City of South Fulton officials will celebrate grand opening of CollabSOUTH in the historic Red Oak district on Thursday, February 27. The office will serve as basecamp for the new Main Street program, a community revitalization initiative, as well as a business resource center and coworking space. It will also be used as a mini precinct to bring added police presence to the area.
Just last week, as part of the city’s National Entrepreneurship Week festivities, officials celebrated the first location of CollabSOUTH located at Old National Marketplace. The concept is the latest manifestation of the city’s economic development strategic plan and aims to foster economic development through the cultivation of entrepreneurship, innovation, tourism product development, business growth and attraction.
“We want people to be able to come here and collaborate with others to move their business ideas forward,” said Christopher Pike, economic development director when talking about the CollabSOUTH name, logo and mission.
He said the concept also represents residents’ desire to have quality development and initiatives in their area, and the city’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurs’ dreams and growth.
Small businesses are a dominant force among the approximate 1,900 companies that operate within city limits. CollabSOUTH will offer a variety of resources that new, aspiring and existing business owners can take advantage of including office space, technical support, business planning, and expansion coaching. Training will be available on all aspects of starting and operating a business including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing and taxes.
The CollabSOUTH Red Oak office is located at 3435 Roosevelt Highway, Suite 11. The grand opening and open house will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Registration via Eventbrite is encouraged.