Welcome to BGEN! If you are considering starting a new business, we can help. BGEN (begin) is an initiative of KNOW2, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping people aspire and achieve an education so they can get or create a job, provide for their lives and families, and give back to others. With hundreds of volunteers in schools and in the community in Cherokee County, and efforts in education (for children and adults), public health, safety and crime prevention, and economic development, KNOW2 is a major force for change and renewal in Cherokee County, SC.
Heather Swayngim, a former nurse and a passionate supporter of education and entrepreneurship, is the executive director of KNOW2. Brian Ziegelheafer, a lifetime entrepreneur, former youth pastor & nonprofit leader, and a highly creative photographer & designer of everything from websites to skateboards, leads BGEN.
Our business generator was two years in preparation by Roger Ferrell, a regional missionary & consultant for Southern Baptist churches. During that time Roger was leading economic development for KNOW2 and developed the partnerships and support of the Appalachian Regional Council, the City of Gaffney and the Timken Corporation.
You are never too old or too young to start a new business venture! With a lot of hard work, some help and a willingness to learn, you can start something new, create jobs, provide for your family and do good in the community and the world.