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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 Beth Sexton, owner of Bloom Market

Beth Sexton, owner of Bloom Market

Beth Sexton, owner of Bloom Market in Lincolnton, discusses budgeting for small business expenses, managing risk, and what makes Lincoln County such a great place for budding entrepreneurs.

Meet Amber Prassenos, owner of Key2 Health & Wellness

Amber Prassenos, owner of Key2 Health & Wellness

Amber Prassenos, owner of Key2 Health & Wellness in Lincolnton, opens up about persevering through the pandemic, how preparedness and opportunity played a part in her entrepreneurial journey, and more.

Meet John Brinsfield and Fritz Steckler, co-founders of BrickTree Brewing Co.

John Brinsfield and Fritz Steckler, co-founders of BrickTree Brewing Co.

John Brinsfield and Fritz Steckler, co-founders of BrickTree Brewing Co. in Lincolnton, reveal exactly how they went about conducting market research, why they decided to forgo a business plan, and more.

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

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Clips

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

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Compilations

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

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Journeys

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

Consistency Builds Customer Trust

Travis Perkins and his business partner started PADCO Excavating, Inc. as a part-time job. Demand for their services, combined with excellent customer service and reliability quickly grew PADCO into a full time and thriving business in Jefferson, North Carolina.

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The Flexibility of Entrepreneurship

Boomer Sassman, owner and CEO of Big Boom Design in Asheville, talks about building your client base, defining what products and services your small business provides, and the importance of learning managerial skills.

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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 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 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.

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