Pictured from left to right: Michele Pearson, Erin Barger, Keisha Ryals, Michelle Nguyen, Rashe Malcolm, Kate Malone, Lindsey Brannan, Broderick Flanigan, and Michael Carnes
Emergent Launch & Learn was an inaugural opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn how turn to their side hustles into their main hustles and small businesses into big businesses. Topics ranged from the Mechanics of Starting a Business to Managing Cash Flow, Marketing, and Securing Contracts. Envision Athens convened the following partners to make this event possible: Northeast Georgia Business Alliance, Goodwill of Northeast Georgia, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Enlightened Media, Athens-Clarke County Economic Development and Housing and Community Development Departments, and the UGA Small Business Development Center. We hope this will be the first of many opportunities to connect more Athenians to prosperity and opportunity!
The Survey Says.....

"As a startup minority-owned business in Athens, at times I felt lost and did not know where to start and if I'd ever be able to grow my business like all the amazing businesses I've seen in Downtown Athens. At times I felt alone and did not know if there were many other business owners like myself around. I found out about the launching of a new program called Emergent when I attended the Highlight Magazine launch event at Cine. Erin Barger of Envision Athens invited me to the launch of Emergent held at the Goodwill Center in East Athens and much to my surprise there were so many small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs in attendance. It was like a breath of fresh air to see the networking taking place. Entrepreneurs from all walks of life and industries were together, engaging, encouraging, and uplifting each other. The positive energy at Emergent was powerful! The speakers from the various organizations were so knowledgeable and detailed in there presentations. The event itself was organized, professional, and planned very well. Emergent was just what the doctor ordered for the City of Athens, its small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs. My take-away was a feeling of inclusion within my community and a clear path to success for my business, Grizzly Delivery, LLC."

 - Wesley Chenoweth
   Owner, Grizzly Delivery, LLC

Envision Athens Mental Health 101

Educating and equipping community partners to respond effectively and compassionately to those with
mental health challenges

Reducing stigma related to mental and behavioral health is at the heart of Envision Athens' values of equity, prosperity, unity, and compassion. The number one priority within the Health domain of Envision Athens is to develop an effective behavioral health crisis response team. In doing so, we have elicited the help of community members with advanced expertise in crisis response and mental health. Katie Mcfarland, MSW from Advantage Behavioral Health and Special Officer Robbie Cochran from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department have teamed up with Envision Athens to provide relevant and timely training for the community at no cost. This workshop, hosted by Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, shared a critical and open conversation about how to respond to individuals experiencing crisis in a competent, collaborative, and compassionate manner. Due to popular demand, this training will be offered again on May 1st. 
  Winterville Town Hall

       Farmer's Market?

Envision Athens, in collaboration with the City of Winterville and the UGA Co-op Extension, hosted a Winterville Town Hall to discuss the possibility of Winterville hosting a Farmer's Market. This idea is in response to the need for affordable FRESH food on the East side of Athens, part of the Envision Athens plan for economic and community development. With such a strong community response, we plan to reconvene in April and move this market forward! 

Maker's Corner:
Jasmyn Reddicks

Envision Athens loves to celebrate entrepreneurship that embodies our values of unity, equity, prosperity and compassion. This month we honor VTaste Cakes for their promotion of our values at work. VTaste Cakes started as a school competition during Jasmyn's senior year of her Food Industry and Marketing Administration degree in the UGA School of Agriculture. After an intense competition and lots of baking, Jasmyn and her team, the only undergraduate and minority team, won the Fabricate competition. Jasmyn's winnings from the school competition helped her jump-start a business that focuses on vegan bakery items. She sold her vegan desserts at the Winter Culinary Market and will return to the Athens Farmer's Market in the spring. In the meantime, visit her website for vegan goodies at: VTaste Cakes
Jasmyn is currently competing in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest so that she can expand her business! Click here to vote! 

Check out our latest impact report, which marks our first priority action complete! Check out the recommendations and help keep Athens the creative and unique community we love to call home!
 Arts-Culture Impact Report 
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