Our local economy is now fueled by the power of ideas and relationships. Entrepreneurship is the great equalizer and Small Town Ventures is geared to help you level the playing field.

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Small Town Ventures (STV) is a consulting firm specializing in advancing entrepreneurial opportunity across rural communities. Led by Chief Strategist, Emily Breedlove, the company strives to work in conjunction with business owners, resource providers, and community leaders to open the doors of innovation and success. As an expert in the components of a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem, Emily is prepared to support development at all levels of growth, from within an emerging company to across a larger regional network.

Based in Western North Carolina, STV has worked across the Southeast and Appalachian Region on projects ranging from business start-up coaching, growth strategy consulting, multi-state conferences, regional innovation assessments, strategic partnership development, and project management. Just to name a few.

Meet Emily Breedlove

Emily is a Branding Specialist and Growth Strategist helping entrepreneurs, organizations, and communities do BIG things.

Having spent the past 15+ years working in small business support and community development, Emily has been fortunate enough to have experienced this space from both the entrepreneurial approach and the resource provider perspective. She has been working with programs such as the SBA funded ScaleUp WNC program, the new Certified Entrepreneurial Communities Program through Creative Economic Development Consulting, and is the host of the Show Me the Money Conference + Funding ExpoMompreneur Gathering, and Authentic Communities Summit.

Emily currently serves as the President of FemCity Asheville, a professional networking, training, and mentoring program serving women entrepreneurs of the Greater Asheville Area. She is a member of the leadership team for the Asheville 1 Million Cups, is a certified trainer in the REAL Entrepreneurship (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) Curriculum, and serves as Board Treasurer for The Sequoyah Fund, the Community Development Financial Institution for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Emily is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, providing support in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development. She has been a trainer and Keynote for the Brushy Fork Institute at Berea College since 2013, teaching on Entrepreneurship, Tourism, and Marketing.

Prior to her current entrepreneurial ventures, Emily served as the Director of the Certified Entrepreneurial Communities® Program with the AdvantageWest Economic Development Group, Marketing Professor at Southwestern Community College, and the Founder of the Center for New Mountain Business. Emily is passionate about working one-on-one with rural communities and entrepreneurs to develop strategies for collaborative progress and then catalyzing those initiatives with authenticity, innovation and a deep respect for cultural values.


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