Annual event for small businesses to be held in-person this year

An upcoming event designed to help provide small business owners in DeKalb County with resources and networking opportunities will be held in-person for the first time since before the pandemic.

DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson recently announced that the upcoming fourth annual Small Business Summit will take place on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Atlanta Gas Light Regional Business Center located at 2505 Brannen Road SE in Atlanta. The event will also be live streamed on DCTV YouTube channel.

Although this year’s summit will have an in-person attendance option, spaces are limited, stated Cochran-Johnson.

“The event and registration are limited to 100 attendees,” she said. “Parking is limited to 70 spaces, so where possible, attendees are encouraged to rideshare or carpool.”

According to a press release, the annual event provides small business owners with resources and information to help DeKalb County entrepreneurs succeed. This year’s summit will feature three panels, each focusing on key areas of interest and information for small businesses with topics including iSupplier (a feature that enables secure, self-service business transactions) opportunities, DeKalb County’s Local Small Business Enterprise program and certification, business incentives, tax credits, opportunity zones, loan programs and expansion capital, business grants, artificial intelligence, and business resources and tools.

A continental breakfast will be served at the event, providing attendees with an opportunity to network and connect with fellow entrepreneurs, stated officials.

“The Small Business Summit has been the springboard for several new businesses in DeKalb, while providing much-needed resources for others,” Cochran-Johnson said.

“My goal is to ensure every DeKalb County business has the tools they need to grow and prosper. To increase economic development, government must take an active role in creating a landscape that increases and supports our business community.”

Registration for the DeKalb County Small Business Summit is now open. Those interested in registering can go to
The DeKalb County Small Business Summit is co-sponsored by Frankie L. Atwater, CEO and president of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, and Dorian DeBarr, president of the Decide DeKalb Development Authority. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, The Velocity Company, Access Loans and Financing, DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability Department, DeKalb County Procurement Department, and the DeKalb County Community Development Department will be at the event, stated officials.


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