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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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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.

Why Finding A Good Business Mentor Matters

Mike Coble, owner of three small specialty boutiques in downtown Waynesville, gives insight on getting into the entrepreneurial mindset, hiring the right people, and why finding a good mentor matters.

Creating A Small Business With Longevity

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.

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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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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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Entrepreneur Advice From Female Small Business Owners

Listen to this group of talented female entrepreneurs talk about the different struggles and triumphs they’ve faced while planning, starting, and growing their small businesses. While many express the feeling of no longer being alone and the influx of women-owned business support networks, others reiterated the fact that women still make less money than their…

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