Mountain BizWorks names Miksa-Blackwell to new Director of Rural Entrepreneurship position

January 31, 2013

Mountain BizWorks has created a new position, reflecting its commitment to helping rural small businesses in western North Carolina start, grow and create jobs. Long-time employee Jo Ann Miksa-Blackwell has been selected to fill the role of Director of Rural Entrepreneurship.

“It is with trust and confidence that we have brought Jo Ann into this new position,” says Shaw Canale, Mountain BizWorks CEO. “We are committed to helping small businesses in rural areas, including those working within the agriculture industry and food system. Jo Ann is a natural fit for this important work.”

Miksa-Blackwell has been employed by Mountain BizWorks for over a decade, and in that time has served in a variety of capacities, from managing programs to working directly with small business owners. She holds a Master of Entrepreneurship degree from Western Carolina University.

In her role as Director of Rural Entrepreneurship, Miksa-Blackwell will lead Mountain BizWorks’ efforts to support rural communities by building sturdy partnerships and delivering customized classes and coaching to rural small business owners.

To learn more about business loans, coaching, and classes from Mountain BizWorks, visit or call 828-253-2834.