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The Macon County Economic Development Commission encourages you to discover the many benefits of opening or relocating a business or industry to Franklin or Highlands, North Carolina. The quality of life in the Western North Carolina Mountains is unsurpassed and you'll find a dedicated workforce ready to help make your business or industry a success.

Located in Southwestern North Carolina, Macon County is located just over two hours from several major business centers including Atlanta, Georgia, Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Knoxville, Tennessee.

Explore our site and learn why Macon County's location is "In the Center of It All" when looking for a great location to operate a business or industry in Western North Carolina.

Click here to view our 2015 Schedule of meetings & events.

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Business News & Developments

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Macon County EDC Hosts Successful Bizweek 2015 Events

BizWeek 2015, a celebration of business, industry and entrepreneurship, was held April 28 to 30 and concluded with the BizWeek 2015 Banquet. BizWeek activities are designed to show appreciation for all Macon County businesses, large and small, that are part of the fabric of our economic community.

The BizWeek Banquet was an eventful evening with great food, fellowship and honors for Macon County's business community. Keynote Speaker was Scott T. Hamilton, Executive Director of the Appalachian Regional Commission.


entrepreneur networking night 2015

The Macon County EDC and the CEC Leadership Team held Entrepreneur Networking Night V at The Bowery in Downtown Franklin on Tuesday, April 28 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Guest speaker was Justin Belleme, Asheville's 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year.


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Congratulations to Jacob Reiche 2015 Macon County Young Entrepreneur of the Year! Jacob is owner of Smart Pharmacy in Downtown Franklin.

Macon County New Business Guide

franklin nc highlands nc business guideThe Macon County EDC announces the 2nd edition of the Macon County Guide for New Business is now available for download.

The new guide provides valuable information and a resource checklist for those interested in opening a new business in Macon County.

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For Information Contact
Tommy Jenkins
Economic Development Director
828.369.2306 or

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