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AB Tech Small Business Center/Incubator

The Small Business Center provides free one-to-one counseling for business owners or prospective owners to assist them in getting started or with a specific area of concern. Counseling can cover a variety of topics ranging from licensing and marketing to patents and trademarks. We also offer a variety of resources and services to help businesses start and grow, including business incubation.  828.254-1921    Visit us on the web  AB Tech Small Business Center

North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

The SBTDC helps small business owners and those interested in starting a business meet the challenges of today’s business environment by providing management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses throughout North Carolina from seventeen offices across the state, each affiliated with a college or university. Our mission is to help North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs within the state. Most of our services are free of charge. All SBTDC services are confidential.  

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On Track Women’s Financial Empowerment Center

Financially knowledgeable women make better decisions for themselvesand their families, increasing their economic security and well-being. The Women’s Financial Empowerment Center will provide OnTrack’s full range of financial counseling and educational services with a woman-centered approach, responding to women’s unique needs and perspectives to help them reach their financial goals.

828-255-5166 United Way Building, South French Broad St. Asheville


Status Forward – Branding, Graphic Design, Web Design

Status Forward – Sewn together with a human touch

We specialize in creating custom web sites done on time and on budget. We can maintain your site for you or we can build a site that is easy for you to update on your own.
Whether you are looking to build a new site, or improve on an existing one, we will work with you to create the best possible web presence for your business or organization.
In addition to web design and development, we offer graphic design, print, and multimedia development services, search engine optimization, content management solutions, website maintenance, hosting and multimedia projects. 


Authentic Alternatives – business consultation, organizing and development

If you are a small business owner or executive, you probably have several key challenges that are dragging  you down right now. Maybe you’re completely stuck or maybe you just know it should be a lot easier than it is. Are you facing one of these issues?

  • Not enough profit or personal income
  • Cash flow problems
  • Difficulty finding good people
  • Your business depends too much on you
  • Can’t develop good managers
  • Not enough sales or customers
  • Too much to do – too little time !@$%#@

If so, I can help you! Since 2002 in my small business consulting services I’ve been helping many entrepreneurs and other professionals around the US and in Europe break through their roadblocks, find solutions and implement them with great results. And by the way, many of my clients are running quite successful businesses and they want to go from “good to great.”  I help them select, plan and create the next steps in their business that they can never seem to get to. 

I offer complimentary business coaching calls to small business owners who have been in business 3+ years.      Visit Authentic Alternatives Website for more information

Starks Financial Group

Starks Financial Group looks and feels like a small, independent, personalized financial planning and investment management company because we are. Yet we have the backing of a leading international financial firm offering research, support and client service that has been recognized industry wide. Our relationship starts with you and a financial plan that builds into an investment plan to meet your personalized goals and dreams. Set up a free, no obligation initial consultation.

The financial planning and investment management services we provide are designed to encompass all aspects of your financial life and help you achieve the goals and objectives you have for today and during the many years of your retirement. Once we have created a financial plan that meets with your approval, we develop an investment plan compatible with your goals, time line, and risk tolerance.

As an independent firm, we are not obligated to promote or sell any proprietary investments, but rather have complete freedom to tailor your investment plan based solely on your best interests.

Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Member FINRA/SIPC, Registered Investment Advisor

(828) 285-8777

Mountain BizWorks Upcoming Classes & Workshops






Mountain BizWorks – Business Lending and Learning

Mountain BizWorks provides business loans and coaching to emerging and established small businesses in Western North Carolina. We have a particular focus on working with businesses unable to access financing from banks and other traditional sources, as well as low-income, minority, women, and immigrant entrepreneurs, and businesses that operate within the local food system.  Visit our website for more information, classes and workshop schedule    (828) 253-2834







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