Award night for new STARTUP scheduled

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, April 18, 2018

by Amanda Jarratt and Dan Howe

Franklin Southampton Economic Development and the Downtown Franklin Association excitedly announce the crescendo event of STARTUP Downtown Franklin: Award Night.

All the planning, studying and presenting will all, quite literally, pay off that evening. Up unto this point, participants have: attended seven business education courses; are in the process of drafting their business plan; and will pitch their company to a panel of judges representing businesses across the region. They have all worked hard to reach this point, and we are thrilled by their commitment and enthusiasm to open a business in Downtown Franklin. 

This program would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors: BB&T, Bronco Federal Credit Union, Farmers Bank, Wells Fargo Advisors and our in-kind sponsors Insercorp, The Tidewater News, Real County 101.7 and the Main Event. 

Competitors discover who will win the $20,000 grand prize or $10,000 runner-up award to assist in making business dreams a reality on Tuesday, May 9, in the Main Event, 112 N. Main St., starting at 5:30 p.m. Beverages and light snacks will be provided and we would love for you to join us.

Come be a part of the STARTUP Downtown Round II Grand Finale!

AMANDA JARRATT is president and CEO of the Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc. Contact her at 562-1958 or

DAN HOWE is the executive director of the Downtown Franklin Association. Contact him at 562-6900 or