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The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced that Michigan and North Carolina are the first in the nation to receive State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds, which will spur small business growth and create jobs across the country. The SSBCI is a new $1.5 billion initiative included in the Small Business Jobs Act, which President Obama signed into law in October. These funds will strengthen state programs that leverage private lending to help finance small businesses and manufacturers that are creditworthy but are not getting the loans they need to expand and create jobs.

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Rep. Heath Shuler has been appointed to serve on the powerful House Committee on the Budget.

“Our nation’s exploding debt has become the single greatest threat to America’s economic future,” Rep. Shuler said. “The Budget Committee in the 112th Congress will play a pivotal role in setting the fiscal course of our nation for the next two years and, hopefully, for years to come. I look forward to using my position on the Committee to find common ground between Republicans and Democrats to balance our budget, cut wasteful spending, and restore fiscal discipline and restraint in Washington.”

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Webster Enterprises Inc is a not-for-profit organization operating in Sylva, N.C. The company currently serves Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, and is designated to assist persons with disabilities and disadvantages find success in the working world.

Recently, Webster Enterprises was given a generous grant in the amount of $37,500 from the Evergreen Foundation. In addition to renovating the facility’s existing workspace, Webster will also use this money to repair and replace its non-working HVAC units and non-working handicapped door openers.

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Fatz Cafe has partnered with many organizations through its Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser program, raising $477,748 in 2010 to benefit local communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. Groups big and small, ranging from local schools, churches and non-profits, have participated in the Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser program. The program goal is to lend a helping hand and great food to bring neighbors together and enrich communities across the Southeast.

Early on Saturday mornings, Operating Partners and Fatz Cafe employees open their restaurant hours before their scheduled shift to flip pancakes with volunteers from various local organizations, transforming Fatz Cafe into a hot spot for hotcakes.

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