smithson mills, inc.


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Mars Hill CollegeSmithson Mills, Inc/ Mars Hill College

(June 2005 - present)
Since 2005, Smithson Mills has provided expert assistance to a wide range of community and economic development projects. Mills served as the Director for the Center for Assessment & Research Alliances at Mars Hilll College until June 2009. Since then he has been offering assistance through private consulting services, employing talented staff and specialized expertise from a community of professional consultants.

Agribusiness Developer for Western North Carolina, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Asheville, North Carolina (August 2001 - April 2005)
Bottle filler for
 Blue Ridge Food VenturesFocusing on value-added food processing, Smithson Mills consulted with food and agricultural enterprises who wished to expand or launch new products, and conducted market research to identify new opportunities for local farm-based businesses. Mills served as the lead project manager for developing Blue Ridge Food Ventures, a shared-use food processing center in Asheville, North Carolina. Mills served on projects allocating grant funding in excess of $1.5 million to area farm based businesses.