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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.

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Experienced entrepreneurs offer their most valuable lessons-learned on a variety of essential topics.

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

Jessie Dean Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Planning A Business? Find A Coach

Jessie Dean, founder and CEO of Asheville Tea Company, talks about finding a business coach when planning your business, learning how to pitch your business to investors, and becoming a leader at your organization.

Make Sure You’re Prepared To Put The Effort Into Your Small Business

Bob Merrill talks about starting and growing his machining business in Brasstown North Carolina.

How Patience Can Pay Off For Your Business

Johnny Wishon of Wishon Evergreens gives us a peek into the world of agri-business and what it takes to start and grow a Christmas tree, wreath, and garland farm in Alleghany County North Carolina. Here's a hint...it takes at least 10 years of patience, hard work, and an awesome staff to keep it going!

Michael Sowinski Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Entrepreneur Advice For Growing Your Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about the challenges, setbacks, and successes they experienced while growing their businesses. From finding funding to pitching your small business to investors, to knowing when it’s time to hire more team members, they give their advice as business owners with thriving companies.

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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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Marketing Your Small Business

Feb 02 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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QuickBooks Online Series: Session 1- Setup

Feb 03 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Finding Your Customers

Feb 07 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Knowing Your Small Biz Resources: Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

Feb 08 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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QuickBooks Online Series: Session 2- Bank Feeds

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Balance & Burnout-Keep Your Head Above Water: Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

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Relationship Marketing, The Ground Game for Biz Owners: Relationship Marketing Series

Feb 16 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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QuickBooks Online Series: Session 3- Invoicing and Payments

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Creating a Motivated Team: Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

Feb 22 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Your Digital 1st Impression & Why It’s So Important: Relationship Marketing Series

Feb 23 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Small Business Tax Essentials

Feb 23 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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QuickBooks Online Series: Session 4- Reconciling and Reports

Feb 24 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Basics of Bookkeeping

Feb 28 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Telling Your Company Story to Connect with Customers: MindSpark Live

Mar 01 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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How to Set & Manage Goals for Your Business: Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

Mar 01 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Maximize Your Google Business Listing: Relationship Marketing Series

Mar 02 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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8 Things to Do Before Starting Your Business: Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

Mar 08 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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2023 Professional Craft Artist Business Summit

Mar 15 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

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Work Smarter, Not Harder-Tips for Time Management: Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

Mar 15 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Meetings That Don’t Suck: Motivation Monday Series

Mar 20 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Marketing for Artist Series: How to Start & Grow a Maker Business

Mar 21 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Reach Customers Online with Google: Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

Mar 22 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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How to Appreciate Your Employees: Motivation Monday Series

Mar 27 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Marketing for Artist Series: Increasing Art Sales through Strategic Marketing

Mar 28 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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The Entrepreneurial Mindset: Small Business Lunch & Learn Series

Mar 29 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Leading vs Managing: Motivation Monday Series

Apr 03 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Marketing for Artist Series: Strategies to Get Your Art into a Gallery

Apr 04 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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Find What Makes Your Business Unique & Own It: MindSpark Live

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Business Checkup-Cash Flow: Motivation Monday Series

Apr 17 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Researching & Analyzing Your Target Market

Apr 18 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Business Checkup-Pricing Review: Motivation Monday Series

Apr 24 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Business Checkup-Growth Planning: Motivation Monday Series

May 01 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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2023 Nonprofit Business Summit

May 03 @ 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

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Surprise & Delight Customers with “Extra Mile” Service: MindSpark Live

May 03 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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How to Create a Wix Website

May 04 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Building a Flexible Work Culture: Motivation Monday Series

May 08 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Selling on Shopify

May 11 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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What You Need to Know About Working Capital: Motivation Monday Series

May 15 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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