Here’s something to celebrate in 2021: new ways to (safely) meet folks in the community, and grow your personal and professional network.
A new Canton-based networking group, Canton Business Club, is coming to Reformation’s Canton location for more opportunities to connect with business owners in the northern part of Cherokee County.
Canton Business Club is an extension of a current networking group, Woodstock Business Club, which meets weekly, and has had significant growth since its inception last year.
About Woodstock Business Club
Woodstock Business Club, or WBC, started in November 2019 after a group of local professionals broke away from traditional business networking groups and started their own club. While the meetings are more traditional in structure, they are anything but formal. The group’s tagline, “We get sh*t done!” is commonly referred to at each meeting, held weekly 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursday mornings in the lounge of Hartman Law Firm, located off Towne Lake Parkway. WBC started with 10-15 regular attendees, and grew steadily week to week.
Attendees are encouraged to interact and meet outside of the regular meetings to get coffee, learn about referral opportunities, and strengthen their relationships. The group also hosts a monthly evening social event at local establishments in downtown Woodstock to support, and interact with restaurant and business owners.
A Spring Pivot
After a strong start in the winter and early months of 2020, the WBC leadership team switched to Zoom-based meetings in March due to COVID-19. The group met weekly via Zoom for much of late spring and through the summer, and slowly reintroduced socially distanced, in-person meetings in the fall.
The group also reintroduced their evening socials this past fall, and has hosted a few outdoor events under the Elm tree at Reformation’s Woodstock location.
Growth into Canton
Now, the group is extending its success into the thriving city of Canton, which is quickly becoming a hub for the northern part of Cherokee County. Meetings of the Canton Business Club (CBC) will be held at Reformation Canton, located at 225 Reformation Parkway.
Reformation’s Canton location is part of The Mill on Etowah, a mixed-use development with retail shops, a co-working space, and a large outdoor area for concerts and events. The Mill will welcome more businesses and restaurants in 2021 as it continues to grow, and CBC members felt that a partnership with Reformation is a perfect start to encourage Canton-area business owners to network and meet others in the community.
To find out information about meetings and other events, follow along on its Facebook page, Canton Business Club.
By Ashley Velez, contributing writer. Ashley is a digital marketing strategist, freelance writer and company culture advocate who lives in Woodstock, GA.