Over the last year and a half we've worked with 32 businesses in Metro Atlanta and engaged close to 1000 people through skills based volunteering, cooperative investing, mission aligned events and interactive sessions with the entrepreneurs in our programs. The cohort is a 10 week, two class a week intensive program designed to help you either take the next step to get your business off the ground or help your small business grow.
Apply to be in our next cohort here!
Our applications close on July 29th, so apply soon!
We put the community first in all that we do, the way we teach our entrepreneurs is no different. Our cohorts are fun filled sessions that take untraditional looks at teaching business fundamentals with community immersion at heart. We have lots of students, current and future customers, community members, partner organization employees and professors involved in the classes to ensure that our participants have a really great context on how to run their business! Below are some of the results of this model.
60% of our clients are women or women co-owned enterprises
100% of businesses report an improvement in business knowledge
43% of our businesses pivot their business model during or after our cohort
39% of the jobs we help create are above minimum wage
22% of our businesses find key partners and suppliers within their cohort
50% of our businesses get contracts with sponsor or partner organizations
12% of employees hired by entrepreneurs in our cohort start their own businesses
3.6x increase in capital lent through our cooperative financing model
Generating leads, getting new customers and gaining marketing expertise are some of the biggest challenges small businesses face today. Whether you're starting from the beginning or are building on a brand, we can help you get to where you want to be. .
We offer management consulting for the businesses that want the full package. We believe ourselves to be solutionist; if you have a problem, we have a solution. We audit the business on all fronts to determine the root of your issue. We work a bit like Doctors, pressing until it hurts until we find the problem. Once we find it, we exhaust all of our resources to help you overcome your obstacle. We believe this to be our best package, because it allows us to take a look at your whole business rather than a piece, allowing for a better understanding of your business.
Your online presence can make or break your business; it's the first thing many people use to judge the validity of a business and a representative of you when you aren't in the room. We offer different levels of service depending on your need, starting at $500. People are visual creatures and often judge off of appearances, so don't let a website be the thing to hold you back. Let us help you be great!
Accounting and Finance are two areas many small business owners struggle with. We can fix that. Depending on your need and means, we can be a one time fix or your ongoing partner so you can just focus on what it is you really love working on; your craft!
The largest issue for small business owners is a lack of access to capital. There are so many entrepreneurs with great ideas that can't act on them because of a lack of money. We address this issue through our crowdfunding platform. If you're interested in this, let us know by sending a message through our contact page.
We work with entrepreneurs either through our small business cohort or consulting projects to ensure they are running a viable business. We then use our crowdfunding platform Villageseed.co to raise money for the business and structure the money raised into either debt (loans) or equity (shares) instruments. This allows people of the community to make actual investments into these businesses. Every quarter, as the businesses earn money, the investors do too.
What we've seen is this method creates a feeling of ownership for the residents investing in their neighborhood businesses, which makes them more likely to use the products and services of these businesses.
If you want to invest locally click the button below. If you are looking to raise some money for your business, email us on our contact page.
If you are an entrepreneur looking to apply, interested in sponsoring a class or want to volunteer or get your company to volunteer, send us an email through our contact page. Help us get the word out by following us on facebook and twitter!
Also, big thanks to our partners and Villagers that helped make this possible;
Mervis Samuels, Vice President - PNC Bank
Hakeem Atwater, Commercial Associate - Fifth Third Bank
Chelsea Wortham, Associate Account Strategist - Google
Nancy Prager, Principal - Prager Law
Kevin Gooch, Partner - Alston Bird
Lonnie Sabor, Director Small Business Development - Invest Atlanta
Cleta Winslow, Council Woman 4th district - City of Atlanta
Scooter Taylor, Content Strategy - YikYak
Taylor Harris, Marketing associate - Uber
Nancy Bistritz, Personal Solutions - Equifax
Tiffany Bussey, Director - Morehouse Entrepreneurship Center
Bonita Seaborn-Moore, Business Manager - Morehouse Entrepreneurship Center