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Ever wanted to start your own business?

The first step for turning your idea into reality is writing a viable plan of action.

That’s why the Small Business Center of Southwestern Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “How to Write a Business Plan” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the college’s Macon Campus.

Your business plan must first convince you that your business will work “on paper.” It can then be used to convince others that it will succeed. With your business plan, you can apply for a loan and the plan can subsequently serve as a road map for your business success.

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Shelby Robinson, a recent graduate of Charles D. Owen High School in Swannanoa, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Asheville Eye Associates to be used for college expenses at the college of her choice. Robinson, 18, created the winning T-shirt design for AEA’s upcoming 5K, Run the Forest Run to benefit the Low Vision Center. Robinson will be attending Gardner - Webb University this fall.

The Low Vision Center, a non-profit, provides comprehensive vision rehabilitation services, low vision aids and support to help promote independent living. Asheville Eye Associates will hold the 5K fundraiser on Oct. 26, in Biltmore Forest, at 9 a.m. Registration is open online at http://www.imathlete.com/events/RuntheForestRun5K/Register or at Asheville Eye Associates, 8 Medical Park Drive. Registration fee is $30 (first 300 runners are guaranteed a race jersey). For more, contact Katy Farlow at Asheville Eye Associates (828)258-1586, Ext. 2331.

Starting Monday, Aug. 19, Southwestern Community College will offer its fall real estate pre-licensing course in the Groves Building on the Macon Campus in Franklin.

The course will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-8:15 p.m. and will prepare students to take the North Carolina real estate exam to become a licensed agent. The in-state tuition for the course is approximately $375 and the cost of the textbook is approximately $40. The course will run through early December.

For more information, contact Bob Holt at (828)339-4274 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Students should apply online through the College website (southwesterncc.edu) by clicking on the "apply now" section at the top of the page.

Venture Local Franklin's Cash Mob movement continues to grow as 45 mobsters joined in for the July Cash Mob at Kitchen Gourmet on Main Street.

With the pledge of spending just $20, mobsters of all ages filled the aisles of the store and made purchases to help in VLF's mission of supporting a locally owned business.

As part of the Cash Mob philosophy, Kitchen Gourmet agreed to "pay it forward" by donating 10 percent of the profits made during the mob to the Franklin Garden Club.

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