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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. 



RampUP Workshops

Aimed at early-stage or existing businesses, these workshops and courses will equip owners and leaders with the tools and knowledge to enhance their business footprint.


Small Business Saturday

Local Author Event
November 25th | 9AM – 2PM

Support Local Authors on Small Business Saturday at the Athens State University LAUNCHBOX. Shop books and Small Business!

For more information, contact Melinda Jones at or 256-232-1233

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.

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.

  • Accounting for Small Business – Nov 28th from 11:30 to 12:30 – REGISTER



121 South Marion Street, Athens Al 35611