Start a Business

Start Your Business in DeKalb

Starting a business should be an exciting experience, but it also can be daunting to get started. However, if you’ve decided DeKalb County is the place you want to start your business, you’re already off to a great start! Contact Imani Beckles, our Business Retention and Expansion Manager, to get started on your journey. Below is a list of resources for entrepreneurs that will help you get started on your new endeavor. 

Getting Started

When you’re starting a business you need tons of resources to help. The sources we have listed below will help you get started, as well as give you a community to reach out to.

Get Started

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UGA is the perfect place to start. They offer a full suite of resources for new entrepreneurs and experienced business owners, including no-cost professional business consulting to start or grow your business, and information on securing business loans.

Mentoring for New Business Owners

Powered by the SBA, SCORE is a free mentoring service that provides resources and expertise to maximize the success of existing and emerging small businesses.

Starting Your Business in Clarkston or East Lake?

Emory University’s Goizueta Business School Start:ME small business training program might be for you. An application to the program is required, but their website provides useful resources year-round.

Funding Your Business

Looking for funds for your new business? Consider a loan or lender from some of the resources listed below.

Looking for Lenders?

SBA’s Lender Match will help you identify lenders offering SBA-backed funding.

Need a Small Business Loan?

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Atlanta and ACE provide specialized lending services for eligible business owners.

Find a Space

Need a place to work? There are plenty of incredible co-working spaces available in DeKalb County to suit your needs:

3411 Coworking (Chamblee)

3411 Pierce Dr
Chamblee, GA 30341

The Globe Hub (Chamblee)

1954 Airport Rd #120
Chamblee, GA 30341

WeWork (Decatur)

120 West Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

Decatur CoWorks

708 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

WeWork (Dunwoody)

1155 Perimeter Center West
Atlanta, GA 30338

Roam (Dunwoody)

1155 Mt Vernon Hwy NE Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30338

SharedSpace (Dunwoody)

4470 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Suite 510
Atlanta, GA 30338

Avondale Innovation District (Avondale Estates)

10 North Clarendon Avenue
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

Make Connections

DeKalb is a booming business community. We know better than anyone that it takes a village. DeKalb County stands out because of its dedication to building strong local infrastructure through the cultivation of deeply embedded ties and alliances.

DeKalb Chamber

OUT Georgia Business Alliance

Contact:

Imani Beckles

Business Retention & Expansion Manager
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