Local experts see positive economic trends
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Mike Clark, owner of MC Signs and Graphics in Woodstock, has recently reopened his business after being hit hard during the Great Recession. <br> Staff/Todd Hull
Mike Clark, owner of MC Signs and Graphics in Woodstock, has recently reopened his business after being hit hard during the Great Recession.
Staff/Todd Hull
By Joshua Sharpe


The number of new business licenses issued around Cherokee County in the month of May is up slightly from April but down from last year.

In May, 101 new businesses decided to try riding the wave of economic recovery moving through north Georgia and were issued licenses around Cherokee County. That number is down from the 124 business licenses issued in May 2012 but up from the 95 licenses handed out in the county in April.

Though the numbers are down from last year, some local business leaders, such as Dennis Burnette, president and CEO of Cherokee Bank, say that overall, the economy is still clearly on a path to recovery.

Burnette said with the economy slowly mending, fewer businesses are shutting down, and fewer may be opening as a result. He added that more businesses staying open means more jobs and thus fewer people looking to “make money on their own.”

Lewis Cline, senior vice president of Bank of North Georgia, agreed Friday that on the whole, the economic climate is better than it was several years ago.

“The overall trend in new business licenses issued is one of stability with a 12-month average of small increases,” Cline said.

Several of the new businesses filing for licenses in May were stores like Bass, Van Heusen and Tommy Hilfiger, which will be opening at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta in Woodstock. Cline said he expects there will be a “spike in the next two months” with the other stores in the outlet applying for licenses.

Cline said Cherokee County is positioned well for more growth in addition to the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta.

“Cherokee County still offers a prime location for new business owners looking to move to our county, expand existing locations, or opening an overall new business venture,” he said.

One Cherokee County man trying to take advantage of the county’s strengths is Mike Clark, 33, of Holly Springs.

But Clark’s business in Woodstock, MC Signs & Graphics, isn’t new to Cherokee County.

Clark originally opened his professional graphics firm in 2003 in Holly Springs.

The business had five employees and enjoyed a loaded list of clients, including many local small businesses and Cherokee County government.

But in 2010, Clark said business came “almost to a screeching halt.”

“Businesses are my business,” and many were shutting their doors, Clark said.

Clark said he decided to close the shop down before business could get any worse.

“I didn’t want it to get to that point where I was having to file bankruptcy,” he said. “I just decided ‘I’m not going to let it kill me.’”

Clark said he went to work for a friend’s company, but kept close tabs on the economy, waiting for the right time to go back into business for himself.

Now, with reports steadily coming in that the economy is recovering, Clark said “It just felt like the timing was right” to try again.

And he said so far, things have been good.

“I left my business in very good standing, I didn’t owe anybody any money (when I closed down),” he said. “So when it came time to (open again), it was a really easy transition.”

As for the results, Clark said business has been “fantastic” since he opened up his shop on Parkside Lane in May. He’s taken on many of the same clients and has been, once again, making money off of his “passion” for designing signs, car graphics and logos.

It’s good, he said “to have that freedom again.”

In addition to MC Signs & Graphics, the following businesses also received business licenses in Cherokee County in May:

Cherokee County:

Barry’s Auto Sales, LLC

Mr. P

Around Atlanta Fence

Alicia Robinson Cooper

Market Cafe’

Cherokee Connections, Inc.

Fetch ‘n Groom


Ironclad Security Services, Inc.

M & K Premier Auto Brokers, LLC

Doctor Pool, LLC

Atlanta Bonded Warehouse Corporation

Jeff Bryan Consulting, LLC

Sharon Magline

Cinderella Maids Service, LLC

S&B Inc.

Julian Rojas Painting and Remodeling

Pear Tree Photography

Expert Appliance Repair and Service

Equilibrium Health

Dogwood Growlers, LLC

United Resource Group

Don Hester Farms

Old FiveKee Inc

Theris Consulting Group, LLC

Mary Beth Fest

Beverly Oshea

Ellen Paige Ballard

Mark Highsmith Quality Lawn Care

RPM Photography, LLC

Gantt Therapeutic Vision, LLC

Able Environmental, Inc.

John Goodwin

Mike Jenks Homes

Felix Auto Repair

Capabilities Therapy Services, LLC

Phoenix Valet Services Incorporated

Shivam9 Corporation

Atlanta Specialty Vehicles, Inc.

Branlo, LLC

V.I.P. Mobile Car Wash

Heritage Property Inspections

Allstate Network Entertainment, Inc.

Simmons Custom Homes, INC

Latino Services NO. 5, LLC

S.R. Bailey Imports

Stephanie Christ Support Services

JMV Leasing

Hunter Performance Contractors, Inc.

EM Carpet Cleaning

H & R Transport

On the Go Nutrition, LLC

Maria Astorga

One Source Counseling and Employee Assistance Services, LLC

Transforming Power, LLC

DCM Lawn & Yard

NG Auto, Inc.


Victforce, Inc.

Holly Springs:

Soluciones Inmigratorias LLC

Narrow Path Productions

Annointed Healing, LLC

Zedi International, LLC

Faith Path, LLC

Crossfit Breaking Boundaries

JP Hair Dues

Effat Yazdani

Wendy Negron

Dre Styles


Knock “N” Nichols Cleaning

Initial This

Dollar Stop

Ranger Construction GW, Inc.

Trilogy Event Services, LLC

GA Neurobehavioral Assoc., LLC

Allison C.Doerr, PHD, PC


Reformation Brewery, LLC

Rejuvenate Massage Studio, LLC

Southcrest Mortgage

First Avenue Tile, LLC

Prodigy Disc

Piedmont Medical Care Corporation

Barrel and Barley, LLC

Elisha Davis

Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage, LLC

Tsunami Wave Woodstock, LLC


Van Heusen

Tommy Hilfiger

Data Forms & Out Sourcing, Inc.

Sherwin Lee Photography

Wilson’s Leather

Oliver & Whitfield, LLC

Herrig Holdings, LLC

McKeeth, LLC

BBQ 92, Inc.

Knuckleheads Saloon

Platte River Insurance Company

Ball Ground:

Preesh Salon

AMS Hauling

Waleska and Nelson issued no new business licenses.

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