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  • Cherokee by Choice Initiative Exceeds Goal – Raises $2.54 Million

    Investments support new business brand and fund local efforts to generate and retain jobs, develop a stronger workforce, and create new business infrastructure

    (CHEROKEE COUNTY – METRO ATLANTA) | August 31, 2018 — To a room full of investors at Reformation Brewery on Tuesday, the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) team announced it has significantly…

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  • GoWithMe to Grab a Coffee

    “GoWithMe allows you to do the things you love with people you like,” said Amanda Denatala to the 1 Million Cups Cherokee (1MC Cherokee)  community Wednesday. Denatala is the founder of GoWithMe, an event-based app. When Denatala’s 17-year-old stepdaughter expressed an interest in dating apps such as Tinder and Match,…

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  • Cherokee Office of Economic Development Awarded Best in Class


    Gene A. Stinson, SEDC President awarding Misti Martin, COED President, with the “Best in Class,” and “Merit,” awards.

    The Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) was officially recognized for their award-winning entries in the Communication Awards competition by the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) at the 2018 Annual…

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  • The Accidental Entrepreneur

    Ashley Holcomb, youngest of ten, grew up chasing chickens in Ball Ground. Holcomb is now the owner of Landmarx Inc, a land surveying and construction management firm, and a board member of the Development Authority of Cherokee County. Jonathan Chambers, Community Manager of Entrepreneurship for the Cherokee Office of Economic…

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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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  • 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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