Small business owners and entrepreneurs can visit www.ATLinBusiness.com to schedule in-person or virtual meetings for free consulting and coaching at the centers. Dickens said the city is partnering with 13 local business experts specialized in finance, planning, marketing, human resources, legal matters, and web development.
“I owned a small business, a retail furniture business for nearly a decade,” Dickens said. “I understand the challenges that many of you have.”
Klementich urged residents to take advantage of the program. She said entrepreneurs from disinvested neighborhoods often have limited access to the resources needed to start and sustain a small business.
“This is the first time the city of Atlanta has offered this level of direct professional assistance to help small businesses overcome these challenges,” she said.
To be eligible for services, businesses need a 2022 City of Atlanta business license; nonprofits could also provide a Letter of Good Standing. All organizations must have fewer than 250 employees as of December 31, 2021, and be able to attest via affidavit to having a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.