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Jessie Dean Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Planning A Business? Find A Coach

Jessie Dean, founder and CEO of Asheville Tea Company, talks about finding a business coach when planning your business, learning how to pitch your business to investors, and becoming a leader at your organization.

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Tips For Finding Your Business Support System

Jack Carrier, founder and CEO of eTag Art, explains what he loves most about being an entrepreneur and how he found a support system through Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Small Business Incubator.

Finding Local Support As A New Business Owner In WNC

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.

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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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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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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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Personalized Guidance on Using LinkedIn as a Business Tool

Aug 17 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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QuickBooks Desktop

Aug 25 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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QuickBooks Online

Aug 30 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Using LinkedIn to Build Your Business

Sep 08 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Marketing Research with NC LIVE

Sep 15 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Secrets for Optimizing Search Engine Ranking

Sep 19 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Building Your Online Marketing Plan

Sep 19 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

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Grant Writing 101 – What the Pros Know

Sep 27 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

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Show Me the Money: Effective Grant Research

Sep 27 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

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STARTUP 2022 — How to Start a Business

Sep 28 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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STARTUP 2022 — Financing Your Small Business

Oct 03 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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STARTUP 2022 — Writing a Business Plan that Works

Oct 05 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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STARTUP 2022 — Bookkeeping Made Easy

Oct 10 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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STARTUP 2022 — Marketing Your Success

Oct 12 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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Mastering Google Workplace as a Business Tool

Oct 13 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Marketing in a Social and Mobile World

Oct 17 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Turn Your Website into a Lead Generator

Oct 17 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

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Insurance for Your Small Business

Oct 27 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Blogging in a Social and Mobile World

Nov 07 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Using Social Media to Promote Your Business

Nov 07 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

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Using Canva for Your Small Business

Nov 08 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

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QuickBooks Desktop

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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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