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The Entrepreneur Exchange is a lively conversation between small business owners, entrepreneurs, and business experts sharing tools and tips to assist new businesses get up and running and existing small business grow and prosper in this challenging economy. Topics include small business funding issues, economical ways to market and promote your business, and resources available to entrepreneurs. And more!
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This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes Hoan Do, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and American Ninja Warrior, who discusses his business, motivational lessons he shares with students, and tips for budding entrepreneurs. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller discuss how Keeping It Simple can lead to new product developments, plus share their small businesses of the month which include a B & B option and your new drone jogging partner. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center Small Businesses of the Month featured in this episode:Sweet Tea Bed and Breakfast Traverse Drone  
Franchising can help you get into business with established branding and marketing, but you need to know what you’re getting into. Entrepreneur Exchange hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller welcome Incredible Edibles franchise owner Fran Paradine to the podcast to discuss her business, the pros and cons of franchising and her experience with a business started during COVID. Plus Jeff and Gary discuss how turbulent times can create business opportunities, plus share this month’s Businesses of the Month which include edible microbes used to make your future cheeseburger…it’s all here on the Entrepreneur Exchange!CVCC Small Business CenterIncredible EdiblesEdible ArrangementsJoy Davis Photography Maggie TremolsNature’s Fynd Creating Wellness Podcast
Ready for big game hunting? Well, the federal government buys more products and services than any one customer in the world. This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes Brooklyn Dellinger with the North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center to discuss how to get started selling to the government, providing some tips, plus some pitfalls to avoid. Plus host Jeff Neuville shares a small business you should be checking out, especially if you’re ready to hit the exercise circuit as the weather warms up. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!CVCC Small Business CenterNC Small Business Center NetworkNC Procurement Technical Assistance CenterSmall Business of the Month: Blyth Running
How much moonshine should you put in your soap? Listen to this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange as hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller are joined by Jeff Isenhour, the founder and owner of the Moonshine Mountain Soap Company, and learn about his startup and creative ways to make and sell soap. With a little moonshine! Plus, Jeff and Gary provide an update on the second iteration of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and share their small businesses of the month including student entrepreneurs and the first mobile bowling alley in the history of all mankind. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!CVCC Small Business Center National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship  Shear Bliss Brandelle Designs  Fong’s Build and FabLuxury Strike Bowling
The Entrepreneur Exchange wants you to have a productive 2021, so we’re kicking the year off with Todd Lyden, Director of the Bladen Community College Small Business Center, who shares his top productivity tools with co-hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller. If you’re ready to create your own graphics or add videos to your marketing efforts, this is the show for you! Plus, the pod gives shout-outs to three small businesses this month, ranging from beer to moonshine soap to dogs…check it out on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!Catawba Valley Small Business Center Bladen Community College Small Business CenterSmall Businesses of the Month:The District House of TapsMoonshine Mountain SoapBarking BuddiesTop Productivity Tool Links:Wave for AccountingCanva to Design and Modify PicturesGoogle My Business for Free Business PromotionGoogle Drive to Store and Share DocumentsGoogle Voice to Create a Phone Number for Your BusinessFacebook Business SuiteFree Conference Call for Phone and Video CallsCrello for Graphic CreationLoom for Video MessagingVidYard to Record and Send VideosClickup for Time Management and Project ManagementSquare, Paypal, Venmo & Zelle to Send and Receive Digital Payments
At least one holiday tradition is intact during the pandemic…it’s time for the Entrepreneur Exchange “Business Lessons from the Movies” Podtacular edition, as hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller are joined by the founders of the Footcandle Film Society, Alan Jackson and Chris Frye, to share their movie recommendations which have a business lesson takeaway…or sometimes a lesson on what you should avoid.  Ready to hunker down with the family for the holidays? These movies will entertain and give you something to think about. Plus the group all share their small businesses of the month, which range from food to entertainment, to how to recycle the wedding dress that has been hanging in your closet for ten years. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange on The MESH podcast network!CVCC Small Business CenterFootcandle Film Society / PodcastSmall Business of the MonthSally’s Gluten-Free Bakery Grail MoviehouseEpic ChophouseUnbox the Dress
This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes Byron Hicks, the Deputy State Director of the NC Small Business and Technology Development Center to explore how his organization assists businesses throughout the state of North Carolina during good times, as well as during pandemics. The discussion includes the availability of capital for businesses during this challenging environment, and how you should prepare for lenders. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller review ideas for how to hire the right person from none other than Jeff Bezos, and they share their small businesses of the month…dog treats and whiskey! It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange! Get in touch! CVCC Small Business Center, NC Small Business and Technology Development CenterSmall Business' of the Month Zookies Critter Cookies, Bespoken Spirits 
So many E-Commerce platforms, so little time…this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes Nick Hawks, the eBay Guy and Mr. MeCommerce, to talk about the many ways that start-ups and small businesses are selling their products online through eBay, Amazon, Etsy and more. Hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller check with Nick on the costs to sell on each platform, and get the scoop on the strengths and weaknesses that each offer. Plus Jeff and Gary share their small businesses of the month, which include local food and a business that has pivoted to creating outdoor classrooms. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange on The MESH podcast network!CVCC Small Business Center Nick Hawks Small Businesses of the MonthRice Fun Outclass  
How do you network from a social distance? This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes LinkedIn and social media specialist Teddy Burriss to discuss how to build and maintain your business network during a pandemic. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller discuss opportunities which college students have to engage with start-ups and share their small businesses of the month, including home inspections, tasty cupcakes and recycled apparel…it’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!CVCC Small Business CenterTeddy Burriss on LinkedInBusinesses of the Month:Rob and Holly Moose Home InspectionsSmallCakes CupcakeryReborn Clothing
Operating your business during a pandemic requires adjustments…so this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange digs into the steps you need to take to start an online business with Case Lane, founder of Ready Entrepreneur. Visit the show links below to get a summary of Case’s book, Recast: The Aspiring Entrepreneur’s Practical Guide to Getting Started with an Online Business. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller discuss regaining your customer focus while managing through COVID-19, and they share their small businesses of the month. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange on The MESH podcast network.Catawba Valley Community College Small Business CenterThe Ready Entrepreneur  Free summary of Case Lane’s upcoming book, Recast: The Aspiring Entrepreneur’s Practical Guide to Getting Started with an Online Business. Small Business of the Month: Tires Plus Tire ProsCake
How is the Small Business Administration helping businesses manage their way through the pandemic and challenging economy? Hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller are joined on his month’s Entrepreneur Exchange by North Carolina SBA District Director Thomas Stith III, who provides information on SBA assistance, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and how businesses and the forgiveness elements which has made this program so attractive to businesses. Director Stith also covers Economic Injury Disaster Loans available through the SBA, and how they can be used to support business. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller share their small businesses of the month, including a local market and an alternative to toilet paper. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!CVCC Small Business Center NC SBA  SBA National Resources  Small Business of the Month:Burton Farms General Store  Tushy
Businesses are getting the green light to reopen from state government…but just because you can reopen, should you? And how do you do it in a way to give your customers and employees the confidence to come back? This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange talks about how to be Open & Safe with Lindsay Keisler, President and CEO of the Chamber of Catawba County in Hickory, NC, and discuss the playbook she’s developed with other Chambers to help businesses answer these critical questions. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller provide some hints for avoiding annoying Zoom meeting habits, plus they share their Small Businesses of the Month which range from 3D Printers to BBQ to on-line wedding planners. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange! CVCC Small Business Center Chamber of Catawba County Open & Safe Guidelines  Small Business of the Month: Regenbogen Studios  
There is a lot of uncertainty in the economy, but the Entrepreneur Exchange continues to deliver as Michelle Ellwanger with Edge Coaching joins the podcast to share strategies for business owners to combat stress and anxiety as they work through the unknowns of managing through the current health pandemic.  Plus co-hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller discuss businesses that you may be able to start during a health crisis, and some you should not.  Finally, they share their small businesses of the month which range from a  local farm to student cleaners and robotic poultry devices.  It's all here on this month's Entrepreneur Exchange!   CVCC Small Business Center  Edge Coaching    Small Business of the Month:   LFR Farm  Student Maid  Poultry Patrol
As the Coronavirus impacts many small businesses and small business owners throughout the country, the Entrepreneur Exchange checks in with New York City resident and consultant Peter Weiss to discuss his work managing supply chain risk and technology risk and how his work life has changed since he has had to become a telecommuter in the city which has had the largest impact from COVID-19.  Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller share strategies for managing a business through challenging times, plus they share their small business of the month selections.  It’s all here—at a safe social distance—on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange on The MESH podcast network. NC Small Business Center Network COVID-19 Resources  Catawba Valley CC Small Business Center Instagram – cassandra_the_cavachon Businesses of the Month  Slice  Catawba Farms  Nufabrx
Getting a loan for your business is hard, and it’s even tougher if you’re a local start-up or new small business.  This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange helps show you the money by explaining how Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) help fill the lending role for new businesses with guest Chris Grasinger of Mountain Biz Works, a North Carolina CDFI.  Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller discuss how start-ups have successfully taken on entrenched brands, plus they share their small businesses of the month choices which include mountain climbing, pet grooming and camping with a twist.  It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!  CVCC Small Business Center  Mountain Biz Works  Small Businesses of the Month  Center 45  Bark Side Grooming  Black Folks Camp Too
t’s a special edition of the Entrepreneur Exchange as Brian Hamilton, the founder of fintech firm Sageworks and creator of the Brian Hamilton Foundation, joins the show to discuss how his Foundation spreads the word about entrepreneurship throughout North Carolina.  Hamilton also discusses Inmates to Entrepreneurs, a national program he started to help people with criminal records start their own businesses.  Plus host Jeff Neuville shares some small businesses of the month and asks the all-important question…’"Where is co-host Gary?"’  It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!    Links— Brian Hamilton Foundation -- https://brianhamilton.org/ Starter U -- https://brianhamilton.org/starter-u/.    NC Small Business Center Network – https://www.ncsbc.net/   YOU Compression -- https://www.youcompression.com/ Rent a Friend -- https://rentafriend.com/
The Entrepreneur Exchange starts 2020 with a productivity jolt…Todd Lyden, Director of the Bladen Community College Small Business Center, returns to share his Top 10 List of 2020 Productivity Tools with hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller, including his Honorable Mention/Hall of Fame selections.  Plus Jeff and Gary throw out some New Year resolutions for your business to consider, and they share their small businesses of the month.  Listen up, rum is involved!  Check it out on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!
It’s back… the Entrepreneur Exchange’s 7th annual Business Lessons from the Movies Podtacular is now available on The MESH. Co-hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller are joined by Alan Jackson and Chris Frye, founders of the Footcandle Film Society, to share their recommendations for movies with a business lesson that you can watch over the holidays to rescue you from those awkward conversations with your in-laws.  And check out the Holiday Small Business of the Month recommendations which include barbershops, pickles, lemonade, and slime!  Yes, it’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!
Hungry?  Let’s Start a Food Business! Thinking about starting a food business?  Eric Hallman and Sue Ellsworth with the Piedmont Food Processing Center in Hillsborough, NC join the Entrepreneur Exchange to talk about their food incubator and how they assist entrepreneurs to start and grow food businesses.  Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller provide tips for preparing for the dreaded “R” word…and share their small businesses of the month which range from tasty treats to squishy socks.  It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!
If you’re in business or starting a business, access to capital is your oxygen to stay alive.  This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes Ron Elmore, Regional Director with the NC Small Business Technology Development Center, to talk about the funding landscape and how you can prepare for a loan or access equity capital.  Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller discuss how to secure customer testimonials for your business, and share their small businesses of the month.  It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!
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