Are you Ready?

As I was researching what to blog about in the area of Economic Development for Cherokee County I was served an epiphany by a member who just stepped into the office to talk. A recent new business venture was struggling. Why? Several reasons but first and foremost lack of experience and lack of a solid business plan. Hence the question to aspiring businesses…..

Are you ready?

Of course the main purpose of this blog segment is to keep you, the reader, up to date on business ventures and opportunities happening in Cherokee County. But the thought that was provoked by my visitor was “How many business ventures start and fail making no more than a tiny ripple in our local economy but perhaps financially devastating the business owner?” Part of our mission at the Chamber is to promote established and new businesses and there have been more the a few times we referred potential business projects to Kathryn Jenkins at the Small Business Center (SBC) at Tri-County Community College before signing those businesses up for a Chamber Membership. Because unfortunately a “Great Idea” does not guarantee success.

So again, are you ready? If you are planning a new venture or even expanding a current business check out the valuable resources that are available right here and most are at no cost. Upcoming free classes at the SBC include Start Up Assistance and Marketing tips just to name a couple. Go to the link below and sign up. (Even if you think you are ready)

Small Business Center

Movers and Shakers

Economic development is alive and well in Cherokee County thanks to folks like….

Paul Worley; Director of Economic And Workforce Development at Tri-County Community College Center for Applied Technology

Aaron Patton; Director of Customized Training at Tri-County Community College Center of Applied Technology.

Kathryn Jenkins; Director of Small Business Center at Tri-County Community College.

Paul and Aaron concentrate much of their efforts on assisting in the expansion of established businesses and fostering new business growth in the region. Kathryn is the go-to person for business planning, marketing strategies, training, small business loan preparation and sound advice. The SBC offers a wide array of classes to the public that are free of charge and aimed to provide a foundation for entrepreneurs both large and small. 

After meeting with Paul, Aaron, and Kathryn areas for needed growth were outlined as housing, expanded broadband, and continued workforce development. Opportunities are plentiful in an area that has as 20% base in manufacturing, a major medical center, tourism, and a variety of healthy income opportunities from major employers such as: Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, Murphy Electric Power Board, Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital, The Cable Company, Snap-on, IOI and MOOG, Inc.