Starting and Growing Atlanta's Small Businesses

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Start:ME is a free intensive 14-session business training program for promising small businesses that provides entrepreneurs the tools and connections necessary to build and grow successful businesses.

What Start:ME Delivers

Knowledge

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Hands-on business training by Emory's Goizueta Business School

Networks

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Connections to mentors, support services, and fellow entrepreneurs

Capital

Grants for promising ventures and connections to capital providers

A Snapshot of Our Network

Our Communities

Clarkston

East Lake

Southside Atlanta

Start:ME Stories

Entrepreneurs

Mentors

Entrepreneurship is a Team Sport

Start:ME is a partnership between Emory's Goizueta Business School and trusted community non-profits.

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Meet Our Team

 
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Brian Goebel

Program Director

Brian facilitates Start:ME sessions and guides its strategic initiatives.
 

Fun fact: he played bass guitar in what esteemed critic Kathleen Goebel called the “best rock band in Detroit.”

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Erin Igleheart

Program Manager

Erin manages Start:ME and engages other small business support organizations.


Fun fact: she summited Mount Kilimanjaro. The view was pretty awesome.

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Alina Bills

Program Associate

Alina oversees the operations, marketing, and alumni programming of Start:ME.


Fun fact: she was a shuttle driver through New York City in the Bronx and Manhattan boroughs. 

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Kareem Hall

Southside Program Lead

Kareem manages and delivers the Southside accelerator program.
 

Fun fact: he is a world class baby toy assembler.

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Sushma Barakoti

Clarkston Coordinator

Sushma manages the Clarkston program’s coalition, recruitment, and local alumni programing.


Fun fact: she is also a Start:ME alum and actively working her business, Sunavworld.

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Mercedes Rivera

East Lake Coordinator

Mercedes manages the East Lake program’s coalition, recruitment, and local alumni programing.


Fun fact: she loves to travel -  Mercedes has backpacked to 12 countries, 20 states, and Puerto Rico. Including biking from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Ghent, Belgium.

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Claire Slade

Southside Coordinator

 

Claire manages the Southside program’s coalition, recruitment, and local alumni programing.


Fun fact: she is a die-hard UNC fan. Don’t ask her about those blue devils.

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