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About Us

The Western Women's Business Center meets the needs of women entrepreneurs through one-on-one business coaching, workshops, and access to capital. Our team of experts offer support on a range of topics small businesses need to start and grow.

We are a program of Carolina Small Business Development Fund, a statewide nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to foster economic development in the state of North Carolina. 

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SERVING 22
COUNTIES OF
WESTERN NORTH
CAROLINA.

The counties in our service area are:  Alexander,  Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey.

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Our Impact
Our Impact
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Since 2014, the Western Women’s Business Center has served as a catalyst for the success of women entrepreneurs in the mountain region.
 
We are proud to have supported thousands of businesses in Western North Carolina.

154

Jobs created and retained

31

Businesses started

83

clients accessed

$9M

in capital

3,790

Clients attending training and events

3,941

One-on-one coaching clients

MEET OUR TEAM

Our team brings a high level of expertise, professionalism, and engagement with entrepreneurs across the region. Our knowledge and passion is reflected in all of the services we offer.

Our Team

Zurilma Anuel*

Director

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Zurilma Anuel serves as Director of the Western Women's Business Center. In that role she oversees the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the center, which seeks to promote entrepreneurship in the western region of North Carolina. She was previously Director of CSBDF's Latino Program. Prior her career at CSBDF, Zuri was Latino Program coordinator for Mountain BizWorks and worked for over a decade as a personal banker at Wells Fargo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Commercial and Financial Administration from the Central University of Caracas and certificates in economic development finance and business credit analysis.

*Hablo Español

 

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Maite Gonzalez*

Program Associate

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Maite Gonzalez is the Program Associate for the Western Women's Business Center (WWBC). Prior to joining the WWBC, she worked at Mission Hospital for five years as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and then continued on to get her Associate Degree in Nursing. 

Maite is originally from Chile. She is passionate about making a positive impact on the world, and is excited about contibuting to the WWBC's mission. 

*Hablo Español

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Emily Blevins

Marketing & Communications Director

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Emily Blevins serves as Marketing & Communications Director for Carolina Small Business Development Fund and its associated programs, including the Western Women's Business Center. Prior to joining CSBDF, she served as the communications manager for the NC Rural Center, where she supported the marketing and communications efforts of its leadership development, community engagement, advocacy, and small business lending programs. 

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Our Supporters

Thank you so much to the generous funders of the Western Women’s Business Center who make our work possible.

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Our Services

Our services are open to all entrepreneurs in the 22 counties of Western North Carolina.

Careers

View our open positions.

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Careers
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