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Grants to Green Awards $50,000 for New Enterprise Center


The Edge Connection

2008-08-13 11:03:00

KENNESAW, GA–(EMWNews – August 13, 2008) – Grants to Green awarded $50,000 to The Edge

Connection. The grant will help fund The Edge Connection to build a new

30,000-square-foot LEED certified sustainable business Enterprise Center in

Kennesaw, Ga., with a leading edge combination of a commercial kitchen

complex and business incubator.

Grants to Green is a collaborative partnership between The Community

Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Southface and Enterprise Community

Partners. Launched earlier this year, Grants to Green provides knowledge

and funding to nonprofits to help green their building structures and

become more environmentally sustainable. By participating in Grants to

Green, nonprofits can not only save more on operational expenses in the

long-term, but they can also dedicate those saved dollars to better meet

their mission. More information about Grants to Green can be found on the

individual partners websites at:,, and

The Edge Connection’s Enterprise Center clients will have access to

comprehensive business development training and services which include

coaching, networking opportunities, e-learning, and access to business

intelligence technology. “The facility will be energy efficient and reduce

operational costs over the long-term. Our goal, in addition to

entrepreneurial training, is to teach our clients that businesses can be

more sustainable and green, so we needed to start with our own facility,”

said Patricia Harris, Executive Director and CEO of The Edge Connection.

Supporting the growth of nonprofit organizations that provide

entrepreneurship education has been an important step to supporting the

growth and success of micro businesses. The Edge Connection offers an

award-winning and nationally recognized program that delivers

best-practices, microenterprise and small business training, financial

literacy, entrepreneurially focused technology training, and essential

entrepreneurial support services to aid microentrepreneurs to launch,

sustain, or grow a business.

The Edge Connection is a fully independent, non-profit 501 (c) (3)

organization and located on the campus of Kennesaw State University within

the Coles College of Business. It provides services throughout metro

Atlanta and partners with agencies statewide.

The Edge Connection is a founding member of Georgia Micro Enterprise

Network and is a member of the national microenterprise trade association,

the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO).

More information can be found on our website:

Press contact:
Karen Simmons

The Edge Connection
Coles College of Business
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Rd, #3305
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5588

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