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Meet Gary Daemer, Founder of InfusionPoints

Meet Gary Daemer, Founder of InfusionPoints

Gary Daemer discusses the ease with which he is able to grow his high tech business in Wilkes County, North Carolina, and the benefits to his quality of life he enjoys along the way.

Meet George Smith, Founder of Copper Barrel Distillery

Meet George Smith, Founder of Copper Barrel Distillery

Founder and CEO George Smith of Copper Barrel Distillery discusses what he loves about owning a business in Wilkes County, NC.

Meet Greg Brady, Founder of Anchor Coffee Co

Meet Greg Brady, Founder of Anchor Coffee Co

Greg Brady, founder of Anchor Coffee Co in North Wilkesboro, NC talks about the community of entrepreneurs and support providers that work together to help make Wilkes County a great place to start and grow a business.

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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Experienced entrepreneurs offer their most valuable lessons-learned on a variety of essential topics.

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

Why Starting Your Small Business Is Worth The Risk

Asia discusses opening her business, Mae's Coffee Shop, in downtown Maiden, North Carolina. She tells us what it's like to take the risk to open a business and the changes it's had on the area where she opened.

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.

Persevering Your Small Business Through The Pandemic

Amber Prassenos, owner of Key2 Health & Wellness in Lincolnton, opens up about persevering through the pandemic, how preparedness and opportunity played a part in her entrepreneurial journey, and more.

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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…

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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 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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