History & Mission
Athens Is Our Brand. Our Community Defines It.
Athens becomes known as one of the best small cities in the world to pursue creative business visions — a place where passion-fueled entrepreneurs, innovators and makers can happily live, work, and raise their families.
Athensmade builds and empowers our community by connecting Athens' creative spirit to its many educational resources and shares our community's innovation with the world. By helping creative professionals thrive, creating educational opportunities between local innovators and young Athenians, and inspiring the next generation of doers, Athensmade is a key partner in building a world-class business ecosystem in Athens.
In late 2015, a group of Athens entrepreneurs got to talking. The subject was the local business community and the issue was an identity crisis. The people talking were all owners of successful Athens-based enterprises who found that their stories weren’t being told. Under the leadership of local entrepreneur Davis Knox, there were many more conversations held and many more collaborations formed before a plan solidified and Athensmade was born.
As a nonprofit, Athensmade’s sole goal is to serve as an advocate, connector and catalyst for our local creative, artisan and entrepreneurial businesses. We work to amplify the brand of Athens by telling the stories of our local creative businesses. We host classes and labs to help local businesses learn from one another, and we connect businesses to the many resources available to them locally – our local government, the local colleges and universities, other nonprofits, other businesses. We then link our artisans and entrepreneurs back to our local schools and students, helping cultivate our next generation of talent. By keeping our focus locally first, we hope to continue working to grow the brand of Athens, luring more creative businesses and individuals to our community in the years to come.
Founded in 2015, Athensmade is a nonprofit organization that harnesses local resources in order to create a world-class business ecosystem in Athens, Ga., helping our community thrive by championing its creative spirit.
• Introduce 100 Athensmade brands to a local, regional or national audience.
• Engage 100 business owners in expert knowledge sharing.
• Connect 50 businesses with necessary resources.
• Match 15 business owners with mentors.
• Book 25 entrepreneur speakers in local classrooms.
• Champion 5 high school student-owned businesses.
• Recognize 100 local businesses in area guides.