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Choose The Right Employees For Your Small Business

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.

Steven Schain Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

You Can Start A Business With No Money

Steven Schain, former president of Spectra3D Technologies in Asheville, talks about how he started his business with no money, how getting feedback from his peers propelled his company, and the importance of keeping a healthy lifestyle as a busy business owner.

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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 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 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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TikTok for Small Business Part 2

Sep 27 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Introduction to Facebook Ads

Oct 05 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Organizational Culture: The Imperative Key to Success

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ABC’s of Starting a Small Business – Online Webinar

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ABC’s of Starting a Small Business – Online Webinar

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Grant Writing – Online Seminar

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Getting Started: Instagram – Online Webinar

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Finding Your Customer and Creating a Marketing Plan – Online Webinar

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Finding Your Customer and Creating a Marketing Plan – Online Webinar

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Dynamite Marketing for Small Businesses – Online Webinar

Oct 20 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

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Budgeting for Your Non-Profit – Online Webinar

Oct 21 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

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Creating A Written Fundriaising Plan – Online Webinar

Oct 21 @ 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST

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Blogging in a Social & Mobile World – Online Webinar

Oct 25 @ 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EST

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Instagram Stories – What, Why and How? – Online Webinar

Oct 26 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Financing Your Small Business – Online Webinar

Oct 27 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

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Financing Your Small Business – Online Webinar

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Business Expenses and Business Use of Your Home

Oct 28 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM EST

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Local Entrepreneur Spotlights

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 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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