Growth Initiative

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Opportunity Asheville & WNC

Every person, no matter where they are from, deserves the chance to get ahead. That means we need to make it easier – not harder – for small businesses to get off the ground, especially for those led by people of color and immigrants.

What we offer in Diversity & Inclusion

At Mountain BizWorks, we understand that access-to-capital is just one of the vital resources needed to achieve business success. As such, we offer a suite of tools of tools to help our founders of color and portfolio companies thrive.


Coaching

One-on-One Support

Our coaching helps entrepreneurs overcome obstacles, grow strategically, and create jobs.

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Multicultural Catalyst Fund

The Multicultural Catalyst Fund is designed to increase equity within the startup and early growth funding landscape for entrepreneurs of color with the hopes of encouraging entrepreneurs of color to enter into industries that have higher rates of growth and success.

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Catalyst Cohort

Participants will be embedded in a peer advisory group facilitated by an experienced growth coach, and will also gain access to one-on-one mentoring, expert speakers, business development services, and other opportunities for transformational learning.

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IDA Program Partnership

IDA was established to assist non-majority low-to-moderate income earners as they develop an entrepreneurial mindset, achieve consistent savings, and acquire assets for their growing businesses.

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Why we need more B-Corps in this region?

Our region is home to people and companies that care about the triple bottom line: not just the financial impact of their life and business, but also the oft-overlooked social and environmental impacts. That’s what being a B Corp is all about: B Corps aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.

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Learn about B-Corporations in Appalachia

Opportunity Asheville & WNC 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.