Annice has over 25 years of economic development experience creating public and private sector partnerships. Her career has allowed her to focus on the areas of business she cares most about: small business development; entrepreneurship coaching; training; and strategic planning. After 20 years working on international projects in Washington, DC and abroad, Annice decided to seek a simpler lifestyle and settled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. There, she was lucky to find her perfect job with the North Carolina Small Business Technology
Development Center (SBTDC) where she spent almost 15 years assisting entrepreneurs create and grow their business. She currently runs a BYY program for the Western Women’s Business Center in Asheville, NC.
Why Best Year Yet®
I am a long-time practitioner of and believer in the Best Year Yet® program. After I took the initial workshop (before the days of the online program), I began working the program myself for a few years. Then, my yoga teacher asked me if I wanted to be part of a small Best Year Yet® group of women she was organizing. We stayed together as a group for several years simply because we got results. The small group dynamics combined with achieving results was very empowering.
Having been a small business counselor for years, I felt I needed a tool to help entrepreneurs (especially women) bring balance into their lives as they grew their businesses. The demands of owning a business are overwhelming and I knew that the Best year Yet® program could facilitate a shift in their energy and lead them to a path of less stress and more success in business. In 2011, I decided to become certified as a Best Year Yet® Partner so I could share the program with entrepreneurs in my region. I piloted my first group of 25 women entrepreneurs the following year through my job as Assistant Regional Director of the Western Center of the Small Business Technology Development Center, a program of the University of North Carolina system and of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2016, I found another sponsor at the Western Women's Business Center and we have been launching two groups per year ever since. The impact on these women's lives has been amazing.
Achievements and Awards
Women’s Advocate of the Year Award for North Carolina, 2014