Where can I get help in starting a new business?

Starting a successful business can be a rewarding but incredibly demanding life experience.  As an entrepreneur, you’ll be responsible for all aspects of your business including financial management, accounting, sales and marketing, branding, human resources, public relations, production and regulatory compliance.  This can be overwhelming for even the most educated and experienced business professionals. 


The most successful businesses at Blue Ridge Food Ventures are ones that seek help from the numerous entrepreneurship development programs located in Western North Carolina.  Your success is equal to preparation and hard work, so do your homework. 

  • Mountain BizWorks offers business foundations planning classes that assist you to estimate start-up and overhead costs, determine profit goals, study cash flow, develop marketing plans, and learn about necessary licensing and record keeping. Throughout the course, you’ll receive direct, supportive feedback on your business plan from the facilitator and your peers. At the end of the course, you’ll present your business plan to the class.
  • The Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC) has a staff of highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals; most have prior business ownership or executive experience and more than 70% have graduate degrees. This depth and diversity of talent positions the SBTDC to help businesses address a broad spectrum of issues including:  planning, financial management, human resources, marketing, and operations. 

Many of their programs focus on small to mid-sized business, but they do assist startups as well.  They have offices in Cullowhee and in Asheville. Learn more about SBTDC here.

  • Each of the community colleges across Western North Carolina has a Small Business Center, which provides free, one-on-one confidential counseling for small businesses and startups. Whether you need help on business law, planning, business coaching, business development and growth, problem solving, or cash flow management, they can provide you with the expert assistance you need.

Located adjacent to Blue Ridge Food Ventures is the Small Business Center at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Enka campus. Because of its proximity to BRFV, this location is familiar with the special needs of food business startups. They offer access to professional services involving individualized counseling and advice with area professionals in multiple areas such as:

  • Accounting
  • Patents
  • Finances
  • Business Management
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Branding
  • Web Design
  • Process Improvement
  • Infrastructure Development

Many of these services are free or of negligible cost considering the investment of time and money that most entrepreneurs devote to their entrepreneurial dreams. Develop a plan, implement the strategy and reap the rewards.


Our experienced staff at Blue Ridge Food Ventures can help you fill in the missing pieces and work through the more complex issues that face entrepreneurs; specifically food business entrepreneurs. Contact us at Blue Ridge Food Ventures – we are happy to help!


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