General Assistance & Education
Atlanta Metro Export Plan
The Atlanta Metropolitan Export Plan (“MEP”) is a data-driven regional export strategy that seeks to increase economic impact of exports for metro Atlanta by expanding a sustainable export ecosystem and culture and engaging local companies to build their export capacity. The online portal provides information and resources for companies looking to grow through exports.
Coursera is an education company that provides access to online courses on a range of categories from business to engineering, all from the world’s top universities. Courses are offered year-round in four different languages. Registration is free.
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s small business efforts consist of offering various resources and toolkits to members in areas such as business start-up, sales and marketing, finance, and insurance. To help its small business members succeed, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce provides other educational resources and hosts a monthly webinar series.
270 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 223-2264
Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) encourages the expansion of existing industries and small businesses within the area. Through the Entrepreneur Friendly Community program, the GDEcD works to build small business strategy into the community’s overall economic development strategies.
75 5th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
Phone: (404) 962-4000
Georgia Micro Enterprise Network
Georgia Micro Enterprise Network (GMEN) creates opportunities for microenterprise development through board leadership, training, and programs. With services in business development, business capital, and green business, GMEN provides expertise on how to support existing entrepreneurs in their business growth.
233 Mitchell Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (678) 515-3346
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) assists with various business launches and developments, including providing services to manufacturers and healthcare providers. EI² provides integrated support to entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in Georgia by helping to evaluate the commercial potential of intellectual property.
Phone: 770-605-0022 (mobile)
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private partnership dedicated to strengthening the economic vitality of the community in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2007, PG has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, and foster workforce development.
6500 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
Phone: (770) 232-2268
Gwinnett County Public Library
The Gwinnett County Public Library provides access to a wealth of information on all aspects of starting and running a business. Resources include Gale Courses (six-week online courses on various business topics), the Morningstar Investment Research Center, and the Foundation Center Funding Information Network. The library has meeting spaces and learning labs at the Suwanee, Five Forks, Hamilton Mill, and Lilburn branches.
3480 Duluth Park Lane NW
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: (770) 978-5154
Gwinnett Small Business Resources
Gwinnett Small Business Resources (GSBR) is a collection of education, resources and programs providing small businesses with practical, effective skills and methods to help start, sustain and succeed in Gwinnett County. The GSBR offers business building opportunities through networking, education, training, and resources.
6500 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
Phone: (770) 232-3000
Gwinnett Technical College
Whether you are about to launch a startup company or already manage an existing small business, Gwinnett Technical College has a program to help you succeed. The Business Division’s marketing department has two programs directly related to entrepreneurship: a certificate in entrepreneurship and a certificate in small business management, each of which can be completed within two semesters.
5150 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (678) 226-6616
MiT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta
The MiT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta provides educational programs and services that promote and strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in the Southeast. It also organizes events, workshops, and programs specifically designed for entrepreneurs.
1266 West Paces Ferry Road, #222
Atlanta, GA 30327
Phone: (404) 422-0330
Dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide, SCORE is a non-profit organization that matches entrepreneurs with local volunteer mentors. Among its affordable services, SCORE provides business tools, such as templates and tips, confidential business counseling, and business workshops and webinars.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assists existing and prospective business owners by offering a wide variety of training, one-on-one consulting, economic development related market research, and technical assistance. SBDC also offers expertise in international trade, specialty programs, and consulting for minority entrepreneurs. There are other centers at Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia.
A free online university intended to teach formal business intelligence
75 Piedmont Ave NE
Snellville Business Toolbox
The Snellville Business Toolbox is a free resource provided by the City of Snellville Office of Economic Development in partnership with the Snellville Entrepreneur Council. The toolbox provides information on how to start, sustain or grow your business in Snellville. This includes a comprehensive, interactive checklist for startups, access to free mentoring, the capability to join a peer advisory board, and tools to update your business plan and budget.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce offers an online Startup Toolkit, information on starting a business, creating a business plan, and tips on financing a business. Also, it launched the U.S. Chamber Small Business Nation, a community founded on the open exchange of information and ideas, to support the growth and prosperity of small businesses.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency with the mission to foster small business development across the nation. By working with 5,000 banks, SBA guarantees loans for small businesses and ensure that 23% of federal contract dollars go to small businesses. The agency also offers online training and general business educational tools, provide information on grant programs, and help fund the Small Business Development Center.