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NCC Names New Small Business Center Director

Tierra Norwood

Nash Community College has named Tierra Norwood as Small Business Center Director following the retirement of former director, Theresa Peaden.

Prior to joining the college, Norwood served as program associate at the North Carolina Department of Commerce where she worked with the Main Street and Rural Planning Center staff to create strategic economic development plans for communities receiving services through a new initiative, Downtown Strong. ​Through her work with Downtown Rocky Mount, she assisted entrepreneurs and small business owners in starting and growing businesses in downtown Rocky Mount, providing marketing assistance and business development services. 

“We are proud to have Ms. Norwood join Team Nash in the Continuing Education Department,” Dean Carla Dunston said. “The NCC Small Business Center provides vital services in the community to ensure we meet the needs of area businesses. With her experience, Ms. Norwood will provide a unique perspective as we support current and prospective business owners.”

Norwood previously served as Peacemakers’ After School Program Site Coordinator, City of Rocky Mount Downtown Development Coordinator, an independent marketing contractor and secretary at J. W. Parker Middle School. 

Norwood ​holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from North Carolina Wesleyan College and certification in Broadcast Communications Technology from the Carolina School of Broadcasting in Charlotte.

The Nash Community College Small Business Center provides free, confidential counseling services for new and existing businesses, as well as free seminars, a complimentary resource center, business and industry training and local educational partnerships. For more information, please call 252-451-8233 or visit