Lauren Holverson has recently been promoted to the Director of The Burson Center, Carroll Tomorrow’s regional business resource center and business incubator.
CARROLLTON, GA – Lauren Holverson, incubator manager at The Burson Center, has been promoted to Director of The Burson Center upon the completion of the Business Incubation Management Certificate Program offered by the International Business Innovation Association.
Holverson first worked at The Burson Center as a graduate assistant while obtaining her MBA from the Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia. She also holds a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Montevallo.
Daniel Jackson, President/CEO of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Tomorrow, commends Holverson for an outstanding job for the past two years as incubator manager.
“When I first met Lauren as an intern, she impressed me as a bright, young talent and we were delighted that she joined our team after she earned her MBA,” Jackson said. “She has done an outstanding job with our Burson Center clients and handling the day to day activities of the Center. Beyond her duties at the Center, she has become a valuable member of our Chamber/Carroll Tomorrow team.”
The Burson Center, a 501c3 economic development public-private partnership, facilitates entrepreneurship, innovation, and business growth by assisting new ventures. It fosters an environment for planning, organizing, and expansion in addition to building a solid foundation while minimizing risk. The center provides business planning, expansion coaching, counseling, technical support, affordable office space, an entrepreneurial environment for clients, and more.
The Burson Center has incubated 130 businesses, creating more than 900 jobs and over $80 million in capital investment since opening in 2006. In addition to the companies that are in residence at The Burson Center, the Center’s staff, and resource partners are currently working with over 250 other businesses annually of varying sizes through the northwest Georgia region. The Center has hosted more than 20,000 visitors for over 3,100 seminars, expos, and programs.
Holverson has implemented several new initiatives to benefit clients such as Tech Time, a weekly session for technical assistance; new training opportunities for topics such as social media, sales, elevator pitches, business model canvas, etc.; and a user friendly website.
New levels of membership at The Burson Center are now available to include those businesses that need occasional assistance and those looking for expansion. Holverson has developed additional partnerships within the community to better assist entrepreneurs including local accountants, the West Georgia Regional Library system, Goodwill Career Center, and more.
“This new title as Director allows us to formally recognize Lauren and acknowledge her desire to continue to lead The Burson Center which has been recognized as a top performing incubator in the region, state and beyond,” Jackson said.