The IRC in Atlanta’s Microenterprise Development (MED) program provides financial coaching, lending services and training and technical assistance to refugees—both aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners—prioritizing individuals who have been in the United States for less than five years. All of our programs are currently operating virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A start-up business is often successful because of the community support it receives. Virtual Small Business Mentors help to strengthen and expand small businesses, further developing a robust local economy. If you are an experienced small-business owner or have experience in any of the professions listed below, please consider virtually mentoring a refugee-owned business with the IRC. 

Time commitment is flexible. Ideally, Small Business Mentors will work with their assigned mentee refugee-owned business to determine a schedule for support and assistance as needed. Especially seeking mentors who are patient and willing to assist with technological support, e.g., setting up and navigating Zoom or other platforms, digital literacy skill building, and troubleshooting as needed.

Norbert works on a car at his auto shop in Stone Mountain. He is wearing a sweater that has "Cameroon" printed on the sleeve.

We are looking for:

Volunteer Lawyers to review:

  • Partnership agreements
  • Service assurance agreements
  • Property leases
  • Contracts
Morning Star Atelier is open for business every Saturday from 11am to 3pm in Decatur.

Volunteer Accountants to guide:

  • Small business tax filing

Volunteer Commercial Realtors to help locate and review:

  • Business appropriate real estate
  • Property leases

Volunteer Web Developers/Graphic Designers to create:

  • Basic business websites
  • Business logos

 

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We are seeking business owners experienced in:

  • Local food businesses (catering, food trucks, bakery, prepared food vending, restaurants, etc.)
  • Skilled trade (construction, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.) 
  • Transportation (inter-state freight trucking, independent contractors)
  • Import/export
  • Auto-body and auto-repair
  • Retail (grocery, clothing, etc.)

 

To learn more or sign up, please contact [email protected].