Have hope

Published 8:45 am Friday, April 24, 2009

For Franklin and its surroundings, there is good news out there — and it’s not too hard to find if you look, either.

When it comes to business, the Franklin-Southampton Area Chamber of Commerce, in connection with Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. and the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center have had a coup of sorts by landing well-regarded speaker Casey Willson for a few hours of a workshop and two one-on-one sessions, which will take place Wednesday morning at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Workforce Development Center.

Willson, the retail and restaurant manager of the Maryland SBDC and a 35-year veteran of the industry will have sage advice for businesses about how to overcome the challenges of this economy and succeed in a tough market. The workshop is well worth the price ($10 for Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers) and should be considered.

Speaking of Franklin businesses, one shone brightly this week — Bradshaw-Kimbrel Technology Group. The Web site design and development firm relocated its headquarters in downtown Franklin on Monday. We have high hopes for its young leaders and applaud their enthusiasm for Franklin and for bringing jobs here.

The lumber mill may be closing, and some businesses may be laying off people, but that doesn’t mean that we’re sinking beyond repair.

There are lots of reasons to have hope. Continue to support the businesses and endeavors of your fellow citizens.