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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 in Macon County.

The seminars are 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.”

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Over the next month, Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is offering a wide variety of seminars to help existing and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Upcoming seminars are free, but registration is required at: www.ncsbc.net:

  • “Introduction to Facebook for Business Use” will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, at SCC’s Jackson Campus.
  • “eBay for Beginners, No. 1” is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at the SCC Jackson Campus.
  • “Beyond the Basics of Using eBay to Sell Your Products, No. 2” shows you how to make the online marketplace a primary marketing tool for your small business. It’s scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at SCC’s Jackson Campus.
  • “Opening an eBay Store: The Next Level, No. 3” helps you optimize your online marketplace. It’s set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the SCC Jackson Campus.
  • “How to Market Your Business on Facebook” is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at SCC’s Jackson Campus.

For more information about SCC’s Small Business Center, or to schedule one-on-one counseling, contact Tiffany Henry at 828.339.4211 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

After a complete on-site review of TekTone®'s operations, the company earned the coveted Exceptional rating from the U.S. General Services Administration.

The rating is part of the GSA’s report card, which assesses contract compliance by schedule contractors. The report card deals strictly with contractor performance against specific terms and conditions including internal systems and processes, meeting minimum sales criteria, payment terms, and use of electronic contracting tools. GSA evaluates these areas to monitor the basis of award. The report card also includes the review of over 25 critical areas broken into three categories. Failure in any of these areas causes a rating reduction and impacts contract renewal.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting celebrating the Grand Opening of Main Street Coffee & Yogurt located at 26 E. Main Street. The shop’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Main Street Coffee & Yogurt offers custom crafted house blends and dark roast coffees, barista-inspired espresso drinks such as cappuccinos, chai lattes and iced frappes. The shop also serves six different frozen yogurt flavors with 24 various toppings you can add yourself. Muffins, bagels, biscotti and other snacks are also available. Travel carafes for company meetings, church functions and family get togethers can be ordered for quick pick-up. Discounts are always available for military, EMS and police.

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