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Specialist aims to help start 50 new businesses in 2020
Monday, 03 February 2020 12:33

From Staff Reports 

 A presentation on the services offered by the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center — with a goal to help launch at least 50 new businesses in the Ashevillea area in 2020 — was given to the Council of Independent Business Owners on Jan. 17 at UNCA’s Sherrill Center.

Ben Robbins, business launch specialist, gave the address, and noted that he is based at UNCA.

He began his presentation by pointing out that “the SBA did increase, unilaterally, the goal for business starts.

“My role is as a business launch specialist is to focus on businesses that aren’t in business yet.”

“It also provided a great opportunity (for the SBA) to partner with UNCA.”

He added that the other staff at the Asheville Regional Center are at Western Carolina University’s Biltmore Park Center in South Asheville.

“UNCA’s been a great home for me,” Robbins told the CIBO audience. “Darrin Waters has been my boss.(Dr. Darrin J. Waters is an assistant professor of history and special assistant to the chancellor for community outreach and engagement, according to the UNCA website.)

“Send anybody you know who’s looking to start a business to me,” Robbins said. “My goal is to get 50 businesses launched in 2020.”

He added that “a program titled ‘Taking a Leap’ will be held for four weeks at The Collider in downtown Asheville... That’s our goal — to be collaborative and to add value and promote more (business) startups.”

During a single-question question-and-answer session at the end of the address (and as the meeting wound to a close), CIBO member Mac Swicegood asked for more details on The Collider program, such as wondering how long the four sessions would last.

Robbins replied that each of the four sessions in “Taking a Leap” would last two hours, running from 6 to 8 p.m.



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