For WNC Employers

Our locally owned businesses are vital to our region. We appreciate our employers and are here to support you by connecting you with all of the resources available to you.

Got Your Back Business Summit

We are delighted to announce that our Got Your Back Business Summit is now available online! You can take it at your leisure, for free!

The Got Your Back Online Academy provides tools that you can immediately put to use in your business.

Join other local business owners in this online course as we address finding and keeping the right employees, effective leadership strategies, digital marketing, affordable benefits, how to handle challenging customers and employees, ways to improve the workplace environment, and training.

The Got Your Back Academy is a result of the NC Cooperative Extension – Jackson County, Mountain West Partnership, SCC’s Small Business Center, Western Carolina University, Create Bridges WNC, & NC State University working together to help businesses in WNC as they face staffing shortages and other challenges.

We invited a wonderful group of speakers to lead the Got Your Back Academy. They each brought their own expertise, resources, and tangible tools for our region’s employers. We discussed with them what keeps our business owners up at night. Together, we continue learning new ways to maneuver the current workplace challenges.

This course is designed to support our local employers, packed full of tools & resources to help employees know that your businesses have their backs! And we have yours!

As a business owner, you have seen it all and learned so much. What in the world could this course offer you? Maybe nothing. You may be the best employer that you could possibly be. But perhaps there are some tools that could make your work life easier, your workplace more pleasant and your staff more reliable.

Take a sec to read through these questions to see if this course could be useful to you:

  • What do you do with that employee who is always late but you can’t let go of?
  • How do you make sure your best employees stay with you?
  • How do you attract new employees?
  • How do you handle an irate customer?
  • How can you be s stronger leader?
  • Do you think that offering your employees benefits is something you can’t afford?
  • Could your employee training process use some improvement?

If any of these questions catch your interest, then we invite you to explore the GYB Online Academy. No catch, no gimmicks. A free opportunity to learn from industry experts and other business owners in a user-friendly online format that allows you to watch and learn at your own pace.

*All employers who complete this course or attend the in-person GYB Academy in April will NOT have to pay a registration fee to attend the WeSpeakWNC Workforce Conference at the Cherokee Convention Center on February 27th & 28th.

More about that later but trust me – you do not want to miss it. If you’d like to take the first step on this journey, click this link:

Got Your Back Radio

Take a listen to this interview from WRGC radio that explains the origin of The Got Your Back Employer Training that was introduced as as in-person event in April of 2022 in Jackson County, NC.