Meeting Small Business Needs with Microloans 

Jessie’s Market is Alderson’s newest business, and with a little help from a Greenbrier Valley EDC microloan, will open this November.  

Located behind Lantz Funeral Home at 147 Davis Street, this family-owned business will offer high quality deli meats, cheeses, fresh produce, milk, eggs, homemade breads, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and other tantalizing and healthy options in a friendly atmosphere.   

Jessica Hanna, owner of Jessie’s Market, wants to be sure accessibility to her fresh food is part of her business model. Having worked with the elderly in her job in health care, she understands that not everyone can get out to shop for groceries. Along those lines, delivery service within town limits will be available and the market will also accept EBT for purchases.  

“We are excited to be putting down roots and becoming part of the Alderson community,” Hanna said. “God has surely blessed us!”

This common-sense business approach to meeting community needs is refreshing, and after working with Jessie and her team, we are sure Jessie’s Market will be an exceptional shopping experience in Alderson! To stay up to date with Jessie’s Market, click here.   

Greenbrier Valley EDC’s Microloan Program is poised to help other small businesses with one-on-one support through the process. The program was designed to help entrepreneurs who may be credit-worthy but may find traditional funding avenues challenging.   

Loan amounts range from $5,000 – $30,000 with interest rates at prime plus 1% and flexible terms of up to 15 years. The funds can be used for business needs including renovation, working capital, new construction, equipment, and other needs. This funding can also be used in conjunction with other programs as down payment assistance.   

Loans require an application fee of $150, a business plan, a personal guarantee and collateral. There are no additional closing costs for the program. Businesses must be located in Monroe, Greenbrier, or Pocahontas County. Funding for the microloan program comes from the USDA. The Greenbrier Valley EDC is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.   

If you are interested in learning more about how Greenbrier Valley EDC’s Microloan Program or other resources can help you start or expand your business, please call us at 304-497-4300 or email