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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 Greg Boehm, General Manager of Team Industries

Meet Greg Boehm, General Manager of Team Industries

Greg Boehm, General Manager of Team Industries in Andrews, North Carolina discusses the importance of entrepreneurship and having an entrepreneurial mindset.

Meet Leisa Jensen, Co-owner of Hayesville Brewing Company

Meet Leisa Jensen, Co-owner of Hayesville Brewing Company

Leisa Jensen, co-owner of Hayesville Brewing Company talks about starting and growing a brewery in Hayesville North Carolina.

Meet Keisha Dockery, Founder of Black and White Market

Meet Keisha Dockery, Founder of Black and White Market

Keisha Dockery, founder of Black and White Market shares her experience of owning a business in beautiful downtown Murphy, North Carolina.

Meet Aaron Wehr, Co-founder of Wehrloom Honey

Meet Aaron Wehr, Co-founder of Wehrloom Honey

Aaron Wehr of Wehrloom Honey talks about his experience starting and growing his business in Graham County, North Carolina.

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Quick insights & advice from entrepreneurs on planning, starting, and growing businesses.

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Experienced entrepreneurs offer their most valuable lessons-learned on a variety of essential topics.

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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.

Budgeting For Small Business Expenses

Beth Sexton, owner of Bloom Market in Lincolnton, discusses budgeting for small business expenses, managing risk, and what makes Lincoln County such a great place for budding entrepreneurs.

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

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…

Amanda Vickers Asheville Entrepreneur Advice Supportedly

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 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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