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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

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•The new Goddess Shop has opened in Franklin, offering statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, books on angels, rosaries for all religions, books to inspire the Goddess in every woman, herbs, locally infused oils, salves, candles, stones, incense and more. 828.524.0440.

•Microtel Inn and Suites recently opened in Sylva. The hotel, located at 89 Rufus Robinson Rd., features 58 rooms, with a pool, meeting room and mountain views. The hotel will employ 10 full-time employees. 

•The Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce has moved to a new location at 2781 Soco Road in the Eagle Plaza directly across from Maggie Valley Restaurant.

•CeCe Hipps, President of the Haywood Chamber of Commerce, is one of nine chamber directors nationwide to be awarded a scholarship for the new Leadership Diversity program through the American Chamber of Commerce. The scholarships have three-year terms and will aid in providing information, training and other resources to enhance the leadership skills of women and minorities.

•Mountain BizWorks, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping small businesses start, thrive, and grow, has named Patrick Fitzsimmons as its new executive director. Fitzsimmons served as executive director of American Red Cross, Western North Carolina Region, and development director for the Dogwood Alliance.

•Shannon Carlock, senior registered client associate, has once again been named a Distinguished Service Professional by Wells Fargo Advisors.

•Chris Allen and Megan Brown, owners of Waynesville Soda Jerks and Haywood Community College Entrepreneurship students, were recently named as finalists in the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship Student Entrepreneur Awards.

•Southern Port Traders recently opened a new store in Franklin. Owner Ron Sandage has 50 years of experience in retail and interior design. His love of antiques, artifacts and treasures has led him to Franklin to offer his collections from three previous stores. 828.200.4476.

•Pamela Harris is the winner of the 2013 - 2014 Highlands MountainTop Rotary Club Membership Blitz, bringing in the most new members, which is unique given that she was a new member herself in 2013.

•Sassy Kreationz will have its grand opening from August 30. The arts and crafts-based business, located at 567 Soco Rd in Maggie Valley, will be awarding hourly door prizes such as hand painted ceramics and sewn items.

•Mountain Vapes, located at 1016 E. Main St., recently opened in Franklin. The store offers alternative products to smoking tobacco cigarettes, pipes, cigars and even chewing tobacco.

•A professional office management course designed to help participants find employment in an office environment will begin Sept. 8 at Southwestern Community College. Topics covered will include office management, computer business application and several Microsoft Office software programs. 828.339.4296.

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