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How does a start-up get traction with a new product and a way that changes how a retail category does business? Join this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange to see how entrepreneurs Steph and Brandon Prime are working to change the greeting card business with their start-up, Cardstalk, working with artists, retailers, and customers to provide unique greeting cards using in-store kiosks…and saving retailers valuable shelf space. They also discuss partners and resources such as NC IDEA and Venture Asheville which have helped them on their journey. Plus co-hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller share small businesses of the month on this edition of the Entrepreneur Exchange!Thank you to MakoRx for their partnership and for their support of Entrepreneur Exchange!CVCC Small Business CenterResources: NC IDEA, Venture AshevilleSmall Businesses of the Month: The Factory, Maria’s Pink Box , The Sports BraSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Is becoming an internet influencer part of your business plan? How about figuring out how to monetize your online content? This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange features Teddy Burriss with Burriss Consulting, Inc., to discuss Teddy’s success with monetizing his online content and the steps he’s taken to reach this point. Spoiler alert, it’s not for those trying to be an overnight sensation. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller share their small businesses of the month, which include a new apparel product and tasty food. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange on The MESH podcast network!CVCC Small Business Center Small Business of the Month: Kropt , L&L Catering See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Insurance isn’t sexy, but it’s a necessity to protect your assets and your business. The Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes Brian Garrison to the podcast to discuss the types of insurance a start-up or small business should consider and to identify mistakes in coverage that often occur. Hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller also talk with Brian about his start-up, On Point Consulting, which helps commercial and residential clients navigate their insurance needs. The group also shares their small businesses of the month, ranging from axe throwing to chocolate to a new take on greeting cards…it’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!Small Businesses of the Month featured in this episode: Patriot Axe Throwing, Carolina Crafted, The Chocolate Possum, Cards TalkCVCC Small Business Center See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Are you making a little money on the side and trying to figure out to make the leap to full-time entrepreneur? Entrepreneur Exchange podcast hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller welcome Charles Alexander, Director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Volunteer State College, to talk about moving your side hustle to a self-sustaining business. Charles also answers some hard-hitting lightning-round questions, and the group shares their Small Business of the Month recommendations. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!Small Businesses of the Month mentioned in this episode: Salt Med Spa, Hendersonville, TN- Hendersonville - Salt MedSpa, Jacksonville Ultimate Tailgate Party, PQ CNC WorksCVCC Small Business Center Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Gallatin Center | VSCC - TSBDC | Tennessee Small Business Development CentersFind Charles Alexander at Explainer Videos for Busy Professionals and Coaching Side Hustle to Small Business (yourcharlesalexander.com)See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What apps and platforms can you use to get your business off the ground in today’s gig economy? This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes Bladen Community College NC Small Business Center Director Todd Lyden to share tools and resources to start selling products and services without breaking the bank and to help assess your market demand. Plus Todd joins hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller to discuss the pandemic surge in entrepreneurship and business start-ups. Finally, they give shout-outs to small businesses to check out, including some spirits, pottery…and yes, more spirits! It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!Small Businesses of the Month: Cape Fear Distillery, Corwin Pottery, Chemist Spirits CVCC Small Business Center Bladen Community College Small Business Center The Pandemic-Era Startup Boom Financial Panther’s Ultimate List of Gig Economy Apps See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
It’s a MESH holiday tradition…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. When you and the family need to take a break this holiday season, these movies will entertain and give you something to think about. Plus you get a helping of small businesses of the month to check out, ranging from food to a professional concierge business. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange on The MESH podcast network!CVCC Small Business CenterSmall Businesses of the Month: Elijah's Xtreme, Dick’s Café, Time-GeniesSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange focuses on starting a software business…or is it an enterprise solutions business? Brandon Lee, one of the founders of Terra Dotta and now a golf course owner (Players Ridge GC) joins hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller to share how he and his partner got their software business off the ground and created a successful business managing study abroad programs for colleges and universities. Plus Brandon, Jeff, and Gary share some small businesses which you should be checking out, ranging from food to live music venues, to new technology to keep your food fresh…it’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!Small Businesses of the Month included in this episode: the hum, 1877 Pub and Grub, Holly and Ivy Inn, GreenLife TechCVCC Small Business Center See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What are the mistakes that can kill your business? And how can you avoid them? Tim Reynolds with the accounting firm DHW CPAs and Strategic Advisors shares his 25+ years of accounting and operational experience to review the common mistakes that can be fatal to your new or small business. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller compare notes on how you can reward your employees without breaking the bank, and they share their small businesses of the month which include some tasty eats and some non-alcoholic sodas. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!CVCC Small Business Center Small Business of the Month: Scotty’s Hometown Grill, Apple City BBQ and Devils Foot Beverage Company See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Can a start-up make a profit serving non-profits? Mandy Pearce and her business, Funding for Good, have proven that you can. Mandy joins Entrepreneur Exchange hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller to share lessons from operating her consulting and funding business, including how to manage expenses and build sales. Plus Jeff and Gary consider whether to jump into the Tik Tok game and start rapping careers, and they share their small businesses of the month. It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange on The MESH podcast network!CVCC Small Business Center Small Businesses of the Month: Sweet Kitchen, Scoops and Smiles, Cold Skool, Chocolate Possum, I Want to Mow Your LawnSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Businesses can make big bucks doing business with the government, but you need to know the rules of the road. This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange welcomes Mark Mills, Business Development Manager with the NC Military Business Center, to discuss the process for businesses to tap into the wide world of government contracts. Plus hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller share their small businesses of the month which range from ice cream to removing your pet’s fur from your clothes…it’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange! Businesses of the Month:Schneider MillsFur Zapper Special Neat Treats Check out these links from the episode:CVCC Small Business CenterMatchforce.org Small Business AdministrationSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Want to develop the best sports bra? How about starting with a NASA engineer as your designer! This month’s Entrepreneur Exchange features Jen Paulson, the creator, and CEO of Siggie Lodoen Sportswear...a new business focusing on making a better sports bra. Jen shares the challenges of starting an apparel company and lessons from her entrepreneurial journey with hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller. Plus Jeff and Gary share their small businesses of the month…and it’s going to be some tasty eats! It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange on The MESH podcast network!Small Business of the Month featured in this episode: Backstreets Bar and Grill in Hickory, NC / Backstreets Grill in Columbia, SC and Andy Factory CVCC Small Business Center, Skills USASee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
How do you start a Fintech company? Giles Nugent, the co-founder of Salusion, shares his start-up story plus provides start-up advice that he has picked up in a 25 plus year career on Wall Street. Hosts Jeff Neuville and Gary Muller discuss how businesses should respond to the changing mask guidelines to keep their customers and employees happy and safe, plus they share their small business of the month. Turkey leg, anyone? It’s all here on this month’s Entrepreneur Exchange!Catawba Valley Community College Small Business Center  Salusion Small Business of the Month:Wings for Growth Frozen Farmer Turkey Leg Hut See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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 PodcastSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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 RunningSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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 PaymentsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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 DressSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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  See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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