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

The Benefits of Sharing Your Business Passion With Others

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.

Why Support Programs Are Essential For Small Business Success

Meg Ragland, founder and CEO of Plum Print discusses moving her business from NYC to Asheville, NC. Not only did Meg choose to take advantage of several entrepreneur support programs in the region, but she has also become an active leader in the ecosystem, as a board member, mentor, and ecosystem advocate.

Trust Your Gut When It Comes to Your Business

Michelle Tompkins, DVM, owner of Glade Creek Animal Hospital in Sparta, North Carolina, discusses the joy of running her veterinary clinic in the supportive community of Alleghany.

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Entrepreneur Advice For Growing Your Small Business

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.

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Entrepreneur Advice For Managing Risk

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about their best advice when it comes to managing risk. They discuss writing down your ideal outcomes, finding the right consultants, having alternative streams of income, anticipating every scenario, and more.

Meg Ragland Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Entrepreneur Advice For Personal Development and Wellness

Listen to these experienced entrepreneurs talk about their best practices and advice on tackling the tricky task of taking care of yourself while taking care of your small business. From making time for exercise to balancing family and work, these small business owners share their stories of struggle when it comes to separating their business…

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Marketing Your Business

Feb 01 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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Business Tax Essentials

Feb 03 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Market Research with NC LIVE

Feb 08 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Hashtag Culture – Build a Following on Instagram

Feb 09 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Financing Your Business

Feb 15 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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Finding Traffic for Your Business Online with Paid Ads

Feb 23 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Business Organization and Recordkeeping with the IRS

Feb 24 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

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BECOMING A PRE-EMINENT SMALL BUSINESS AT THE SPEED OF RELATIONSHIPS

Feb 24 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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How to Write a Business Plan

Mar 01 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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Sales & Use Tax Basics

Mar 03 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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ABCs of Starting a Small Business on a Limited Budget

Mar 03 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Using Canva for Your Small Business

Mar 08 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

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Finding Your Customers and Creating a Marketing Plan

Mar 10 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Finding Your Customers and Creating a Marketing Plan

Mar 10 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Dynamite Marketing for Small Business

Mar 17 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Dynamite Marketing for Small Business

Mar 17 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Business Expenses and Business Use of Your Home with the IRS

Mar 22 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

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Build your customer base with YouTube

Mar 23 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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DEVELOPING CUSTOMERS WHO LOVE YOU FOR A LIFETIME

Mar 24 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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Financing Your Small Business

Mar 24 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Financing Your Small Business

Mar 24 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Creating a Winning Business Plan

Mar 31 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Creating a Winning Business Plan

Mar 31 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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The Power of LinkedIn and your Business

Apr 06 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Withholding Tax Basics

Apr 07 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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THE PEOPLE FACTOR: Hiring the Right People to Create a Championship Business

Apr 28 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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NC Business Registration Basics including DBA

May 03 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Online Seller

May 05 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Selling to the Federal Government for the Veteran-Owned Small Business

May 10 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

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Claim Your Marks! Registering Trademarks in North Carolina and Beyond

May 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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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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