ASHEBORO (April 13, 2018)
Jessica Lea McDaniel has joined Randolph Community College as the new Small Business Center director. In this position, she is responsible for organizing, implementing, and administering the Small Business Center program, which provides free seminars, small business counseling, and links to resources for local entrepreneurs. The Small Business Center is located in the Continuing Education and Industrial Center at 413 Industrial Park Avenue on the Asheboro Campus.
McDaniel said her goal for RCC’s Small Business Center is to provide resources that cultivate growth and prosperity for Randolph County’s small businesses thru local, state and federal partnerships, and counseling, training and other support for new and existing small businesses and entrepreneurs.
A native of Lexington, McDaniel graduated from West Davidson High School, earned an A.A. in General Education from Davidson County Community College, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
McDaniel was most recently the Small Business Center director at Montgomery Community College, where she had been for almost two years.
She is a member of the North Carolina Community College Adult Educator’s Association, for which she is serving on the Board of Directors as a Member-At-Large for 2017-2019. McDaniel has also earned her small Business Center Network Level I, II and III credentialing, is a certified REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) facilitator, and a Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI) XXVII graduate.
She recently founded the nonprofit, Rural RedThread, which is dedicated to rural revitalization, entrepreneurship education, and community development. In addition, she enjoys singing in a trio, Trouvaille, a family group that performs a variety of music at local festivals, public and private events.
McDaniel and her husband, Howard, live in Lexington with their son. She is the daughter of Dale and Vanessa Gainey of Lexington.