The Center by Lendistry is pleased to announce the successful culmination of the second cohort of BeltLine Business Ventures (BBV), a small business accelerator dedicated to empowering local businesses in Atlanta, Georgia. Launched by the BeltLine Business Solutions Office, in partnership with The Center by Lendistry and CVM Worldwide, BBV provides essential technical assistance and resources to help businesses establish themselves along the Beltline.

The Atlanta BeltLine is a major urban redevelopment program in the U.S. creating parks, trails, transit and affordable housing along a 22-mile railroad corridor to boost mobility, connect neighborhoods, and enhance economic opportunities and sustainability.

To mark the end of their three-month journey, a graduation ceremony was held on May 14, 2024, for the 15 entrepreneurs (listed below). During the sessions, these entrepreneurs received personalized business advising, comprehensive support, and valuable networking opportunities with the goal of enabling these businesses to thrive and contribute to their local economy.

This program has been so insightful. Each lesson had tools, templates, and actual resources we could utilize to get going in the right direction,” said Latrice Coleman, BBV participant and owner of Parlay Savory Saloon. “There was also a lot of confirmation of what I have been doing right all along, and that was encouraging.

When asked about which parts of the course were most helpful for their businesses’ growth, participants stated that all the courses had been useful to them.

“I’ve learned about disaster planning, different business strategies, more about KPI’s , streamlining my business and about strategic brand/business partnerships” said Kerykay Raffington, BBV participant and owner of Kerykay Candle Co. “I think that this course is fantastic! I really appreciate that it focuses on the things that it actually takes to operate and grow a successful business.”

The fifteen businesses that participated in this cohort include:

  • Aligned 4 Life: A top-rated chiropractor on a mission to giving the people of Atlanta the best healthcare experience, focused on improving their health, energy, and overall well-being.
  • Bloom Flavours: An elevated Italian ice maker providing treats that are carefully crafted using real fresh fruit and other quality ingredients.
  • El Ponce: A traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant that creates a sense of community by offering a welcoming and safe space for everyone, serving fresh and affordable food and drinks.
  • Glaciers Italian Ice: A homemade Italian ice provider dedicated to keeping young men safe, educated, and employed.
  • Indian Goddess Boutique: A boutique specializing in Indian-inspired jewelry, ethically handmade in India.
  • Kerykar Candle Co: A company dedicated to spreading peace, joy, and good vibes by offering affordable, fun aromatherapy.
  • Kultured Misfits Clothing Collection: A premium streetwear brand on a mission to create a community that provides an identity for those that were never meant to fit in.
  • Ng’ara Designs LLC: Creators of one-of-a-kind custom garments and accessories.
  • N-Ovate Business Solutions: A consulting firm dedicated to championing innovative solutions that align with and accelerate strategic objectives.
  • Parlay Savory Saloon: Atlanta’s premier dining choice to share, savor, and sip soul food, seafood, and snack foods.
  • Pink Dance and Aerial Studio: An aerial studio offering a diverse range of dance and fitness classes.
  • Pour Up Atlanta: A premier full-service bar and beverage catering service.
  • Scotch Boyz Jamaica: A manufacturer of fine sauces and seasoning from Jamaica.
  • Yacht Club Access: A premium lifestyle brand catering to individuals who embrace a luxurious and active lifestyle.
  • Yany Beauty: A premier retail destination for cutting-edge, clean beauty sourced from innovative indie founders worldwide.

We look forward to continuing our mission of supporting diverse small businesses and enhancing the economic vitality of Atlanta through BeltLine Business Ventures.

BBV is currently accepting applications for its third and final cohort! If you or someone you know is interested in being considered for this opportunity, apply by June 28, 2024.

May 29, 2024

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