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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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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.
Brian Leonard of Appalachian Ironworks in Marshall, North Carolina discusses why he loves owning a business in the Western North Carolina region.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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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Every small business needs a website. Luckily, you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to get one. WordPress is the world's most popular website builder, and it's a great tool to help you create an impressive website for your small business. In this training, we take you through the process of building a WordPress website from start to finish. By the end, you’ll have created an impressive website that will increase your overall online presence and grab more attention from new and prospective customers. Note: This training was pre-recorded and is presented by the A-B Tech Small Business Center.
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Need money? (Is the Pope Catholic?) What about local connections, coaching, spaces, tools, talent, and skills that can help your business grow?
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