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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 Beth Allen, owner of Successful Strides

Beth Allen, owner of Successful Strides

Beth Allen, owner of Successful Strides in Morganton, discusses the benefits of sharing your passion with other people, the challenges of being your own boss, and what makes Burke County such a special place.

Meet Kenny MacKinnon, owner of MacKinnon Heating & Air

Kenny MacKinnon, owner of MacKinnon Heating & Air

Kenny MacKinnon, owner of MacKinnon Heating & Air in Nebo, opens up about why he decided to start his own business, the benefit of sticking to what you know, and the reality of finding a work-life balance.

Meet Kaila Savage, owner of HorsePower Park

Kaila Savage, owner of HorsePower Park

Kaila Savage, owner of HorsePower Park in Morganton, sheds light on finding success in a male-dominated industry, the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset, and how Burke County supports small businesses.

Meet Tamika Garrison, a long-time family employee at Tex's Fish Camp

Tamika Garrison, a long-time family employee at Tex’s Fish Camp

Tamika Garrison, a long-time family employee at Tex’s Fish Camp in Connelly Springs, sits down to talk about working with your relatives, what it takes to delegate, and the unseen benefits of shopping small.

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

Don’t Wait To Become An Entrepreneur

Nadja Simon, owner of Allon Health and Wellness in Asheville, talks about empowering her clients every day, why getting an education in your industry is crucial, and how to really “own” your business.

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Stick To Your Mission Statement

Mary Beth Benton, owner of Auntie M’s Pet Care in Asheville, talks about solving your customers’ biggest problems, how the A-B Tech Small Business Center stuck by her side as she grew her business, and the importance of sticking to your mission statement.

Building Trust In Your Community Brings Business Success

Jeffrey Kaplan is a serial entrepreneur who isn't just working to build his latest venture, Just Kibbitz, but also works full time as the Director of Entrepreneurship for Venture Asheville at the Asheville Area Chamber Commerce. Jeff discusses what it's like to start and grow a business in Asheville and gives us his perspective on

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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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Entrepreneur Advice For Starting Your Small Business

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.

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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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