Hello DeKalb Business Owner,

You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual DeKalb County Business Summit taking place October 5, 2022. I’d like to thank you for doing business in DeKalb. As we move forward, I’d like to create an atmosphere that allows your business to grow and thrive. During this Summit, we will discuss the changing dynamics of DeKalb and their implications on your business.

Topics of discussion include doing business in DeKalb County, potential funding for your business, the benefits of operating an online business, as well as what the future of business looks like In DeKalb County. In addition, experts will share incentives associated with how to do business in DeKalb County as a local small business.

Please make plans to join me for this dynamic Summit by saving the date and registering. I look forward to seeing you on October 5th.

Your District 7 Commissioner,
Lorraine Cochran-Johnson

Why Attend


Speakers

Lorraine Cochran-Johnson *HOST

Commissioner, DeKalb County District 7

Frankie Atwater

President & CEO, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Baker

Director, DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability

Dorian DeBarr

President, Decide DeKalb

Terri L. Denison

Georgia District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration

Phyllis Douglas, Esq.

Procurement Projects Manager, DeKalb Purchasing & Contracting

Fernanda Kirchner

Senior Project Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development

John Lawson

CEO, ColderICE Media

Allen Mitchell

Director, DeKalb County Community Development

Fariz Morani

CEO, Access Loans & Financing

J.R. McNair

Yvonne M. Forbes

Agenda

7:45AM

VIRTUAL DOORS OPEN

8 AM

WELCOME

8:10 AM

SESSION I - DOING BUSINESS IN DEKALB: THE HOW, THE WHERE & THE WHY

  • Business Resources & Tools
  • DeKalb Procurement Process
  • Minority Supplier Programs
  • Community Improvement Districts
  • Business Resources & Tools
9:15 AM

BREAK

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

SESSION II - WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME: INCENTIVES & REWARDS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Business Incentives
  • Tax Credits, Tips & Important Information
  • Business Mentoring Programs

10:45 AM

BREAK

  • Visit sponsor and exhibitor virtual tables
  • Restroom and refreshment
11 AM

SESSION III - SHOW ME THE MONEY: FUNDING SOURCES FOR YOUR STARTUP & BUSINESS

  • Loan Programs | Expansion Capital
  • Venture Capital & Angel Investing
  • Bootstrapping & Crowd Sourcing
  • Grants & Bank Loans
12 PM

BREAK

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

SESSION IV - GLOBAL MARKETPLACE: HOW TO START & OPERATE AN ONLINE BUSINESS

  • Retail vs. Online Businesses
  • Online Businesses: Trend of the Future
  • Selling Products & Services
  • Social Media, Visibility & Marketing
  • Feedback, Reviews & Customer Service
  • Online Platforms
1:30 PM

BREAK

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

SESSION V - WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON: DEKALB’S BUSINESS FORECAST FOR 2023

  • DeKalb’s Unified Plan
  • The Current Retail Business Climate
  • DeKalb’s Changing Tourism and Hospitality Landscape
  • The Industries Taking the Lead in the Marketplace
2:45 PM

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.

Your login details will be emailed to you prior to the Summit. Please Note: Do not share your login information as it is specific to your registration information.

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

470.547.2696