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Do you want to survive in this economy or do you want to thrive?

This was the question posed by Meredith Elliot Powell to members of the local business community who attended last week’s second annual Macon County Enterprise Banquet held in the cafeteria of the new Mountain View Intermediate School. The banquet was hosted by the county’s Economic Development Commission (EDC), and Powell was the night’s featured speaker.

Powell, the founder of Motion First, a business consultancy group based in Asheville, is the author of two books on best business practices and business development, including “Forty-Two Rules to Turn Your Prospects into Customers” and “Mastering the Art of Success.”



Franklin native Rocky Pattillo has been named Drake Software’s new Vice President of Sales. Pattillo has been in sales for almost 20 years, serving as Assistant Director of Sales for Drake Software from 2005-2008 and Software Sales Director since 2008.

As head of Drake’s national sales department, Pattillo is responsible for the strategic positioning of the firm in the accounting software industry, targeting tax preparation businesses of all sizes. He is also in charge of the management and coordination of the company’s sales force.



Working to make Franklin a destination for travelers, members of the Tourist Development Authority discussed several grant proposals and events that are in the works for 2011 at their last meeting held in January.

The TDA offers grants to help develop tourism in Franklin by supporting groups or persons wanting to host an event and by promoting these events with advertising displayed on seven billboards leased by the TDA.


Capital Investment Companies, one of the largest independent financial services and brokerage firms in the Southeast, announced its partnership with Nantahala Bank and Trust Company. Nantahala Bank is headquartered in Franklin, N.C. and serves western North Carolina and northern Georgia. Eric Gaddy has joined Capital Investment Companies and will represent Capital in Nantahala’s branch offices.

Nantahala Bank will offer Capital Investment Companies’ bank securities program to their customers. The program includes traditional brokerage, money management, investment banking, insurance and estate planning, trusts, no-load mutual fund management, retirement plans and mortgages.


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