Rural Strong event in Waynesville

HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES — Rural Strong: North Carolina will present a half-day of discussion and resources for community and small businesses Sept. 17 in Waynesville.

Rural Strong: North Carolina will present a half-day of discussion and resources for community and small businesses from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Regional High Tech Center in Waynesville. The U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other partners have teamed up to bring programs and service offerings to Haywood County.

Resources for the event include the USDA, SBA, Mountain BizWorks, Thread Capital, Haywood CC SBC, SBTDC, Women’s Business Center, SCORE.

Participants will be welcomed by Dr. Barbara Parker, President, Haywood Community College; Dr. Regina Hartley, Dean of Business & Industry, Haywood Community College; Katy Gould, Director, Haywood Community College Small Business Center;

Robert Hosford, State Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture, North Carolina; and Mike Arriola, Acting District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration.

A panel discussion of “Making Your Location Work for You: Opportunity Zones” will include moderator Mike Arriola, SBA; Mickey Dale, CPA, Johnson Price & Sprinkle CPAs; and David Francis, Program Administrator, Office of the County Manager, Haywood County.

“A Conversation about Funding,” will include moderator Russ Harris, Southwestern Commission; Rossie Bullock, USDA Area Director; Karen Hoskins, SBA Lead Lender Relations Specialist; Barry Ryan, VP Thread Capital; and Moriah Heaney, Community Investments Manager Mountain BizWorks.

There will be networking opportunities.

The Regional High Tech Center is at 112 Industrial ark Dr., Waynesville.

Register for the event at www.eventbrite.com/e/rural-strong-north-carolina-tickets-66890008817.

All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Contact: Levi Kinnard, Timothy.Kinnard@sba.gov or call 704-344-6585.

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