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

Loran Evans Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Learn How To Sell Your Products Well

Loran Evans, owner of Rightline Gear in Asheville, discusses creating innovative products customers love, providing new takes on old products, and knowing how to sell those products well.

Focus On Your Passion And Outsource The Rest

Shana Whitehead of Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall discusses why she fell in love with the idea of starting a restaurant and music venue in the heart of Sparta, North Carolina.

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.

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Entrepreneur Advice On Getting And Keeping Customers

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.

Amanda Vickers Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

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 Starting Your Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about the challenges, setbacks, and successes they experienced while starting their businesses. From implementing customer policies and procedures to networking and making connections with your community, they give their advice as they look back on when they were just starting out as business owners.

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