Invest Atlanta Launches New Startup Stories Blog

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Site to Chronicle Atlanta’s Vibrant Startup Culture

Invest Atlanta has launched Startup Stories, a blog highlighting local startups and celebrating the city’s entrepreneurial culture. From stories of how successful entrepreneurs got started to local leaders’ perspectives on Atlanta as a small business hub to resources and inspiration for would-be entrepreneurs, Startup Stories will capture the energy surrounding Atlanta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

“Startups are a significant growth area for business development in the City of Atlanta,” said Brian P. McGowan, president and CEO of Invest Atlanta. “We are reaching out to our entrepreneurs and making sure they have the support they need to grow and thrive. The Startup Stories blog is part of our effort to build a sense of community among Atlanta entrepreneurs.”

Startup Stories will highlight young and growing talent in Atlanta, as well as showcase the city’s great successes. Reggie Bradford, David Cummings and Alan Dabbiere — all successful Atlanta entrepreneurs — are profiled as part of the site’s official launch.

The blog’s launch event was hosted Wednesday at Atlantic Station’s 201 Building. Sig Mosley, Reggie Bradford and Charles Brewer spoke on a panel about Atlanta’s startup and entrepreneurial scene.

Many entrepreneurs have already discovered how much the city has to offer. Atlanta has been named #1 for minority and women entrepreneurship, #2 for entrepreneurial activity and #5 in small business friendliness, according to various independent sources.

Invest Atlanta has worked hard to reach out to startups. For example, during the past year, Invest Atlanta incubated Startup Atlanta, an umbrella organization providing support and networking opportunities to technology startups. Startup Atlanta became a standalone nonprofit organization in May. Dr. Eloisa Klementich, managing director of business development, serves as Startup Atlanta’s board chair.

“Atlanta is full of inspiring startup stories,” Klementich said. “We love working with passionate, bright entrepreneurs to help them tap into the resources available so they can grow their businesses, creating even more wealth and job opportunities in the City.”

About Invest Atlanta:

Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness in order to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta.Chaired by the Mayor of Atlanta, and governed by a nine-member board of directors, Invest Atlanta’s programs and initiatives focus on developing and fostering public/private partnerships to create jobs, grow the economy, revitalize neighborhoods, attract investment, spur innovation, and encourage entrepreneurship. To achieve these goals, Invest Atlanta leverages the benefits of bond financing, revolving loan funds, housing financing, tax increment financing (TIF), and tax credits.

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