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A free workshop for owners of small businesses, “Navigating the Federal Grants Process,” will be offered Thursday, June 26, at Western Carolina University’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square in Asheville.

The workshop is being sponsored by the N.C. Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Center for Rapid Product Realization at WCU’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology.

A general session will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and one-on-one sessions will be offered to small business owners from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at the Franklin Health and Fitness Center introducing Crossfit FHFC. The FHFC is located at 1214 East Main Street in Franklin.

Crossfit is a core conditioning program that has been around for years now and is used by the U.S. military, police academies, and professionals around the world. Crossfit is a program that encompasses physical preparedness for any tasks. FHFC trains in weight lifting, cardiovascular conditioning, gymnastics, Olympic lifting and other modalities. It is constantly varied high intensity functional movements. All new athletes are taught the mechanics and proper technique before they enter the groups. Safety is ensured before intensity and speed.


The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) has launched the “Play On” branding campaign. Designed to attract target markets to the county’s unique attractions and amenities and to inspire the loyalty of existing residents and future visitors, the campaign includes advertising, marketing, public relations, social media, a redesigned logo, and a rebranded website ( to position Jackson County as a premiere tourist destination among outdoor enthusiasts. New social media channels include Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

“The new branding strategy was developed to encourage travelers to make Jackson County the destination of their next outdoor adventure or vacation instead of a ‘stop over’ on the way to a different destination,” said Robert Jumper, chairman of the Jackson County TDA. “The ‘Play On’ campaign highlights the area’s stunning natural resources and other exciting entertainment options for families, outdoor enthusiasts, and mountain lovers.”


In May 2010 Angel Medical Center (AMC) explored a potential partnership between the 87-year old hospital and Mission Health System based in Asheville. After carefully studying the community’s longterm healthcare needs, the board determined that partnering with a larger, high quality health system could help meet those needs. In June 2013, Ronald Paulus, M.D., president and CEO of Mission Health, joined AMC President and CEO, Jim Bross and Jan Unger, AMC Board of Trustees Chairman, to sign the final papers to become an affiliate of Mission Health System.


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