Atlanta Programs & Projects

VilCap: Start - Clarkston

In early 2013, SE@G partnered with Village Capital and CDF: A Collective Action Initiative to design and offer a 14-week small business accelerator program to entrepreneurs in Clarkston, GA. This program offered 15 participants an opportunity to participate in an intensive skills-based program, meet and work with a panel of banking experts, and be mentored by and network with a carefully-selected group of business leaders and peers. At the end of the program, the cohort selects three entrepreneurs to receive low-interest business loans from a pre-committed $30,000 fund.

Congratulations to our 2014 cohort for completion of the program and to the selected loan recipients, Marlene McDowell of Connie's Thrift and More, R. Gregory Christie of Gas-Art Gifts, and Virginia Bray of 1 Amazing Event.

For details about the 2014 VilCap:Start - Clarkston Cohort, please click here.

VilCap: Start - Clarkston is also the subject of the documentary, The New Entrepreneur: Odyssey for a Dream, which aired on PBA 30. View the trailer.

Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative (AWBI) Projects

In the summer of 2013, SE@G conducted a feasibility study for our client and partner, AWBI, to determine whether (and then how) to build a lettuce production and processing facility in an underserved Atlanta neighborhood; one that would create jobs and wealth for community members. The plan was presented to community leaders and funders in October 2012 and is now being implemented by AWBI.

Catalyzing Social Impacts Class Projects

Our 2014 projects include:

  • Researching and developing a micro-franchising business model for CARE.
  • Designing a 10 year anniversary give-away of 50,000 books to an Atlanta community for Better World Books, based on data analysis.
  • Developing a plan for growth in the institutional market for The Turnip Truck, a farm-fresh, independent foodservice distributor in Atlanta.
  • Developing a sustainable plan to transition patients from the hospital emergency room to a community-based health clinic that provides subsidized dental care in a non-emergency setting for Emory's Urban Health Initiative.

Previously, in 2013, a team of 6 BBA students evaluated the feasibility of a mattress recycling business for our partner, Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative (AWBI). MBA students worked with Truly Living Well (TLW) to develop a plan to measure and communicate TLW's social impacts to facilitate fundraising and with Better World Books to collect and analyze information about their socially-oriented customer segment.