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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Driving Traffic to Your Business Using Pay-Per-Click
Feb 08 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Feb 28 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 AM EST
Build Your Business with Divi
Mar 01 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Farm School: The Business of Farming (1 of 4)
Mar 08 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Mental Health First Aid for Business Owners
Mar 28 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Exploring Your AgriTourism Potential & Site Analysis of Your Farm
Apr 05 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Validating Your Side Hustle & Making $Money$
Apr 19 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
Rockstar Marketing Ideas for Your Growing Business
May 02 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST
Basics of Bookkeeping
May 03 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Access to Capital Pop-up Program
May 16 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
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The inflow and outflow of money for your business is called cash flow. This can be positive or negative — if it’s positive, that means that there’s more inflow than outflow, which is ideal. To come up with your business's cash flow projections, you need to create a cash flow statement. This helps you, and your investors, determine whether your small business is on a solid financial footing. At the end of this training, you'll be able to create your very own cash flow statement and get a handle on your business finances. Note: This training was pre-recorded and is presented by the A-B Tech Small 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?
We've got all that and a bag of chips within our directory of entrepreneurial resources. Just click on one of the tabs to the right to get started.