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Why You Should Start A Business In Your Hometown

Rocky Proffitt isn't new to the entrepreneur game, in fact, he has an established and extremely well-respected business in Alleghany County, NC. He has an international clientele and a home town mentality that lends itself to a great reputation, quality product, and long-time employees.

Meet Ben and Alyssa Minton, Owners of The Local Bean

The Best Way For New Entrepreneurs To Get Set Up For Success

Ben and Alyssa Minton, owners of The Local Bean in Hudson, discuss the perks of the SBC, the importance of having a flexible plan, and the best way for new entrepreneurs to get set up for success.

From Small To Global: How To Change Your Business And Your Mindset

Jonathan Szucs, general manager and owner of Advanced Superabrasives, located in Mars Hill, North Carolina talks not only about the importance of effectively connecting to your ecosystem through networking and outreach, but he also discusses the importance of thinking globally (and, for them, interplanetary) while starting and growing a business in a rural area.

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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 For Running A Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about their best advice when it comes to running a small business. They discuss the importance of building a team that can function without you, delegating tasks, taking a step back from your business occasionally, sticking to your mission, and more.

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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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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 Robbie Freeman, Owner of Freeman Family Chiropractic

Meet Robbie Freeman, Owner of Freeman Family Chiropractic

Robbie Freeman, Owner of Freeman Family Chiropractic discusses how to deal with weaknesses as an entrepreneur and gives advice about just getting started.

Meet Clayton Wilkinson, Owner of Taste of the Town

Meet Clayton Wilkinson, Owner of Taste of the Town

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.

Meet Brandon McKee, Owner of McKee Services

Meet Brandon McKee, Owner of McKee Services

Brandon McKee, Owner of McKee Services gives entrepreneurs advice about money and about just getting started in Cleveland county.

Startup Cleveland | Introduction to the Small Business Center

Startup Cleveland | Introduction to the Small Business Center

Get to Know the Small Business Center at Cleveland Community College

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Locals: Intro to SBC (Connect Property)

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