Articles about Small Business

Startups Pitch at Second Annual ATL Aviation Innovation Demo Day

Six startups from Atlanta, the United Kingdom, and France presented their innovations at the second annual ATL Aviation Innovation Demo Day. Held on October 13, 2017 at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the event featured startups delivering 7-minute pitches to representatives from the airport and several airlines. Invest Atlanta, the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, and… Read more

Two BRE Clients Open Office Expansions in the City of Atlanta

The Invest Atlanta Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) team saw two clients—GCI Graphics and Salesloft—open their brand-new office spaces in September. On Thursday, September 28, GCI Graphics cut the ribbon on their new 40,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta Industrial Park. The additional room will provide the 25-year-old company with the ability to add… Read more

AEMI Awards Civic Impact Loans to Three Atlanta Social Entrepreneurs

Atlanta Emerging Markets, Inc. (AEMI) officially closed on the first round of its new Civic Impact Loans program that will go to three Atlanta social entrepreneurs. The flexible, zero-percent interest rate loans will support honorCode, Marddy’s, and Gilliam’s Community Garden as they seek to expand their businesses and make a greater impact in the communities… Read more

Innovation Village Made of Shipping Containers Coming to MLK Corridor

The Invest Atlanta board recently voted to authorize the use of $550,000 to create the MLK Innovation Village using repurposed shipping containers at the H.E. Holmes MARTA station. The container village will provide transit-accessible retail and office space for small businesses along the Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive corridor. “We think there’s going to be… Read more

Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Hosts InnovateHER Challenge

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) hosted the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge on Thursday, June 1. InnovateHER is a national business competition seeking entrepreneurs who are creating products or services that have a measurable impact on women and their families, fills a need in the marketplace and has… Read more

I-85 Business Resource Event Supports Area Businesses

Invest Atlanta and more than a dozen participating organizations hosted the I-85 Small Business Resource Event on Tuesday, May 9 at the Peachtree Hills Recreation Center. At the event, businesses affected by the closure could meet with local service providers offering technical assistance, small and medium-sized business lending, consulting services, and more. “On behalf of… Read more

WICERS Honors IA President & CEO Dr. Klementich

Invest Atlanta President and CEO Dr. Eloisa Klementich was honored on Friday, April 14 with the Level Award from WICERS (Women in Construction, Engineering, and Related Services). She received the honor at the last day of the WICERS conference held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Hotel. Mayor Reed delivered the closing remarks, taking time to… Read more

UK Women Entrepreneurs Learn About IA Small Business Financing

Cynthia Freeman, Loan Service Coordinator at Invest Atlanta, spoke to a group of women entrepreneurs from the north of England looking to expand their business in Atlanta. On Tuesday, March 21, at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) office in the Flatiron building in Downtown, Freeman participated in the session, “Creative Financing for Startups & Small… Read more

The 2017 Business Client Experience Survey Is Live

Invest Atlanta has launched the Business Client Experience Survey to learn how our Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) team can better serve the city’s 17,000 small businesses. (Take the survey here, and please share with others.) Atlanta is a great place to start a business. NerdWallet recently named Atlanta it’s #1 place to start a… Read more

Invest Atlanta Helps Westside Small Businesses Grow

The small business development team at Invest Atlanta recently closed on two loans for businesses located in Atlanta’s Westside. Hagger International, Inc. received a $50,000 loan to update and renovate Hagger Station, their convenience store serving the Vine City and English Avenue communities. They plan to purchase new equipment for food and beverage service, as well as… Read more