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Self-Help Credit Union Hosting New Economy Conference on March 18th

Feb 13, 2015

Media Advisory

Contact: Julia Book, Self-Help, or 828-676-2196

Asheville, N.C. - Self Help Credit Union is hosting a March 18th conference, “Bringing it Home: Building a Local Economy for Everyone” exploring how local, regional, and national programs are changing the face of economic development in Western North Carolina and across the country.

The daylong conference will be held at the A-B Tech Enka Site, 1459 Sand Hill Rd in Candler, NC 28715. (Phone 828-398-7901). Tickets are $30, $25 for students and are available at 

Featured speakers include some of the major innovators in economic development such as:

  • Ed Whitfield, Fund for Democratic Communities
  • Becky Anderson, economic development consultant
  • Joe Reimann, Coop Business Development, Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund
  • Franzi Charen, Asheville Grown Business Alliance
  • Carol Peppe-Hewitt, Slow Money and Community Sourced Capital

Conference Themes

  • Building a strong local economy from the ground up (local supply and distribution chains, local collaboration, etc.)
  • Creating a large, diverse economy that includes everyone, including all income levels, all races, all creeds
  • Looking both at successful existing structures as well as new, innovative models for building a new economy--from our region and other areas across the country.

Who should attend?

  • Entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking technical support or funding
  • Investors in small business looking for new places to invest
  • Community nonprofits seeking awareness of economic development work in the region
  • Local, regional and state government officials interested in innovative models
  • Economic development professionals interested in innovation and creativity

The conference includes five rotating panels and a lunchtime keynote by Ed Whitfield with the Fund for Democratic Communities.  The conference also includes a “Local Café”, affording participants opportunity to meet one-on-one with local capital source and technical service providers.

List of Conference Sponsors
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville Grown Business Alliance, Catawba Brewing Company, Center for Local Economies,  Eagle Market Streets Development Corp and Block-by-Block Industries, HomeTrust Bank, Lenoir-Rhyne University,  Mountain BizWorks, Mountain Xpress, North Country Cooperative Development Fund, RiverLink, Self-Help Credit Union, Small Business Technology Development Center, Southern Appalachian Brewery, The Aloft Hotel, The Support Center,  WNC MedWeek Committee.


About Self-Help
Self-Help, a community development credit union and lender headquartered in Durham, has provided over $6.9 billion in financing to 112,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing homebuyers, nonprofits, childcare centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. Self-Help’s credit unions serve over 120,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida with a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at


About Self-Help

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided over $8.5 billion in financing to 150,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 150,000 people in California, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help is the umbrella organization for the Self-Help family of nonprofit organizations, which includes Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending.