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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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Why Starting Your Small Business Is Worth The Risk

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.

Make a Living and a Difference

Gary Brown, founder and owner of Boondocks Brewing, discusses the reason he transitioned from the corporate world to starting and growing his business in West Jefferson, North Carolina. Through great skill and timing, he ended up starting far more than a small craft brewery and now employs over 50 people in the Ashe County region.

Tanya White Owner of TanyaWhite.co

Tried-and-True Ways To Meet And Acquire New Clients

Tanya White, owner of TanyaWhite.co in Morganton, talks about why the SBC is such a valuable resource, her best advice for new entrepreneurs, and a few tried-and-true ways to meet and acquire new clients.

Booomer Sassman Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

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.

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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 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…

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Using Facebook to Build Your Business

Feb 01 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

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The Treasure Chest: Finding the Funds to Finance Your Small Business

Feb 02 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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The Treasure Chest: Finding the Funds to Finance Your Small Business

Feb 02 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Five Ways for Your Small Business to Become Known in the Marketplace

Feb 07 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Using Instagram to Grow Your Business

Feb 08 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

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Creating a Winning Business Plan

Feb 09 @ 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Creating a Winning Business Plan

Feb 09 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Selling on Shopify

Feb 14 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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Using YouTube to Promote Your Business

Feb 15 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

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Insurance for Your Small Business

Feb 15 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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eCommerce: Basics of Selling Items Online

Feb 22 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

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Using LinkedIn to Build Your Business

Feb 23 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Marketing Research with NC LIVE

Feb 28 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Selling Products Online Using Shopify

Mar 01 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

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Selling Products Online with Amazon and Etsy

Mar 08 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

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Using Paid Online Ads to Generate Traffic for Your Business

Mar 15 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

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Facebook Shops and Facebook Marketplace

Mar 15 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

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Mastering Google Workplace as a Business Tool

Mar 28 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Seven Principles for Small Business Success in a Changing World

Apr 04 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Using Canva for Your Small Business

Apr 13 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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How to Find Your Customers Using Social Media

Apr 19 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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Succession Planning for Nonprofits: Strategies That Work

Apr 25 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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