Small Business Helpful Links
Learn more about starting a business for people with disabilities.
Angel Network for Communities, with sponsorship from the Kauffman Foundation, has produced “Angel Investment Groups, Networks and Funds: A Guidebook to Developing the Right Angel Organization for Your Community.”
Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Metropolitan Atlanta is a system of over 120 independent, local BBBs working with businesses and consumers to resolve complaints and keep the public informed.
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship is a Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) National Research & Policy Center with major support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. The primary goal of the Center is to be the focal point for efforts to stimulate and support private and public entrepreneurship development in communities throughout Rural America.
The New Freedom Initiative’s DisabilityInfo.org is your gateway to the federal government’s disability-related information and resources. This user-friendly web portal contains links to information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members. In addition AccreditedOnlineColleges.org is a general information website with many resources useful to all people looking to further their education. The site discusses the offline and online educational paths one can follow to obtain a degree from an accredited institution.
E-Commerce – How to Start an E-Business provides how-to assistance in a newsletter format.
The Edward Lowe Foundation champions the entrepreneurial spirit by providing assistance to not-for-profit organizations that work with second-stage business owners in areas such as: Companies to Watch, PeerSpectives Leader Retreats, Find a Peer Group, Benefits of Peer Learning and Roundtables and Stages of Entrepreneurship.
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation focuses on entrepreneurial success at all levels – from elementary students to college students, and from aspiring small business owners to high-growth entrepreneurs. The Kauffman Foundation works to accelerate entrepreneurship in America by reaching individuals at all ages through the delivery of entrepreneurship education and development, and the promotion of an entrepreneurial environment. The Foundation also offers grant opportunities for community programs.
The Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides “Franchising and Business Opportunities: Rules and Guides” which outlines the FTC’s disclosure rules regarding franchising and other business entities.
Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (GACCE) exists to provide exceptional services to its members in the areas of professional development, information and networking opportunities, and to advocate the local chambers’ role in economic and community development.
Starting a nonprofit in Georgia? The Center for Nonprofits provides information on how to start a non-profit organization in Georgia.
Georgia Chamber of Commerce is the unified voice of the business community, aggressively advocating the business viewpoint in the shaping of public policy, encouraging ethical business practices, and ensuring the state’s future as economically prosperous, educationally competitive and environmentally responsible.
Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) is the leading professional association dedicated to enhancing Georgia’s economic vitality. Its mission is to provide and promote networking and professional development opportunities and to shape economic development public policy.
Launch Funding Network, Inc. Every small business needs capital to grow. Raising money is time consuming and involves special skills and knowledge. A funding strategy is a plan to obtain needed funding. Depending on your stage of business and the potential of your small business, funding may include small business loans, private equity or institutional funding.
National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world’s leading organization in advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. It provides thousands of professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies worldwide.
National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) is the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in all 50 state capitals. NFIB’s purpose is to impact public policy at the state and federal level and be a key business resource for small and independent business in America. NFIB also gives its members access to many business products and services at discounted costs. The Georgia office can be reached at 404.876.8516
The Resource Institute will help minority-, small- and women-owned
businesses achieve their potential by providing training, access to corporate buyers, quality diverse vendors, and capital.
U.S. Global Outlook provides annual information on recent trends and outlooks in over 350 industries.
Veterans, these three links may be helpful:
Vocational Rehabilitation at the Department of Human Resources has a program where they will consider providing some grant funding as people participate in a certain program. Part of that program is working with an SBDC consultant on a business plan. Contact DHR or your local SBDC office.