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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.
Kenny MacKinnon, owner of MacKinnon Heating & Air in Nebo, opens up about why he decided to start his own business, the benefit of sticking to what you know, and the reality of finding a work-life balance.
Kaila Savage, owner of HorsePower Park in Morganton, sheds light on finding success in a male-dominated industry, the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset, and how Burke County supports small businesses.
Ryan Settlemyre, owner of Xscape Attractions in Hudson, NC, lends advice on creating a business with longevity, how to keep your employees happy, and finding success in Caldwell County.
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…
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…
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…
How to Start a Business
Jan 28 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST
Marketing Your Small Business
Feb 02 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
MindSpark Live -Everyone Needs Employees! Discover How to Recruit and Keep Them
Feb 02 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Agritourism in Southwestern NC Trends and Storytelling
Feb 03 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
How to Find Your Customers
Feb 08 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
How to Mitigate Risks and Recover from Unexpected Disasters
Feb 09 @ 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Airbnb, HipCamp and Harvest Host
Feb 10 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Using Social Media to Promote your Farm Business
Feb 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Liability for On Farm Visits
Feb 24 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
all Business Tax Essentials
Feb 28 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 1-Maximize Your Competitive Advantage
Mar 01 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
MindSpark Live -What’s It Really Take to Be an Entrepreneur?
Mar 02 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Business Planning Power Hour: Structure and Resources
Mar 03 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session2-Building Your Business Ground Game
Mar 08 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Business Planning Power Hour: Market Plan
Mar 10 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Making Value Added Food Products at Home
Mar 10 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 3-Building the Right Web Presence
Mar 15 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Basics of Bookkeeping
Mar 16 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Business Planning Power Hour: Financials
Mar 17 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Food Safety
Mar 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Canva 1.0: Creative Marketing Designs
Mar 21 @ 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST
Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 4-Using the Right Social Media
Mar 22 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Management
Mar 24 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Canva 2.0: Advanced Marketing Designs
Mar 25 @ 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST
Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 5-Choosing the Right Online Paid Marketing
Mar 29 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
2022 Nonprofit Virtual Business Summit
Apr 04 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST
MindSpark Live -Organization and Time Management for Small Business Owners
Apr 06 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
2022 Professional Craft Artist Virtual Business Summit
Apr 08 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST
Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 6-Growing a Sustainable Business
Apr 12 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Bulletproof Your Business
Apr 28 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
MindSpark Live -Rebuilding Relationships with Unhappy Customers
May 04 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 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 Mike Coble, owner of three small specialty boutiques
Mike Coble, owner of three small specialty boutiques in downtown Waynesville
Mike Coble, owner of three small specialty boutiques in downtown Waynesville, gives insight on getting into the entrepreneurial mindset, hiring the right people, and why finding a good mentor matters.
Meet Esther Blakely, owner of Cataloochee Valley Tours in Waynesville
Esther Blakely, owner of Cataloochee Valley Tours in Waynesville
Esther Blakely of Cataloochee Valley Tours, sheds light on finding funding, learning about your limits as an entrepreneur, and overcoming unexpected administrative obstacles.
Meet Courtney and Spencer Tetrault, owners of Axe & Awl Leatherworks in Waynesville
Courtney and Spencer Tetrault, owners of Axe & Awl Leatherworks in Waynesville
Courtney and Spencer Tetrault of Axe & Awl Leatherworks, open up about turning their hobby full-time, marketing via social media, and starting a business with your spouse.
Meet XYZ, Owner of XYZ
Looking For Local 1:1 Support?
Haywood Community College Has It!
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.
The inflow and outflow of money for your business is called cash flow. This can be positive or negative — if it’s positive, that means that there’s more inflow than outflow, which is ideal. To come up with your business's cash flow projections, you need to create a cash flow statement. This helps you, and your investors, determine whether your small business is on a solid financial footing. At the end of this training, you'll be able to create your very own cash flow statement and get a handle on your business finances. 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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