Atlanta Micro Fund
The Atlanta Micro Fund (AMF) is a non-profit organization that provides funding and business management assistance to entrepreneurs establishing small businesses in metro Atlanta. AMF acts as a Small Business Administration (SBA) Micro Loan Intermediary; therefore, the organization receives loans, not grants, to fund its loan pool. AMF then repays its SBA loan obligations through the timely repayment of loans from AMF borrowers. First time borrowers are eligible to apply for a loan up to $10,000, and up to $15,000 for repeat borrowers.
- Must be for-profit; must have annual revenue under $250,000 if already an existing business; must have household income less than $100,000
100 Flat Shoals Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Phone: (678) 539-6900
Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. With over 3 million “Courserians,” Coursera provides access to courses on a range of categories from business to engineering, all from the world’s top universities. Coursera also offers courses in four different languages. Specifically, Coursera provides its users over 30 courses in business and management. Courses are offered year-round and registration is free.
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is the chamber for the state of Georgia. Its 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, in conjunction with the Small Business Advisory Council, hosts a monthly webinar series focused on topics pertinent to its members and small businesses.
233 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 2000, Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 223-2264
Toll Free: 1-800-241-2286
Georgia Department of Economic Development
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) encourages the expansion of existing industries and small businesses within the area. To support this effort, GDEcD created and maintains criteria for the Entrepreneur Friendly Community program, a plan established to help create an entrepreneurial environment, building entrepreneur and small business strategy into the community’s overall economic development strategies.
Georgia Micro Enterprise Network
Georgia Micro Enterprise Network (GMEN) works to create opportunities, support, and make advancements for microenterprise development through board leadership, training, and programs. GMEN describes a microenterprise as a business with 0-5 employeesneeding less than $35,000 in start-up capital. By partnering with second-stage business development suppliers, GMEN is able to provide expertise on how to support existing entrepreneurs in their business growth. This private, non-profit organization provides services in Business Startup, Business Development, Business Capital, and Green Business.
Phone: (404) 731-2226
Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute
The Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) offers assistance to 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 with assistance possible before a company is even formed. By helping to evaluate the commercial potential of intellectual property, EI² assists companies with business planning, team-building, and making connections with the people and resources they need to thrive.
Phone: (678) 294-1579
Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development
Also known as Partnership Gwinnett, the Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development plan is a five-year, $10 million community and economic development initiative to develop a vision for Gwinnett’s future growth and an action plan to achieve it.
- Public-Private Partnership
Phone: (678) 584-2268
Gwinnett Network is a free, online resource specifically designed for salespeople and business owners in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett Network provides the opportunity for businesspeople to share sales leads and obtain referrals while accessing a list of aggregated resources. Some of these resources include: A list of various networking groups and meetings, which can be found by alphabetical order or geographical location; links to articles designed to help develop a businessperson’s networking skills; and Gwinnett business listings by category.
614 Continental Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30044
Phone: (770) 978-0225
Fax: (678) 974-3300
Gwinnett Small Business Resources
A program of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Gwinnett Small Business Resources 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 & Relationships, Education & Training, Exposure & Visibility, and Resources & Assistance, including monthly Eat & Educate workshops, small business resource panels, engagement during Small Business Week and Small Business Saturday, a Small Business Toolkit, as well as a Small Business Summit held in the Fall.
Gwinnett Chamber, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097
Phone: (770) 232-3000
MiT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta
www.mitforumatlanta.orgThe MiT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta is a volunteer, non-profit organization with the mission to provide educational programs and services that promote and strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in the Southeast. While working to connect young talent in Atlanta, the Forum also organizes many events and workshops specifically designed for entrepreneurs. One such workshop, “Run it by the Pros,” offers attendees the opportunity to witness the behind-the-scenes dialogue among three entrepreneurs and a panel of veteran entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. In addition to highlighting emerging technologies, Forum programs also work to equip
entrepreneurs with the tools needed to start or grow their businesses.
1266 West Paces Ferry Road, #222, Atlanta, GA 30327
A business networking program of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnettworking is a twice-weekly leads generation group. The program is designed for Gwinnett Chamber members to build relationships, support professional development, and develop lead generating affiliations. Chamber members who are interested in serious networking and lead generation should attend and are encouraged to bring business development leads for other attendees. The meetings are for members and non-members are limited to a one time visit.
Gwinnett Chamber, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097
Phone: (770) 232-3000
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. For nearly 50 years, SCORE has offered small businesses the tools to grow and succeed through education and mentorship. Among its offering of free or inexpensive services, SCORE provides business tools such as templates and tips, confidential business counseling, and business workshops and webinars.
Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) assists existing and prospective business owners in starting or growing their businesses 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. As a nationwide program funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and individual states, SBDC is controlled at the state level through university systems.
2530 Sever Road, Suite 202, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (678) 985-6820
Fax: (678) 985-6819
Small Business SizeUp
SizeUp is a tool offered by the United States’ Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses acquire information about the local market. With SizeUp, small business owners can compare their business with local competitors; map where competitors, customers, and clients are located; and find the best places to advertise. Moreover, SizeUp provides comparison reports for topics such as turnover, workers’ compensation, and revenue for your industry. All of this information is provided for free by the SBA.
SmallBizU is a free online university, available through the Small Business Development Center website intended to teach formal business intelligence. This training enables entrepreneurs and small business owners to solve problems, meet challenges, and create valued products and services. Designed specifically for entrepreneurs and small businesses, SmallBizU focuses on teaching the three “M”s: money, marketing, and management. Through the use of real-world tools and information, SmallBizU offers a range of courses on the functional areas of small business.
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, a group of Snellville business owners whose mission is to help other entrepreneurs in Snellville. 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. Network in your community and take advantage of educational opportunities, financial resources and information on how to expand or relocate within Snellville.
Startup America Partnership
Startup America Partnership is a national program with affiliate regions that seeks to help young companies that have potential for high growth in any industry, and provides support for these startups in five key areas: expertise, services at reduced costs, locating talent, customers, and sources of capital. Companies qualify for free Startup America Membership if they are for-profit startups.
StartupChicks’ founders created the organization in 2009 in a response to what the founders noticed: a lack of women attending entrepreneurial events. StartupChicks’ mission is to connect entrepreneurial women; grow, inspire, and educate women on entrepreneurship as a career choice; and inspire female entrepreneurs to “take the leap.” Membership has grown from five founding members to over 800 worldwide presently. With chapters in Atlanta and Savannah, and anticipated expansion into other cities, StartupChicks holds monthly educational and quarterly social events.
The Business Professor
Jason Gordon, a professor at Georgia Gwinnett College, has crafted a free set of online educational resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The site combines video lectures, written materials, business forms, templates, and articles. Readers can also contact Professor Gordon directly for advice.
A global, non-profit organization, the IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) was created for the advancement of entrepreneurship. TiE’s mission is summarized in three objectives: Foster entrepreneurship and nurture entrepreneurs; provide a networking platform for its members; and help members integrate with the mainstream community. To achieve this, TiE Atlanta holds monthly events for networking, education, and programs. TiE’s monthly meetings serve as forums for invited speakers to share their experiences, stimulating thought, learning, and discussions, while other TiE events include moderated panel discussions and workshops with multiple speakers.
1054 Redwood Drive, Norcross, GA 30093
Phone: (678) 451-0557
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. To support the growth and prosperity of small businesses and their role in creating new jobs throughout the nation, it launched the U.S. Chamber Small Business Nation. The U.S. Chamber Small Business Nation is a community founded on the open exchange of information and ideas, while creating the opportunity for small businesses to speak with a unified voice.
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 approximately 5,000 banks, SBA is able to guarantee loans for small businesses and ensure that 23% of federal contract dollars go to small businesses. With 14,000 counselors available to give small businesses guidance, SBA is also able to offer online training and general business educational tools, provide information on grant programs, and help fund the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).