Transylvania Business Support Task Force To Hold Third Virtual Town Hall Meeting


Last updated 5/4/2020 at 1:59pm

The Transylvania Business Support Task Force announces its third virtual town hall meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a panel of experts in key areas of business related to the reopening of the economy, including representatives from public health, health care, legal and marketing. The Task Force was formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is comprised of Transylvania Economic Alliance (TEA), Brevard/ Transylvania Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), Heart of Brevard (HOB), Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center (BRCC SBC) and Transylvania County Tourism (TCT).

Soon after the pandemic began impacting federal, state and local economies, the task force created a resource guide for small businesses in the community with the intention of providing information in key areas such as disaster financing, unemployment, operational guidance, governmental updates, upcoming webinars and more. This remains active and is available for viewing at, and

Wednesday’s town hall meeting is specifically designed with the concerns of those surveyed in mind. Similar to the initial shut down, reopening the economy will come with its own set of challenges; hurdles local government leaders are expecting and actively preparing to address. In addition to information and resources presented by content experts, attendees will have the option to participate in a live Q&A opportunity. Like its predecessor, this virtual meeting will be coordinated through BRCC’s Small Business Center. Registration is required and can be found at by clicking on the “View free upcoming conferences & seminars” button. To submit advanced questions for town hall panelists, email [email protected]

“This is an opportunity for business owners to discuss new standards and to share thoughts on operational changes, challenges and needed resources for employee and workplace safety in your industry,” added Heart of Brevard Executive Director Nicole Bentley. “We want to provide access to resources to help our community begin thinking about we need to do now in order to reopen quickly when restrictions are lifted.”

Transylvania Tomorrow, the task force’s Small Business Emergency Relief Fund, recently completed its first round of funding which saw over $60,000.00 distributed to local businesses in desperate need of short-term support in areas such as employee payroll, rent, utilities, insurance etc. A second round of funding is currently accepting donations and application. Additional information regarding eligibility guidelines, deadlines and award criteria can be found by visiting Transylvania Tomorrow is supported by founding sponsor Comporium. All donations will be received, processed, and dispersed by the Community Focus Foundation, a 501c3 organization serving Transylvania County.

Make a Donation to Transylvania Tomorrow:

Businesses and organizations who are interested in supporting Transylvania County’s small business community during this time of crisis, please contact Heart of Brevard Executive Director, Nicole Bentley at [email protected] or Commerce Executive Director Clark Lovelace at [email protected]

Individuals may do so online via at or by mailing a check to The Community Focus Foundation (CFF) at P.O. Box 215, Brevard, NC  28712. The CFF is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, publicly supported organ-ization serving Transylvania County.  Tax deductible contributions are payable to Community Focus Found-ation, P.O. Box 215, Brevard, NC  28712.


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