Woodstock continues to grow, and is adding programs to help inspire and edify young entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses. In 2019, Woodstock produced some impressive numbers for entrepreneurs (woodstockga.gov).
• 438 new business licenses were issued.
• 22 ribbon cuttings celebrated new businesses through IN WDSTK.
• A new small business license waiver program was introduced, which waives fees for new businesses meeting certain criteria.
With stats like these, it’s clear that Woodstock business owners and residents are still very much invested in the growth of our community. With this in mind, where can a local entrepreneur go to receive support?
Here are a few programs and partnerships available to encourage and educate entrepreneurs who decide to make Cherokee County the place to live and work:
- North Atlanta Venture Mentoring Service (NAV)
Launched this past summer, NAV is the first program of its kind in Georgia, with the mission to make Cherokee County the No. 1 place in the state to start and grow a business. The program, which is principled and based on MIT VMS, is a personalized program that provides a team of mentors to alleviate confusion and guide entrepreneurs to success. https://northatlantavms.com.
- The Lunch Circuit
A monthly exclusive lunch series powered by Fresh Start Cherokee that invites both aspiring and current entrepreneurs for lunch and community-building as they learn stories behind other successful Cherokee-based entrepreneurs. The event is located at The Circuit, the co-working space and student center for Chattahoochee Tech’s Woodstock campus. circuitwoodstock.com.
- Young Professionals of Woodstock (YPOW)
A function of IN WDSTK, YPOW offers programs aimed to help young and new professionals develop professionally, build lasting relationships, become philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and high quality of life in our community. YPOW gathers weekly for networking, featuring an informal chat with a local leader, and also has monthly networking events. www.facebook.com/YPOWoodstock.
- 1 Million Cups
The 1 Million Cups program works with entrepreneurs to empower them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing a business. These monthly events take place all over the Cherokee County community, fostering conversation with plenty of coffee. www.1millioncups.com/cherokee.
- Human Side of Entrepreneurship
Built for the humans behind the business, this monthly gathering of entrepreneurs is designed to help explore, discuss, and solve challenges of starting and running a business candidly from the human perspective. Topics include work-life balance, finances, personal relationships and more. reformationbrewery.com/events/the-human-side-of-entrepreneurship.
– Ashley Velez handles social media for YPOW and is a digital marketing expert.