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      Local organization helps residents start their own business

      Macon County Economic Development received a $35,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from grant from Rural Development USDA.

      If you want to start a new businesses, but don??t know where to begin, Macon Economic Development is there to lend a helping hand. Macon County Economic Development received a $35,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from Rural Development USDA.

      Executive Director Denise Bennett said the organization applied for the grant twice and was denied both times, but the third time they received the grant. Bennett said they are catering specifically to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The organization will use the grant to provide training. ??Everything from starting a new business to financial planning,?? Bennett said. ??(And) marketing, procurement assistance, work force development, financing outside of traditional loans, so things that will really cater to anyone starting a business or looking at growing a business.??

      Bennett said the organization will provide the resources and materials needed for the course work. The training begins in January of 2014 and is only for Macon County residents.

      To visit Macon Economic Development's website click HERE.