University Partnerships

Boone and Watauga County share a dynamic and diverse economy that is driven by the presence of a major State University. Our County, in partnership with Appalachian State University is striving to create and maintain a culture of entrepreneurship in the community.

ASU Proudly Provides:

Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University was created in 2006 in order to support a  burgeoning group of student entrepreneurs. More recently, the Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach program was designed to support and develop local entrepreneurs, businesses and the community. Through this program, the Center twice a year hosts a “Start Your Own Business” workshop series to boost aspiring and existing entrepreneurs in the Watauga County area. Two of ASU’s Walker College of Business entrepreneurship professors developed the course material and ASU faculty and staff lead the workshops. The program is sponsored by ASU’s Center for Entrepreneurship, Watauga County, and Watauga Committee of 100. The workshop series is free to participants and is open to anyone wanting to start or grow their own business.

For more information contact:
Erich Schlenker, Director
(828) 262-6196

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)

Organized as an inter-institutional program of the University of North Carolina, SBTDC is the primary organization through which the state of North Carolina provides counselling and technical assistance to the business community. The SBTDC’s mission is to support growth and development of North Carolina’s economy by encouraging entrepreneurship, assisting in the creation and expansion of small business, and facilitating technology development and transfer. The SBTDC maintains 15 offices across the state, each affiliated with a North Carolina college or university. Since its inception in 1984, the SBTDC has provided managerial and technical assistance to thousands of new and established small business owners. For information, contact:
Appalachian State University, Walker College of Business

For more information contact:
Byron Hicks or Reid Stewart
(828) 262-2492