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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Downtown Spruce Pine Entrepreneurial Assistance Program
Grants will be available to qualifying new businesses (like, say, artists) in downtown Spruce Pine, North Carolina through the Downtown Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (DEAP). The program starts next Monday, September 12th. You can also take one or more of the classes even if you're not interested in applying for a grant. Here are some of the details from the Mayland Community College website:
Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center is offering a Small Business Center Entrepreneurship Certificate opportunity. In a six-class series, students will learn the basics of business. The SBC’s goal is to assist small business owners with building a functional and loan-ready business plan. Attend one or all six classes! Upon completion of all six classes, participants will receive a certificate from the MCC Small Business Center that can be included with business plans. Week one begins with how to start and finance a small business on September 12 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus. All classes in this series will be held on the Mitchell Campus and will begin at 5:30 PM.
As an extra incentive to attend the SBC Entrepreneurship Certificate opportunity, MCC has partnered with Spruce Pine Main Street, Mitchell County Economic Development, and the Town of Spruce Pine to offer start-up assistance to select new businesses via the Downtown Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (DEAP).
Start-up grants will be available to qualifying new businesses that settle in the downtown section of Spruce Pine. In order for a prospective business to apply for the DEAP start-up grant, participants must complete the Mayland Small Business Center Entrepreneurship Certificate Course, provide a business plan, and formally present their business proposal to a review committee. Business proposals and plans will be reviewed by an outside panel who will recommend grant award winners. Grants will cover select start-up expenses for the winning business. For detailed requirements about DEAP, contact Spruce Pine Main Street Director Libby Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.765.3008.
To enroll in one or all six of the MCC Small Business Center Entrepreneurship Certificate classes visit www.mayland.edu and click on the Continuing Education link for the Small Business Center or call 828.766.1295.
Clay Club meets at artist studios and other locations throughout Western North Carolina, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. All potters and ceramic artists are welcome! Look for details about the meetings here on the blog or contact Amy Waller at email@example.com for more info.