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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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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.

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