The Macon County Business Plan Competition kicked off last Thursday at Macon Bank's corporate office where an open session was held to allow potential business operators the chance to ask questions of successful business owners from the area. The Macon County Economic Development Commission, the Certified Entrepreneurial Community Leadership Team, SiteDart, Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University have all come together in order to see the competition through.
Each panelist – Cory McCall, coowner of Outdoor 76, Judy Michaud Meadows, owner of Mountain Realty, and Debra Green of Luxury Therapeutics – stressed the importance of having a business plan to those who were in attendance.
“We did have a business plan in place before we opened our doors. We had a mentor group for our business,” said McCall. “We had five gentlemen that we entrusted with our idea, expressed different information to and they obviously encouraged us to take the step of using a business plan. It has been a huge benefit for our business from page one. It's something that I express to a number of individuals who come to me with business ideas. What I always say to these individuals is put it on paper. Fortunately for us I can say that our business plan has kept us on track, though it has changed and it is nothing like it started, a business plan is constantly revisited.”