Katy Gould, Haywood Community College Small Business Center Director, was recently named the 2016 Outstanding Microenterprise Partner of the Year by the NC Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. at the 2016 NC Rural Assembly. This award recognizes a strong partner to the center’s Microenterprise Loan Program (MLP) that has a successful track record of assisting clients to obtain loans through the program. Assistance includes technical assistance and guidance through the loan application process and after the loan closing. The recipient has consistently promoted the program through seminars, events, and trainings.

In the past year, Gould has assisted both established and potential small business owners with the MLP process. Through these efforts, $50,000 of loan capital has been awarded by the NC Rural Center to small business owners in Haywood County and 8 jobs have been created or retained.

The NC MLP works with individuals who have sound ideas for starting or expanding a small business but may not qualify for bank loans through standard loans, which are available in amounts up to $25,000 and express loans, which are capped at $5,000. Special emphasis is given to serving rural, low-income, female and minority borrowers.

In addition to helping clients obtain loans, HCC’s Small Business Center provides free, confidential, one-on-one counseling services. The Center also offers a wealth of seminars and workshops designed to address the needs of Haywood County business owners and budding entrepreneurs. If you have thought of owning a business, are preparing to launch a new venture or are currently a business owner, these workshops are an excellent opportunity to add business skills to your toolbox for success. For more information, please visit:  https://www.haywood.edu/small-business-center.

Donated photo. Katy Gould, HCC Small Business Center Director, was recently named the 2016 Outstanding Microenterprise Partner of the Year by the NC Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. Pictured left to right are:  Patrick Woodie, President of The Rural Center; Katy Gould; Barry Ryan, Senior Director of Entrepreneurship & Microenterprise of The Rural Center; and Grant Godwin, Chair of The Rural Center’s Board of Directors.