Welcome to the Small Business Center Guest Counselor Network

Welcome to our expanded counseling services! The HCC SBC has expanded our mentoring team to better meet the diverse needs of small businesses in our community. 

In addition to the counseling services provided by Haywood Community College Small Business Center Director, Ashley Swanger, we are pleased to offer guest counselors and mentors that cover a wealth of small business related areas of expertise. 

Please see counselor/mentor profiles below to read more about our skilled team of small business mentors.

We invite you to schedule an opportunity to meet with the business counselor/mentor that best meets the needs of your current or prospective small business. 


Martha Bradley

Martha Bradley, Attorney, Hall Booth Smith

Martha Bradley is a graduate of Campbell University School or Law and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division (committee chair), Women in the Profession Committee and Member Value Task Force.

Martha enjoys a unique practice focused on real estate disputes, land use and zoning, civil litigation, and business law. As a litigator, she represents clients across North Carolina in real estate and business disputes, from pre-filing negotiations to appeals, offering advice on avoiding and resolving conflict arising out of boundary line disputes, trespass claims, or planned community association conflict, in addition to assisting businesses with land use and zoning issues and construction matters.​

Areas of expertise include: ​ Real estate disputes, land use and zoning, civil litigation, and business law.




Mike Coble, Owner, MBGC Group LLC

Mike is an experienced entrepreneur with over 15 years retail experience. Mike started his career with Verizon Wireless where he created sales process and training programs to increase revenue and decrease cost. After Verizon, Mike started working as a consultant with small to medium size companies to teach implementation of these operations and practices that are used by larger companies and scale them to smaller companies. He also started teaching how to integrate technology into your business to increase revenue without over spending.

Areas of expertise include: Sales process and creation, business operations, P&L, technology integration, payroll, general business admin, business plans, leadership courses. Certified in AXIOM, Sales force, Servicetitan Art of sales, Earn the Right.

Deanna Lynch

Deanna Lynch, Owner, Deanna Lynch Textiles

Deanna Lynch is an accountant and production hand weaver. She has a BSB in Accounting and has been working with small businesses since 2009. She graduated from HCC's Professional Crafts Program in 2014 and since then has continued working as a bookkeeper and as a consultant for start-up businesses while building her weaving business.

Areas of expertise include: Quickbooks set up and troubleshooting, help deciding what bookkeeping software and record keeping system is appropriate, establishing good record keeping habits and timelines, record keeping organization,  basic to in-depth accounting and financial education for small business owners. 

Emily Warren McCurry, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Emily Warren McCurry is a native of Haywood County. She is a Financial Advisor in Waynesville, and has been an employee of Edward Jones since 2013. A graduate of Pisgah High, Emily holds a Bachelors in Communication from UNC Asheville, as well as a MBA from Western Carolina University. She is actively involved in her community, serving as an Ambassador for the Haywood Co Chamber of Commerce, as well as on a variety of boards including the Haywood County Arts Council, HART Theatre, and Playground Stage in Buncombe County. Emily's hobbies and interests include performing locally in musical theater productions, travel, baking, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her husband, Evan, and her cocker spaniel, Jinx.

​Areas of expertise include:Financial planning, retirement planning, small business/employer retirement plans, life insurance, business administration, and leadership development.

Emily Warren McCurry

Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor, Owner, RecpreneurTM

Ryan Taylor is an outdoor entrepreneur [RecpreneurTM], an educator, a small business consultant, and a mountain bike and dirt bike enthusiast. He loves the great outdoors.  Since 2006, Ryan has led projects in mountain bike park design, construction and management, cycling race promotion, outdoor product testing, and outdoor industry economic development. In 2018, he launched North Carolina’s first outdoor industry entrepreneurship education program. He has created more than $5MM in value for WNC’s outdoor economy. Ryan is a former professional downhill mountain bike racer and holds an MBA and Master's of Entrepreneurship Certificate from Western Carolina University. 

​Areas of expertise include: ​New venture creation/ opportunity identification, bootstrap business launching and marketing, financial analysis, pricing on value and sales training.