southwestern region


Expanded Access for the Southwestern Region

With the addition of our new Southernwestern Regional Manager, we’re very pleased to be able to increase our work with Southwestern area entrepreneurs and partners.

New Presence in the Region

We’re excited to announce that Christine Laucher has joined our team as the Southwestern Regional Manager. 

Christine’s experience in community organizing, business coaching, and workforce development will guide her work in the region, with an aim to support new and existing small businesses. 

With Christine’s new role, we will be able to have a more hands on and community driven approach to our services in the region. Our regional services include:

  • Tailored lending
  • Expanded entrepreneurial development programs
  • One on one coaching

If you are in the Southwestern region, we’d love to introduce you to Christine and follow up about how we can better support entrepreneurs and small businesses!

Christine Laucher
Southwestern Regional Manager



Southwestern Region

Southwestern Region

  • Haywood
  • Transylvania
  • Jackson
  • Swain
  • Macon
  • Clay
  • Graham
  • Cherokee
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians


Jackson county client success story

Ilda: Bringing a Taste of Italy in the South

Opening any business during these pandemic years may have been a daunting feat for most, but for Sylva, NC native Crystal and her partner Santiago, it was a necessary and calculated risk to take. 

They took their concept from New York to Sylva, and Ilda, an authentic Italian restaurant, was born. 

Six months after opening, it’s clear the risk was well worth taking.

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