Start:Me is an intensive 14-week business training program hosted by Emory’s Goizueta Business School. Since the beginning of the year, this accelerated business course has been guiding entrepreneurs in the South Atlanta neighborhood thanks to a partnership with FCS, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, and the Goizueta Business School.
The program aligns with our commitment to small businesses as a way to create jobs and boost the local economy. Start:Me focuses on jump start new businesses and growing young, small businesses by connecting neighborhood entrepreneurs to knowledge, networks, and capital. This video provides a great snapshot of their work.
One of the valuable resources the program provides is a connection to mentors with vast experience and deep knowledge. Mentors volunteer from all types of industries, and they work side-by-side with entrepreneurs to help them take the next, right steps in their business. We are excited that one of our board members, John Chambliss, has been serving as a mentor, as well as our FCS president Jim Wehner. We love to be involved at all levels of supporting job growth in our community, and it's fun to see our team pouring in to local leaders the knowledge they've learned working in the community.
Start:Me has a little over a month left to go, and these entrepreneurs are growing and flourishing. Already they've spent countless hours diving deep into their business financials, learning how to better tell their business story, and learning the steps involved in accessing capital and resources. Start:Me offers a $5,000 grant at the end of the program to one of the local businesses. Entrepreneurs are already preparing their pitches for this seed investment grant.
We’re so glad to be partnering with Emory and Purpose Built Schools to offer this program. The benefits for our community businesses are countless. It's great to connect tried-and-true programming and expertise with our neighborhood residents and their businesses.