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Business leaders in Macon County poured into The Bowery on Main Street on Tuesday night for the 5th annual BizWeek Networking Night. From established business owners to budding young entrepreneurs, people mingled before sitting down to listen to Asheville's 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year, Justin Belleme.

Belleme shared with attendees the story of how he started his first entrepreneurial venture at the age of six, when he started a snake removal service, and how he is now on the cusp of building an online marketing empire in Asheville through his company, JB Media Group.


The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated a ribbon cutting with Colorful Creations located at 135 Highlands Road. Colorful Creations is a “Paint Your Own Pottery” studio owned by Jimbo and Stacy Ledford and operated by Stacy Ledford and their three children, Emma, 8, Danni, 6, and Gunnar, 2. Colorful Creations welcomes and encourages all ages. No experience is necessary.

The shop operates on a walk-in basis during regular studio hours. Select a piece of bisque to paint, and then we dip and fire it for you. Turn around is about four to seven days. Every month, are scheduled events and classes. Regular monthly events include Family Nite, Date Nite, Ladies’ Nite and Guys’ Nite. The studio stays open after hours for these events and a 15% discount is given off the cost of your pottery. Classes will vary every month and require a RSVP.


The staff and members of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce was excited to recently hold a ribbon cutting celebrating the grand re-opening of Carolina Junction Power Equipment, Inc. at 1100 Highlands Road.

Carolina Junction Power Equipment, Inc. is a business that has been around for almost 40 years, but is now under new ownership. The new owners, Barry Breeden and Justin Riles, know what customers want and strive to ensure their customers receive the best possible service.


Carol Ann’s Bridal and Formal Wear just opened recently at 1543 Highlands Road, Franklin, near Chris and Charlie’s Restaurant.

Owner Carol Ann Nader has a full showroom of wedding gowns, and dresses for bridesmaids and flower girls for the perfect wedding, as well as a variety of formal wear just in time for this season’s prom.



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