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, Katy Gould, 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. 


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Martha Bradley, Managing Attorney, Forrest Firm, Asheville Office

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.

 

 

 

Martha Bradley

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. 

Larry Trout, Founder and President, Coldwater Business Development

Larry Trout is the founder and president of Coldwater Business Development, a business advisory service company. Larry mentors entrepreneurs who want to open their business and advises established business owners looking to grow their business. His background with Fortune 500 companies, regional healthcare systems, independent medical practices, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and his own small businesses has helped him develop a unique perspective for advising small businesses.

Larry has a B.S. degree in Education and an MBA. He is certified as a QuickBooks® ProAdvisor, LivePlan® Expert Advisor, TSheets® Professional, DiSC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness) behavioral assessment facilitator, Lean Six Sigma (yellow belt), and grant writer.

 

​Areas of expertise include: Small business development, strategic planning, mission/vision/value statement development, financial projections and budgeting, benchmarking, scorecards, managerial accounting, business administration, cost accounting, bookkeeping, business planning, capital formation, process improvement, profitability, identifying industry trends, lean operations, industry best practices, enhancing leadership, communication and management skills, timesheets and payroll processing.

Larry Trout