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How to Make Your Community A Better Place Through Your Business

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.

The Benefits of Sharing Your Business Passion With Others

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.

Turning Your Hobby Or Side Hustle Into A Full-Time Business

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.

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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 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 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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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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