Entrepreneur Exchange

Hosted ByJeff Neuville & Gary Muller

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.

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!

 

Your Hosts

Jeff Neuville is Director of the Small Business Center at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC, where he works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to assist them in starting and growing businesses.  Jeff spent most of his business career as an Executive with a mid-sized North Carolina apparel manufacturing company before starting his own business to assist companies develop profitability improvement strategies.  In addition to his work with start-ups and small businesses, Jeff is a dedicated fan of his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels, particularly during basketball season.  Connect to Jeff on LinkedIn or on Twitter @jeffneuville.

Gary Muller is the Dean of the School of Workforce Development and the Arts at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC). He has his BA and MBA from Wake Forest University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also the co-owner of two businesses. The businesses focus on real estate development and investment management. He has over 20 years of business experience in public accounting, franchising of specialty retail snack food shops and manufacturing. The last 12 years have been spent in education at CVCC. Gary is also the SkillsUSA Co-Director for the Challenger and CVCC Chapter. Of course, everyone knows Gary is a diehard Wake Forest Deacon Deacon fan and he bleeds black and gold!!


All Episodes

Government Contracts with Mark Mills, NC Military Business Center

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! 

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Want to Start a Sports Bra Company? Call the NASA Engineer! with Jen Paulson

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

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Starting Your FinTech Company…and Gnawing on a Turkey Leg!

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, and Turkey Leg Hut

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Hoan Do, Motivational Speaker and American Ninja Warrior

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!

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Franchising: Fran Paradine, Incredible Edibles

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!

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Brooklyn Dellinger, North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center

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!

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Jeff Isenhour, Moonshine Mountain Soap Co.

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!

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Todd Lyden, Director of the Bladen Community College Small Business Center

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!

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8th Annual Business Lessons from the Movies

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!

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Byron Hicks, NC Small Business and Technology Development Center

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!

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