Entrepreneur Exchange

Thomas Stith III, North Carolina SBA District Director

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!

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Entrepreneur Exchange: Open & Safe

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 Safe & Open 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!

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Entrepreneur Exchange: Staying Calm in the Coronavirus Storm

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!

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Entrepreneur Exchange: (No) Escape from New York

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.

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Entrepreneur Exchange: Mountain Biz Works

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! 

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Entrepreneur Exchange: Brian Hamilton

It’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.

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Entrepreneur Exchange: Productivity and Resolutions

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!

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Entrepreneur Exchange: 7th Annual Business Lessons from the Movies

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!

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Entrepreneur Exchange: Let’s Start a Food Business!

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!

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Entrepreneur Exchange: Ron Elmore-NC Small Business Technology Development Center

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

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