Forget the Commute: A New Reason to Stay Home (and Work) in Cherokee

If you’ve ever dreamed about leaving the dreaded Atlanta traffic behind and launching your own business closer to home, Fresh Start Cherokee may be exactly the jumping-off place you’ve been waiting for. As an initiative of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, the program was launched to promote educational programming and support for business startups in Cherokee.

Sharing Space and Ideas: The Circuit

As an added incentive, a new communal workplace was introduced to help foster the creative spirit and provide an innovative space to local startups . Located in downtown Woodstock on the Chattahoochee Technical College campus (formerly Woodstock Elementary), The Circuit is modern-yet-cozy environment that serves as not only a student center, but also as a brilliantly designed gathering place for local entrepreneurs to meet up, co-work, or network with their peers in other industries.

Woodstock’s Tom Cox, owner of Tom Cox Design Studio and creator of the Fresh Start Cherokee and the Circuit brand identity, feels strongly about why this special addition to Cherokee County is both important and necessary.   “Fresh Start Cherokee is a one-of-a-kind program that will add great educational and economic growth, as well as innovation-focused opportunity to a county that is already a great place to live and play. I don’t know of any other county that is focused on providing innovation education and support from kindergarten all the way up to startups and CEOs,” said Tom. “On top of that, you have The Circuit: a place where all of that Fresh Start purpose can come together in an incredible vintage gym that is a hub of activity, whether it’s Chatt Tech students or local entrepreneurs connecting for coffee, studying, working, presentations, meetings, or events. This is a tremendous advantage for our local community!”



For more information about Fresh Start Cherokee programs or touring The Circuit, visit:

Website: Fresh Start Cherokee

Address: One Innovation Way, Woodstock, GA (Located on the Chattahoochee Tech campus on Main Street)

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Jennifer Carter is a freelance photographer and writer living with her family in Woodstock, Georgia. Her work has been published by the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Life Magazine, Cobb Life Magazine, AJC.com, Woodstock Patch, and the City of Woodstock’s tourism brochure. The “I Love Downtown Woodstock” blog is what she considers a “passion project,” an experiment in homage that she calls “A Collection of Love Letters to a City.” See more of her work at jenwanders.com and thesoutherndrift.com.

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