As an entrepreneur and business owner, Michael has signed the front of paychecks (not just the back of one). He understands first hand that government does not create jobs. Entrepreneurs create jobs.

The government’s role in economic development is to get out of the way of innovators and ensure that the economic environment in Georgia is conditioned well for job creators. Georgia has consistently been rated the “number one state in which to do business” over the past seven years. Cherokee and North Fulton are positioned to become an economic powerhouse in our state. The city of Alpharetta has already proven to be the tech capital of the southeast. Woodstock is one of the best walkable, destination cities in Georgia. Canton is experiencing a revival on their riverfront, Milton boasts one of the best qualities of life in Georgia and Holly Springs is building an incredible downtown district and Ball Ground is leading the way in removing red tape.

Michael believes that Georgia’s 21st Senate district can become the “entrepreneurial capital of Georgia”. With north Fulton’s leadership in technology and Cherokee’s growing reputation as one of the best places to start a business, our community appeals to entrepreneurs of all kinds. In addition to choosing to build his business right here in Woodstock, Michael has worked closely with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development and MIT to launch the North Atlanta Venture Mentorship Service which focuses on group mentorship for new entrepreneurs. The program matches new ventures with seasoned professionals who can help provide advice and guidance. Michael is working hard to ensure our community has the reputation and the resources it needs to attract new business.