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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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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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Journeys

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

Make Sure You’re Prepared To Put The Effort Into Your Small Business

Bob Merrill talks about starting and growing his machining business in Brasstown North Carolina.

How The Right Resources Can Take Your Small Business Nationwide

Tammy and Stewart Cook, founders of The App Garden, discuss their entrepreneurship journey, starting and growing their business in Hickory, North Carolina. They talk about the challenges of scaling a nationwide business and the support that they've had along the way to do just that.

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Learning Your Limits As A New Entrepreneur

Esther Blakely, owner of Cataloochee Valley Tours in Waynesville, sheds light on finding funding, learning about your limits as an entrepreneur, and overcoming unexpected administrative obstacles.

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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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Entrepreneur Advice For Personal Development and Wellness

Listen to these experienced entrepreneurs talk about their best practices and advice on tackling the tricky task of taking care of yourself while taking care of your small business. From making time for exercise to balancing family and work, these small business owners share their stories of struggle when it comes to separating their business…

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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.

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