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The Reality Of Finding Work-Life Balance As A Small Business Owner

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.

Finding Business Success In A Male-Dominated Industry

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.

Creating A Small Business With Longevity

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.

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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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Entrepreneur Advice On Developing Your Strategy

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…

Meg Ragland Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Entrepreneur Advice For Personal Development and Wellness

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…

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Marketing Your Small Business

Feb 02 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

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MindSpark Live -Everyone Needs Employees! Discover How to Recruit and Keep Them

Feb 02 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Agritourism in Southwestern NC Trends and Storytelling

Feb 03 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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How to Find Your Customers

Feb 08 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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How to Mitigate Risks and Recover from Unexpected Disasters

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Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Airbnb, HipCamp and Harvest Host

Feb 10 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Using Social Media to Promote your Farm Business

Feb 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Liability for On Farm Visits

Feb 24 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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all Business Tax Essentials

Feb 28 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 1-Maximize Your Competitive Advantage

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MindSpark Live -What’s It Really Take to Be an Entrepreneur?

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Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session2-Building Your Business Ground Game

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Business Planning Power Hour: Market Plan

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Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Making Value Added Food Products at Home

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Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 3-Building the Right Web Presence

Mar 15 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Basics of Bookkeeping

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Business Planning Power Hour: Financials

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Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Food Safety

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Canva 1.0: Creative Marketing Designs

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Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 4-Using the Right Social Media

Mar 22 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Spring EMFS Agribusiness Series: Farm Service Agency and Natural Resource Management

Mar 24 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Canva 2.0: Advanced Marketing Designs

Mar 25 @ 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

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Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 5-Choosing the Right Online Paid Marketing

Mar 29 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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2022 Nonprofit Virtual Business Summit

Apr 04 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

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MindSpark Live -Organization and Time Management for Small Business Owners

Apr 06 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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2022 Professional Craft Artist Virtual Business Summit

Apr 08 @ 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

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Results Driven Small Business Marketing Series: Session 6-Growing a Sustainable Business

Apr 12 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Bulletproof Your Business

Apr 28 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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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.

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