Franklin agency considers offering startup assistance

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Visitors to the weekly farmers market in Franklin can indulge their sweet tooth with a variety of cupcakes. But if you want a sweet treat from Cupcake Chateau after 11 a.m. Saturdays, you’re out of luck.

Husband and wife Jeff and Jacqui Shatto pass by the former Padgett’s Signs building on Monroe Street and think it would be the perfect place to open a bakery. In order to make that happen, they’ll need at least $75,000 to buy equipment and food.

They want to be in downtown Franklin, and they’ve asked about a local program to help them get the money they’ll need for their startup business. As of right now, none exists.

But an organization created and funded by the city with tax dollars is considering starting a small-business grant or loan program.

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