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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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Clips

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

The Importance Of Having An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Greg Boehm, General Manager of Team Industries in Andrews, North Carolina discusses the importance of entrepreneurship and having an entrepreneurial mindset.

Jennifer Indicott, Owner of Fercott Fermentables

The Key To Maintaining A Solid Customer Base

Jennifer Indicott, owner of Fercott Fermentables in Lenoir, talks about the importance of pivoting your plan, the key to maintaining a solid customer base, and her advice on how to manage risk.

Why Starting Your Small Business Is Worth The Risk

Asia discusses opening her business, Mae's Coffee Shop, in downtown Maiden, North Carolina. She tells us what it's like to take the risk to open a business and the changes it's had on the area where she opened.

Nathan Masters Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Entrepreneur Advice For Planning Your Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about the challenges, setbacks, and successes they experienced while planning their businesses. From not being fully prepared and what they would tell their younger selves today to the importance of talking to your target audience and branding yourself in the right way, they give their advice as they look back…

Amanda Vickers Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Entrepreneur Advice From Female Small Business Owners

Listen to this group of talented female entrepreneurs talk about the different struggles and triumphs they’ve faced while planning, starting, and growing their small businesses. While many express the feeling of no longer being alone and the influx of women-owned business support networks, others reiterated the fact that women still make less money than their…

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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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