DeKalb Startup Growth

Successfully growing a business requires

· an internal assessment of skills and assets

· a knowledge of customers, competition and conditions

AND

· a plan of action.

Let DeKalb County and The Urban League provide you with the tools to help you run your best race and reach your goals.

Winter 2020 Growth Accelerator registration begins on November 1st

The DeKalb County Community Development Department is committed to helping existing small business enterprises and entrepreneurs succeed. If you are an existing business owner in DeKalb County OR your business is located outside of the county but you live in DeKalb County AND the business has been operating for more than two years, our small business GROWTH ACCELERATOR program is a great program for you.

Growing a business from a start-up into a thriving and profitable small business requires business management skills, planning, strategy, access to capital, contracts/sales and passion.  We can help you with the first five but the last one is up to you.

Our Growth Accelerator program provides a combination of engaging interactive sessions with individual coaching over the course of 8 weeks to transform you into a stronger and more efficient CEO.

Expected Outcomes

  • In-depth analysis of current business model
  • Evaluate current marketing strategy, HR practices, and management tools
  • Detailed review and examination of the current financial position
  • Assess funding needs and potential funding sources
  • A deeper understanding of effective leadership characteristics
  • Assess current operations and discover best practices to increase efficiencies
  • Understand the fundamentals of Public and Private sector certifications and the procurement process
  • Introductions to key DeKalb County leadership and professional resources
  • Development of a strategic roadmap for growth

The Eligibility Requirements

  • Five or fewer employees
  • Owners of a commercial enterprise that has been in existence for more than two years located in DeKalb County
  • DeKalb County resident that owns a commercial enterprise that has been in existence for more than two years

NOTE: The DeKalb Small Business Micro-Enterprise Programs (DSBMEP) are funded using The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proceeds. The expressed purpose of these programs is to support HUD’s third overarching goal – To expand economic opportunities which principally benefit low-to-moderate income persons.

Please be advised that HUD requires income and residence verification be collected and maintained on file as a condition of participating in the DeKalb Small Business Micro-Enterprise Programs. Income is not used to determine acceptance into the program, however, HUD requires that we capture income and residency information. This information will be collected prior to approval into the program.

FAQ

Are residents of Fulton, Clayton or Gwinnett County allowed to participate in this program?

The only way someone who does not live in DeKalb County could participate in the DeKalb Small Business Start Up Accelerator is if they have already started a business in DeKalb County. This program is specifically for residents of DeKalb County OR owners of businesses located in DeKalb County with businesses operating for more than 2 years.

Is there an income limit to participate in this program?

The DeKalb Small Business Micro-Enterprise Programs (DSBMEP) are funded using The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proceeds. The expressed purpose of these programs is to support HUD’s third overarching goal – To expand economic opportunities which principally benefit low-to-moderate income persons.

While there is not an income limit for the program, however, HUD requires that we capture income and residency information.  HUD requires income and residence verification be collected and maintained on file as a condition of participating in the DeKalb Small Business Micro-Enterprise Programs.

 What is required to verify income and residency?

As stated previously, there is not an income limit for acceptance into the program, however, HUD requires that we capture and maintain income and residency information on file.

 One piece of Income and Residency verification from each list must be submitted 10 days PRIOR to the first day of class

Acceptable documents for Income Verification

Paystub less than 90 days old

-2018 W2

-First page of 2018 Tax Return

 Acceptable documents for Residence Verification

-Valid Driver’s License or State issued ID

-Valid Vehicle Registration

-Utility Bill

-Mortgage Statement or Lease Agreement

 One form from EACH list must be scanned and emailed to ebracey@ulgatl.org before January 8th.  Approval and acceptance into the Growth Accelerator will be based on completed application and submission of income and residency verification.

Admission decisions will be made in priority order of receipt of a COMPLETED application- which includes income and residency verification documentation. Acceptance notifications will be sent via email.

If you are declined admission for any reason the $99 application fee will be completely refunded.

 What happens if I am declined and not accepted into the program?

If you are declined admission for any reason the $99 application fee will be completely refunded.

  I have a previously scheduled engagement and am going to miss one class?

Life happens and we understand that planned (and sometimes unplanned) events come up and may conflict with one of the DSBMEP classes.  Notes, powerpoint and all reading material will be made available to all participants within 48 hours of class.

We believe that you can miss up to 2 classes and still be able to follow along and complete a well-assembled business plan.  If your current schedule requires that you may have to miss three (3) or more classes, then we strongly suggest you wait until the next class is offered.

 How many people will be in my class?

The Growth Program is limited to 15 companies.  Registration will be processed in the order in which a complete application is received.  Registration will close once all 15 slots have been filled with eligible companies.

 How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

The objective of the Information Session is to provide prospective participants with detailed information on the Growth Accelerator program including details about the classes, coaching, training, and access to small business services. We encourage you to attend the Info Session as the primary way to get all of your questions answered. However, should you have additional questions please email Erica Bracey, Special Programs Manager at ebracey@ulgatl.org

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