“Attention Existing DeKalb County Business Owners”

Help Your Business Recover From COVID-19

You survived Covid-19!

NOW, invest the time to restore your business back to health. Get ready for 2021 by spending 8-sessions geared to help get your business back on track and headed for a full recovery!

This Fall 2020 Small Business Growth Accelerator program takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between November 10th and December 10th.  The b-weekly 2.5-hour workshops begin at 6pm and will be delivered online via Zoom.  Each session will focus on a different area of operations that play a vital role to the success of a small business.

Helping Your Business Recover from Corona Program Outline

November 10 – Strategic Planning
Lay the ground work for 2021

November 12- Managing Change
Leading in Difficult Times. Hiring and managing employees remotely. Meeting customer expectations.

November 17- Marketing Audit- Part 1
Focus on business growth. The RIGHT target market. Competitive Analysis.
Finding funding and getting approved

November 19- Financial Audit
Lessons from the financial statements

November 24 and 26 – No Workshop
Independently work on homework previously assigned

December 1 – Securing Funding
Sources & Uses of Funds, record keeping, 5 C’s of credit.

December 3 – Marketing Audit – Part II
Pricing, distribution, selling, products, services and promotions

December 8 – Strategic Plan Roadmap
Creating an action plan for growth. Implementation.

December 10 – Pitching Your Plan
Graduation Presentations and next steps

PROGRAM FEE – FREE

PARTICIPANTS MUST MEET PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE

NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION?
We are hosting three LIVE INFO SESSIONS on October 22, October 29th and November 5th. The objective of the Information Session is to provide prospective participants with details about the program including information about the classes, coaching, training, and access to small Place info session graphic here business services. We encourage you to attend an Info Session as the primary way to get all your questions answered. Please review the Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (below) in its entirety and Participate in the info sessions. If you still have questions after completing those two steps, please email us at dekalb@ulgatl.org

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

IMPORTANT

*please read carefully*

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.  As a result, HUD requires all participants submit income and address verification PRIOR to attending any programs.  YES- we understand that you may be concerned about submitting this type of information.  Please check out our answers to Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Please be advised that income is not used to determine acceptance into the program, however, HUD requires that we capture and maintain information on file for statistical purposes.

Below is a list of forms that can be used for Income Verification

  • Paystub less than 90 days old
  • 2019 W2
  • First page of 2019 Tax Return
  • Unemployment verification letter
  • Separation Notice

NOTE:  W2 and/or 1st page of Tax Return will satisfy both Income AND Residency Verification

Below is a list of forms that can be used 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 dekalb@ulgatl.org 48 hours before the program.  The ability to participate in the free Recovering From Corona Workshops will be based on completed application and submission of income and residency verification.

If you are interested in working on a plan that will help your business come out of the recovery stronger than before…

The Eligibility Requirements

  • 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
  • Five or fewer employees

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.

I have not started my business yet? Am I able to participate in the workshop?

Yes, pre-venture business owners are eligible to participate, however, be advised that this program is designed for businesses that have been operating for 2 or more years. Topics will be presented at an advanced level.  Those with business experience will benefit most from this program.

 

 

I have only been in business for 6 months, am I able to participate in the workshop?

Yes, start ups are eligible to participate, however, be advised that this program is designed for businesses that have been operating for 2 or more years. Topics will be presented at an advanced level.  Those with business experience will benefit most from this program.

 

Why do I have to submit income and residency information in order to participate in this free program?

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.  As a result, HUD requires all participants submit income and address verification PRIOR to attending any programs. 

Please be advised that income is not used to determine acceptance into the program, however, HUD requires that we capture and maintain information on file for statistical purposes

.

Below is a list of forms that can be used for Income Verification

-Paystub less than 90 days old

-2019 W2

-First page of 2019 Tax Return

-Unemployment verification letter

-Separation notice

NOTE:  W2 and/or 1st page of Tax Return will satisfy both Income AND Residency Verification

 

Below is a list of forms that can be used 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 dekalb@ulgatl.org 48 hours before the program.  The ability to participate in the free Recovering From Corona Workshops will be based on completed application and submission of income and residency verification.

 

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 48 hours PRIOR to the program

 

Below is a list of forms that can be used for Income Verification

-Paystub less than 90 days old

-2019 W2

-First page of 2019 Tax Return

-Unemployment verification letter

-Separation notice

NOTE:  W2 and/or 1st page of Tax Return will satisfy both Income AND Residency Verification

 

Below is a list of forms that can be used 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 48 hours before the program begins.  Approval and acceptance into the program will be based on completed application and submission of income and residency verification. Those with missing information will be unable to participate in the program.

 

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.

I have 2 business partners. Do they need to submit their information also?

Yes – everyone who participates needs to provide income and residency information.

 

One of my business partners lives in Gwinnett county. Will they be eligible to participate with me?

If the business is located IN DeKalb County, all business partners will be able to participate regardless of their county of residence.

 

I am currently unemployed, what type of documentation can I provide?

Documentation verifying unemployment or employment separation will be sufficient.  Email dekalb@ulgatl.com if you are concerned or have questions about your documentation.

 

Do I have to submit my documentation before each of the 8 classes?

No.  You will not need to submit documentation before each of the 8 classes.  You only need to submit eligible documentation ONCE in order to be eligible for all the 8 programs.  Please indicate on your registration form which classes you will be interested in attending.  

 

I missed the first program, do I still need to submit documentation?

YES. Anyone who participates in any of the 8 Recovering From Corona Workshops needs to submit Income and Residency information.

 

What will happen with my documentation?

The documents you submit will be used to verify your residency and then stored in a locked file at Urban League Headquarters.

 

How are my documentation stored?

The documents you submit will be kept in a locked file cabinet at Urban League Headquarters.  DeKalb County, nor ANYONE outside of the Urban League program manager will have access to your files.

 

 

What happens to my paperwork if I submit the documentation and then decide later that I do not want to participate in the program?

We understand that things change.  If you comply with our request and submit the necessary documentation but do NOT participate in the program, simply notify us via email at dekalb@ulgatl.org and we will shred your documents.

 

I am very concerned because my documents display sensitive information.

The ONLY things HUD requires us to document are address and income information.  You can AND we encourage you to redact and cross out driver’s license numbers AND/OR social security numbers prior to sending in your information.  We simply need to see your name, address and income.   

 

How long are my documents kept on file?

HUD requires that this information will need to stay on file for five years

 

What if I do not want to submit my documents?

Only people who submit the required documentation AND meet the address verification are eligible to participate.

 

When will we receive the Zoom link?

Zoom information will be sent by 3pm on event day to everyone who has submitted a completed registration form AND submitted the required information to dekalb@ulgatl.org 48 hours before the workshop.

 

What happens if I am unable to submit information 48 hours before the workshop?

We cannot guarantee the ability to complete your registration if you submit your documentation less than 48 hours before a workshop.

 

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

Life happens and we understand that planned (and sometimes unplanned) events come up and may conflict with one of the DSBMEP classes.  No problem at all.  Please register for the classes you know you will be able to attend.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Our goal is to make sure you have all the information that you need in order to make the commitment to this 8-week series. We have taken great lengths to provide a this information online as our ability to answer calls is significantly compromised at this time. Please review this section in its entirety for information. 

 

 

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