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Salt & Smoke

Salt & Smoke is a husband and wife team, Josiah and Shannon McGaughey, cooking up ever changing menus that explore the link between old world European traditions and classic Southern fare.  Although Salt & Smoke functions through window service, their aim is to offer restaurant caliber service both through guest interaction and innovative dishes.  The streamlined menu utilizes the bountiful products of the region, highlights charcuterie, and promotes honest food that lends excellent pairings to Burial’s innovative brews.

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The Sandwich Man, LLC.

“When life hands you lemons, make subs, salads, and more” – John Nelson. John Nelson and his wife Monday are the perseverant owners of The Sandwich Man, LLC – Sub Station II in Raleigh, NC. After being laid off from a corporate position, Nelson was inspired to open a sandwich franchise business in May 2016. The Sandwich Man, LLC, was created to bring Sub Station II back to the Raleigh area. Sub Station II is a quick serve sandwich shop featuring sliced meats on an exclusive New York Bun. With CSBDF’s help, the Sandwich Man, LLC was able to open in Wake County and provide employment to nine individuals.

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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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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