In 1997, four outstanding Cobb County organizations came together to address economic development for low- to moderate-income residents of Cobb County and surrounding Metro Atlanta Counties. No longer content to limit their assistance to crisis intervention and meeting the immediate needs of the communities they served, they sought a solution to stem the cycle of poverty. These four organizations, YWCA of Northwest Georgia; United Way in Cobb; The Center for Family Resources; and Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University spent twelve months working with national experts to shape and implement a program for micro business development. The Edge Connection was one of the first community microenterprise models in the United States, and today is nationally known as the leading microenterprise organization in the state of Georgia.
In 2004 The Edge Connection developed a partnership with the SBA and incorporated a Women’s Business Center, and in 2011 the Edge Kitchen Program was launched, a licensed, multi-station, commercial kitchen devoted to the development of food-related businesses.