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

Jack Carrier Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

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.

Brannen Cunningham, Owner of Sparksmith in Waynesville

The Best Advice For First-Time Entrepreneurs

Brannen Cunningham, owner of Sparksmith in Waynesville, sheds light on how his business came to be, the key to finding and keeping new customers, and his best advice for first-time entrepreneurs.

Amanda Vickers Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Balancing Entrepreneurship With Your Family Life

Amanda Vickers, owner of Mountains to Sea Skincare in Asheville, gives her advice on balancing being both a mother and entrepreneur and how to create a positive and energetic work environment.

Loran Evans Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

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…

Nathan Masters Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

Entrepreneur Advice For Planning Your Small Business

Listen to these entrepreneurs talk about the challenges, setbacks, and successes they experienced while planning their businesses. From not being fully prepared and what they would tell their younger selves today to the importance of talking to your target audience and branding yourself in the right way, they give their advice as they look back…

Jessie Dean Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

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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NC Business Registration Basics including DBA – Online Webinar

Feb 01 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Everyone Needs Employees! Discover How to Recruit and Keep Them

Feb 02 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Business Tax Essentials

Feb 03 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Market Research with NC LIVE

Feb 08 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Business Bookkeeping Basics

Feb 08 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST

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Business Organization and Recordkeeping with the IRS

Feb 24 @ 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

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CLAIM YOUR MARKS! Registering Trademarks & Service Marks in NC & More

Mar 01 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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What Does It Really Take to Be an Entrepreneur

Mar 02 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Writing an Effective Business Plan

Mar 03 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Sales and Use Tax Basics

Mar 03 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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Increasing Revenues and Profits with Digital Marketing

Mar 08 @ 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM EST

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Strength in Numbers: Food Cost, Pricing, Menu Engineering and Financials

Apr 04 @ 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

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Permitting and Regulations (For Food-Based Entrepreneurs)

Apr 04 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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Organization and Time Management for Small Business Owners

Apr 06 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Withholding Tax Basics

Apr 07 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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NC Business Registration Basics including DBA

May 03 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Rebuilding Relationships with Unhappy Customers

May 04 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

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Online Seller Webinar

May 05 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

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CLAIM YOUR MARKS! Registering Trademarks & Service Marks in NC & More

May 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 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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Locals: Intro to SBC (Connect Property)

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