“Growing small and medium-sized minority owned businesses is one of the best ways to close the wealth gap in America.” Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League
Welcome to the Atlanta Economic Empowerment Center
The Economic Empowerment Center works with private, public and nonprofit resources to build strong, sustainable and successful minority businesses. The result will be wealth creation, job creation and better economic health in the minority and urban core communities of Atlanta.
What does the Economic Empowerment Center do?
The Economic Empowerment Center assesses the needs and capabilities of minority business owners in the Atlanta area. Then those aspiring or current business owners are linked with resources, classes, training and counseling that will help them grow to the next level of success. Each person contacting the EEC will receive an initial assessment of their needs. Then they will be matched to the appropriate resource or service that meets those needs.
Who sponsors it?
The Economic Empowerment Center is part of a national program, the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership, developed through a partnership of the National Urban League, the Business Roundtable, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the White House National Economic Council. In Atlanta, the Atlanta Urban League has been designated as the local branch of the UEP.
How can I get assistance with my business?
Simply contact the Atlanta Urban League through our Hotline number, 404-591-8006 or through our online UEPNet Resource Navigator.
What kind of services are offered?
Many resources are available in the Atlanta area to help start or expand businesses. The list below highlights the most frequently requested services:
· Business planning
· Financial resources and assistance
· Legal services
· Libraries and research organizations
· Management issues and training
· Manufacturing, high tech and life sciences development
· Nonprofit development
· Office, laboratory and meeting space
· Product development
· Regulatory compliance
· Selling to the government and large corporations
· Tax services
· Technical assistance
How much do services cost?
The initial assessment and matching is free. There may be fees for counseling, training classes, etc.
Do I have to meet a certain set of standards to get help?
The program is designed for minority business owners who live or work in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.