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The Macon County Economic Development Commission has announced planned activities for BizWeek 2015, April 28 to April 30.

“We are pleased to bring back two of our most popular events this year, Entrepreneur Networking Night V and the BizWeek 2015 Banquet,” said Tommy Jenkins, county EDC director. “Both events are designed to show appreciation to Macon County’s business community for their contributions to our local economy.”

BizWeek kicks off with Entrepreneur Networking Night V (ENN V), to be held at The Bowery in downtown Franklin, Tuesday, April 28, at 6 p.m. Special guest will be Justin Belleme, 2014 Asheville Entrepreneur of the Year. Belleme is the founder and director of strategy at JB Media Group, a full service internet marketing agency. He is founder and lead trainer in the JB Media Institute, a comprehensive online marketing education program. JB Media’s client list includes The Grove Park Inn & Spa, Tupelo Honey Café, Home Trust Bank, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian and more than 60 other local and regional businesses. A graduate of UNC-Asheville, Belleme is a recipient of The Order of the Pisgah, which recognizes exemplary service to the university and community.


The Macon County Economic Development Commission and Certified Entrepreneurial Community Leadership Team have announced the establishment of the 2015 Macon County Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for outstanding performance in the field of entrepreneurship.

Online nominations for the award are now being accepted with finalists to be announced at the Entrepreneur Networking Night V, scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, at The Bowery in downtown Franklin. The winner will be named at the BizWeek 2015 Banquet, Thursday, April 30, in the Fellowship Hall of Holly Springs Baptist Church. Information on both events is available at

Nominees must be under 35 years old as of April 1, 2015; be a full-time resident of Macon County; operate a for profit business domiciled in Macon County; and be in business for at least one year prior to April 1, 2015.

To submit a nomination visit Nominations close April 21.



At Shaw Industries Inc., safety is the number one priority. Shaw officials say they are very proud that so far for 2015, crews have worked safely without any recordable injuries, in fact we have worked safely for more than six months consecutively. A new program began in the last quarter of 2014, the Shaw ZVIP (Very Involved People) program. This program highlights employees that are working safely but also recognizes them for other accomplishments.

Every four quarters associates are recognized that meet the criteria to be in the ZVIP Program: 90 days perfect safety and 90 days perfect attendance.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce joined with the Macon County Art Association at the Uptown Gallery to celebrate a grand reopening with a ribbon cutting celebration. The Uptown Gallery is located at 30 East Main Street in downtown Franklin. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

MCAA is a non-profit organization for artists and art lovers that enriches the community by promoting all visual arts. They are committed to inspiring and encouraging visual artists at all skill levels including classes for children. Classes are offered every Tuesday which includes all mediums.


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