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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 Gary Brown, Founder of Boondocks Brewing

Meet Gary Brown, Founder of Boondocks Brewing

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 employes over 50 people in the Ashe County region.

Meet Kelly McCoy, Owner of River Girl Fishing Co.

Meet Kelly McCoy, Owner of River Girl Fishing Co.

Kelly McCoy is clearly passionate about providing exceptional experiences for everyone who visits her in Todd, North Carolina. Her fishing and outfitter business caters to everyone from serious fly fishers to families looking for a relaxing trip down the river. She discusses the passion she puts into her business and the community that backs her up along the way.

Meet Travis Perkins, Co-founder of PADCO Excavating, Inc.

Meet Travis Perkins, Co-founder of PADCO Excavating, Inc.

Travis Perkins and his business partner started PADCO Excavating, Inc. as a part-time job. Demand for their services, combined with excellent customer service and reliability quickly grew PADCO into a full time and thriving business in Jefferson, North Carolina.

Meet Seth Cohn, Founder of Dooleys Grill and Tavern & TwoBoros

Meet Seth Cohn, Founder of Dooleys Grill and Tavern & TwoBoros

Seth Cohn, multiple business founder and owner, discusses the involvement that both he and other business owners have in the community of Wilkes County.

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

Why You Should Start A Business In Your Hometown

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.

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.

Understanding Risk As A Small Business Owner

Marta Lazo, owner of Lazo Insurance Agency in Lenoir, NC, sheds light on how to keep your customers happy, understanding risk in business, and how to build your best core team.

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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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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 Managing Risk

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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