Carroll County: Starting Point

Calling the next Bill Gates: Carroll County may just have what you’re looking for.

This year Carroll Tomorrow plans to open the 25,000-square-foot, helicopter pad-equipped Burson Center, to facilitate entrepreneurship and small business development.

“The Burson Center offers a total package for start-ups,” says Ken O’Neill, the center’s director, “including counseling, networking, and connections to venture capital or University of West Georgia resources.”

“The Burson Center will provide the focal point of resources, from Georgia Tech to … Quick Start,” says Daniel Jackson, Carroll County Chamber president. “This will be the go-to place.”

O’Neill says the Burson Center also plans a “concerted effort to grow existing business.”

It will provide “micro-loan fund grants” through the Community Foundation of Carroll County – “small amounts, but to a small business, a thousand is a lot of dollars to assist in going forward,” he says. “We think this will put them in a great position to connect the dots.”

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