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Learn From Experienced Entrepreneurs
We call it Entrepreneur-To-Entrepreneur training (E2E for short)
Quick insights & advice from entrepreneurs on planning, starting, and growing businesses.
Experienced entrepreneurs offer their most valuable lessons-learned on a variety of essential topics.
Entrepreneurs share stories about starting & growing their ventures, being an entrepreneur, & more.
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.
Beth Allen, owner of Successful Strides in Morganton, discusses the benefits of sharing your passion with other people, the challenges of being your own boss, and what makes Burke County such a special place.
Courtney and Spencer Tetrault, owners of Axe & Awl Leatherworks in Waynesville, open up about turning their hobby full-time, marketing via social media, and starting a business with your spouse.
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…
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…
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…
Grant Seeking 101
Sep 27 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Basics of Bookkeeping
Oct 04 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Your Small Business Taxes
Oct 11 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Oct 14 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Financing Your Small Business
Oct 18 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Oct 21 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Marketing Your Business
Oct 25 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM EST
The Basics of Selling on Ebay
Oct 27 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
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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.
Meet XYZ, Owner of XYZ
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Did you know your local Small Business Center provides personalized support, training, and assistance—all for free? Seasoned mentors are standing by and can help you start or grow your business today!
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Collaborate with fellow local entrepreneurs, support providers, and our team for all your business needs. Ask questions, get advice, and find a mentor.
This training will quickly introduce you to the core concepts of building your complete business team, consisting of three separate groups (Operating, Support, and Home Teams) working interdependently to support you and your business. You’ll learn why building a business team is critical to your success, what you should consider when developing your team, and how to get started.
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