The Gwinnett County Entrepreneur Center won't open for another couple of weeks, but county officials cut the ribbon last week on the new facility.
The county has partnered with Georgia Gwinnett College to build a venue that supports entrepreneurs and encourages small business startups in the county.
"The entrepreneur center will serve as a safe space to exchange ideas, collaborate, receive mentoring and build a foundation to become the best business leaders possible,” said Gwinnett County Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson at Wednesday's ceremony. “This is an equitable opportunity for small business owners to thrive in a low-cost, central location.”
The goal was to find business hopefuls who show promise for starting or growing a business but need help along the way.
"The Gwinnett Entrepreneur Center takes an innovative approach to helping our small businesses by enhancing what they learn and how they grow,” said Vice-Chair and District 4 Commissioner Marlene Fosque. “This inaugural class of entrepreneurs are [sic] blazing a trail that others will follow for years to come.”
One member of the first class of members at the center is an alumnus of Georgia Gwinnett College.
“This is going to be one of the most viable assets we have in Gwinnett County. This connection to this area will only enhance GGC. We want to expand our relationships with the County, the city of Lawrenceville and with our entrepreneurs. This center allows us to have endless possibilities to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals,” said GGC President Dr. Jann L. Joseph.
The Gwinnett Entrepreneur Center, located at 405 North Perry Street in Lawrenceville, officially opens January 2022.