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Westchester Realty

Lewis Tillman had been an executive at Motown Records for 15 years when he decided to return home to North Carolina for a career switch into real estate. Though many told him he’d have to spend years learning the ropes at an agency, Lewis had his own idea. He wanted to start his own agency, and he had a new model that he wanted to implement. Rather than having agents pay a percentage of sale to the agency, he only required a flat fee—no matter how much they sold, or what the price was. This allowed him to attract talented agents to grow his business. To further his financial stability, Lewis wanted to purchase the building he was operating in. But getting a bank loan proved difficult, and he was turned down despite showing over 12 years of profits and stability. He turned to the Small Business Administration, and was referred to Carolina Small Business where he was able to get the financing he needed to purchase the building. 

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Q3 Business and Tax Academy

A licensed CPA with a Master’s degree in taxation, Ronnie Davis found herself before an opportunity: the chance to open her own tax preparation business. Although she had owned her own business before, she felt that she had a valuable service to offer that would help individuals and small businesses achieve their financial goals. She decided to believe in herself and take the plunge.

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KW Collards

KW Collards began in 2009 when Kizito Wademi formulated a special recipe to make his collard greens tasty without meat products. One year later, in 2010, his collard greens product was on the grocery shelves of four local health food stores, and the following year, in 2011, KW Collards was named the Top Selling Item of the Year in Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest health food store chain. Newspaper interviews, magazine articles and social media reviews followed, and soon customer patrons of larger grocery retailers began asking for the product to fill their shelves.

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Discovery Chiropractic and Wellness Center, PLLC.

Discovery Chiropractic and Wellness Center is a unique practice that offers a non-invasive approach for treating patients, through the latest evidence-based guidelines using chiropractic care, and other multi-faceted approaches, such as biomechanical, soft tissue, and specialized rehabilitation, which are designed to quickly alleviate your pain and provide you with the tools to live functional lives.

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My Helpful Friend

My Helpful Friend is a small business that strives to bring beauty and balance to every day life by providing cleaning, organization, laundry and home keeping services to the NC Triangle area.

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T.B.M. Smallcakes, Cupcakery & Creamery

T.B.M. Smallcakes has a mission to create the opportunity to Serve, Unify, and Support the families of its local community by using the traditional love of cake and ice cream as the platform for bringing families together again to spend quality time

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Devoted Human

Meredith Bennett is an entrepreneur and owner of Devoted Human, e-commerce company located in Asheville, NC, focused on cat and dog-related products made by American artists and craftsmen that offers a platform for handcrafted and custom-made goods that have a smaller carbon footprint and are better for pets.

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Evans Electrical Services, LLC

Veteran entrepreneur, Dwayne Evans, decided that it was time to create and deliver a contractor service force that he felt was lacking in most plants in North Carolina. That's when he started Evans Electrical Services, LLC.

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Beach Bum’s Grill and Bar

Beach Bum's Grill and Bar is a bright, fun restaurant that not only serves up great food, but provides a place for the community to gather and have a good time.

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Food FWD

Food FWD is a triple-bottom line food waste diversion company founded by Noah and Sarah Marsh in 2013. Food FWD services the entire Triangle – Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding cities

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Carolina Small Business Development Fund has helped in ways traditional lending sources could, or rather would, not. Carolina Small Business has helped me realize my dreams as a business owner—to expand, help my community grow in a positive direction and support my family. ” TJ McDermott, King's Sandwich Shop