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Cherokee breaks ground on new hospital

A groundbreaking for a $75 million, 150,000-square-foot hospital in Cherokee was held last month. 

“This project recognized the need to address the health care challenges of our tribe and to create a positive wellness environment,” said the Eastern Band’s Principal Chief Michell Hicks.

Three years in the planning, it will combine state-of-the-art medical care with traditional tribal design features. 

“The local community, including tribal elders, artists, students and enrolled members, as well as physicians and medical professionals, have all played a big role in shaping this new facility,” Hicks said.

The hospital will house numerous programs, including a 20-bed inpatient, integrated care, outpatient services, lab, pharmacy, complimentary therapies, physical therapy and other services currently provided by Cherokee Indian Hospital. It will open in early 2016.


Donate prom dresses for a cause

Pretty for Prom is seeking donations of gently-used gowns, cocktail and party dresses and accessories for lower-income teen girls in Haywood County. The effort is being spearhead by members of Women of Waynesville.

The campaign has already received 18 gowns, ranging from size 2 to size 20, along with shoes and accessories. The goal is to get 100 gowns donated by April 30. 

828.550.9511 or 828.476.4231.


Macon BizWeek hosts robust lineup

BizWeek in Franklin will feature a series of programs in celebration of business, industry and entrepreneurship. The event runs from April 22-24 and is hosted by the Macon County Economic Development Commission.

• Shop Local, Buy Local, Invest Local, 9 a.m. April 22 on the Macon campus of Southwestern Community College. 

• Getting More Engagement & Results for Small Biz Using Photography and Video, 2 p.m. April 22 on the Macon campus of SCC. 

• Entrepreneur Networking Night, 5:30 p.m. April 23 at Motor Company Grill. 

• BizWeek Banquet, 6 p.m. April 24 at Holly Springs Baptist Church. Featuring keynote speaker David Belcher, chancellor of Western Carolina University, as well as the announcement of the 2014 Macon County Business Plan Competition winner. 

All BizWeek 2014 events are free. However, space is limited and pre-registration is required. or call 828.369.2306. 


Haywood entrepreneurs: start your engines

The annual business start-up competition by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce is underway.

The winning business plan will receive a $10,000 grant. Business plans will be judged on the potential for success and job creation.

“A key pillar of economic development in our community is to promote the start-up and expansion of local and small businesses,” said CeCe Hipps, director of the Haywood Chamber. 

The Haywood Advancement Foundation is a major underwriter of the competition, along with other business partners.

The deadline is May 1.

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