Growth Initiative

Expanding Access

Expanding Small Business Access to Capital in the Southwestern Region

This is a collaborative project between Western Carolina University (WCU) and Mountain BizWorks to increase CDFI small business lending and entrepreneurial training in the Southwestern Region—Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties. With support from a USDA Rural Development grant, we’re very pleased to be able to increase our work with Southwestern area entrepreneurs and partners.

How to get involved

We will be holding events, consultations, and lending services across this region’s footprint. Connect with us in your backyard.

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Use our easy scheduling tool to book a free consultation with one of our lenders or program specialists. We look forward to learning more about your business goals and how Mountain BizWorks may be of assistance.

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Entrepreneur Networking & Orientation Sessions

Connect with peers and learn about all of the great resources available to help you start and grow your small business.

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Expanding Small Business Access to Capital in the Southwestern Region is a Growth Initiative* of Mountain Bizworks.

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*Growth initiatives are special learning opportunities geared toward specific local industries—facilitated by Mountain Bizworks to initiate growth in our local economy and community. Learn more about us here.