Past Events

PAST EVENTS

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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.

 
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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 mjones@alcpl.org or 256-232-1233

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Ignite Your Business Training

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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
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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.

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Lead Up Leadership Training

Strengthen your leadership skills and prepare for your future with the LeadUP Leadership Training Program! This 10-week program is focused on helping entrepreneurs grow their small business and helping new managers lead their teams effectively. This program is grant-funded and is offered free of charge, but space is limited. 

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Strong Coffee Strong Women: Athens Edition with Dr. Patricia Sims and Dr. Catherine Wehlburg

August 17th, 2023

In partnership with the Athens-Limstone Chamber of Commerce, this edition of Strong Coffee Strong Women will feature two amazing leaders in academia – Dr. Patricia Sims, President of Drake State Community and Technical College and Dr. Catherine Wehlburg, Interim President of Athens State University. 

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.

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Virtual Incubator

Date May 18, 2023 
Audience: Early Entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs
10 week session 
When: Thursday afternoons 5pm – 8 pm 
Session 1: Knowing Yourself
Session 2: Knowing Your Customers
Session 3: Finding the Right Solution
Session 4: Getting the Relationship Right
Session 5: Building Blocks 
Session 6: Structures & Systems 
Session 7: Discovering the Bottom Line
Session 8: Financial Modeling
Session 9: Planning For Growth 
Session 10: Celebration – Graduation

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Leadership Training

May 19th, 2023

9am -12pm

Leadership Development Training for Business Owners

Audience/Participants – Business Owners
10 week session

  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Financial Management and Business Acumen
  • Human Resource Management
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Effective Communication and Influencing Skills
  • Marketing and Customer Relationship Management
  • Introduction to Business Sales
  • And more!
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Personal Branding

The Student Success Center invites you to join their webinar,

“Personal Branding: Creating Your Personal Brand and Why It’s Important” featuring Joidon Jennings, Digital User Experience Coordinator for the Green Bay Packers.

This webinar is free and open to the public!

Register to join and learn how to get started crafting a standout brand of your own, with practical advice to help you grow, gain recognition, and open new professional doors.

April 6, 2023 | 11:30 AM 

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Singing River Trail Launch Tank

MONDAY, MARCH 20th

Launch Tank is BACK! Last year, we jumped-started eight incredible entrepreneurs’ businesses by awarding over $20,000 in cash and other resources. North Alabama is excited to provide our community entrepreneurs another opportunity and see our small businesses thrive. Here is everything you need to know about Launch Tank 2023:
  • Applications are due by 2/24 
  • 8 Counties are included 
  • Up to $20,000 in cash and prizes are available to the winners. Tag a friend who is an entrepreneur below and apply today! 

UPDATE: Deadline has been extended!  📣  Need a few more days to add the final touch?  Applications for Launch Tank 2023 are now due by Monday, February 27th at 11:59 PM CST.  Don’t miss your opportunity for a cash prize, regional exposure, and much more. 

Past Events

Like a BOSS 2022

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15th 2022 AT 7:30 AM

Athens and Limestone County focused small business summit.

Past Events

CoWorking Night ATHENS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15th 2022 AT 5:30 PM

Network and learn about the Singing River Trail