Advocates for Excellence
Advocates for Excellence was the original name for the Entrepreneur Skills Network when it was first started
in March 2009. It's purpose then was the same as now to offer guidance in employment skills and how to start and
operate your own business.
The name Advocates for Excellence was later changed to Entrepreneur Skills Network to be more in keeping
with the original purpose of the organization.
Entrepreneur Skills Network
The Entrepreneur Skills Network (ESN) is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit based
in the heart of the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. An entrepreneur is any person or group focused on developing
and operating a business. ESN encourages local business people and people planning to start a business to meet
regularly to exchange experiences with each other. These meetings can encourage discussions for best business
and marketing practices for established businesses and for business startups.
Experienced business people can offer insights about how they started their business, various elements necessary
for operating a business, and what success they experience. An entrepreneur can present a problem being experienced
in the entrepreneur's business. Possible solutions to this business problem can be given by other entrepreneurs.
Marketing ideas are also valuable information to be shared with each other. Exchanging business cards, flyers,
or member's products are good networking practices.
Entrepreneur Skills Network was originally started in Whittier, a very
rural community in the mountains of western North Carolina. It became clear early on that entrepreneurs seek out
solutions for their business activities primarily in their own local communities. This realization led to begin
to develop the ESN MALL where entrepreneurs can get exposure for their products or services on the Internet.
Entrepreneur Teams Association is a program to have Entrepreneur Teams
in any community to meet regularly to offer guidance to each other in a variety of
ways for developing entrepreneurial skills. Profit and Nonprofit business people are
encouraged to request information about how to be an Entrepreneur Teams Association
Coordinator to organize Entrepreneur Teams in their own community to share their
ideas with each other. Click here to
visit the Entrepreneur Team web page.
The Entrepreneur Teams Association, a program of the Entrepreneur Skills Network,
publishes a weekly newsletter with information about new members and member's
articles about many aspects of good business practices.
Add your name and email address in the form on the right side to be sure you
receive each issue online every week.
Donations to the Entrepreneur Skills Network programs are tax-deductible in the USA.
Click on the IRS Letter button for a copy of this letter.
Voluntary donations allow Entrepreneur Skills Network to develop programs that
assist entrepreneurs to be more successful with their business. Click the button
below to donate to the Entrepreneur Skills Network. Your support is greatly
VISION: Profit and nonprofit business entrepreneurs honing their skills and networking with
other business folks in their communities.
MISSION: Offer educational guidance in a variety of ways to fulfil the vision.
70 Woodfin Place Suite 117B
Asheville, NC 28801
Founder's Thrift Store
8682 US Highway 74 West
Whittier, NC 28789
Email: Click here to contact ESN by email