Local government offices issued 176 new business licenses last month, up from 152 in September and 139 in October last year.
So far this year, 1,747 new business licenses have been approved throughout the county. Despite rising for the second straight month, the total still is lagging behind last year's pace of 1,817.
Pam Carnes, president of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, said the jump in licenses is "fantastic."
"It shows that there is a positive turn in the economy even though we continue to see challenges," she said. So far this year, the chamber has conducted 71 ribbon cutting ceremonies, up from 54 conducted through this time last year.
The county business license office filled 104 new license requests last month, up from 97 in September and 89 in October last year. So far this year, the county office has issued 1,125 licenses, a drop from 1,241 at this time last year.
Canton granted 16 new licenses last month, up slightly from 15 in September, but down from 25 in October last year. So far this year, the city has approved 196 new licenses, a jump from 148 issued at this time last year.
April Turner, who opened April Turner Photography in the city last month, said Canton, as well as the rest of the county, is a good place to do business.
"There are a lot of areas of positive growth. As a small business, you have the opportunity to make a difference because it is an up and coming community," she said, adding it is harder to make your presence felt in a bigger city.
Woodstock approved 29 new licenses in October, up from 23 in September and 14 in October last year. This year so far, the city has issued 305 new business licenses, a slight increase from 301 at this time last year.
Holly Springs issued 24 new licenses in October, a jump from 14 in September and six in October 2008.
"Certainly, Holly Springs is underdeveloped. There is a lot that is available," Mayor Tim Downing said, adding the city has good traffic counts, which creates more commercial opportunities.
Ball Ground granted three new licenses last month, up from two in September, but down from five in October last year. So far this year, the city has issued 26 new licenses, down from 37 issued at this time last year.
Waleska approved no licenses in October and one in September. The city has issued two new licenses so far this year, up from none through this time last year.
Nelson did not issue any permits in Cherokee County last month. It has not approved any so far this year nor had it done so at this point last year.