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OWL Bakery

In August 2014, Gebhart opened the retail storefront of OWL (Old World Levain) Bakery on Haywood Street in West Asheville. At first, Gebhart was somewhat naïve about how to run a business, but she jumped in feet first and began learning as much as she could. Recognizing her focus would be best utilized creating an excellent product, she knew she would need bookkeeping, cash flow help, and a loan. Therefore, she contacted the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC).

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Diamond’s Beauty Bar

Diamond Weems is the owner of Diamond’s Beauty Bar, a high-end beauty boutique located in Matthews, NC specializing in semi-permanent eyelash extensions.

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The Carthens Law Firm

Zshakira Carthens is the sole proprietor of Carthens Law Firm, located in Fayetteville, NC. Inspired by her family and the lives that she would make an impact on, Zshakira decided to open Carthens Law Firm. Her law firm represents clients in the areas of family law and personal injury including divorce, child custody, child support, property division, alimony, and adoptions.

Before opening her business, Carthens knew that she enjoyed spending time with other attorneys and learning from their experiences. Between serving in the military, going to Law school and building her career, Carthens knew deep down that entrepreneurship was made for her.

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Chios Rotisserie

Claudia Aseng is the chef and owner of Chios Rotisserie located in Garner, NC. With a Culinary Arts degree under her belt and a desire to open a restaurant, Claudia decided to bring her idea of opening a Peruvian restaurant to life.

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K9 Salute

Jessica Harris is the owner of K9 Salute and 2016 winner of CSBDF’s Dream Big competition. Harris served in the Washington Army National Guard for twenty years as a Combat Medic before deciding to channel her patriotism, love of dogs, and caring nature into creating her own company, which uses a portion of its proceeds to support causes for protecting police K-9’s and providing veterans with service dogs. With the help of CSBDF, K9 Salute is successfully selling healthy dog treats, increasing awareness for K9 service dogs, and benefitting K9 and veteran charity organizations.

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Top Notch Performance

Since opening its doors, Top Notch Performance (TNP) has become a location for youth, high school, endurance athlete, adult fitness, college, and professional athletes to train during off and on-seasons. TNP creates lifestyles of ultimate fitness and wellness through goal setting, mindset, quality coaching, accountability, education, and support.

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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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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