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

When Starting A Business, Always Have More Money Than You Need

Brian Leonard of Appalachian Ironworks in Marshall, North Carolina discusses why he loves owning a business in the Western North Carolina region.

The Best Ways To Define Your Target Market

Aaron Wesley Means, CEO of ACTIVATE Business Solutions in Brevard, sits down to discuss the importance of creating a business plan, the best ways to define your target market, and how to get prepared to launch.

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.

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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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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 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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