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August 9 Proclaimed International Coworking Day at The LITE House

The Tennessee Wesleyan Goodfriend School of Business celebrated the proclamation of International Coworking Day, Friday, with a ceremony at The LITE House.

Friday’s event featured the proclamation by Athens City Manager, C. Seth Sumner, who was joined in attendance by McMinn County Mayor John Gentry and TWU President Dr. Harley Knowles.

The LITE House, located at 1 W College St in Athens, will be an accelerator for regional economic development by utilizing faculty, students, and community leaders to provide consulting and professional development opportunities tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs.

“I’m inspired each day by the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation that I see from our students,” said Dr. Knowles. “The partnership between the University and The LITE House will only strengthen that spirit and encourage students and community members to create something great for our city and county.”

The event also featured the presentation of multiple initiatives for The LITE House over the next year, including free marketing and accounting seminars, the 4L Series for female entrepreneurs, a coworking space for community businesses, and much more.

“Community is this LITE House,” added Sumner. “Community is where people come together and dare to do things greater than themselves.”

The LITE House will officially launch on August 23. More information can be found at