Small businesses are essential to the success of the City of Atlanta and to the equitable growth of our neighborhoods. Small businesses create jobs, provide goods and services and characterize the unique places that make Atlanta thrive. Organizations across the city and state are providing resources to train and equip entrepreneurs and business owners to start, expand, and prosper. Visit our Economic Development Resources page for more information.
Through federal funding, the City of Atlanta provides Economic Development resources through these partners and programs:
Invest Atlanta provides gap financing through various loan programs to small, minority and female-owned businesses to expand and/or relocate in the City of Atlanta. The purpose of these loans is to revitalize targeted commercial neighborhood areas, promote business development projects and stimulate job creation within the City. To find more about Invest Atlanta as well as the various loan programs available click here.
Center for Black Women’s Wellness (CBWW's) Women's Economic Self Sufficiency Program WESSPis a micro-enterprise development initiative used as a strategy to increase the opportunity for women to become self-employed by starting and operating a micro-business. The program serves primarily low-to-moderate income women by providing them with financial literacy, life skills, business development and technical assistance. For more information about CBWW and the WESSP, visit http://cbww.org/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGA) recently launched the City of Atlanta Microenterprise Start-Up Accelerator and Strategic Growth Accelerator programs that help provide capacity building, training, coaching, and development programming for microenterprise business owners. Managed by ULGA, classes and resources are provided to inexperienced and experienced microenterprise entrepreneurs.