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The way Tonya Snider sees it, there are no bad outcomes for participants in the Macon County Business Plan competition.

The winning business plan will yield $5,000, but even aspiring entrepreneurs who walk away realizing they need to start over will have saved themselves a countless amount of money and aggravation.

The grand prize will be announced on April 24.

“Some of our students will go out and have a lot of success with the business they’ve been planning through our series of seminars, but others won’t start the business they had been planning,” said Snider, who oversees the learning sessions at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus. “Either way, they’re coming out better than if they’d not come here and figured out whether their business plan was feasible.”


As the NCAA basketball tournament was in full swing on Saturday afternoon, two of the proprietors of the Rathskeller Coffee Haus could be overheard discussing local brews with some visitors who had stopped by to ask about a local brewery. Adam Kimsey and his wife Natasha described to the visiting couple the various breweries that are located around Western North Carolina.

“But there's not one here in Franklin?” the couple asked.

Another patron at the coffee house chimed in and informed them that next summer, hopefully there would be. The patron was referencing a decision made last week by the Franklin Board of Aldermen to allow a proposed lease for Lazy Hiker Brewing Company to enter into an upset bid process — the first step towards establishing the business.


Liberty Tax Service of Franklin contributed $250 to Macon County Care Network (CareNet) on Monday, March 10.

The donation is part of an ongoing fundraiser by Liberty Tax to provide assistance to the nonprofit organization for its many community programs.

Through the April 15 filing deadline, customers at Liberty Tax can get a $25 discount and request that another $25 is contributed to CareNet.

With its slogan “Bridging the Gap in Times of Crisis,” Macon County Care Network (CareNet) operates a Food Pantry and the CareNet Thrift Store, runs the BackPack Program for children each year, distributes the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and operates the CareNet Soup Cafe.


Tim Dannelly, a professional speaker and author, will present two free classes for small business owners on March 25 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.

The classes, which are organized by SCC’s Small Business Center, will focus on cash flow and sales processes. The cash flow presentation will run from 9 a.m. to noon while his second session, entitled: “Fastest Path to the Money Your Business Needs” is from 2-5 p.m.

Based in Edenton, Dannelly travels the country making presentations to people in leadership roles. Tim Dannelly, an author and professional speaker, will present a pair of free classes for small business owners on March 25 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.

For more information, contact Tiffany Henry – director of SCC’s Small Business Center – at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 828.339.4211.


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