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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Smoky Mountain Bicycles celebrating the Grand Opening of their new shop located at 31 East Main Street. Owners David and Pam Forshee opened Smoky Mountain Bicycle in 2002 and said they are excited to move next door to Outdoor 76 in downtown Franklin. Their new store allows patrons to shop for all their outdoor needs in one location.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for The Trail Tree Coffee and Expresso Bar located in Three Eagles Outfitters at 78 Siler Road.

The Trail Tree was built in an effort to bring a relaxing place of refuge and taste into Three Eagles Outfitters. Visitors will be greeted by warm woodwork, beautiful art, long range views and incredible brews.


Ever wanted to start your own business?

The first step for turning your idea into reality is writing a viable plan of action.

That’s why the Small Business Center of Southwestern Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “How to Write a Business Plan” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the college’s Macon Campus.

Your business plan must first convince you that your business will work “on paper.” It can then be used to convince others that it will succeed. With your business plan, you can apply for a loan and the plan can subsequently serve as a road map for your business success.


Shelby Robinson, a recent graduate of Charles D. Owen High School in Swannanoa, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Asheville Eye Associates to be used for college expenses at the college of her choice. Robinson, 18, created the winning T-shirt design for AEA’s upcoming 5K, Run the Forest Run to benefit the Low Vision Center. Robinson will be attending Gardner - Webb University this fall.

The Low Vision Center, a non-profit, provides comprehensive vision rehabilitation services, low vision aids and support to help promote independent living. Asheville Eye Associates will hold the 5K fundraiser on Oct. 26, in Biltmore Forest, at 9 a.m. Registration is open online at http://www.imathlete.com/events/RuntheForestRun5K/Register or at Asheville Eye Associates, 8 Medical Park Drive. Registration fee is $30 (first 300 runners are guaranteed a race jersey). For more, contact Katy Farlow at Asheville Eye Associates (828)258-1586, Ext. 2331.

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