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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.
Shana Whitehead of Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall discusses why she fell in love with the idea of starting a restaurant and music venue in the heart of Sparta, North Carolina.
Gary Daemer discusses the ease with which he is able to grow his high-tech business in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and the benefits to his quality of life he enjoys along the way.
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 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 entrepreneurs talk about their best advice for raising money for your growing company. They discuss relying on personal funds, finding people you can trust, securing lines of credit when you don’t necessarily need it, getting a mentor to help you out, and more.
Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about the challenges, setbacks, and successes they experienced while starting their businesses. From implementing customer policies and procedures to networking and making connections with your community, they give their advice as they look back on when they were just starting out as business owners.
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
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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.
Don't lock yourself into Etsy or Shopify and put up with their built-in fees. Building a website on WordPress and using the WooCommerce plugin to handle e-commerce, taking payments, calculating shipping and tax, and managing subscriptions is easier than you think. In this training we'll walk you through the basics of building an e-commerce website for your small business and then answer more advanced questions to help take your online store to the next level. 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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