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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.

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Business News & Developments

Southwestern’s Small Business Center and Macon County CEC resume ‘BEE’ series Tuesday, February 17

After starting the Business Enhancement Experience (BEE) last fall, Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is partnering with Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community to resume the series with four sessions starting Feb. 17 in Macon County.

One seminar will be held each month through May.
Like all programs and services provided by the Small Business Seminars, all BEE seminars are free – but participants need to register in advance.
“Every one of these sessions is designed to help existing business owners succeed in an area where entrepreneurs often struggle,” said Tiffany Henry, director of SCC’s Small Business Center. “I am confident that every business owner in Jackson, Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary will benefit greatly from attending these seminars.”

Each of the following BEE sessions will feature insight by a panel of experts in the field:
BEE Financially Savvy and Organizationally Strong (Feb. 17, 5:30 – 8:30 at Macon Bank Corporate Center): This session will cover cash flow enhancement by capital injection or tax liability, credit enhancement, lending options, and comparisons of the types of ownership structures available for small business. Panelists will include Russ Gale, co-founder and president emeritus of Nantahala Bank; Jim Breedlove, city president and branch manager of United Community Bank in Franklin; Josh Owens, a commercial relationship officer at Macon Bank; Russ Seagle, executive director of the Sequoyah Fund; Carla Haire, CPA; and Karen L. Kenney of Kenney, Sloan & VanHook, PLLC.

BEE Technologically Equipped (March 24, 5:30 – 8:30 at Drake Education Center): A panel of existing business owners will discuss various forms of technology and ways to use them to be successful while avoiding pitfalls.
BEE on Top with Great Customer Service (April 21, 5:30 – 8:30 at Franklin Town Hall): A panel consisting of existing entrepreneurs will relay tips and best practices for exceptional customer service and how business owners can adapt this information to their small business.
The BEE Resource Fair (May 12, 5:30 – 8:30 at SCC-Macon): This event will consist of local resources and vendors small business owners can utilize to aid in their success.
To register for any of these seminars, go to

For more information about the BEE series or any of the other services Henry offers through the Small Business Center at SCC, call 828.339.4211 or write

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.

Download PDF Here

For Information Contact
Tommy Jenkins
Economic Development Director
828.369.2306 or

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