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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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Brannen Cunningham, Owner of Sparksmith in Waynesville

The Best Advice For First-Time Entrepreneurs

Brannen Cunningham, owner of Sparksmith in Waynesville, sheds light on how his business came to be, the key to finding and keeping new customers, and his best advice for first-time entrepreneurs.

The Benefits of Sharing Your Business Passion With Others

Beth Allen, owner of Successful Strides in Morganton, discusses the benefits of sharing your passion with other people, the challenges of being your own boss, and what makes Burke County such a special place.

When Starting A Business, Always Have More Money Than You Need

Brian Leonard of Appalachian Ironworks in Marshall, North Carolina discusses why he loves owning a business in the Western North Carolina region.

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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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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 For Raising Money

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.

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