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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 changed in 2012 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 an 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 about 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.

The Entrepreneur Skills Network did two things in January 2015. First, it changed its name to Entrepreneur Teams Association 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. Click here to visit the Entrepreneur Teams Association web page. The second thing Entrepreneur Skills Network did was to re-incorporate itself as an Affiliate of the Entrepreneur Teams Association. This allows ESN to continue its Whittier operations and help to organize Entrepreneur Teams in Jackson County, NC.

The Entrepreneur Teams Association publishes the Entrepreneur Teams Newsletter with information about new members, member's articles, many aspects of good business practices, along with local classes about good business techniques.

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 greatly appreciated for its basic operating expenses.

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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 appreciated.

VISION: Create community based teams for entrepreneurs to meet, exchange ideas, share advice, and offer support.

MISSION: Encourage the development and growth of entrepreneurs.

Main Office
70 Woodfin Place Suite 117B
Asheville, NC 28801
Telephone: 828-552-5345

Founder's Thrift Store
8682 US Highway 74 West
Whittier, NC 28789
Telephone: 828-497-0160

Email: Click here to contact ESN by email

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