Two upcoming sessions will focus on starting a business along the French Broad watershed

Press release

From RiverLink:

As part of RiverLink’s mission to stimulate the economic and environmental heath of the French Broad River watershed through arts & crafts, recreation (in all forms retail, manufacturing, enjoyment) and health and wellness (as documented in the popular Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan), RiverLink and the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) are pleased to announce two upcoming sessions focused on encouraging entrepreneurship and the nuts and bolts of starting a business in the French Broad River Watershed.

“Starting A Better Business” will be held on Thursday October 3rd and Thursday January 23, both from 10:00 to 12:00 at RiverLink’s Warehouse Studios, 170 Lyman Street in the heart of the River Arts District.

At each session Noah Raper from SBTDC will cover the following topics –
— how to assess your business ownership skills
— how to assess the feasibility of your business idea
— the parts of a business plan
— the different types of business formations (sole proprietorship, LLC, partnerships, ext.)
— required licenses
— financing options

Session handouts will include a business plan outline, additional planning documents, and helpful resources to guide your business planning process. There will be an opportunity for discussion and to ask questions about specific aspects of business. These sessions are FREE and open to anyone interested in starting a business, but registration is required in order to assure seating. To register, please visit:
October 3 session:
January 23 session:
For questions about these sessions or how to register, please contact Noah Raper at 828-251-6025 ext. 22.Directions and other event details will be distributed to registered attendees prior to the event. Space is limited and reservations are a must.

About RiverLink:
RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a place to live, work and play. Since 1987 we have engaged in simultaneous efforts to address water quality concerns throughout the French Broad River basin, expand public opportunities for access and recreation, and spearhead the economic revitalization of the French Broad River and its watershed. For more on RiverLink and our programs, visit

About SBTDC:
Founded in September 1984, North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is the business and technology extension service of the University of North Carolina which oversees the 16 constituent institutions of the University system. The Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. With a lead center located in Raleigh, NC, the SBTDC operates 10 regional service centers in 16 total offices, five specialty programs, and a strategy and organization development unit. Western North Carolina is served by two offices: one on campus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee and one in downtown Asheville. For more on the SBTDC and our services, visit


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