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Tips For Finding Your Business Support System

Jack Carrier, founder and CEO of eTag Art, explains what he loves most about being an entrepreneur and how he found a support system through Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s Small Business Incubator.

Meet Monte Tyson and Rachel Brigham, Co-Owners of CBD East Main

Getting Your Small Business Established In A New Community

Monte Tyson and Rachel Brigham, co-owners of CBD East Main in Lincolnton, open up about how their business strengthened their purpose, getting established in a new community, and how to hire best-fit employees.

Running A Small Business Takes The Right Heart

Dennis Barber discusses his journey to founding and leading his restaurant, The Copper Door in Hayesville, North Carolina.

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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 Personal Development and Wellness

Listen to these experienced entrepreneurs talk about their best practices and advice on tackling the tricky task of taking care of yourself while taking care of your small business. From making time for exercise to balancing family and work, these small business owners share their stories of struggle when it comes to separating their business…

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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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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 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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