Fostering inspiration: Chamber, KSU team up to develop success center

Entrepreneurs in Cobb will soon have a place to go with any question about their business, where…

Georgia (Jan 5, 2015)Entrepreneurs in Cobb will soon have a place to go with any question about their business, where they can seek help and advice from experienced business people.


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Kennesaw State University and the Cobb Chamber of Commerce are partnering to create a business success center near the university’s campus open to students and community members.

David Connell, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber, said the center will be useful for people at any stage of entrepreneurship.

“The real intent is to have under one roof … one place to go if you’re an individual planning to start a business or to grow a business or to help figure out how to have a more successful business,” Connell said.

Connell said the center has been in the works for 18 months and is scheduled to open in February. A location hasn’t been chosen, but Connell said he hopes to keep it close to KSU. 

The center will cost $775,000 to start up, Connell said, which will come out of KSU’s budget. Until a location is chosen, Connell said he didn’t know what the cost to run the center will be. 

The search is on right now for a director of the center, and someone will be chosen for that position at the end of January.

Rick Franza, senior associate dean and professor of management at Coles College of Business at KSU, said the two organizations are looking for someone specific.

“We want to bring in someone who has significant experience in running such a facility, and then once we have that person aboard we’d like to get it going as soon as possible,” Franza said.

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