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SCC Announces Director of Small Business Center

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Lesa Hensley of Mount Airy has joined Surry Community College as the Director of the Small Business Center. She assumed her role on May 6, 2024.

“I am honored to join the Small Business Center (SBC) at Surry Community College and eager to contribute to the success of small businesses in Surry and Yadkin counties. I have 25 years of experience working as a commercial lender for a local community bank. I hope to bring the skills and knowledge I learned and also the business connections that I made while there to the SBC,” said Hensley about her new role.

“We are very happy to have Lesa join the Surry Community College team. Her experience will be paramount in promoting and expanding the services that SCC’s Small Business Center provides to local entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Corey Easter, Director of Elkin Center and Director of Business and Industry Services.

In 1988, Hensley received an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. Hensley’s next step was to gain a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In 2017, Hensley completed the four-year banking school offered through the N.C. Banker’s Association.

Hensley began her career working as a paralegal and office manager in 1991. From there, Hensley became employed with Surrey Bank & Trust, now First Community Bank, beginning in 1999. She worked with the company as a loan assistant until 2004. From 2004 to 2024, Hensley worked as a commercial relationship manager and vice president for the two banks.

Hensley is an active member of her community. She serves as a board member and treasurer of the Mount Airy City Schools Foundation, a member of Surry Sunrise Rotary, treasurer of Young Entrepreneurs of Surry, and much more.

“I look forward to collaborating with the local chambers and both the Surry and Yadkin County Economic Development Partnerships to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses,” Hensley said. “The objective of the Small Business Center Network, throughout the 58 community colleges in North Carolina, is job creation and retention. My goal as director is to make the SBC the first place an entrepreneur or prospective entrepreneur reaches out to for assistance. I am committed to supporting small businesses at every stage of their journey.”

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