ENTREPRENEURS

Why be a NAV Venture?

NAV is the first program of its kind in Georgia with the mission to make Cherokee County the #1 place in the state to start and grow a business. This program is open to ventures located in the North Atlanta region with a working concept and beyond from the following high growth target sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Healthcare, I.T./Technology, Makers/Inventors, Corporate Operations, Culinary, and Film/Media. 

The journey to becoming a successful venture is often rocky, and never linear – this program provides a team of mentors to alleviate the confusion and guide the entrepreneur to success. NAV is a service provided by the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, through it’s Fresh Start Cherokee initiative, that is principled and based off of MIT VMS. This personalized program provides entrepreneurs with a mentoring team that will assist ventures in various stages. Through hands-on mentoring, entrepreneurs will learn how to perfect their products and services, identify markets, build business organizations, seek funding, and grow as strong entrepreneurial leaders. The team mentoring approach provides a unique coaching experience to help ventures make informed decisions while being able to consider multiple perspectives from successful businessmen and women with different backgrounds. The success of this program is not only measured by starting and growing a profitable company but in providing a valuable learning process for entrepreneurs to gain the skills they need to be successful in the long run.

New ventures will initially meet mentors at the monthly mentoring meetings. Mentoring teams are crafted based on the entrepreneurs’ needs as well as the interests and expertise of NAV Mentors.

How do I become a NAV Venture?

Please follow the “Apply Now” button below to fill out a venture application which will be reviewed during the monthly application assessment period by the NAV Team. A NAV team member will be in touch after reviewing your application to schedule an interview to learn more about you and your venture as well as to share more about the program.

I’m a NAV Venture. Now What?

The NAV program is unique in its structure of putting the responsibility on the ventures themselves. The biggest part of the program for ventures is the mentoring session with their mentor team. In order to request a meeting, ventures will submit an agenda with main goals for a meeting to the NAV team. The NAV team will then coordinate a meeting for the team. 

Our mentors and entrepreneurs adhere to a strict code of ethics and guiding principles in order to protect participants on both sides of the table. These guidelines assure that all ventures will receive impartial and unbiased advice from their team of mentors.

Ventures

Alma Coffee

Leticia Hutchins, Founder COO
Harry Hutchins, Founder and CFO
Al Lopez, Founder and CEO
https://myalmacoffee.com/

Shade-grown, farm-to-cup coffee. As 5th generation coffee farmers, we consider every detail in creating the perfect cup of coffee. The seeds, the plants, the roasting process, and the brew are all part of crafting coffee with soul.

Beyond the Classroom

Bayina Jihad, Founder
http://www.bytc.us/

Beyond the Classroom is a personalized reading service that provides students support with on-demand literacy coaches and diverse reading content on their reading level.

Half Machine

Jim Nichols, Co-Founder
Drew Davis, Co-Founder
https://www.thinkhm.com/

Half Machine strategically connects with business leaders in target industries to utilize the power of stories, film, and advertising to attract and retain clients/customers. 

Flux

Eric Velji, Co-Founder
Bobby King, Co-Founder
https://fluxicecream.com

Flux Ice Cream is a local producer of ice cream and sorbets that focuses on chef-inspired flavors, seasonal/local ingredients, and not cutting corners.

Refer All

Calvetta Phair, Founder
https://www.referall.us/

Refer All is a staffing app that streamlines the recruitment process by expanding the referral base.

SuiteSciens

Shalakay Gibbs, Founder 
https://www.suitesciens.com/

SuiteSciens implements systems that help midsize businesses streamline their process and scale their business.

The American Cuckoo Clock Company

Jodie Davis, Founder and Designer
Mark Rowell, Production
https://www.theamericancuckooclockcompany.com/

The American Cuckoo Clock Company is reinventing cuckoo clocks, an American family tradition.