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Resources to Aid in Your Success In Macon County, NC

BUSINESS COUNSELING & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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Macon County New Business Resource Guide

Step-by-step instructions for opening your new business in Franklin or Highlands, North Carolina. This new publication offers a checklist of steps to take your business from inception to success.

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For any assistance contact Macon County EDC by calling 828.369.2306 or email us at EDC@maconnc.org.

North Carolina College System

The North Carolina Community College system is recognized as a premier provider of workforce training and Southwestern Community College was named the #4 community college in the USA in 2007.

Professional assistance with business planning, marketing, forms of ownership, local economic conditions, demographics, and referral to other resources are availalbe at no charge through:

Southwestern Community College
Small Business Center - 800.447.4091
Business and Industry Training - 828.339.4211

Western Carolina University
SBDC 204 Forsyth Building, College of Business • Cullowhee, NC 28723
828.227.3504

SCORE: Counselors to America
Small Business (free local counseling)
Franklin Chamber of Commerce • 425 Porter Street • Franklin, NC 28734
828.524.3161

BUSINESS LOANS

Micro business loans (up to $35,000) are available to those with sound, written business plans through Mountain BizWorks.

Mountain BizWorks
29 1/2 Page Avenue • Asheville, NC 28801
888.389.3089

Larger loans available through Macon County's many financial institutions.

TD Bank
143 Porter Street • Franklin, NC 28734
800.476.6400

First Citizens Bank
114 Westgate Plaza Road• Franklin, NC 28734
828.524.8978

Macon Bank
50 West Main Street • Franklin, NC 28734
828.524.7000

Nantahala Bank & Trust
120 Siler Road • Franklin, NC 28734
866.754.2265

RBC Centura
100 West Main Street • Franklin, NC 28734
828.524.0554

United Community Bank
257 East Main Street • Franklin, NC 28734
828.369.6197

Wells Fargo
55 East Main Street • Franklin, NC 28734
828.349.9260

MACON COUNTY RESOURCES

  • Building permits and erosion control requirements are available through the Building Inspection Department.
  • Building site and real estate data is available through the Mapping Department, including serial photographs.
  • Business name registration is recommended, and the Macon County Register of Deeds will facilitate this.
  • Business Taxes are paid annually, based on the value of business equipment, to the Macon County Tax Office.
  • Restaurant information and inspection is available through the Macon County Health Department.
  • Septic tank permits are available through the Macon County Health Department.
  • Sign ordinance and flood plain information is available through the Macon County Planning Department.

Macon County Offices • 5 West Main Street • Franklin, NC 28734
828.349.2000

Macon County Economic Development Commission
Industrial Park Road • Franklin, NC 28734
828.369.2306

Franklin Chamber of Commerce
425 Porter Street • Franklin, NC 28734
828.524.3161

Highlands Chamber of Commerce
260 Main Street Street • Highlands, NC 28741
828.526.5841

For Information Contact
Tommy Jenkins
Economic Development Director
828.369.2306

EDC@maconnc.org


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Town of Franklin & Highlands

Check with respective town offices for information on building permits, business (privilege) licensing, erosion control requirements, sign ordinances, water and waste water treatment.

Town of Franklin
95 East Main Street • Franklin, NC 28734
828.524.2516

Town of Highlands
Post Office Box 460 • Highlands, NC 28741
828.526.5266


State of North Carolina
Business


The Department of Commerce can provide industrial site information and referral services. The Secretary of State houses referral services to all North Carolina Business licensing organizations and their corporate division manages issuance of all corporate charters.

AdvantageWest, Ecomonic Development Group is a non-profit public-private partnership whose primary focus is marketing the Western North Carolina Mountains.

N.C. Department of Commerce
4344 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4344
800.228.8443

N.C. Secretary of State
P.O. Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626
800.228.8443

AdvantageWest
134 Wright Brothers Way
Fletcher, NC 28732
828.687.7234

Agricultural Business

North Carolina State University provides technical support through the extension service offices.

N.C. State University
N.C. Cooperative Extension Service
Thomas Heights Road
Franklin, NC 28734
828.349.2052


For any assistance contact Macon County EDC by calling 828.369.2306 or email us at EDC@maconnc.org.

 

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