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Take your business to the next level.

A comprehensive business innovation program designed to assist for profit, not-for-profit and family owned businesses to take them to the next level of success and sustainability.

January 26 – June 1, 2022

Registration for the 2022 Program now open.
Registration accepted through January 24, 2022.

Presented by:

Blue Ridge Community College logo

The Chamber Henderson County Chamber of Commerce logo

 

Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator

Innovate. Accelerate. Achieve.

group portrait, Blue Ridge Business Accelerator Program graduates, smilingMission Acceleration Business Accelerator is designed by entrepreneurs to help for-profit, family owned, and nonprofit businesses innovate and increase profitability. If you approach the business the same way as you did in the past, it will limit future profit growth. Now is the time to innovate with cutting edge best practices in business management, leadership, planning, branding, marketing, sales, accounting, purchasing, raising capital, information technology, human resources, time management, new business development, operations and distribution. The Program will help you identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in each department of your company to track, monitor and accelerate the success of your business. Peter Drucker said, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.”

Take the Mission Acceleration Program Self-Test to see if this program is right for you.

Training topics listed above are taught by subject matter experts. Also, learn proven business strategies from local successful entrepreneurs with Horizon Heating and Air, Zen Hen, Big Frog Custom Tee Shirts, Mimi’s Mountain Mixes, Pisgah Gem Mine, True Ridge, Eli & JoJo and Hola Community Arts to name a few.

Community Business Partners of the Mission Acceleration Program are:
Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center, Brevard Transylvania Chamber of Commerce. Community Foundation of Henderson County, Heart of Brevard, Historic Henderson Downtown, SCORE, The Partnership of Henderson County, Vision of Henderson County and Vision Transylvania.

For more information, call Blue Ridge Community College at (828) 694-1779.

Register Online (online form)

For-Profit

Whether your business is a startup (1-3 years old), existing, or in a scale-up phase, Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator can help you innovate and take your business to the next level.

Family Owned

Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator is designed to not only grow your business and increase profitability now, but also help with a family business transition. The skills learned can help the next generation of a family business better prepare for a future business transition.

Nonprofits

According to By Soren Kaplan the author of The Invisible Advantage, “Nonprofits face a fundamental “business” challenge: they’re nonprofits. Most of the 1.5 million US nonprofits don’t support themselves through “competing” by creating and selling better products, services, or business models. They fund-raise, get donations, and find grants. The problem with the typical nonprofit business model is that it’s based on dependence – many nonprofits look for funding every year from unpredictable grants, donations, and even bake sales. But if you’re truly a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, can you really innovate? The answer is yes, and in fact, business model innovation has arrived in the nonprofit sphere. In today’s world, running a nonprofit doesn’t mean eliminating profit from your thinking. Whatever you’re doing to serve the world, you can likely do more of it, in a more predictably sustainable way, by innovating your business model.” The sessions listed below give examples of how the Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator can help your non-profit.

For more information, call Blue Ridge Community College at (828) 694-1779.

Register Online (online form)

Blue Ridge Community College and the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce have partnered once again to offer the Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator, a five-month, ten-course program.

January 26, 2022
Business Best Practices and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) Checklist by Department Identifying Opportunities for Acceleration

February 9, 2022
Management and Leadership

February 23, 2022
Human Resources, Legal and Insurance

March 9, 2022
Capital and Purchasing

March 23, 2022
Competition and Competitive Advantage

April 6, 2022
Branding, Marketing and Sales

April 20, 2022
Customer Service and Information Technology

May 4, 2022
Business Logistics: Best ways to meet customer needs

May 18, 2022
Accounting and Finance

June 1, 2022
Business Acceleration Plan Presentation and Graduation

Sessions run Wednesdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. except 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 28.
Cost for the course is $295.

For more information, call Blue Ridge Community College at (828) 694-1779.

Register Online (online form)

A Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education Program

Partners

Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center logo
Brevard Transylvania Chamber of Commerce logo
Community Foundation of Henderson County logo
Heart of Brevard Bringing Downtown to Life logo
Hendersonville North Carolina, Henderson County Tourism Development Authority logo
Historic Downtown Hendersonville logo
NC Cooperative Extension NC A&T State University NC State University logos
SCORE The Life of Your Business logo
the partnership Henderson County, NC Economic Development logo
the partnership Henderson County, NC Economic Development logo
Vision Transylvania County logo
 

Gary Heisey portraitGary Heisey,
Executive Director Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator

Blue Ridge Community College empowers individuals with knowledge and skills to enrich our communities and build a competitive workforce.

Prior to directing the Mission Acceleration Business Accelerator, a Blue Ridge Community College Continuing Education Program, Gary for eleven years was the award winning Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Director. During this time, he directed the Small Business Center, rated number one SBC training center in North Carolina. Gary personally taught over 600 business seminars and assisting over 1,000 start-up, growth and scale-up companies with management advice, branding, marketing, social media, access to capital and business planning.

Gary has been recognized by:

  • Small Business Administration
  • National Association of Entrepreneurship
  • 2016 North Carolina Community College Staff Person of the Year Award
  • 2014 Dr. Molly A. Parkhill Blue Ridge Community Staff Person of the Year
  • Mountain Bizworks (Currently serves as the Board Chair and on the Lending Committee)
  • SCORE (Service of Retired Executives)

Prior to being the SBC Director for Blue Ridge Community College, Gary for four years was the Economic Planner for Transylvania County where he assisted the County Economic Development and Planning Department rebrand and position the county after the loss of their large manufacturing base.

For more information, call Blue Ridge Community College at (828) 694-1779.

Register Online (online form)

Contact Us

M.C. Gaylord
Continuing Education Program Specialist
m_gaylord@blueridge.edu
(828) 694-1779