Upcoming virtual summit to provide resources for business owners

DeKalb County Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson said her upcoming event for entrepreneurs and business owners will feature information, discussions, and resources to “help maximize the potential for growth.”

Now in its third year, the Business Owner Summit will be a virtual event held Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free for all DeKalb County residents to attend – especially those interested in learning how to execute their business from inception to creation, which is the theme of this year’s summit, said Cochran-Johnson.

“DeKalb County is home to many entrepreneurs and small business owners who are integral to the economic landscape of our communities,” said Cochran-Johnson. “Many business owners are not aware of the resources available to them through both local and global channels and it is our goal to ensure that they have access to those resources, are equipped to succeed in business.”

The virtual summit will feature chat rooms, real-time panel discussions, exhibitors, and videos. Last year’s summit included more than 15 speakers across multiple panel discussions on topics ranging from where to do business in DeKalb to navigating a business through the COVID-19 crisis.

“This year’s summit will provide attendees with pertinent information on funding resources, business incentives, tax allocation districts, overlay districts, and the online global marketplace, as well as what these programs, tools, and incentives offer and how they can impact a growing or expanding business,” said Cochran-Johnson.

According to a news release, additional session topics include:
• Doing Business in DeKalb: The How, the Where and the Why
• What’s in It for Me: Incentives and Rewards of Entrepreneurship
• Show Me the Money: Funding Sources for Your Startup and Business
• Global Marketplace: How to Start and Operate an Online Business
• What’s on the Horizon: DeKalb’s Business Forecast for 2023

Representatives from various DeKalb County agencies and departments, including planning and sustainability, purchasing, and contracting, and community development, will also be in attendance.

“I’m confident business owners will gain a wealth of knowledge at the summit,” said Cochran-Johnson. “We’re excited to offer information on small business incentives, including abatements and loan products available throughout the county. Simply put, my goal is to ensure our small business owners have the resources they need to progressively move forward in DeKalb.”

For more information and to register, visit https://dekalbbusinesssummit.vfairs.com.

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