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  • Schoen Insulation expansion adds capacity and jobs

    Schoen Insulation Services, which manufactures non-metallic, machined, turned and cut parts has expanded its operations with the addition of a 60,000-square-foot facility.

    In a written statement, company officials said the new space will enable the company to serve customers in the power generation, aerospace and military, oil and gas, medical,…

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  • Adidas just opened a futuristic new factory — and it will dramatically change how shoes are sold

    Adidas ‘ Speedfactory in Atlanta is open, producing shoes like the new AM4NYC limited collection. The factory is completely automated, and designed to be able to speedily produce limited runs of customizable product or replenish the hottest product selling quickly during the same season. Adidas said it can get shoes…… Read More »
  • Coffee is Always a Home Run

    Adam Baker knows a thing or two about the importance of coaches — especially recruitment coaches. “After my sophomore year, I was cut and had to find a new school. I knew nothing about Division II schools and had two months to make the jump, so I partnered with a…

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  • Canton Entrepreneur Goes Airborne

    “Last summer I was driving a Bobcat for ten dollars an hour, so to be on stage talking to you about entrepreneurship, it’s an incredible story,” said Josh Neville, Founder of Airborne Canton, as he concluded his 1 Million Cups Cherokee (1MC CHK) presentation on Wednesday at The Oak House:…

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  • On Discovering the Urge to Surge into Entrepreneurship

    “He came back a couple of hours later and told me, “they picked yours,” said Tom Cox as he told the story of landing the “Always Coke” campaign back when he was 23. Jonathan Chambers, Community and Entrepreneurship Manager at Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) interviewed the brand identity…

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  • Super Spy Turned Entrepreneur

    1 Million Cups Cherokee has met in a school gym, a historic theatre, a bus, and now a train depot. The City of Holly Springs welcomed the 1MC Cherokee community into the historic train depot Wednesday morning with coffee provided by The Coffee Vineyard. Fresh Start Cherokee nurtures the county’s…

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  • 3 Entrepreneurs, 3 Stories – The Lunch Circuit Q&A Panel

    The Lunch Circuit, a monthly gathering powered by Fresh Start Cherokee, turned a year old this past May. The program celebrated its second year kickoff by hosting a crowdsourced Q&A panel of previous guests to speak with the entrepreneurial community. The three entrepreneurs chosen this year were Nick Downs of…

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  • Local Fintech Startup Sets Out to Innovate an Industry

    The 1 Million Cups (1MC) Cherokee community welcomed its first financial technology (referred to as fintech) startup entrepreneur to the stage on Wednesday morning. Atlanta is well known for its reputation as the financial technology capital of the world, and 1MC Cherokee is excited to support the team at Veriphy…

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  • Entrepreneurship: a Practice in Just Seeing What Happens

    “Julie and I have been in business for 33 years; I would call the past 30 years stagnant but we have been on fire for the past 3 years. I truly believe that Ball Ground is the new place to be. I’ve met several people who have either moved in…

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  • Never Too Soon to Quit Your Day Job; From SWAT Team to Photographer

    A paratrooper, a SWAT veteran, and a photographer walk into the Lunch Circuit and take a seat- they are all Jerry King of JKing Images.

    “Prior to starting out with photography I spent 10 years in the Army as a paratrooper, 17 years in law enforcement and 12 of that…

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  • Cherokee Workforce Collaborative Launches Summer Internship Program

    The Cherokee Workforce Collaborative, a community partnership created by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) to strengthen Cherokee’s pipeline of skilled workers and meet the needs of existing and future industry, has partnered with the Cherokee County School District to launch Cherokee County’s first-ever paid Summer Internship Program for…

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  • Drink Coffee and #Prevail

    “At SARCRAFT, we seek to become the outdoor education industry standard in the areas of wilderness survival, fieldcraft, bushcraft, and search & rescue consulting, and by doing so, bestow the skills necessary to preserve life onto those who venture into the wild,” said SARCRAFT’s Co-Founder and Business Development Manager Alexander…

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