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Message from the Start: ME East Lake program:


We are once again recruiting for the next cohort of promising entrepreneurs.  Our free, intensive 14-week business accelerator for small businesses (1-4 employees) provides business training, mentorship support and loan fund capital needed to develop businesses.  We proudly deliver this program in partnership with Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. 


Since 2015, Start:ME East Lake has helped 33 small business owners -- mechanics, artists / makers, bakers, caterers, tutors, and more -- start or grow their business. The Start: ME East Lake 2017 program will shortly begin accepting applications from business owners who live or operate businesses in East Lake or neighboring Kirkwood communities.  Applications open on October 1st and are due by November 14th,2016.


Information sessions have been scheduled for the following dates:


·         Tuesday, October 4th (6PM to 8PM) at Drew Elementary Academy – 301 East Lake Blvd. SE

·         Tuesday, October 25th (6PM to 8PM) at Villages of East Lake – Community Room

·         Saturday, October 29th (10AM to 12PM) at Zaban Recreational Center – 241 Daniel Ave SE

·         Thursday, November 10th (4PM to 6PM) at Toomer Elementary – 65 Rodgers Street


More program details can also be found online at


In addition, we are recruiting mentors!  Perhaps you know someone that has established a successful business before or has strong finance and accounting, business planning, operations, marketing and/or business law experience. If so, please encourage them to consider becoming a business mentor for Start:ME East Lake

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