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The Macon County Economic Development Commission has announced details of the upcoming BizWeek 2014 events scheduled for April 22 to 24. BizWeek is a celebration of business, industry and entrepreneurship in Macon County.

“BizWeek 2014 is not only designed to show appreciation and support for all our businesses, both large and small, but also offers educational and networking opportunities to encourage economic growth,” said Tommy Jenkins, director of the Macon County EDC. “Working with our public and private sponsors, we have an exciting schedule of events planned.”

Two events are slated for Tuesday, April 22. Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will present two programs by Martin Brossman, social media expert. The first, "Shop Local, Buy Local, Invest Local," begins at 9 a.m. on the Macon Campus of SCC. During this program attendees will learn how to generate a dynamic Shop Local strategy to help their business, town and county.

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The Affordable Healthcare Act and what it means to employers will be the featured topic at the BizWeek 2014 Industry Roundtable to be held Monday, April 21, in the boardroom of the Cecil L. Groves Center at Southwestern Community College’s Macon campus at 2 p.m.

Presenting the program will be Gary Simmons, senior vice president and the health and markets leader for the Aon Hewitt’s Carolinas and Southern Virginia region. Aon is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage and human resources solutions and outsourcing services.

The focus of the Industry Roundtable will be a general overview of what the Affordable Care Act means to employers, especially small to medium-sized groups, and key regulatory and compliance hurdles that those groups are going to be facing under the regulation.

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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.”

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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.

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