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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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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.
Ryan Settlemyre, owner of Xscape Attractions in Hudson, NC, lends advice on creating a business with longevity, how to keep your employees happy, and finding success in Caldwell County.
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.
Seth Cohn, multiple business founder and owner, discusses the involvement that both he and other business owners have in the community of Wilkes County.
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.
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 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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This training will quickly introduce you to the core concept of sales by breaking down each of the “4 Foundational Sales Questions.” Once you effectively understand how to answer these questions, you’ll be able to leverage those answers to win, keep, and grow the right kinds of customers — your ideal customers. You’ll also learn how to test your product assumptions, sell with confidence and competence, and increase the odds that your business will thrive.