The Small Business Center (SBC) at Haywood Community College continues to provide high quality, readily accessible assistance including: free, confidential one-on-one business counseling services, resource and referral information for a variety of business needs and high-impact seminars and classes.

In an effort to better meet the diverse needs of the local small business climate, the HCC SBC has expanded their Small Business Coaching team.

In addition to the counseling services provided by SBC director Katy Gould, current and budding small businesses may book coaching sessions with guest counselors and mentors that specialize in a wealth of small business related areas of expertise.

Areas of focus include business law, bookkeeping and accounting, financial planning, marketing, new venture creation, outdoor products development, QuickBooks and more.

The HCC SBC guest counseling team includes:

Martha Bradley, managing attorney for the Asheville office of the Forrest Firm

Deanna Lynch, owner of Deanna Lynch Textiles

Emily Warren McCurry, financial advisor for Edward Jones

Ryan Taylor, owner of Recpreneur™

Larry Trout, founder and president of Coldwater Business Development

To read more about the Guest Counseling Program or schedule a coaching session with a small business mentor, visit or call 828.627.4512.

Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services, and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network facilitates an economic impact in 90% of all NC counties each year and ranks number one in the U.S. for total business seminars and participants. In addition, the network helps start an average of over 700 businesses every year and works to create and retain 3,800 jobs annually for North Carolina. Visit for more information.