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

How To Keep The Love For Your Work Alive

Mark Warwick, General Manager of WTZQ Radio in Hendersonville, opens up about what makes Henderson County great, how to keep the love for your work alive, and the best business advice he's ever received.

The Best Ways To Define Your Target Market

Aaron Wesley Means, CEO of ACTIVATE Business Solutions in Brevard, sits down to discuss the importance of creating a business plan, the best ways to define your target market, and how to get prepared to launch.

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Learn How To Sell Your Products Well

Loran Evans, owner of Rightline Gear in Asheville, discusses creating innovative products customers love, providing new takes on old products, and knowing how to sell those products well.

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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 For Starting Your Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about the challenges, setbacks, and successes they experienced while starting their businesses. From implementing customer policies and procedures to networking and making connections with your community, they give their advice as they look back on when they were just starting out as business owners.

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Entrepreneur Advice On Getting And Keeping Customers

Hear from experienced entrepreneurs on how to get and keep customers for your small business. They cover everything from being as transparent and honest as possible with them to not being afraid to pick up the phone and give them a call.

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