We would like to thank Weyer Law, LLC and Council member Liliana Bakhtiari for sponsoring our downtown planter boxes and making them look amazing!
Thank you to everyone who attended and Atomic Entertainment for Hosting!
Meeting Minutes with Links
We are so thrilled to announce the new Kirkwood Wine Stroll Event Coordinator, Katie Lewis! We can’t wait for you to connect with her and welcome her to the KWS team!
A message from Katie:
“I am so happy to have been selected as the Event Coordinator for the 2022 Kirkwood Wine Stroll! I purchased a house in our amazing community in 2010 and have witnessed first-hand the incredible transformation of our commercial district; I could not imagine living anywhere else. Over the last 15 years, I've worked in nearly all aspects of the event industry and I look forward to bringing my experience (and love of wine!) to the 2022 event.”
Come say hello to Katie at the next In-Person KBOA General Meeting on May 17th from 11am to Noon!
We are so thrilled to introduce the new Kirkwood Business Owners’ Association Community Administrator, Denise Reynolds! The hiring committee has LOVED getting to know her and can’t wait for you to meet her too.
Denise has spent the last eight years in the Atlanta area working across a variety of roles within business administration. She describes herself as “forward-thinking and results-focused with expertise in end-to-end project management, logistics, coordination, meeting and event planning, and time management.”
“I am excited to join the KBOA team! I am looking forward to making new connections and to help keep the organization running smoothly! I cannot wait to see what this partnership has in store for us!” said Denise.
Come say hello to Denise at the next In-Person KBOA General Meeting on May 17th from 11am to Noon!
Community Wealth Building Commitment Series: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap for Shared Prosperity on May 4 @ 11-12: Join AWBI and Project Equity in discussion of their efforts to narrow the racial wealth gap in Atlanta by supporting small business transitions to employee ownership. RSVP for the webinar today.
Increasing Hiring and Retention for Small and Mid-size Businesses on April 19 @ 10 am: Join CareerRise and Small Business Majority for a discussion on using job quality principles for increasing hiring and retention for small and mid-sized businesses. RSVP for the webinar today.
Resurgence Grant Fund
Up to $40,000 reimbursable grant for Atlanta small businesses and non-profits to cover COVID-19 expenses. Apply here by April 29, 2022.
ATL in Business
No-cost, personalized business consultant services from 13 providers for Atlanta small businesses and non-profits. Request services here.
April 20th: Office of Contract Compliance Presents: Doing Business with Centennial Yards
Centennial Yards and the Mayor’s Office of Contract Compliance will be providing an overview of the timeline and phases of the project plus topics such as bonding, insurance, and business certifications with the City of Atlanta.
April 21st: Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub Open House
The Microsoft for Startups team is hosting a webinar with Anne-Claire Lo Bianco, Partner and Program Development Manager at Microsoft for Startups, and Jane Reddin, Talent Director of AlbionVC, to discuss the program and answer questions.
April 22nd: Deadline to Apply to America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo
America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo enables entrepreneurs with technology developed through the SBIR/STTR programs an opportunity to present their innovative ventures to leading members of the broader innovation ecosystem and the American Public.
April 22nd: U.S. Department of Energy American-Made Earth Day Celebration
Join the U.S. Department of Energy and the American-Made program this Earth Day for a virtual American-Made Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 22! Help us honor our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the clean energy champions who are defining what it means to be American-Made.
April 24th: Deadline to Apply to Amazon Alexa Fund and Alexa Startups' "Black Founders Build with Alexa" Program
Amazon Alexa Fund and Alexa Startups are accepting applications for Black Founders Build with Alexa, a remote four-month program for a cohort of up to 10 Black-founded startups located in North America that demonstrate readiness and ability to deliver novel Alexa integration within the program duration.
April 24th: Deadline to Apply to the Summer 2022 Milestone Makers Program
The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center will support companies that are working towards the on Responsible Consumption and Production (#12), Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (#9), and Sustainable Cities and Communities (#11) with individualized mentoring, training, and resources at no cost.
April 25th: CMET Entrepreneur Business Accelerator Begins
The Center for Micro Entrepreneurial Training is conducting a 5-day virtual training. This 5-day immersive training is for women and minority entrepreneurs who have limited knowledge about managing, building, or starting a new business. It is designed to give the fundamental foundation to meet the challenges and risks that an entrepreneur will face.
April 27th: It Takes a Village Pre-Accelerator Cohort #9 Graduation & Demo Day
The Atlanta Tech Village's "It Takes A Village" Pre-Accelerator is hosting their Cohort #9 Graduation and Demo Day where seven entrepreneurs will pitch for the chance to win two 6-month hot desk scholarships and over $8,000 in non-dilutive checks.
April 28th: Women Export University Program in partnership with UPS and the City of Atlanta's Mayor's Office of International Affairs
This program equips women entrepreneurs with the necessary resources and tools to compete in international trade. Come learn about e-commerce, marketing, federal, state, and local resources. Only 100 spots available! This program is fully-funded and requires no cost to participate.
April 28th: A Good Workspace @Atlanta Tech Village
Good Workspace is Goodie Nation’s “co-working space in a day” concept where you can experience the entirety of our program in a flash. It is a place where our Intentionally Good founders, experts, funders, and partners work out of the same location to deepen relationships while still taking care of business.
April 29th: Deadline to Apply to Invest Atlanta's Resurgence Grant Fund
Through the Resurgence Grant Fund, eligible businesses and non-profits may be awarded grants of up to $40,000 to reimburse costs incurred (after March 3, 2021) by adapting business operations in a post-COVID environment.
May 6th: Deadline to Apply to Select Global Women in Tech Mentorship Network
Calling all mentors! Select Global is hosting its second annual Select Global Women in Tech (SGWIT) Mentorship Network as part of the 2022 SelectUSA Investment Summit this June. If you have a passion for helping people, the SGWIT Mentorship Network is for you.
May 8th: Deadline to Apply to Black Ambition's Prize 2022
Through two separate Prize tracks, the Black Ambition Prize competition provides a platform for early-stage, Black and Latinx founders across the nation and students and recent alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to access growth capital, pitch feedback, and mentorship.
May 11th: Deadline to Apply to 2022 Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator
Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs and Techstars, trusted leaders in the startup ecosystem, offer a world-class accelerator for entrepreneurs working in connectivity, media, and entertainment.
May 16th: Plywood Foundations at Lake Jackson Begins
Plywood People is hosting a three-day, in-person learning experience for entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders. Participants will work with a team of seasoned entrepreneurs in ten areas every leader needs to have their pulse on to launch and sustain a venture.
Rolling: Applications Open for Whole Foods Local & Emerging Accelerator Program
The program, which supports the company’s longstanding core value of seeking win-win partnerships with local suppliers, will offer mentorship directly from Whole Foods Market experts, tailored education for small and emerging producers and the potential for financial support to promote business growth.
Rolling: Village United's ELEVATE Incubator Program Application
ELEVATE is a 12-week incubator that is tailored to serve the most urgent needs identified by small businesses. ELEVATE moves businesses from aspiration to application to the achievement of growing from sole operators to a thriving business with employees.
Rolling: LaunchPad 2x's First Friday Pitch Off Entrepreneur Application
First Pitch Friday events will be held the last Friday of each month through September 2022 from 1:00 - 2:00PM EST. LaunchPad 2x will reach out when an opportunity to participate is available and confirm dates and guidelines for the presentation.
Rolling: Goodie Nation's "Intentionally Good" Program Application
Intentionally Good is a relationship and growth program from Goodie Nation that increases the competitiveness of tech-focused social entrepreneurs and diverse founders (Black, Latinx, and Women) for endorsements, pilots and strategic partnerships, and funding through professional development, warm introductions, and mental health sessions.
Rolling: Panoramic Ventures' Startup Showdown Application
Startup Showdown offers early-stage startups the chance to pitch investors and increase their visibility among an expanded investor network. Five finalists are selected to compete on stage in front of a panel of guest investor judges where we invest $120,000 in exchange for 7% of your company.
Rolling: theClubhou.se "Make Startups" Entrepreneurship Accelerator Application
This program offers classes followed by six months of weekly mentoring which completes the full Make Startups Certificate of Entrepreneurship. The program is free if you qualify for funding through Atlanta's Workforce Development. Please add "Zane Access" in the section "where you heard about the program".
2022-2024 Board of Directors: Available Positions + Job Descriptions
Nominations: January 18-February 15, 2022 Election: March 15, 2022
First BOD Meeting: April6 Noon-1:30PM First General Meeting: April 19 11am-Noon
2019 KBOA Bylaws 2022 Meeting & Events Calendar
The Kirkwood Business Owners' Association, also known as KBOA, was established in 2007 to promote growth, stability and profitability of the Kirkwood Business District. Kirkwood is bound on the north by DeKalb Avenue, on the south by Memorial Drive and Interstate 20, on the west by Montgomery Street, and on the east by 1st Avenue.
TERM: March 2022-March 2024
2 year term
Up to 15 seats total
1 open seats on the Executive Committee + 2 open At-Large seats
CALL FOR NOMINEES:
Vice President (1) Executive Committee:
Assists the President with both the BOD and general body meetings.
Advocates on behalf of the membership to the community at large.
Coordination with the Director for key projects.
Holds fiduciary responsibilities.
Membership: Assist with outreach to potential, new and existing members.
Marketing: Assist with social media marketing of members.
Wine Stroll Marketing: Assist with social media for Wine Stroll.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS: RETURNING FOR ANOTHER TERM
President: Sam Mugavro: Smugs Fitness
Vice President: OPEN
Secretary: Matthew MacLeod: Foundation Physical Therapy ATL
Treasurer: Josh Bennett: Bennett’s Accounting Services
WINE STROLL COMMITTEE
Chair: Sumarie Forrester: Forrester Fundraising
Vice Chair: Randy Brazee: Jon+Randy
Wine Stroll Marketing: Leslie Brashear: Delightful Sites & Delightful Tours
Entertainment: Parker Smith: Guitar Shed
Chair: NOMINEE: LARRY LONG: TURNER MONUMENTAL AME
NPU-O Liaison: Brandi Smart: Empire Arts Gallery
Film Liaison: OPEN + Tim Jackson: DJ Tiny Productions
Social Media and Marketing: Leslie Brashear: Delightful Sites & Delightful Tours
At-Large Board Members:
Dano Kirk: Kirkyard Public House (Lanta Gras representative/proxy)
Tim Jackson: DJ Tiny
Emily Wimbush: Augusta Designs
WHO CAN RUN? To be eligible to run, your business must be a current member of KBOA and representing the business member. The owner of the company does not have to be the one to be on the board of directors as long as it is approved by the owner. Only 2 seats available for non business owners.
Members or associate members in good standing.
Members are businesses and property owners that operate within the bounds of Kirkwood.
Associate members operate outside of the bounds of Kirkwood.
Check your membership here. If you are not listed in the directory, your membership has lapsed.
Executive Officers and Committee Chairs make up the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors Time Commitments: 10 hours per month + Mixers & Events + Work Sessions
The executive officers are the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The executive officers govern KBOA.
Committee Chairs vote on major issues and manage each area of expertise. Reports to the Executive Officers and works closely with the Director on action items and plans.
Required Monthly Meetings: 5 hours
Board of Directors may not miss more than 3 meetings total per term.
Attendance of BOD meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the Month from Noon-1:30pm.
Attendance of the General Membership meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the Month from 11:00am- Noon.
Attendance at quarterly business mixers.
Shared Between All Board Members: Attendance of neighborhood association monthly meeting. Estimated 2 hours. Sign up for dates in advance.
Working Sessions & Follow up: 5 hours
No more than 5 hours per month during normal KBOA functions regarding preparation of agendas, follow up items and emails between the Board of Directors and the community.
Today is the last day of February! Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, the new month of March and the return of the Kirkwood Business Networking IN-PERSON at Taproom Coffee at 9:30am.
Save the Date: March KBOA General Meeting is Tuesday the 15th @ 11am. Members will be voting on their volunteer board of directors for 2022-2021. We're not sure if it will be in person or virtual yet. Stay tuned!
Did you miss the Spring Fling discount for KBOA members? Check it out here!
We've heard from many of you that you have questions about acquiring a business license from the City of Atlanta.
In order to ensure you have everything you need to apply for the Resurgence Grant Fund, we are hosting a webinar on Thursday, March 3, at 4pm with the City of Atlanta Revenue Department. Hear from staff about how the process has changed and what you can do to verify your business license renewal.
The Resurgence Grant Fund application will be open from March 1 through April 29. Learn more about the Resurgence Grant Fund at investatlanta.com.
Grants will be reviewed and awarded based on the order they are received! Don't delay. Get your paperwork in order and submit for up to $40,000 in reimbursements for COVID related expenses. Payroll and commercial rent is now eligible.
Connect Atlanta the newest safety program brought to you by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) and is the next phase of Operation Shield which is designed to keep residents of Atlanta safe. This is a voluntary program that enables residents like you to create a safer Atlanta for all its people. What’s really special about this program is that it enables residents and businesses to directly partner with the police department to reduce and investigate criminal activity.
It consists of two parts: camera registry and camera integration.
INVEST ATLANTA RESURGENCE GRANT FUND
OPENS MARCH 1ST
February 25 @ 10am Webinar
Roundabout at Maynard Terrace and the I-20 Eastbound Exit Ramp
District 5 Infrastructure Form
Let Council member Bakhtiari know about issues within our district, including infrastructure issues, illegal dumping, trash collection, individuals struggling with homelessness and more.
FILL OUT THIS FORM
REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS AND/OR RESIDENTAL CAMERA TO APD
To register your camera with the Atlanta Police Department, please visit, www.connectatlanta.org
This will allow officers and detectives to quickly send an email alert anytime an incident occurs near you and request footage.
CATCH UP ON THE 2.15.22 GENERAL MEETING MINUTES
REVIEW THEM HERE
SPRING FLING Special Discount for KBOA Members
Thank you to everyone who attended and to Invest Atlanta for presenting the Resurgence Grant Fund.
Special KBOA Member discount on Spring Fling sponsorships and artist market