning women in business.
The new chief executive officer of Mountain BizWorks tells Mountain Xpress about the best banking job she ever had and looks forward to a strategic planning period with the nonprofit that serves small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Greg Walker-Wilson is stepping down as chief executive officer of Mountain BizWorks, an Asheville-based nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs develop businesses and find financial support. He plans to move his family to South America later this year to enrich their life experience and extend his service work. Walker-Wilson, his wife, Susanne, and their two children, 11-year-old […]
Greg Walker-Wilson, the executive director of the Asheville nonprofit Mountain BizWorks, announced Thursday that he would move his family to South America later this year to enrich his family’s life experience and extend his service work.
If you’ve ventured into any small, local business recently—whether it was a restaurant, retail store or other establishment—there’s a fair chance the proprietor or service provider got his or her start through Mountain BizWorks’ Foundations program. Cradle of business: These are just a fraction of the local businesess created locally thanks to Mountain BizWorks’ Foundations […]