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Carolina Small Business Board Spotlight: Stephanie Swepson-Twitty

October 3, 2018 / Chris Bushnell / Board Spotlight

This month we’re spotlighting Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, President and CEO of Eagle Market Street Development Corporation in Asheville. Twitty became a board member with Carolina Small Business in 2014.

“Carolina Small Business is intentional in its desire to give access to capital to people in historically underserved communities,” she says. “I joined the board to support these communities to create jobs and build strong local economies for a strong state economy.”

More about Stephanie:

What’s your alma mater?

Montreat School of Adult and Professional studies in Asheville.

Where is your hometown?

My hometown is Old Fort, North Carolina, about 28 miles outside of Asheville. I have lived in this area for 30+ years.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

If I were to get any spare time, I like to read and travel. I like to read autobiographies and memoirs.

What is your role as Board member?

We are all conscious that the Board is the arm of any organization that is a nonprofit. As a Board member, our role to so move the organization forward and help them to be successful. In my role, I like to look at the recommendations and suggestions and always deciding on what falls under our mission and helps us to be self-sustainable.

What is your proudest moment at Carolina Small Business?

My proudest moment has been the rapid expansion of CSBDF to western North Carolina and the Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC), more specifically to their new location at the Small Business Center in a small window of time. The WWBC has grown itself to where it outgrew its place with the onslaught of new employees and greater need for space.

What is the inspiration behind your work?

I am committed and intentional with regard to seeing an equitable distribution of wealth in this country. We have come to a place where a handful or the 1 percent have amassed everything and they are equally adamant and intentional about not sharing. My inspiration is so that gets reversed.

What is the best book you have ever read?

The best book I read was an autobiography of Dwight Eisenhower. It was interesting to see the other side of someone so powerful.

What is your favorite movie?

Hellen Keller.

What advice would you give to small business owners?

Caution is what I would offer. Take calculated risks. There is nothing wrong with taking risks. If you’ve been strategic in how you take your risk, you need to do all the things necessary to determine how to be successful in your business.