Sharron Donnahoe, Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center Director, was recently named the N.C. Microenterprise Loan Program's Outstanding Service Provider of the Year for her work of helping small business owners in rural North Carolina.

Donnahoe, who has directed HCC’s Center for 18 years, works with the Rural Center's Microenterprise Program to encourage self-employment and small business development by combining loans with business planning and technical assistance. The program often works with individuals who have sound business ideas but do not qualify for traditional bank loans.

Working in partnership with the Rural Center, Donnahoe helps borrowers to hone business plans, complete loan applications and generally navigate the process of starting or expanding a business.

HCC’s Small Business Center offers many services to the public free of charge. Some of these services include: confidential counseling, seminars and access to resource libraries. Located in HCC’s Library, the center houses a large in-house resource library of print and audio materials and on-line Small Business Resource Library. The Center provides budding entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources needed to make informed decisions concerning their business ventures.