Atlanta has so many organizations that offer support or resources to entrepreneurs. Below is a curated list of favorite resources in Atlanta for solopreneurs, small-scale operators, and micro-businesses still in the early stage.
IRC Microenterprise Development Center – no- and low-interest business loans; along with financial literacy and financial tracking coaching for your business, personal business coaching; great kind team; can email Kendall (one of their business coaches to learn more) at firstname.lastname@example.org; often help with applying for small business grants also
ACE Women’s Business Center – register on their site to receive any below resources, to sign up directly for their newsletter full of ATL opportunities, events, grant and funding opportunities, etc.; can view all past newsletters here; provide low-interest SBA small business loans; free business plan templates in a self-paced 13-step by step online platform called Dreamweaver, 1:1 coaching, etc.
LiftFund – not a local org, but a national one; they are primarily a loan provider for start up and mid sized small businesses; but they do have free library of various topics to support capacity building and you can search by all kinds of topics; they don’t have business coaching though; create an account to access all those free resources, templates, and online courses; two documents for more specifics below
**Accion Opportunity Fund: Small Business Progress Loan – national loan program for $5k – $100k small business loans; interest rates as low as 5.99%; must have been in business for at least 12 months and have at least $50k in annual revenue
SoGal Startup Grants (for Black women entrepreneurs) – $5,000-$10,000 grants for Black women entrepreneurs who are fundraising to grow their startups; this opportunity is best suited for business models that have high-growth potential and are seeking outside investor capital (so not a local small business or micro-entrepreneur level); ongoing rolling applications.
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