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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.
Mary Beth Benton, owner of Auntie M’s Pet Care in Asheville, talks about solving your customers’ biggest problems, how the A-B Tech Small Business Center stuck by her side as she grew her business, and the importance of sticking to your mission statement.
Ben Coffey, owner of BC Cinematics in Lenoir, discusses the evolution of his business plan, the importance of networking, and how his local SBC helped him develop essential entrepreneurial skills.
Leah Wong Ashburn, President/CEO and family owner of Highland Brewing Company, Asheville's first post-prohibition brewery, discusses the thought needed for succession planning, her advice to entrepreneurs, and what it's like to start and grow a business in Asheville, North Carolina.
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…
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.
Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about their best advice when it comes to managing risk. They discuss writing down your ideal outcomes, finding the right consultants, having alternative streams of income, anticipating every scenario, and more.
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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.
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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.
This training will give you a foundation for testing your key business model assumptions, confirming your ideal customers, and verifying your product-market fit. You’ll also discover your target audience by learning the fundamentals of who to talk to, what questions to ask, and how to turn responses into actionable steps.
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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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