Hello DeKalb Business Owner,

It is my pleasure to invite you to view the 2nd Annual DeKalb County Business Owner Summit which took place September 1, 2021. I created this Summit to cultivate an atmosphere that allows your business to grow and thrive. As you view each session, you will discover the changing dynamics of DeKalb County and the implications those changes have on your business.


In addition, you will view topics of discussion that include pertinent information regarding infrastructure, public safety, tax allocation districts, overlay districts, opportunity and empowerment zones, and how to navigate a business through COVID-19. The information that our experts share will assist you in discovering what these topics offer and how they can impact a growing or expanding venture, as well as reveal incentives associated with how to do business in DeKalb County.

To get started, please click the blue “Register” button above, enter your information and click “Submit”. Once you have completed your registration, return to this page and click the “Login” button above. You will enter your email address and click “Login”. This will automatically give you full access to navigate the 2nd Annual DeKalb County Business Owner Summit platform.

I look forward to hearing your feedback and wish you much success on your journey to entrepreneurship. Enjoy this Summit!

Your District 7 Commissioner,
Lorraine Cochran-Johnson

Why Attend?

  • Join virtually from anywhere on the globe and enjoy a full event experience.
  • Learn how to navigate your business through COVID-19 and determine your company’s new normal.
  • Engage and network with county and state leaders through interactive and intuitive chat capabilities.
  • Learn about the changing dynamics of DeKalb County and their implications on your business.
  • Gain first-hand knowledge from experts on how to grow and sustain a business.
  • Acquire pertinent information on infrastructure, public safety, tax allocation districts, overlay districts, opportunity and empowerment zones and more.

Speakers

Lorraine Cochran-Johnson 
Commissioner, DeKalb County District 7

Frankie Atwater
President & CEO, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Baker
Director, DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability

Michael Ciccarelli
President & Founder, Focused FranResults, LLC

Dorian DeBarr
President, Decide DeKalb

Terri L. Denison
Georgia District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

ShaTausa Edwards
Procurement Operations Manager, DeKalb Purchasing & Contracting

Yvonne M. Forbes
President, My Path Act a Forbes Management LLC Company

Matthew Lee
Executive Director, Tucker-Northlake CID

Allen Mitchell
Director, DeKalb County Community Development

Bobby Rand
National Service Officer, AMVETS National Headquarters

Martha Revelo
NE Outreach Director, Office of U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock

Angela J. Riccetti
Managing Attorney of Office, Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Nicole Rutland
Captain North Central Precinct

Ernest Slaughter
Program Management Coordinator, DeKalb County SPLOST Program

Lance W. Triggs
President, Program Operations, Sr. Executive Vice President, Operation HOPE

Timothy C. Hardy
Deputy Director, DeKalb County Code Compliance Administration

Agenda

7:45AM

VIRTUAL DOORS OPEN

8AM – 8:10AM

WELCOME

8:10 AM – 9:15AM

SESSION I - NAVIGATING A BUSINESS THROUGH COVID-19

  • Business Resources & Tools
  • Business Recovery
  • COVID-19 Relief Funds
  • American Rescue Plan
  • How to Survive/Navigate COVID-19

Panelists:

Terri L. Denison Georgia District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Angela J. Riccetti Managing Attorney of Office, Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Martha Revelo NE Outreach Director, Office of U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock
Lance W. Triggs President, Program Operations, Sr. Executive Vice President, Operation HOPE
9:15AM

BREAK

  • Visit sponsor and exhibitor virtual tables
  • Restroom and refreshment
9:30AM – 10:45AM

SESSION II - WHY YOU SHOULD DO BUSINESS IN DEKALB

  • DeKalb’s Comprehensive Plan
  • Public Safety and Business Climate
  • Community Improvement Districts
  • Infrastructure, Roads
  • Rising Property Values
  • I-20 and I-285 Interchange

Panelists:

Andrew Baker Director, DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability
Ernest Slaughter Program Management Coordinator, DeKalb County SPLOST Program
Timothy C. Hardy Director, DeKalb County Roads & Drainage
Nicole Rutland Captain, DeKalb County Police Department
Frankie Atwater President & CEO, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce
Matthew Lee Executive Director, Tucker-Northlake CID

10:45AM

BREAK

  • Visit sponsor and exhibitor virtual tables
  • Restroom and refreshment
11AM – 12PM

SESSION III - HOW TO DO BUSINESS IN DEKALB

  • Loan Programs | Expansion Capital
  • DeKalb Procurement Process
  • Business Incentives
  • Tax Credits, Tips & Important Information

Panelists:

Allen Mitchell Director, DeKalb County Community Development
ShaTausa Edwards Procurement Operations Manager, DeKalb Purchasing & Contracting
Terri L. Denison Georgia District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration
Yvonne M. Forbes President, My Path Act a Forbes Management LLC Company
12PM

BREAK

  • Visit sponsor and exhibitor virtual tables
  • Restroom and refreshment
12:15PM – 1:30PM

SESSION IV - WHERE TO DO BUSINESS IN DEKALB

  • State and Federal Opportunity Zones
  • Empowerment Zones
  • Tax Allocation Districts
  • Veteran Programs

Panelists:

Dorian DeBarr President, Decide DeKalb
Allen Mitchell Director, DeKalb County Community Development
Bobby Rand National Service Officer, AMVETS National Headquarters
1:30PM

BREAK

  • Visit sponsor and exhibitor virtual tables
  • Restroom and refreshment
1:45PM – 2:45PM

SESSION V - HOW TO START A FRANCHISE IN DEKALB

  • Selecting the Right Franchise
  • Financing Your Franchise
  • Should You Expand by Franchising?
  • COVID-Proof Franchise Sectors

Facilitator:

Michael Ciccarelli President & Founder, Focused FranResults, LLC
12:45PM

CLOSING REMARKS

Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you need to register. There is no cost to attend the conference.
The Summit is virtual and you will need to have Internet access to participate. The Summit is accessible from desktop, tablet and mobile devices.
If you have already registered for the Summit, all you need to do is click the blue “Login” button above and enter your email address. You will not need a password. If you have not previously registered, please click the blue “Register” button above, enter your information and click “Submit”. Once you have completed your registration, return to this page and click the “Login” button above. You will enter your email address and click “Login”. You will not need a password. This will automatically give you full access to navigate the 2nd Annual DeKalb County Business Owner Summit platform.
Yes, you will be able to add all of the documents available to the online Cart in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues and friends by simply entering their email.
Yes, we are counting on your assistance to spread the word. To do so, please share the link to this page. They will be able to register at their convenience.






Contact Us


Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson
DeKalb County, GA | District 7

www.commissionerlorrainecochranjohnson.com



Email: amslocum@dekalbcountyga.gov

470.889.4213