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Learn From Experienced Entrepreneurs
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.
Russ Grimmett and Liz Rhine, co-owners of Papertown Coffee in Canton, reveal how their business plan helped them find funding, what they love about where they live, and the biggest challenge they faced before opening.
Greg Boehm, General Manager of Team Industries in Andrews, North Carolina discusses the importance of entrepreneurship and having an entrepreneurial mindset.
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…
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.
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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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.
Meet XYZ, Owner of XYZ
Looking For Local 1:1 Support?
Blue Ridge Community College Has It!
Did you know your local Small Business Center provides personalized support, training, and assistance—all for free? Seasoned mentors are standing by and can help you start or grow your business today!
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Collaborate with fellow local entrepreneurs, support providers, and our team for all your business needs. Ask questions, get advice, and find a mentor.
Whether you’re just starting or are interested in expanding your business, securing a small business loan can prove extremely beneficial. But how do you make sure your i's are dotted and your t's are crossed when the time comes? From what lenders are looking for on your loan application to why you need a business plan, this training will answer all your burning questions about the small business loan process. Note: This training was pre-recorded and is presented by the A-B Tech Small Business Center and Western Women’s Business Center.
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Need money? (Is the Pope Catholic?) What about local connections, coaching, spaces, tools, talent, and skills that can help your business grow?
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