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Area Development

 

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce values its burgeoning small business sector. Whether it be fostering seminars and workshops or collaborating with other business development agencies, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has the contacts and connections to help small businesses grow, develop, and succeed.

Only a few locations can guarantee the right combination of resources that are crucial to your business’s success. Only a few places have an environment that is conducive for business and has a public electorate that values commerce and industry. In DeKalb, there is the right combination of investment incentives to attract new businesses; access support services and capital to help businesses grow, and information on procurement opportunities to enable businesses to sustain their growth.

For decades, the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce working in conjunction with the Decide DeKalb Development Authority has been working to produce a unique combination of resources that has encouraged businesses to locate and find prosperity. The DeKalb Chamber is committed to promoting economic development, expanding business opportunities, and providing assistance to businesses interested in locating their principal office or base of operations in DeKalb County.

Explore DeKalb County and all there is to offer and you like so many others will see why it is the place Where the World Lives and Does Business.

 

Decide DeKalb is the County’s leading authority in attracting regional, national, and international companies, and entrepreneurs to DeKalb County.       

 

PLAN YOUR BUSINESS

If you’ve been wondering how to start a small business in Georgia, from getting your Georgia business license, to learning about labor laws and permits, to figuring out the best tax structure for your new enterprise, you’re in the right place. Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Many people feel that they only lack the money to start or only need help with the legal and tax issues, but these are just a few of the considerations that need to be addressed. How do you get started? SBA.gov gives some helpful tools in their guide 10 steps to start your business.

  • Market Research and Competitive Analysis– presents a way to gather information about potential customers and businesses already operating in your area and help you to find a competitive advantage for your business.
  • Business Plan – The right one can help you run your business. Whether your business plan follows the traditional plan or the lean plan, it is your roadmap for how to structure, run, and grow your new business. There’s no right or wrong way to write a business plan. What’s important is that your plan meets your needs. Business plans can help you get funding or bring on new business partners. Investors want to feel confident they’ll see a return on their investment. 
  • Start-Up Costs – acts to challenge thinking through a purpose-driven and intentional community of peers and mentors who support, encourage, and unapologetically challenge.
  • Fund Your Business – There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to finding a financial solution for funding your business. Businesses have different needs. This is where your business plan helps you figure out how much money you’ll need if you’ll need to either raise or borrow the capital. 
  • Buy an Existing Business or Franchise –  Franchising provides a wealth of different opportunities and types of businesses. There are many options, but the process should always start with research. Investigate different opportunities to find the best fit for you. Here is a 3-minute read from Entrepreneur.com “Want to Open a Business? Here Are 5 Reasons to Consider Franchising.”

WELD gives access to resources that help educate, support, and empower women and produces inclusive and equitable outcomes.

  • Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project (WEOP)
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Women’s Business Ownership – helps women start and grow small businesses.
  • The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) – provides independent certification to women-owned businesses, opening opportunities to do business with major corporations.
  • International Association of Women – provides its members with in-person and virtual networking events, professional development opportunities, career and business development services, and promotional opportunities.
  • SCORE – pairs entrepreneurs with volunteer business mentors in a wide range of industries. Offers a wide range of resources for women entrepreneurs, including educational blogs and success stories, and webinars on women’s entrepreneurship and general business.
  • Entrepreneurship Websites – sites designed to inspire, educate, and empower women. Some offer free content, some are membership sites, and some are geared toward conferences or education. Popular sites include She Owns It, the Female Entrepreneur Association, Women Who Startup, and Marie Forleo‘s blog.

WELD connects with local and regional influencers and decision-makers whose mutual goal is to improve the business climate for women.

Business influencers have cultivated a specific audience and have the potential to help your business by promoting it at little to no cost. Operating typically on social media, they have the ability to affect the purchase decisions of others.

GROW YOUR BUSINESS

If you are looking for access to capital, specific industry knowledge, export assistance, or connections to other experts and services, the Georgia Department of Economic Development can help with your plans for growth. 

  • Finding Money
  • Legal Issues
  • Managing Your Business
  • Marketing
  • Procurement
  • Taxes
  • Writing A Business Plan

 


 

Learn more about business resources for women, minorities, youth, and entrepreneurs.

 

WOMEN     MINORITIES     YOUTH     ENTREPRENEURS

Women Business Enterprises (WBE) are one of the fastest-growing segments in Georgia, and the state ranks #5 in the US for the greatest number of women-owned firms, metro Atlanta ranks #5. GA ranks #2 in growth in the number of women-owned firms and #7 in growth in economic clout of women-owned firms. 

   

The Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council is Georgia’s leading organization for small business diversity. After you complete certification through the Council, you’ll get access to business development resources, business opportunity fairs, relationship building events, and customized education for executives.

  • African American
  • Asian American
  • Native American
  • Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic/Latino
   

For entrepreneurs 18 and under, special resources and opportunities are available to help you start, grow, and expand your business. School programs or certification courses at Georgia’s technical colleges offer youth entrepreneurship and mentoring programs. 

Training programs and in-depth business and technical assistance for emerging and existing youth-oriented firms

   

For entrepreneurs 18 and under, special resources and opportunities are available to help you start, grow, and expand your business. School programs or certification courses at Georgia’s technical colleges offer youth entrepreneurship and mentoring programs. 

Training programs and in-depth business and technical assistance for emerging and existing youth-oriented firms

 

 

 

 

 

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