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Entrepreneurs share stories about starting & growing their ventures, being an entrepreneur, & more.

Turning Your Hobby Or Side Hustle Into A Full-Time Business

Courtney and Spencer Tetrault, owners of Axe & Awl Leatherworks in Waynesville, open up about turning their hobby full-time, marketing via social media, and starting a business with your spouse.

From Small To Global: How To Change Your Business And Your Mindset

Jonathan Szucs, general manager and owner of Advanced Superabrasives, located in Mars Hill, North Carolina talks not only about the importance of effectively connecting to your ecosystem through networking and outreach, but he also discusses the importance of thinking globally (and, for them, interplanetary) while starting and growing a business in a rural area.

Consistency Builds Customer Trust

Travis Perkins and his business partner started PADCO Excavating, Inc. as a part-time job. Demand for their services, combined with excellent customer service and reliability quickly grew PADCO into a full time and thriving business in Jefferson, North Carolina.

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Entrepreneur Advice For Managing Risk

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about their best advice when it comes to managing risk. They discuss writing down your ideal outcomes, finding the right consultants, having alternative streams of income, anticipating every scenario, and more.

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Entrepreneur Advice On Getting And Keeping Customers

Hear from experienced entrepreneurs on how to get and keep customers for your small business. They cover everything from being as transparent and honest as possible with them to not being afraid to pick up the phone and give them a call.

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Entrepreneur Advice For Running A Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about their best advice when it comes to running a small business. They discuss the importance of building a team that can function without you, delegating tasks, taking a step back from your business occasionally, sticking to your mission, and more.

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Local Entrepreneur Spotlights

Your community is filled with entrepreneurs out there making their dreams come true, just like you. Check out what they're doing and get inspired for the journey through these entrepreneur spotlights.

Meet Brian Leonard, Owner of Appalachian Ironworks

Meet Brian Leonard, Owner of Appalachian Ironworks

Brian Leonard of Appalachian Ironworks in Marshall, North Carolina discusses why he loves owning a business in the Western North Carolina region.

Meet Meg Ragland, Founder and CEO of Plum Print

Meet Meg Ragland, Founder and CEO of Plum Print

Meg Ragland, founder and CEO of Plum Print discusses moving her business from NYC to Asheville, NC. Not only did Meg choose to take advantage of several entrepreneur support programs in the region, but she has also become an active leader in the ecosystem, as a board member, mentor, and ecosystem advocate.

Meet Jonathan Szucs, Owner of Advanced Superabrasives

Meet Jonathan Szucs, Owner of Advanced Superabrasives

Jonathan Szucs General Manager and owner of Advanced Superabrasives, located in Mars Hill, North Carolina talks not only about the importance of effectively connecting to your ecosystem through networking and outreach, but he also discusses the importance of thinking globally (and, for them, interplanetary) while starting and growing a business in a rural area.

Meet Leah Wong Ashburn, CEO of Highland Brewing Company

Meet Leah Wong Ashburn, CEO of Highland Brewing Company

Leah Wong Ashburn, President/CEO and family owner of Highland Brewing Company, Asheville’s first post-prohibition brewery, discusses the thought needed for succession planning, her advice to entrepreneurs, and what it’s like to start and grow a business in Asheville, North Carolina.

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