About us

Our story

We’re building a vibrant and inclusive entrepreneurial community in Western North Carolina.

Mountain BizWorks was founded by entrepreneurs in Asheville, NC in 1989.

We believed in the WNC region way back then—before it was a nationally acclaimed destination for outdoors, tourism, food and beer. We knew it was possible, so we set out to create a supportive local business environment where entrepreneurs could thrive. And it worked!

We are a U.S. Treasury certified non-profit Community Development Financial Institution or CDFI—what’s a CDFI?

Our Vision

Mountain BizWorks envisions a thriving Western North Carolina in which small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs have access to the resources needed to make their dreams a reality—a region where collaboration, creativity, innovation, and investment generate opportunity and prosperity for all.

Our Mission

Mountain BizWorks’ mission is to build a vibrant and inclusive entrepreneurial community in Western North Carolina by helping small businesses start, grow, and thrive. When small businesses succeed, we all prosper.

Who we serve

Mountain BizWorks provides business loans and coaching to emerging and established small businesses in Western North Carolina. We have a particular focus on working with businesses unable to access financing from banks and other traditional sources, as well as low-income, minority, women, and immigrant entrepreneurs, and businesses that operate within the local food system.

Our Core Values

Equity

to us, equity of access is what’s fair and what’s just

Inclusivity

we are committed to breaking down barriers to opportunity. We say “yes” to those who often hear “no.”

Collaboration

we wholeheartedly believe that collaboration is the most-effective means of serving the needs of our constituents.

Stewardship

we pledge to be a good and faithful steward of all funds that are entrusted to the organization.

Sustainability

we strive to invest in entrepreneurs that preserve and enhance our region’s unique natural and cultural resources.

Entrepreneur-Centric

we wholeheartedly believe that collaboration is the most-effective means of serving the needs of our constituents.

Local

we are profoundly committed to Western North Carolina, our home and our work is focused exclusively in this region.

Free

Come to an Orientation Session to quickly find your path forward.

Our orientation sessions are a great way to get the lay of the land at Mountain BizWorks before you set off to create all that you dream!

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Regional impact in 2019

$74M

Total Loans

2,816

Loans Made

$3.3 M

New Loans in 2018

About CDFIs

Community Development Financial Institutions exist to provide access to credit and other services that contribute to the economic stabilization of families and communities. Mountain BizWorks is one of nearly 1,300 CDFIs operating in the US—200 being in the Southeast and only 16 in North Carolina. To learn more about CDFIs and their impact in the US:


Visit Opportunity Finance Network


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Overview

See what Mountain BizWorks can do for you.

No matter your business type or experience level, we have resources to help you find your path to creating a business from your dream—and get better as you grow.

High-touch business courses
Customized business coaching
Get funding
Start investing

Newsletter

Stay connected to the local community of entrepreneurs with Mountain BizWorks.

We use our newsletter to keep the community together on all things small business in the WNC region. Learn about events, classes, funding opportunities, and more!

Our Region

Read about our service area and why it’s more than just a service area to us

Staff & Board

See the team that works together to make all of our work possible

Partners

Read about who our partners are and how we work together

Financials

Read about our dedication to financial sustainability and reporting

Employment

Learn about employment and other opportunities at Mountain BizWorks

Weather Policy

Read about our weather policy and how it effects our events.