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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 Rocky Proffitt, Founder of NAPCO

Meet Rocky Proffitt, Founder of NAPCO

Rocky Proffitt isn’t new to the entrepreneur game, in fact, he has an established and extremely well-respected business in Alleghany County, NC. He has an international clientele and a home town mentality that lends itself to a great reputation, quality product, and long-time employees.

Meet Michelle Tomkins, DVM of Glade Creek Animal Hospital

Meet Michelle Tomkins, DVM of Glade Creek Animal Hospital

Michelle Tompkins, DVM, owner of Glade Creek Animal Hospital in Sparta, North Carolina, discusses the joy of running her veterinary clinic in the supportive community of Alleghany.

Meet Johnny Wishon, Founder of Wishon Evergreens

Meet Johnny Wishon, Founder of Wishon Evergreens

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!

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Quick insights & advice from entrepreneurs on planning, starting, and growing businesses.

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

Meet Ben and Alyssa Minton, Owners of The Local Bean

The Best Way For New Entrepreneurs To Get Set Up For Success

Ben and Alyssa Minton, owners of The Local Bean in Hudson, discuss the perks of the SBC, the importance of having a flexible plan, and the best way for new entrepreneurs to get set up for success.

Meet Ben Coffey, Owner of BC Cinematics

The Evolution Of Your One-Page Business Plan

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.

Make a Living and a Difference

Gary Brown, founder and owner of Boondocks Brewing, discusses the reason he transitioned from the corporate world to starting and growing his business in West Jefferson, North Carolina. Through great skill and timing, he ended up starting far more than a small craft brewery and now employs over 50 people in the Ashe County region.

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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 Running A Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about their best advice when it comes to running a small business. They discuss the importance of building a team that can function without you, delegating tasks, taking a step back from your business occasionally, sticking to your mission, and more.

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