MWB Attorney Rebecca Crandall serves on the Board of Mountain BizWorks. BizWorks helps fund start-ups for motivated entrepreneurs with good ideas. But it’s not just funding they provide, importantly they ensure their clients’ success by offering highly customized, peer-to-peer business coaching by an extensive network of local, successful business owners.
Pictured are MWB attorneys Rebecca Crandall and Beth Everett Lane at the BizWorks ScaleUp WNC presentations at Highland Brewing Company last month. ScaleUp provides intensive growth strategy development and implementation assistance to cohorts of 15 small businesses with strong potential for growth and job creation. There are two competitive cohorts per year. Learn how to apply for ScaleUp here
For nearly 30 years, Mountain BizWorks has been making business loans ranging from $1,000 to $250,000 to small businesses in Western North Carolina who may find it difficult to secure funding from banks and other traditional sources.
Mountain BizWorks is a place-based fund focused on the unique opportunities and challenges of small businesses across the Appalachian Mountains region of North Carolina, known as Western North Carolina. All lending decisions are made locally, and all staff are based here. We invest in areas that traditional banks can’t and emphasize serving communities that have often been underserved or overlooked. Over 80% of our clients are low-income, women, minority, or rural-based entrepreneurs.
From our founding in Asheville in 1989, the region has experienced a pronounced economic transformation from a region based around traditional manufacturers and tobacco farms to an economy increasingly defined by diverse small businesses in sectors like technology, local foods, outdoors, arts, hospitality, and more.
The Mountain BizWorks fund is committed to sustaining this small business-led economic development and ensuring its benefits reach all corners and communities of Western North Carolina.
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.
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.
Learn more at their website here.