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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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  • New Cherokee Workforce Collaborative Logo Reflects Sense of Community

    The Cherokee Workforce Collaborative – a united, community-based partnership created by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) to strengthen Cherokee’s pipeline of skilled workers –  unveiled a new logo and brand identity today. The new logo reflects a strong sense of community, highlighting the collaborative’s key partnerships with business,…

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  • When Building a Brand, Start with the Why

    “I shot my first free throws on that stripe right there,” laughs Path & Post COO & Owner Brad Nix to the April Lunch Circuit audience- a monthly gathering of successful entrepreneurs. He’s pointing to the free throw line painted on The Circuit’s floor- the same floor that was once…

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  • Cherokee By Choice: Where Everyone Has A Seat At The Table

    Cherokee County offers the quintessential environment for business, career, and life to take off.

    It’s a place where the energy of cutting-edge business leaders and new start-ups combine with the comfortable pace of green space and outdoors, giving you ample room to breathe.  It’s a place where you can live…

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  • Putting Athletes on Track to Run the World

    The Co-Founders of One Track Mind, Camille Driscoll and Ginny Nelson, presented their business for feedback at the 1MC Cherokee this morning. Today’s gathering was sponsored by Reinhardt University with Tim Norton as lead organizer, VP of Marketing and Advancement, and Matthew Thomas, Canton’s Economic Development Manager, served as the…

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  • COED and Business Leaders Launch Campaign to Enhance Economic Development in Cherokee County

    On Friday, leading Cherokee business leaders joined the Cherokee Office of Economic Development (COED) to officially launch Cherokee By Choice – a $2 million economic development fundraising campaign.

    The new five-year public-private partnership reinforces Cherokee’s role as a leader in economic development focusing on three specific goals:…

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  • 95 Problems, But Beer Is Not One of Them

    95 Problems, But Beer Is Not One of Them


    “I’ve got 95 problems, but the beer ain’t one,” joked Spencer Nix of Reformation Brewery on The Circuit stage at the 1 Million Cups Cherokee (1MC) gathering Wednesday morning. “The top 3 problems are: a highly regulated industry that doesn’t…

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  • Secrets to Success: Work Backwards and Carry a Big Dictionary

    Secrets to Success: Work Backwards and Carry a Big Dictionary

    “If you’re focusing on personal gain and single transactions, you’re missing the point.” Heath Matiak made it clear to the Lunch Circuit audience – a monthly meet-up of successful Cherokee entrepreneurs – that the family-owned commercial HVAC company, R&D Mechanical…

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