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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 Aaron Wesley Means, CEO of ACTIVATE Business Solutions

Aaron Wesley Means, CEO of ACTIVATE Business Solutions

Aaron Wesley Means, CEO of ACTIVATE Business Solutions in Brevard, sits down to discuss the importance of creating a business plan, the best ways to define your target market, and how to get prepared to launch.

Meet Mark Warwick, General Manager of WTZQ Radio

Mark Warwick, General Manager of WTZQ Radio

Mark Warwick, General Manager of WTZQ Radio in Hendersonville, opens up about what makes Henderson County great, how to keep the love for your work alive, and the best business advice he’s ever received.

Meet David Riddell, owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More

David Riddell, owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More

David Riddell, owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More in Arden, shares some advice about creating awareness for your new business, getting prepared to launch, and how to form and utilize community ties.

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Quick insights & advice from entrepreneurs on planning, starting, and growing businesses.

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Experienced entrepreneurs offer their most valuable lessons-learned on a variety of essential topics.

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Journeys

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

How To Give Customers A Unique Experience At Your Business

Keisha Dockery, founder of Black and White Market shares her experience of owning a business in beautiful downtown Murphy, North Carolina.

Focus On Your Passion And Outsource The Rest

Shana Whitehead of Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall discusses why she fell in love with the idea of starting a restaurant and music venue in the heart of Sparta, North Carolina.

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Creating Your Environment As An Entrepreneur

Michael Sowinski, owner of CFO Consultants in Asheville, talks about what he loves most about being an entrepreneur, ways to get real advice on your small business idea, and how easily it is to change your environment as an entrepreneur.

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Entrepreneur Advice For Starting Your Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about the challenges, setbacks, and successes they experienced while starting their businesses. From implementing customer policies and procedures to networking and making connections with your community, they give their advice as they look back on when they were just starting out as business owners.

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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 Growing Your Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about the challenges, setbacks, and successes they experienced while growing their businesses. From finding funding to pitching your small business to investors, to knowing when it’s time to hire more team members, they give their advice as business owners with thriving companies.

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