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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 Whittier, North Carolina in the heart of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. 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 March 5, 2009 as Advocates for Excellence 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.

An ESN Affiliate can offer guidance in a variety of ways for improved employment practices and developing entrepreneurial skills. Business people are encouraged to request information about how to be an ESN Affiliate in their own community to offer guidance to others. Check out the ESN Brochure in the left panel.

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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8682 US Highway 74 West
Whittier, NC 28789
Email: cathy@entrepreneur-skills-network.com




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