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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 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.

Johnny Wishon, Founder of Wishon Evergreens

Johnny Wishon, Founder of Wishon Evergreens

Johnny Wishon of Wishon Evergreens gives us a peek into the world of agri-business and what it takes to start and grow a Christmas tree, wreath, and garland farm in Alleghany County North Carolina. Here’s a hint…it takes at least 10 years of patience, hard work, and an awesome staff to keep it going!

Meet Shana Whitehead, Founder of Muddy Creek Cafe

Meet Shana Whitehead, Founder of Muddy Creek Cafe

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.

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Building Trust In Your Community Brings Business Success

Jeffrey Kaplan is a serial entrepreneur who isn't just working to build his latest venture, Just Kibbitz, but also works full time as the Director of Entrepreneurship for Venture Asheville at the Asheville Area Chamber Commerce. Jeff discusses what it's like to start and grow a business in Asheville and gives us his perspective on

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.

Turning Your Hobby Or Side Hustle Into A Full-Time Business

Courtney and Spencer Tetrault, owners of Axe & Awl Leatherworks in Waynesville, open up about turning their hobby full-time, marketing via social media, and starting a business with your spouse.

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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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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 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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