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Operated by Athens State University, the LaunchBox was established to develop a local, innovative ecosystem through collaboration, educational programming, and community engagement.  The project is supported with funding from Athens State University, Appalachian Regional Commission, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The LaunchBox provides an imaginative environment for residents and professionals to explore their big ideas and connect with similar minded individuals. 


Lunch & Learn

Ignite Your Business Training

Multiple Dates Below

Many budding entrepreneurs understand the effort necessary to create a business, but they might not be familiar with the many steps required to launch a business venture. If you’re willing to put in the effort to build a business, you’re going to want to know the steps needed to reach your goals. Tasks like naming the business and creating a logo are obvious, but what about the less-heralded, equally important steps? Whether it’s determining your business structure and accounting system, getting your business license, or crafting a detailed marketing strategy, the workload can quickly pile up. Rather than spinning your wheels and guessing at where to start, join us for an in-depth workshop with local subject matter experts to transform your business from a lightbulb above your head to a real entity.

  • Building Your Business Plan – March 28th from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Small Business Accounting – April 4th from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Marketing Strategy – May 9th  from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Small Business Banking – June 13th from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Determine Your Business Structure – July 18th from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Build Your Own Brand – July 25 from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Preparing for your Banker – Aug 15 from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Build Your Own Brand – Sept 26 from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Business Plan – Oct 24 from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
  • Accounting for Small Business – Nov 28th from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER
Lunch & Learn

Engage In Entrepreneurship

Multiple Dates Below

Begin building your idea. By attending our Engage in Entrepreneurship Workshops, you’ll not only clarify your vision but grow your network of like-minded people, find support and resources to start or grow your business, and discover the importance of communicating your business effectively. Whether you are just starting or already established, this workshop works through our business model canvas and provides you the assistance and resources you need to be successful at any stage of the business life cycle.

  • March 14th  from 11:30 – 1 pm – REGISTER
  • April 18th from 11:30 – 1 pm – REGISTER
  • May 23rd from 11:30 – 1 pm – REGISTER
  • June 27th from 11:30 – 1 pm – REGISTER
  • Aug 1st from 11:30 – 1 pm – REGISTER
  • Sept 12th from 11:30 – 1 pm – REGISTER
  • Oct 10th from 11:30 – 1 pm – REGISTER
  • Nov 7th from 11:30 – 1 pm
  • Dec 12th Coaching Session

Strong Coffee Strong Women with Lauren Marsh and Rachel Brown Matthews

November 16th, 8:30 – 9:30 AM

In parternship with the Athens-Limstone Chamber of Commerce, this edition of Strong Coffee Strong Women will feature two amazing leaders – Lauren Marsh, Co-Founder or Ridgeline Construction Roofing and Exteriors and Rachel Brown Matthews, owner of Rachel Brown Homes. 

This HYBRID Strong Coffee Strong Women program will be hosted in-person at the Athens State University newly opened “LaunchBox”, an entrepreneurial Center located in the Center for Lifelong Learning, AND broadcast live via Zoom.

We will open at 8:00 AM CT for the in-person event; the Zoom room will open at 8:30 AM CT with the program starting at 8:45 AM CT. This event will be broadcast live. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the event. 

The Catalyst Strong Coffee Strong Women program shines a light on a woman business owner or community leader who exemplifies every woman’s unique path to success. Hear an“Espresso-monial that will uplift and inspire and connect with other inventive, resourceful, and highly productive business owners and industry/government experts.



121 South Marion Street, Athens Al 35611