Local entrepreneurs finding innovative ways to survive
As defined by Webster's Dictionary, an entrepreneur is someone who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so. Entrepreneurs are key components in economic development and often become innovators in their fields.
Macon County's Economic Development Commission's (EDC), which is headed up by director Tommy Jenkins, is one of several organizations involved in various forms of economic development in Macon County which include Southwestern Community College, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, The Highlands Chamber of Commerce, The Franklin Main Street Program, Venture Local, The Highlands Main Street Program, Franklin Young Professionals, and the NC Dept. of Commerce, to name a few. Jenkins says it is important that these organizations work together to build a stronger, diversified economy and encourage entrepreneurs.