Latest Happenings at Empire State of Mind

As promised, I will document my journey through the Western Carolina University Masters in Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Graduate Program. Please check here for SME (subject matter experts) interviews! I promise to find individuals from various backgrounds who are representative of the different types of small business owners out in our community….and all over the world! While I’ll be starting local, I’ll always be on the lookout for the chance to interview local or global entrepreneurs who want to share their stories with others, along with some vital advice for initiating a start-up. 

Riverside Recreation- 817 Dickinson Avenue, Greenville, NC


We’re proud to announce a wonderful new venture for owners Javon and Shavonne Brumsey. Natives of North Carolina, the husband and wife duo have teamed up with other family members to provide a unique experience for locals and tourists alike looking to rest, relax, and replenish themselves out on the Tar River. Check out the interview here:



Baker’s Kitchen Restaurant and Bakery-227 Middle St, New Bern, NC  

Beer Army Burger Company-313 Pollock St, New Bern ,NC    

Partner of Birthplace of Pepsi Cola Museum-256 Middle St, New Bern, NC  


When a business already has an excellent CEO it is off to a promising start! Please check out this video for a more seasoned look on how entrepreneurial ventures can be sustained, maintained, and used to fund future ventures.


Oscar’s Mortuary Inc.-1700 Oscar Drive, New Bern, NC


For several decades, Oscar’s Mortuary has been one of the premier businesses in mortuary sciences in Eastern North Carolina. This family business is the culmination of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews and even grandchildren coming together to genuinely and compassionately serve the needs of their community. Check out the interview here with Mr. William “Sonny” Dove:






All interviews are edited and revised courtesy of Arlene Rodriguez and/or Tiffany King