One-day business planning retreat

Published 9:25 am Friday, June 21, 2013

Mountain BizWorks and the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge are partnering to offer a one-day business planning retreat on June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Lure Inn (2771 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC). This event is for current and prospective business owners.

This retreat is designed specifically for entrepreneurs who are prepared for an intense day of “full speed ahead” business training. Participants will be guided through critical business plan concepts such as start-up and overhead costs; profit goals; cash flow; marketing; and licensing and record-keeping. By the end of the day, each participant will have an action plan to move their business forward. Individuals starting or operating agricultural enterprises will receive an additional industry-specific resource packet. A catered lunch will be provided on the inn’s veranda overlooking the pristine views of Lake Lure.

The retreat offers participants the opportunity to step back from day-to-day demands and activities for concentrated discussion, dialogue, and strategic thinking. Retreat facilitators will provide business insight, creative problem solving and fresh perspectives. Participants will also be encouraged to network with, and learn from one another.

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The business planning retreat will be held at The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa, one of North Carolina’s original landmarks. Surrounded by natural beauty and steeped in luxury, the Lake Lure Inn enjoyed a full restoration to its historic splendor in 2005. Mountain BizWorks is the premier lending and learning service provider for small business owners in WNC.  With its long history of supporting successful business start-ups and expansions, Mountain BizWorks offers powerful resources, which are especially helpful in today’s economic environment.  Mountain BizWorks staff work across western North Carolina bringing courses, one-on-one coaching and lending opportunities to entrepreneurs.

To register, contact Ashley Epling at 828-253-2834 ext. 27 or For general information about the workshop, contact Tina Wolfe at or 828-625-2725.  To learn more about business loans, classes, and coaching from Mountain BizWorks, visit

– article submitted by Carol Lynn Jackson