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The Reality Of Finding Work-Life Balance As A Small Business Owner

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.

Understanding Risk As A Small Business Owner

Marta Lazo, owner of Lazo Insurance Agency in Lenoir, NC, sheds light on how to keep your customers happy, understanding risk in business, and how to build your best core team.

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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Entrepreneur Advice For Planning Your Small Business

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…

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Entrepreneur Advice On Developing Your Strategy

Hear from experienced entrepreneurs on how to develop the strategy for your small business. Do you have a good way to sell your product or service? Do you have a sales plan? Are you aware of what your competitors are doing? Are you able to think quickly on your feet? These are the questions you…

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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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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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