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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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We call it Entrepreneur-To-Entrepreneur training (E2E for short)
Quick insights & advice from entrepreneurs on planning, starting, and growing businesses.
Experienced entrepreneurs offer their most valuable lessons-learned on a variety of essential topics.
Entrepreneurs share stories about starting & growing their ventures, being an entrepreneur, & more.
Tips For Finding Your Business Support System
Jack Carrier, founder and CEO of eTag Art, explains what he loves most about being an entrepreneur and how he found a support system through Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Small Business Incubator.
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.
Entrepreneur Advice For Raising Money
Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about their best advice for raising money for your growing company. They discuss relying on personal funds, finding people you can trust, securing lines of credit when you don’t necessarily need it, getting a mentor to help you out, and more.
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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Craft Brewing For Beginners
Starting a business in the craft beer industry can seem daunting, as with most competitive industries entrepreneurs try to break out into. But so much can be learned in the process that goes beyond business advice and education. In this series of trainings, you'll hear from actual craft brewery owners about their experiences opening their businesses. They dive deep into brand development, direct-to-consumer sales, hiring and delegating, and how to employ a positive work culture. Note: This training was pre-recorded and is presented by the A-B Tech Small Business Center.