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You Have What It Takes To Delegate Work Tasks

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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Stick To Your Mission Statement

Mary Beth Benton, owner of Auntie M’s Pet Care in Asheville, talks about solving your customers’ biggest problems, how the A-B Tech Small Business Center stuck by her side as she grew her business, and the importance of sticking to your mission statement.

How Patience Can Pay Off For Your Business

Johnny Wishon of Wishon Evergreens gives us a peek into the world of agri-business and what it takes to start and grow a Christmas tree, wreath, and garland farm in Alleghany County North Carolina. Here's a hint...it takes at least 10 years of patience, hard work, and an awesome staff to keep it going!

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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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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 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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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 Ryan Settlemyre, owner of Xscape Attractions

Meet Ryan Settlemyre, owner of Xscape Attractions

Ryan Settlemyre 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.

Meet Deborah Murray, Executive Director of the Caldwell County EDC

Meet Deborah Murray, Executive Director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission

Deborah Murray of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, discusses the perks of starting a business in a small community, local economic expansion, and more.

Meet Denise and Fulton Lovin, owners of the Horton Hotel

Meet Denise and Fulton Lovin, owners of the Horton Hotel

Denise and Fulton Lovin, owners of the Horton Hotel in Boone, NC, provide insight into hiring the right people, work-life balance, and finding your blind spots as a small business owner.

Meet Marta Lazo, owner of Lazo Insurance Agency

Meet Marta Lazo, owner of Lazo Insurance Agency

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.

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