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Meet the Members Q&A: Asia Gabrielle Clark

Get to know your fellow community members in our latest Member Q&A series! Dive into the questions asked and discover insightful answers straight from the heart of our community. Join us as we explore various topics and learn more about each other. Let’s jump in and connect with our amazing members! Meet Asia Gabrielle Clark, founder of Asia Gabrielle Design. 1. What inspired you to start your own interior design company? Since childhood, I’ve daydreamed about owning a business that made people’s lives more beautiful. I was blessed to grow up and watch my mother build...

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You’re So Fly: Lucas Ward

Meet Flywheeler Lucas Ward –a Cloud/Dev Ops Engineer for Ippon Technologies and self-proclaimed “Mad Scientist!” As a Cloud/DevOps Engineer for Ippon Technologies USA, Lucas heads up their Charlotte office. He didn’t always work in the tech space, leaving UNCC for a nearly 10 year stint in the food and beverage space while he managed a Jimmy John’s restaurant. Overcoming numerous personal obstacles, Lucas shares that it was the guidance of a mentor that brought him back on track and into the world of DevOps. Now, he lives in Concord with his wife and two kids. These days, Lucas stays busy in...

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Small Business Spotlight: Gabrielle Befort with Star Style Solutions

There is no doubt that the best part of working at Flywheel is getting to witness local entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality. Gabrielle Befort was a new mother of twins when she had the idea for Star Style Solutions. After transitioning from her career as an engineer to a full-time mom, she suddenly found herself having to make adjustments in both her budget and her wardrobe. She has always had a love for fashion and a knack for style and was now in need of a creative solution. The secondhand options in front of her offered affordability and convenience but fell short on providing the experience...

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You’re So Fly: Emily Wolf

Given her newfound title of Startup Weekend Superstar, it seemed fitting to feature Flywheel member, Emily Wolf, this month for You’re So Fly. Emily has been with Flywheel since joining the Center for Creative Leadership team last October. As their Programming and Operations Assistant, Emily serves in a hands-on role in supporting the organization’s mission to provide training to inception-stage entrepreneurs. Although a recent graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, she brings along an abundance of knowledge and experience from her academic career. She spent her time in...

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You’re So Fly: Lance Jenkins

At Flywheel, it’s not uncommon to strike up a conversation and find yourself chatting with someone who wears more than one hat- Lance Jenkins is one of them. Lance uses the space as a real estate agent and broker but is also a writer, media magnate, and hockey fanatic. He has been able to channel these passions into a colorful career having worked as a nightly news anchor, radio host, local radio play-by-play football announcer, podcast host, and published author. A North Carolina native, Lance settled in Winston-Salem five years ago and has no plans on leaving anytime soon. In fact, he intends...

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Flywheel Member Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary

At its core, Flywheel curates a community of people who are committed to growing their businesses. Over the years we have seen the diversity of our membership grow, and everyone seems to have their own specific reasons for joining and for staying. Allen Smart came to Flywheel five years ago, as he transitioned from being in leadership for the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to starting his own venture, PhilanthropywoRx. He is now, arguably, the most notable spokesperson and advocate for best practices and news on the topic of rural philanthropy around the country or nationally and is known...

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