Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program Grant Award

“I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Mountain Time Amish Wholesale, a new business located on East Main Street in Burnsville.  The business is a new enterprise of local Burnsville Main Street merchant Claudia Honeycutt, the proprietor of Mountain Time on Main St.” said EDC Director Jamie McMahan.  “We are pleased to see Mountain Time’s retail business grow and expand to include an exciting new sales space and new product offerings on East Main Street in Burnsville” added McMahan.

The store, the newest addition to Burnsville’s growing Main Street business community, will be opening at 603 East Main Street in Burnsville next to Banks Jewelers.  Mountain Time Amish Wholesale will bring a full-service furniture showroom to downtown Burnsville specializing in Hickory and Oak indoor furniture lines.  Longtime Main Street merchant, Something Special, currently also inventories much of the furniture line and Mountain Time Amish Wholesale will be working together with them as well to grow their offerings.  The new space on East Main Street will serve as warehouse and showroom space for Mountain Time Amish Wholesale’s buyers.  Customers can learn more about the business and product lines at www.wholesaleamishfurniture.biz.

“The key to economic prosperity in any town, but especially in small town America, is a proactive approach to recruiting and developing our best assets; those in our own backdoor- the entrepreneur” added EDC Director McMahan. “Creating a community that supports entrepreneurial development will generate profit for the entire county and will also fill a gap that directly benefits our specific economic needs.”

The Burnsville Downtown Entrepreneur Assistance Program (DEAP).  DEAP is an incentive grant program with the goal of creating new jobs, increasing revenue, and making downtown Burnsville an attractive option for business development.  The purpose of this program is to support business recruitment by assisting new start-ups within the critical first six months of business.

The DEAP program requires applicants submit a written business plan when applying for the grant and may, depending upon the applicant’s previous business experience, require attendance of business management and training courses at Mayland Community College through the Mayland Small Business Center, or other accredited institution offering the required courses and will require recipients to create at least one new full time equivalent job.  In addition to the grant award of $2,500 the grant will also cover the cost of the recipient’s first year of membership in the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce.

For more details on how to apply for the grant program contact Jamie McMahan, Executive Director of the Yancey County Economic Development Commission, at (828) 682-7722 or via email at yanceyedc@gmail.com.  Application information may also be obtained at the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce or the Mayland Community College Small Business Center.