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  • Entrepreneurship Stories: Black-Owned Business Month Series
    Q&A Featuring Videographers Ron Green of The Video Plug & Kyle and Gianni Rand of Kannon Studios

    August is “Black-Owned Business Month” in America.  To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Cherokee By Choice Investor Georgia Power to feature Cherokee-based black-owned businesses…

  • The Circuit Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

    Cherokee County (July 22, 2022) | On Wednesday, July 20, the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED), the Woodstock Office of Economic Development (WOED), Chattahoochee Technical College (Chatt Tech) and nearly 50 guests from Cherokee’s entrepreneurial community celebrated The Circuit Woodstock’s fifth anniversary at 1 Million Cups Cherokee (1MC) –…

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  • Be Pro Be Proud Drills Down the Skilled Trade Shortage in Georgia, Announces New Partners

    Led by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, Be Pro Be Proud Georgia visited 43 cities across the state of Georgia for the 2021-2022 school year. This immersive initiative promotes 15 of Georgia’s most in-demand skilled professions through a hands-on Mobile Workshop and interactive website,

    The initiative’s gamified stations allow…

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  • Skilled Professions Signing Day Elevates High-Demand, High-Growth Careers

    Be Pro Be Proud Georgia – a comprehensive initiative that connects students to post-secondary training and careers within the skilled professions through a comprehensive website and mobile workshop – teamed up with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED), the Cherokee County School District, and Chattahoochee Technical College, to host…

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  • High School Filmmakers Celebrate Excellence at 4th Annual Cherokee Student Film Festival

    The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED), in partnership with the Cherokee County School District’s (CCSD) Audio/Video Technology and Film (AVTF) educators, recently announced the winners of the fourth annual Cherokee Student Film Festival as part of a live screening and awards presentation hosted at Sequoyah High School’s Skip Pope Stadium on April 29, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.

    Student films were screened…

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  • Rising Small Business Rockstars and the Mentors that Inspire Success

    Mentorship is a two-way street, but with the North Atlanta Venturing Mentoring Program (NAV) – it’s a multiple-lane highway.

    Tucked along a short 1.5 mile stretch on Highway 5 in Holly Springs are two rockstar businesses that have taken the NAV program by storm: Alma Coffee and SuiteSciens. NAV is…

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  • Cherokee By Choice 2.0: A Launchpad for Big, Bold Action

    Cherokee By Choice 2.0: A Launchpad for Big, Bold Action
    Five-Year Plan Guides Cherokee’s Economic Development Strategy & Lifestyle Brand  

    On Wednesday, March 23rd at the Historic Canton Theatre, the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) announced the launch of Cherokee By Choice (CBC) 2.0 – a strategic…

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  • Cherokee Film Summit Sparks “Reel Community Connection”

    The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) hosted the Third Annual Cherokee Film Summit on March 10, 2022, at the YANMAR EVO//Center, sparking “reel community connection” for film enthusiasts from around metro Atlanta.

    “COED is the liaison with the Georgia Film Office,” said COED President Misti Martin. “We work to…

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  • Cherokee Film Summit Sets Stage for Reel Community Connection

    The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) will host the Third Annual Cherokee Film Summit on Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 5 – 9 pm at the YANMAR EVO//Center in Southwest Cherokee.

    Launched in 2019 as part of the Cherokee By Choice initiative, this power-packed event sets the stage for…

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  • Honoring Cherokee’s New and Expanding Businesses  

    The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) recently held the Third Annual Movers & Makers Reception at The Mill on Etowah, honoring seven of Cherokee’s new and expanding businesses.

    The annual event brings together Cherokee By Choice Investors to connect with company executives and hear first-hand about their corporation’s journey…

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  • Reel. Community. Connection.

    Reel. Community. Connection.

    Italians singing from balconies.

    Just as the pandemic was hitting Georgia, we watched as the Italians, a few weeks ahead of us, took to their balconies to connect al fresco. That video, which went viral in half a blink, was the harbinger—both of the pandemic, and one…

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  • Hollywood in Your Backyard: Filmed in Cherokee

    Guest contributor: COED Intern Abigail Smithwick


    When I left for college a few years ago, I did not consider Cherokee County a film hub. Now, every time I come home, something new is filming.

    Interning at the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) gives me an even closer look…

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