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City Hosts Business Forum on ARRA Opportunities


ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is partnering with regional business support agencies to host a forum on the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on businesses Thursday, October 15, at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Enka campus.

Representatives from various agencies involved in business development will be on hand to provide information on services available to business owners. Participating agencies include: the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the A-B Tech Center for Business & Technology Incubation, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, Asheville SCORE, Mountain BizWorks, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Counselor Office, among others.

In addition to providing information throughout most of the day, service providers will take part in two panel discussions. The first panel discussion, “An Overview of the Recovery Act and Accessing Contracting Opportunities,” will take place from 10-11 a.m. followed by “Current Loan Opportunities,” at 1:30-2:30 p.m.

“The city is hosting this event to make sure local businesses understand how to participate in government contracting and can take advantage of any opportunities that become available under the economic stimulus program,” said Brenda Mills, the city’s ARRA project manager. “We also want to make information about other business support services widely available, even those that exist outside of ARRA.”

The event will take place at the A-B Tech Enka campus’s Haynes Conference Center with opening remarks delivered at 9:45 a.m. The forum will close at 3:30 p.m. Attendance is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, contact Brenda Mills at (828) 259-8050 or [email protected]

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