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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 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 enrepreneur 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.

ESN Outreach is a program to have ESN Entrepreneur groups in any community to meet regularly to offer guidance to each other in a variety of ways for improved employment practices and developing entrepreneurial skills. Profit and Nonprofit business people are encouraged to request information about how to be an ESN Outreach Coordinator to organize an ESN Group in their own community to share their ideas with each other. Check out the ESN Brochure in the left panel.

The Entrepreneur Skills Network has a mailing list to inform folks on this list about current activities and to announce when a new issue of the Wholistic Life Insights publication is available.

Add your name and email address in the form on the right side to be sure you are always informed about current Entrepreneur Skills Network activity, publications and newsletters.

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.

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Click on the Donate button below to support the development of the Entrepreneur Skills Network.

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.



8682 US Highway 74 West
Whittier, NC 28789


320 Westgate Parkway #322
Asheville, NC 28802


Email: Click here to contact ESN by email



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