Celebrate Small Business Week 2022

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Celebrate Small Business Week 2022

For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Here’s our salute to the many who step out to build a dream into an asset for our communities. You are hardworking folks, from one-person service companies to managing entrepreneurs that surround themselves with folks who get the job done.

Our real estate business, Steve Cooper Real Estate, cannot work without small business folks. Some may call me a solo agent; however, I know that no one succeeds alone. The support staff around me includes WNC Agent Services, which has now grown to include 3 people;  various photographers, Kevan Spargo’s High Lake Media being one of the primary ones we call on; Ken Potts Appraisals who helps with listing logistics; The Law Office of R.L. Warren, now also growing with new staff to support our clients in property transfers. Gosh, I hope I don’t hurt any feelings by not mentioning more specific names. We have a list of painters, plumbers, HVAC people, handymen and handywomen, downsizers and stagers, landscapers and many more. I am grateful that my clients can rely on so many small business people in the process. We do not take them for granted. It takes all of us to make a team.

Nor do we underestimate the impact of the entrepreneurial spirit of the people who brought the Keller Williams presence to Asheville. The late Mike Tavener, Sherrie Puffer, Jim Buff, and Steve Bourke who are now joined by Jeff Stewart as the founders and operators of the Asheville Market Centers. We get to work in a supportive environment that promotes the opportunity for so many to create their own small business within a supportive framework.

You have your own dream, don’t you? If it includes real estate, let’s talk. Otherwise, we have great resources in Western North Carolina that support entrepreneurial efforts. Here are  a few:

North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development, 46 Haywood Street, Suite 212

Asheville SCORE 0137, Federal Building, Room 259, 151 Patton Avenue.   828-271-4786

Western Women's Business Center, 1465 Sand Hill Road.   828-633-5065

North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development, 204 Forsyth Bldg, WCU School of Business

And, for you veterans, contact

Patrick Rodriguez
North Carolina District Office – Raleigh AWS
6600 Louisburg Rd., Bldg. D, Room 351
Raleigh, NC 27616

Phone: 919-532-5525
Cell: 919-923-6688
Email: patrick.rodriguez@sba.gov

Jump in! Support your local small businesses and when you decide to start your own, let us know. We wish you well.