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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.

Focus On Your Passion And Outsource The Rest

Shana Whitehead of Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall discusses why she fell in love with the idea of starting a restaurant and music venue in the heart of Sparta, North Carolina.

Meet Ben Coffey, Owner of BC Cinematics

The Evolution Of Your One-Page Business Plan

Ben Coffey, owner of BC Cinematics in Lenoir, discusses the evolution of his business plan, the importance of networking, and how his local SBC helped him develop essential entrepreneurial skills.

Find Your First Customers Through The Right Channel

Clayton Wilkinson, Owner of Taste of the Town discusses how he was able to get his first customers and gives advice about work-life balance as an entrepreneur.

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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 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 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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