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Fresh Start Mornings is a program offered through the Fresh Start Cherokee initiative of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development.

our mission

Cherokee County is passionate about entrepreneurial education for our next generation and providing support for innovators and startups. From kids to CEOs, our community is the perfect fresh air, high growth incubator of dreams. Forget the commute. Dig, grind, and hatch your startup close to home.

Interested in learning more about Fresh Start Mornings? Join our mailing list

Fresh Start Morning events are free and open to the public. Events have one of two formats: educational discussions relevant to startups and scaling businesses or startup business owners sharing their journey as a small business owner and challenges they are facing in growing their business. Presenters can be either in the concept phase seeking feedback or have been in business for 5 years or less. After each presentation, the audience of peer entrepreneurs will ask questions and provide insight.

Fresh Start Mornings are considered a safe-place for entrepreneurs to gain feedback, learn, and make valuable connections.

Join Us!

Attend an Event

Join us the 1st (at The Circuit Woodstock) and 3rd (at Reformation Brewery Canton) Wednesday each month.

Present your Business

What you need to know before applying.

meet the organizers

Meet our team of professional local organizers who strive daily to help Cherokee businesses.

2024 Fresh STart Mornings meeting schedule

Jun. 5 – Fireside Chat with Zach Blend, CEO Goshen Valley @ The Circuit Woodstock

Jun. 19 – Ericka Axelsson with The Cloud Maker, @ Reformation Brewery Canton

Jul. 3 – NO MEETING, Holiday

Jul. 17 – Steve Adams, @ Reformation Brewery Canton

Aug. 7 – APPLY TODAY, @ The Circuit Woodstock

Aug. 21 – APPLY TODAY, @ Reformation Brewery Canton

Sep. 4 – APPLY TODAY, @ The Circuit Woodstock

Sep. 18 – NO MEETING, Cherokee County School District Break

Oct. 2 – APPLY TODAY, @ The Circuit Woodstock

Oct. 16 – APPLY TODAY, @ Reformation Brewery Canton

9am Networking, 9:15 Program Begins

  • 1st Wednesday of the month @ The Circuit (1 Innovation Way, Woodstock GA 30188)
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month @ Reformation Brewery Canton (225 Reformation Pkwy, Suite 500 Canton, GA 30114)

Get involved

Fresh Start Mornings is a grassroots program led by a community of volunteer organizers interested in fostering Cherokee county’s entrepreneurial community through education and connections. If you are enthusiastic about helping others grow, have a specific skill set you would like to share, or simply want to be engaged in the e’ship community, please consider being apart of our organizing team! For more information on how to get involved, email Program Manager Lee Freeman-Smith at 


  • Cherokee County business owners
  • Entrepreneurs, Founders, Co-Founders
  • Startups less than 5 Years
  • Innovative Business Concepts
  • Business owners seeking solutions

Application link is located at the bottom of this page

Events have one of two formats: educational panel discussions relevant to startups or entrepreneurs presenting their business and seeking crowd-sourced feedback and solutions to their current challenges.

Fresh Start Mornings meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.

The meeting location alternates between the Circuit Woodstock on the first Wed. and Reformation Brewery Canton on the third Wed.

Present your Business

At each event, entrepreneurs present their business to the local community and learn how the community can support their business in its growth. Your local Fresh Start Mornings community gives you the opportunity to refine your elevator pitch to a diverse audience, access training programs, and engage with a network for support.

Ready to refine your presentation and elevator pitch?

Our Sponsors

Meet the organizers

misti Martin

heath tippens

Hannah Garrison

Lee Freeman-Smith headshot

Lee freeman-smith

valinda hardy

Sylvia Breitbart

Erin Honea

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