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Cash mob downtown Sylva Sept. 5

Venture Local Franklin, a grass-roots community and business network in Macon County, is stepping up to help merchants in neighboring downtown Sylva following a fire on Main Street.

A “cash mob” to show support of Sylva’s businesses has been organized by Venture Local on Friday, Sept. 5.

A cash mob is a national phenomenon where people “mob” businesses pledging a small amount of cash ($20 per person is recommended) and showing support by shopping locally. Those wanting to participate, or “mobsters,” will meet at the bottom steps of the old Jackson County Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. to ascend on Main Street, cash in hand. 

“Small businesses are the foundation of any community,” said Tiffany Henry, director of SCC’s Small Business Center, who is also helping coordinate the event. “They employ local people, they give back to the local economy, they are our friends, our family, our neighbors.”

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, SCC’s Small Business Center and Western Carolina University have all teamed up with Venture Local Franklin to encourage shoppers to participate and show local merchants that even in a time of crisis, they are appreciated and supported.


Swinging for a cause

The Southwestern Community College Foundation Fall Foursome golf tournament will be held Sept. 16 at Balsam Mountain Preserve. It’s the first time the college’s fundraising arm will hold its tournament at the private Arnold Palmer design in Jackson County. The event raises money for scholarships to help students pursue their higher education at Southwestern. Pictured is Bill Hambling of the Andy Shaw Ford team teeing off at the SCC Foundation’s Fall Foursome last year. 828.339.4227 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Media firm expands operations

WNC Social Media Buzz has opened a new office location in downtown Waynesville, offering customized website design, Wordpress sites, search engine optimization, search engine marketing and social media packages.

Lorelei Garnes, the owner of WNC Social Media Buzz, has opened an office location after two years of developing a successful business out of her home. She is now located at 62 Church Street. 

828.421.2807 or


Maggie honors businesses

The Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce gave out its annual awards earlier this month at its annual dinner. They include:

• Event of the year to WNC BBQ Festival

• Business of the year to Jelly Bellies Mountain Gift Shop.

• Spirit of Maggie to June Johnson.

• Volunteer of the Year to Glenn Reetz.

The Reece Family awarded the Wade Reece Visionary Award to Maggie Town Clerk Vickie Best.


News from SCC

Southwestern Community College will start offering a poker dealer certification course in September that prepares students for work at a casino. Students will learn to proficiently deal the game of poker, as well as the legal and regulatory aspects of gaming from Jason Jones, poker manager at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Table management skills, communication with players and customer aspects of gaming will also be covered. 



Southwestern Community College is offering a variety of free business seminars in early September. 

• Choosing a Legal Structure, Sept. 2 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Sylva or Sept. 4 from 9 a.m.-noon in Franklin. • How to Prepare for a Lender, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Sylva. 

• Marketing for Success, Sept. 8 w from 5:30-8:30p.m. in Franklin. 

828.339.4211 or


News from HCC

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College is launching a new monthly Small Business Roundtable series, held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. one morning a month. It will provide small business owners the opportunity to network and learn from one another in an intimate setting, featuring a topic for discussion, an introduction to the Small Business Center and various avenues to assist with business start-up, growth and expansion.

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free Mompreneurs:  Balancing Parenthood and Entrepreneurship seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, on the campus in the Regional Center for the Advancement of Children.

Learn strategies for coping with opposing emotional expectations, working around conflicting schedules, achieving time management when there aren’t enough hours in the day, and ways to be both a good parent and a good CEO. 828.627.4512.


Two upcoming free seminars through the HCC Small Business Center will offer start-up advice for new business owners.

• Business Planning for Business Success, September 11, 6 – 9 p.m. Learn simple techniques for writing an effective business plan. 

• Business Start-Up Issues A-Z, September 23, 6 – 9 p.m. A “soup-to-nuts” course that covers all the important issues you don’t want to overlook when starting your business.

828.627.4512 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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