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

Booomer Sassman Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

The Flexibility of Entrepreneurship

Boomer Sassman, owner and CEO of Big Boom Design in Asheville, talks about building your client base, defining what products and services your small business provides, and the importance of learning managerial skills.

Meet Russ Grimmett and Liz Rhine, Co-Owners of Papertown Coffee

How A Business Plan Can Help You Find Funding

Russ Grimmett and Liz Rhine, co-owners of Papertown Coffee in Canton, reveal how their business plan helped them find funding, what they love about where they live, and the biggest challenge they faced before opening.

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 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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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 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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