In November, 59 new businesses were granted business licenses in Cherokee County. A total of 74 licenses were granted across the county in October. In November 2011, the county and cities issued 79 licenses.
The county government issued 32 business licenses in November, down from 49 in October.
Eight business licenses were issued in Canton, down from 12 last month.
The city of Woodstock issued 13 licenses to new businesses. In October, the city issued seven licenses.
The city of Ball Ground issued two new licenses, one to a bookkeeping service and one to a Subway restaurant operator.
No new business licenses were issued in Holly Springs, Waleska or Nelson. Holly Springs granted six licenses in October.
So far in 2012, 1,451 business licenses have been granted across the county. At this point in 2011, 1,730 new business licenses had been issued.
Rebekah Gibson, a Woostock resident, started a home-based embroidery business in November, SEED Embroidery.
After spending about a year embroidering for friends and giving embroidered gifts, Gibson decided to turn her hobby into a business.
“Little by little, I was doing more and more for people, and it became a business,” she said. Gibson’s husband also owns a business, Soil Erosion & Education.
Gibson focuses on embroidery but also does decorative sewing and makes some products such as cosmetic bags.
Networking with other sewing professionals has helped Gibson get her business off the ground, notably her friend Debi Light, owner of Sew Main Street in Woodstock
“I would go in there and help her and do some quilting,” Gibson said. Some of her work displayed in the store helped her get embroidery customers.
Through Sew Main Street, Atlanta Sewing Center and the American Sewing Guild, Gibson said she has found excellent mentors and friends in the sewing industry.
While her network includes many other sewing professionals, Gibson said each person who sews has a unique approach to their products and business.
“There’s always a new niche to get into. My focus is bringing in a new design element,” she said.
For more information about SEED Embroidery, call Gibson at (404) 861-9815.
Misti Martin, president of the Cherokee Office of Economic Development, said the office’s activity has continued an upward trend in 2012. Political uncertainty could have played in to fewer businesses opening in November, she said.
“I think with everything going on in Washington, people are waiting to see what their business costs are going to be, what their taxes are going to be. I think that will have some bearing on how things progress, especially in the first quarter, next year,” she said.
Martin said she has seen positive trends in building permits, and that existing businesses in Cherokee County have “really weathered the tough years well.”
“Altogether, we’re definitely seeing a healthier picture,” she said.