EDC announces BizWeek 2019 schedule


The Macon County Economic Development Commission has announced planned activities for BizWeek 2019, April 8 – April 12.  

“We are pleased to present four popular events this year,” said Tommy Jenkins, county EDC director.  “All events are designed to show appreciation to Macon County’s business community for their contributions to our local economy, as well as providing educational and business development opportunities.”

 – BizWeek kicks off Monday, April 8, (9am-5pm) with Southwestern Community College’s (SCC) Small Business Center Digital Marketing Summit to be held at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants will learn how email and social media marketing can impact overall business strategy, by using valuable tools to assist in developing basic graphics for scheduling and managing social media outlets, saving time and developing a brand following. 

 – Bizweek continues Tuesday, April 9 with Entrepreneur Networking Night IX, 5:30 p.m., at the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company in downtown Franklin. Event highlights will include the introduction of the finalists for the Macon County Up & Coming Business Award. 

– Wednesday, April 10 (8:30am-9:45am) brings SCC’s Women’s Power Breakfast – Life/Work Balance for Business Owners at the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsored by the Western Women’s Business Center at Carolina Small Business Development Fund, this is an opportunity to step away from the office and network with fellow women entrepreneurs while learning about resources available to grow your business. 

“Past BizWeek networking and educational events have proven very popular and we look forward to continuing the trend this year.” Jenkins said. 

The week closes out at the Bloemsma Barn with the BizWeek 2019 Banquet on Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m.  This year’s scheduled keynote speaker is the Honorable Richard G. Sneed, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Sneed was elected as Vice Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee in September 2015 and ascended to the office of Principal Chief in May 2017. Prior to becoming Principal Chief, Sneed was a successful business owner and educator, highlighted by being selected as the National Classroom Teacher of the Year by the National Indian Education Association.

“Regional co-operation is essential to economic growth.  As a national and regional leader, Chief Sneed knows the importance of communities working together” said Jenkins. “His remarks should be insightful and educational.”

In addition, the 2019 BizWeek Honorees will be named for their outstanding contributions to the Macon County business community, as well as the winner of the 2019 Macon County Up & Coming Business Award. 

All events are free, but seating is limited.  Registration is required at www.maconedc.com or by calling (828)369-2306.