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The Franklin County Business Development Center recently received more than $100,000 in major improvements at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to grant funding.
Two grants, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise and the Appalachian Regional Commission, provided necessary funds to address needed improvements at the Business Development Center.
Funds were used to replace 10 out dated heating ventilation and air conditioning units with energy efficient models, plus interior renovations were made for a future training facility.
As the lowest bidders to satisfy the grant and county bid procurement, contracts were awarded to Danley Heating and Air for the HVAC replacement and Sain Construction for the interior modifi – cations and improvements.
With the contracted grant work at the Business Development Center nearing completion, the Franklin County Industrial Development Board and County Mayor Richard Stewart are excited about the many possibilities the facility will provide for local entrepreneurs, and the workforce from the immediate and surrounding area.
“The Franklin County Industrial Development Board has worked aggressively to establish a business accelerator facility that will enhance the process of learning, starting, nurturing, and growing a successful company,” Stewart said. “It is our mission to increase the success rate of emerging businesses by providing a secure, economically conductive environment during the first critical years of a new business.
“Once a company has become successful and no longer needs the support of the development center, we hope to assist them in locating at a permanent site in Franklin County.”
There are six tenants that rent space at the Business Development Center, and now that the facility has adequate heating and air conditioning and an updated space for training.
The Industrial Board and Stewart say they are hopeful more small businesses and entrepreneurs will take advantage of the business accelerator center.
According to the Stewart, the center also plans to host training and speaking engagements beginning with a free TennesSeed Camp for entrepreneurs later this month.
“We are also ready to start holding training courses and speaking engagements for entrepreneurs and eventually offer various manufacturing training courses at the facility.” Stewart said.
The Industrial Development Board is a non-profit corporation that promotes the industrial and economic development for Franklin County and surrounding areas, increasing job opportunities and improving the standard of living in the area.
For more information about the Industrial Development Board and the County Mayor’s Office, visit http:// w w w. e c d s i t e s . c o m / w e b – sites/franklin/, http://www. franklincotn.us/elected_officials/mayor/index.html, and https://www.facebook.com/ FranklinCountyMayor.