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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.
Greg Boehm, General Manager of Team Industries in Andrews, North Carolina discusses the importance of entrepreneurship and having an entrepreneurial mindset.
Jennifer Indicott, owner of Fercott Fermentables in Lenoir, talks about the importance of pivoting your plan, the key to maintaining a solid customer base, and her advice on how to manage risk.
Russ Grimmett and Liz Rhine, co-owners of Papertown Coffee in Canton, reveal how their business plan helped them find funding, what they love about where they live, and the biggest challenge they faced before opening.
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.
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…
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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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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Western Piedmont Community College Has It!
Did you know your local Small Business Center provides personalized support, training, and assistance—all for free? Seasoned mentors are standing by and can help you start or grow your business today!
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Collaborate with fellow local entrepreneurs, support providers, and our team for all your business needs. Ask questions, get advice, and find a mentor.
Your brand is so much more than just your logo — it's your story and reputation. That's why it's important to focus on building your brand when you're building your small business. In this training, you'll learn why having a consistent look and feel throughout your marketing campaigns helps create a professional, relatable brand that your customers will keep coming back to. You'll also discover why your voice, mission statement, and value proposition are crucial parts of your brand. Note: This training was pre-recorded and is presented by the A-B Tech Small Business Center.
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Need money? (Is the Pope Catholic?) What about local connections, coaching, spaces, tools, talent, and skills that can help your business grow?
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