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Brian Leonard of Appalachian Ironworks in Marshall, North Carolina, discusses why he loves owning a business in the Western North Carolina region.

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Co-founders, Jeannine Bucscher, Sarah Schomber, and Co-CEO Zane Adams discuss Buchi Kombucha, its growth, company philosophy, advice and support they provide for other entrepreneurs.


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Sadrah Schadel, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of No Evil Foods based in Marshall, North Carolina, talks about the challenges of scaling quickly and the benefit of using entrepreneur support resources.


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Jonathan Szucs, GM and owner of Advanced Superabrasives in Mars Hill, NC, discusses ecosystem networking and outreach and the importance of global thinking when starting and growing a business in a rural area.

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Hatch AVL Foundation

Each year, George Glackin and the team at the Hatch AVL Foundation convene a team of dedicated volunteers and experienced mentors to hold Hatch This, a weekend-long business building competition. Participants in Hatch This spend three days building their business in teams and have the opportunity to win a prize package at the final pitch event. Find out more about Hatch AVL Foundation and the Hatch this event.

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1Million Cups Asheville

Melody Isis Herman leads a team of dedicated volunteers to bring the 1Million Cups program to Asheville every Wednesday morning. The 1Million Cups events are an opportunity for startup ecosystem members to come together, hear about new startups, and network with each other. 1Million Cups Asheville is a great way to meet the active members in the Asheville startup ecosystem.

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Sandra Dennison, Regional Director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) works with her team throughout the WNC Region to provide counseling to small and mid-sized businesses along with additional tools for entrepreneurs. The primary counseling services are free, and the SBTDC has several online resources guides and webinars. Take a look at the help the SBTDC provides across Western North Carolina.