Looking to start or grow your business?  Why Atlanta?

The state of Georgia is listed as one of the top ten states that is “Best for Business” according to Forbes; and was ranked CNBCs Top State for Business 2014.   It also ranks in the top 10 states with the lowest average tax burden for both new and mature firms.  Furthermore, the Atlanta area is a major hub to multiple Fortune 500 companies such as Coca Cola, Delta, Home Depot, Equifax, Aflac, Suntrust, The Southern Company, and many more.   Many entrepreneurs have found Atlanta a home for small business start-ups, expansion, and networking as well.  With some of the lowest corporate tax burdens and business location costs, Atlanta outranks other major metro areas as one of the lowest cost places for businesses which makes doing business in Atlanta an ideal place for companies of all sizes. (MAC)

Business Start-Ups

As easy as it may seem on the surface, starting a business is a multi-step process that can be very challenging.  As you take that initial leap of independence, you’d find that the outcome can be very rewarding as well.  It’s an exciting venture that starts with a vision or an idea, a goal, a passion, and a purpose.  It also involves a plan, research, strategies, and implementation.

Each business is unique and may require different processes based upon business needs.  Listed below are business resources that are available to provide mentor and consulting services, as well as financial assistance.  With goals of helping you succeed, they offer free workshops and training, and assistance with setting up your business, business plans and marketing strategies, legal compliance, access to capital, and much more.

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Georgia District Office
233 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 1900
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404-331-0100
Hours of Operation: M-F 8:30Am-5:00PM
The Entreprenuership Center is a national program designed to encourage entrepreneurship in urban areas, particularly among minority entrepreneurs. In Atlanta, the program is sponsored by the Atlanta Urban League and is operated at the Atlanta Entrepreneurship Center. Nationally, the founding partners are the National Urban League, National Economic Council of the White House, the Business Roundtable. The program has two key components: TECNet, a referral network to business assistance programs, and the Entrepreneurship Business Mentor Program, an intrusive coaching component for high-potential minority entrepreneurs.

Urban League of Greater Atlanta
229 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303-1600
Phone: (404) 659-1150
E-Mail: info@ulgatl.org
Web: www.ulgatl.org
Volunteers are ready to help start a business, grow an existing business, or help you decide if entrepreneurship is right for you. Score Atlanta teach workshops, provide free one-on-one mentoring advice, and are available for online help anytime.
Make an appointment to meet with a volunteer in locations around the Atlanta metropolitan area, or check out the workshop schedules and register.

Score Atlanta
233 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1803
Atlanta, GA 30303
p. (404) 331-0121
Web: atlanta.score.org
Operated by Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, the MBDA Business Center-Atlanta wants to facilitate your company’s growth by connecting you with resources to help your business succeed. Strategically positioned within the Enterprise Innovation Institute, we are surrounded by a wealth of entrepreneurial services and resources your company can access. Through our outreach, resources, and efforts, we have assisted thousands of entrepreneurs.

75 5th Street, NW, Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30308
Telephone #: 404-894-2096
Georgia Small Business Development Center

Mission: To enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.


Georgia State University SBDC
10 Park Place S. Suite 450
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 413-7830
Fax: (404) 413-7832

The University of Georgia SBDC
2296 Henderson Mill Road Suite 404B
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone: (770) 414-3110
Fax: (770) 414-3109

The University of Georgia SBDC
2530 Sever Road Suite 202
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: (678) 985-6820
Fax: (678) 985-6819

Kennesaw State University SBDC KSU Center, Suite 500
3333 Busbee Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: (770) 423-6450
Fax: (770) 423-6564

Clayton State University SBDC
2000 Clayton State Blvd.
College of Business
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: (678) 466-5100
Fax: (678) 466-5109

More Info

2 MLK, Jr. Dr. Suite 313,
Floyd West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
(404) 656-2817 E-Mail

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