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Small Business Insight

Local Businesses Highlighted

Entrust Associates works with Small Business Insight of the Triangle to bring local business owners together to talk about what they know best: their businesses and how they make them work.

Small Business Insight offers business owners the opportunity to discuss and share their experiences in developing and growing their businesses. On the website,, you will find a variety of articles addressing small business issues, as well as profiles of successful local companies. Enjoy the interviews!

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Small Business Insight Interviews




Jake Merzigian, President of  Zig Zibit, gives us insight into his exhibit production company that offers clients impressive marketing creations.





Local North Carolinian Tyler Huntington gives us a glimpse into one of Durham and Apex’s favorite places for a cold drink and good eats, Tyler’s Taproom.





Finbar Gallagher discusses Fraysen Systems, a company that helps business owners takee control of their business processes, software and data.




Ellen Shannon  sits with Don Emmett to introduce us to Shannon Media, Inc., publisher of local media and custom events in Durham and Chapel Hill.






Keith Langbo introduces viewers to Kelaca, a professional recruiting and staffing company that services the technology, engineering, marketing/creative, healthcare/scientific and finance/accounting industries.



Meet Ken Randby, Owner of Chapel Hill Florist, which serves the local Chapel Hill, Carrboro and surrounding areas.




Head over to BottleMixx to browse, sample, and shop for American craft beer, imported beer, and new and old world wines. While there, say hello to Owner, Bruce McKim.






Meet Michael Tiemann, Owner and founder of Manifold Recording, an award-winning, acoustically advanced, carbon-neutral recording studio.





Meet Mikki Paradis, CEO and President of PDI Drywall, North Carolina’s premier drywall and paint company.





If you’re looking for that perfect gift, from soft blankets for the new baby to  party favors and of course the hundreds of different balloons, Balloons & Tunes is the place to go!



From windows and doors to siding, roofing and gutters to patios and awnings, Jeff Monsein and The Aluminum Company of North Carolina has been providing home improvement services to homeowners in the Triangle and Triad areas.



Meet Berkeley Grimball, of Grimball Jewelers in Chapel Hill, who for more than three decades, has been offering the Triangle fine estate jewelry and the finest in custom contemporary design.



Al Bowers has created Al’s Burger Shack, a“legendary new eatery” that people flock to for friendly Southern hospitality and burgers that rank in the most elite of burgers. Meet Al and learn how his Burger Shack came to be legendary in Chapel Hill.




Meet Earl Hadden, Business Performance Consultant, and learn what he does and how he helps others succeed.





Alotech manufactures high-quality parts and products and has the knowledge, equipment and experience to provide a finished part or product at a competitive price to meet any delivery schedules.




Whether you need boarding, grooming, training, doggie daycare or a combination, Green Beagle Lodge provides the best in show.





Right Choice Home Care provides in-home nursing care that helps to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual wellness of both children and adults.





Chapel Hill Tire and Car Care is a 63 year old family business that started out with one location and has since grown to five locations. From simple oil changes to comprehensive maintenance, Chapel Hill Tire’s ASE-certified technicians move quickly to get you in, out, and back on the road.




Logo_thumbnailPulse Health & Wellness provides access to targeted health-conscious consumers through its network of health influencers (Dietitians, NPs, PAs, Nurses, MDs, etc) who counsel patients on issues such as general nutrition, weight management, heart health, and diabetes.


Marrins’ Mooving
takes tremendous pride in its professional team of moving experts, who provide excellent care of its residential and commercial customers.





The Splinter Group
provides design and marketing services for clients who understand that big ideas don’t need to come from big firms. And that big results often follow big ideas.



CaptureSikes Capital is a private wealth firm that helps business owners, investors, and entrepreneurial retirees build the assets, income and lifestyle they always imagined. Sikes Capital helps clients focus on goals and will track clients’ progress, whether it’s direct stock, real estate or private equity investing.


acorn Lorenzo Mejia and Acorn Home Care Services offers home care services to people in need, including seniors, those recovering from surgery, as well as new and expectant mothers, in Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, Pittsboro and surrounding areas.



Through Empower Personalized Fitness, Ronda Williams & Jessica Bottesch show Don Emmett and other people and communities how they can be stronger, healthier and happier.



Screenshot004Meet Peter Smith of Raleigh Precision Products and hear about the keys to his success as a custom manufacturer of injection molded plastic materials and components.



Ben Brookhart of Power Home Technologies speaks with Don Emmett about his business as a leading provider of Monitronics Home Security Systems.



carolinaclosetsChapel Hill native Mike Hoffer invites Don Emmett into a place of organization at Carolina Closets Plus.




Don Emmett gets a firsthand view of Bear Creek Fabrication as he speaks with Buddy Dowd about his successful machine shop.



Screenshot001Speaking with Jim McComas, owner of Carolina Gunrunners, we learn about Jim’s fresh approach to the retail gun industry.



images (1)From his humble beginnings to his 35,000 sq ft facility in Raleigh, Tim Cattlett and his Progressive Business Solutions continues to grow and provide customers with marketing solutions designed to streamline internal affairs.



AAEAAQAAAAAAAAbeAAAAJGZiY2VjNmFlLWIzNGUtNGEyYy1iNDhjLWZjOTc5YTk4YjlmMgHere, Don Emmett meets with The Alternative, the Triangle’s only full-service mailing and shipping supplier and consultant.



imagesCynthia Deis invites us into Ornamentea in Raleigh for a glimpse into the world of unique beads and fine craft ingredients. Check it out Don Emmett interviews Cynthia Deis.



mary-cantandoWatch as Mary Cantando talks about how The Woman’s Advantage helps women build and grow multi-million dollar businesses.




wendyfunDon Emmett learns how Wendy Coulter and her Hummingbird Creative Group helps other businesses market and grow.



AAEAAQAAAAAAAAUfAAAAJGY2YjJiNWY0LTU5ZmEtNDk3My05YTBiLTNjZGM4YjU5ZjBkYQKaren Albright, Owner of BodyLase® Skin Spa, tells us about her medical spa business and the latest technologies in laser hair and tatoo removal, BOTOX®, skin peels, and more.




Click herezebraprintsolutions to view our very own Don Emmett speaking with Charlotte Dileonardo, CEO of Zebra Print Solutions.



b8e70bb779892311441071b6601b8aa8Apex_Black_Logo_thumbClick here to meet William Howe, President of Apex Instruments, Inc., and hear about his instrumentation business.


Click heredownload to experience a wonderful wine experience with Jill Winkler and Marek Wojciechowski of Chatham Hill Winery.




Meet Jeff Vojta of Stockton Graham & Co and hear about how a coffee shop grew into the coffee roasting success it is today.



judy-smith_2Get to know the amazing Judy Smith, President of Smith Seal of NC, and read about some interesting stories of her life and career!



Bob Meeker of Preferred Communications, Inc.Bob3 lets us in on how his company grew to be what it is today.