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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 Asia Magnus, Owner of Mae's Coffee Shop

Meet Asia Magnus, Owner of Mae’s Coffee Shop

Asia discusses opening her business, Mae’s Coffee Shop, in downtown Maiden, North Carolina. She tells us what it’s like to take the risk to open a business and the changes it’s had on the area where she opened.

Meet Jordan Schindler, Founder/CEO of Texdel

Meet Jordan Schindler, Founder/CEO of Texdel

Jordan Schindler relocated his business to Conover, North Carolina and is located in the Manufacturing Solutions Center. He discussed the unique support available to entrepreneurs starting their businesses in the Catawba region.

Meet Zach Cranford, Founder of 1712 Spirits

Meet Zach Cranford, Founder of 1712 Spirits

Zach Cranford discusses the benefits of starting and growing a business in the Catawba region. Zach is the founder of Foothills Distillery, 1712 Spirits and Standard Oyster Company.

Meet Tammy and Stewart Cook, Founders of The App Garden

Meet Tammy and Stewart Cook, Founders of The App Garden

Tammy and Stewart Cook, founders of The App Garden, discuss their entrepreneurship journey, starting and growing their business in Hickory, North Carolina. They talk about the challenges of scaling a nationwide business and the support that they’ve had along the way to do just that.

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Catawba Valley 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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Learn From Experienced Entrepreneurs

We call it Entrepreneur-To-Entrepreneur training (E2E for short)

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Quick insights & advice from entrepreneurs on planning, starting, and growing businesses.

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Experienced entrepreneurs offer their most valuable lessons-learned on a variety of essential topics.

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

Meet Ben Coffey, Owner of BC Cinematics

The Evolution Of Your One-Page Business Plan

Ben Coffey, owner of BC Cinematics in Lenoir, discusses the evolution of his business plan, the importance of networking, and how his local SBC helped him develop essential entrepreneurial skills.

Jennifer Indicott, Owner of Fercott Fermentables

The Key To Maintaining A Solid Customer Base

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.

Find Your First Customers Through The Right Channel

Clayton Wilkinson, Owner of Taste of the Town discusses how he was able to get his first customers and gives advice about work-life balance as an entrepreneur.

Nathan Masters Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Entrepreneur Advice For Planning Your Small 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…

Mary Beth Benton Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

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 Developing Your Strategy

Hear from experienced entrepreneurs on how to develop the strategy for your small business. Do you have a good way to sell your product or service? Do you have a sales plan? Are you aware of what your competitors are doing? Are you able to think quickly on your feet? These are the questions you…

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