• 31 Jan 2022 3:06 PM | Anonymous

    Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta. Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta.

    With equity front and center, Invest Atlanta supports businesses through economic development incentives, small business loans, workforce solutions, connections to institutions around the city, and other robust programs designed to give all businesses the opportunity to succeed.

    Meet with the Business Expansion & Retention Team to learn more about how Invest Atlanta can support your business!

    Meet with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Team to learn more about how Invest Atlanta can support your startup!

    Feb. 15th at 11:30 am: Bookkeeping & Tax Credits with Saurav Bhandari, CPA of Arbo
    Feb. 22nd at 11:30 am: Hiring with Ariel Lopez of Knac
    Mar. 1st at 11:30 am: Cybersecurity with Nick Santora of Curricula
    Mar. 8th at 11:20 am: Fundraising with Graham Gintz of Knightley


    Mayor Dickens announces $20 million Wells Fargo "Open for Business" donation
    Feb. 1st: Plywood People's "Path" Program Begins
    Path is an interactive six-week online course designed to help problem solvers decide which direction to take with their idea. Path is offered four times during the year. The next cohort begins in February 1st, 2022!

    Feb. 3rd: Final Deadline to Apply to Emory's "Startup Launch" Program
    The program helps early-stage founder teams to rapidly develop their ideas and move their startup forward. Each team must include at least one Emory student, alumnus/a, or faculty or staff member, while other team members may be from the community at large. The program is free of charge.

    Feb. 6th: Deadline to Apply to Atlanta Inno's "Inno Madness" Competition
    Nominate a local startup (private, tech-enabled businesses or companies who support innovation.The Inno team will assemble brackets of private, fast-growing, tech-enabled local businesses based on nominations. In the end, only one company will be chosen as Inno Madness Winner. 


    Feb. 9th: Deadline to Apply to Women of Color Grant Program
    The Fearless Fund and Tory Burch Foundation in partnership with The Cru will award up to 150 deserving women of color-owned small businesses $10,000- $20,000. In addition, recipients will be awarded access to a peer network to help you continue to build and grow their business.

    Feb. 11th: Deadline to Apply to Cisco 2022 Global Problem Solver Challenge
    The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment.

    Feb. 14th: Deadline to Apply to Department of City Planning's "Public Kiosk" Program
    Applications are now open for businesses to apply to operate downtown Atlanta brick-and-mortar kiosks. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, while contributing to a more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly public realm in downtown.

    Feb. 17th: Deadline to Apply to Department of City Planning's "Love Our Places: Bike Parking" Program
    The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning’s Love Our Places program is looking to partner with an artist with each bike parking location selected during a previous call to develop and implement custom art for each award location.

    Feb. 21st: Deadline to Apply to SHRM's "WorkplaceTech Accelerator" Program
    The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), through SHRMLabs, is launching an inaugural 8-week virtual program that is designed to scale up early-stage, growth driven startups dedicated to elevating HR and solving today's most pressing workplace challenges.


    Feb. 22nd: Deadline to Apply to Partnership for Inclusive Innovation (PIN)'s Innovate for All Grant Fund
    Innovate for All funds and supports projects that help empower and sustain a statewide network of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship resources to create economic opportunities for Georgia’s rural, suburban, and urban centers, with a focus on the people and places that are often overlooked as hubs of innovation.

    April 1st: Deadline to Apply to Endeavor's "Scale Up Atlanta" Program
    This 7-month non-dilutive program equips Atlanta’s fastest-growing, highest potential Black founders with the resources and confidence to take their business to the next level. Selected entrepreneurs will participate in monthly programming and receive hyper-curated mentorship and services for the dynamic challenges of scaling up: a time commitment of 3+ hours per month, from May to November 2022.

    April 6th: Deadline to Apply to Techstars Atlanta in Partnership with Cox Enterprises
    This program is located in the epicenter of startup activity in the Southeast U.S., helping entrepreneurs build meaningful companies and enduring brands.

    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: Waitlist Open for Zane Access™ Capital Readiness Cohort
    Designed to meet the unique needs of underrepresented founders, the 10-week immersive course prepares underrepresented founding teams to successfully raise capital by providing them with networks and mentors to help them champion their story and use their own powerful, unique voice and brand.

    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. All semifinalists benefit from Mentor Day, where they will refine their pitch in front of experienced founders and other tech executives. 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: Applications for theClubhou.se "Make Startups" Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program
    This program offers classes beginning every couple of months in a variety of locations, meets once or twice a week, and is 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".

    Rolling: QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association Foundation
    Through the QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative, restaurants with an annual net revenue of less than $250,000 can apply for a $5,000 grant to cover payroll and operating expenses to help employ and retain staff. 


  • 17 Jan 2022 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    January 18: Free Intro to Google Analytics | Online Class

    January 18: Business Bookkeeping Basics

    January 20: 10 Key Steps to Grow Your Solo Business

    Jan. 24th: The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training

    The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training is conducting a FREE 5-day virtual training. This 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.

    January 26: Small Business Access to Capital

    January 28: PITCH PRACTICE

    Jan. 31st: Deadline to Apply to Georgia State's Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund

    Georgia State University undergraduate students, graduate students, recent alumni, and Georgia State community entrepreneurs are welcomed to apply to the 3rd cohort of the Main Street Entrepreneurs Seed Fund! The Main Street program aims to support diverse entrepreneurs and foster inclusive entrepreneurship.


    Feb. 11th: Cisco 2022 Global Problem Solver Challenge

    The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 is a worldwide search for early-stage technology-enabled solutions and services that can enable economic development and/or benefit society and/or the environment.


    Rolling: Waitlist Open for Zane Access™ Capital Readiness Cohort

    Designed to meet the unique needs of underrepresented founders, the 10-week immersive course prepares underrepresented founding teams to successfully raise capital by providing them with networks and mentors to help them champion their story and use their own powerful, unique voice and brand.


    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. All semifinalists benefit from Mentor Day, where they will refine their pitch in front of experienced founders and other tech executives. 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: Applications for theClubhou.se "Make Startups" Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program

    This program offers classes beginning every couple of months in a variety of locations, meets once or twice a week, and is 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".


    Rolling: QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative in partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association Foundation

    Through the QuickBooks Restaurant Relief Initiative, restaurants with an annual net revenue of less than $250,000 can apply for a $5,000 grant to cover payroll and operating expenses to help employ and retain staff.

  • 09 Dec 2021 10:13 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who attended our annual KBOA Holiday Party! We had an incredible gathering of over 50 community members enjoying food, drinks, giving back and being together again.

    Thank you to KUCC for hosting and providing such a beautiful community space. 

    Thank you to our KBOA members for providing such delicious food.


        Southern Queenz: Soul Rolls + Candied Yams
        Anna's BBQ: Pulled Pork, Mac & Cheese and Collards
        Dulce Vegan Bakery and Cafe: Cupcakes + Pecan Pie
        Evergreen Butcher + Baker: Chocolate Chip Cookies
        Kirkyard Public House: Wings & Tenders
        Urban Pie: Pizza- Cheese and Pepperoni
        Sun in my Belly: Lucy and House Salad. Bite Size Brownies
        Home Bar: Hummus, Pimento Cheese, Veggies and Pita
        Poppa Corn's Popcorn: Popcorn- Various Flavors
        The Abby Singer: Roasted Chicken (new member at Pullman Yard)

    We enjoyed wine, beer and basil lemonade from My Coffee Shop. DJ Tiny's Holiday Punch was a hit too.

    Thank you to DJ Tiny for providing an awesome soundtrack to our evening. We are grateful that he also packaged up all the remaining food for Free99 Fridge.

    KBOA  presented a $2000 check to each of our Kirkwood Wine Stroll nonprofits during the party totaling $6000!


        East Lake Neighbor in Need


    Kirkwood Cares now a part of Neighbor in Need!


        StartME! New cohorts will be announced in January 2022!

    Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets. We raised $330 for Kirkwood families that are in need this holiday season!


    Thank you to our awesome members and their generous donations that totaled more than $1000!

    •     Delicious wine + KWS 2021 glasses and T-shirt
    •     $25 Taproom Coffee Gift Card
    •     Blank Canvas Massage $100 Gift Certificate
    •     Smugs Fitness Package $220
    •     Dom Beijos Wine Tasting Certificates (3)
    •     The Mike & Margie Team, Atlanta Intown Real Estate  $100 Publix Gift Card
    •     Poppa Corns Gourmet Popcorn and Gift Cards
    •     Delightful Tours Travel Journals
    •     $100 Indigo Wellness Gift Card and Rebel + Suede Candles
    Thank you to everyone who donated a new unwrapped gift to the Zone 6 Toy Drive. We collected 35 toys!


  • 26 Nov 2021 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    The film production I recently posted about has undergone some changes.

    There still will be a street and lane closure November 29th through December 4th.

    • There will be a full street closure of Howard St. NE from Warlick Pl. NE around the curve onto College Ave NE until Kirkwood Rd. NE from 11/29-12/3 but the filming times have changed for some of the above dates.
    • **Updates** -
      • (11/29) is now 9am-10pm
      • (11/30) is now 11:30a-12:00am
      •  (12/1-12/3) remains overnight filming, 4pm-4am
      •  The west curb sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians, but they may be asked to wait a moment during filming.
      • The southbound lane (west curb) of Kirkwood Rd. NE will also be closed from 8am-5am, 11/29-12/4.
      • The northbound lane (east curb) will remain open to motorists and both sidewalks will remain open to pedestrians.

    I reached out to the production and they assured me that there will be a safe flow of traffic as this space is reserved for a couple trucks, and little crew activity.

    • APD officers will be on site directing traffic.
    •  The TCP map of the closure remains the same, and I have included the updated notification letter from the production team.
    •  ***THERE IS NO LONGER ANY SIMULATED GUNFIRE*** -The production team has cancelled all scheduled plans for simulated gunfire.
    •  This is still a big production, so please contact me or the location team with any concerns over safety. Best, Daniel Kolodziej Kirkwood Film Liaison daniel.kolodziej@historickirkwood.org


  • 16 Nov 2021 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    WELCOME: IT’S GREAT TO BE IN PERSON! THANK YOU ATOMIC ENTERTAINMENT FOR HOSTING!

    11:10: Introductions

    • Name, Name of Business, address, brief description, years in business. Are you a Kirkwood resident?

    11:20: KBOA Meeting Minutes:Secretary: Matthew MacLeod Foundation Physical Therapy


    11:20: KBOA Finances: Treasurer: Josh Bennett, Bennett Accounting Services

    • Bank Balance: Checking $62,112.75   Savings $23,540.96    Total $85,653.71

    • In-Progress: Taxes 2019 & 2020

    11:25: Biz Update

    • KBOA 2022 Planning:  Board of Director Elections in March. New KBOA Administrator and Events Manager. INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THE 2022 BOARD? Email kirkwoodbiz@gmail.com

    • Shop Small Business Bingo + Creative Loafing Local Goods Guide 

      • Sign up by November 20th here. Donate gift cards for prizes. 

      • Small Business Saturday is Nov 27th. 

      • Get Your ONE free listing with CL + more 

    • KBOA Holiday Party: Tuesday December 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. FREE All are welcome! 

      • Food from KBOA members, wine & beer and music by DJ Tiny. 

      • KUCC FAMILIES IN NEED RAFFLE: Donate gift cards for prizes HERE. All money raised will be donated. $1 for 1. $5 for 10. $10 for 20. $20 for wing span. 

      • Zone 6 Toy Drive: Bring a new unwrapped present and get a raffle ticket. 

    Community Update

    • City of Atlanta Run-Off Elections November 30th: District 5, Council President, Mayor. See info

    • Kirkwood Neighbors Organization.   See all 2021 Meeting Agendas and Minutes here

    • NPU-O Liaison: Brandi Smart : Empire Arts Gallery  New website!!  AtlantaNPUO.org 

      • Next Meeting: Tuesday November 23 @ 6:30pm   

    • Dekalb Avenue Construction Project begins in January! Recently the Atlanta Department of Transportation hosted a public engagement meeting to discuss the Dekalb Avenue Safety Improvements project as well as the Department of Watershed Management’s Safety Improvement Storm water project. These long-awaited improvements will begin in January and will be occurring simultaneously. ATLDOT's website.

    11:35: COMMITTEE REPORTS:

    Wine Stroll: Chair- Sumarie Forrester: Forrester Fundraising + Vice Chair Randy Brazee: Jon and Randy Real Estate

    • SAVE THE DATE: Friday September 16, 2022

    • NonProfit Grants: East Lake Neighbor in Need, StartME and Kirkwood Cares will each receive $2000 at our December 7th KBOA Holiday Party.

    • INTERESTED IN JOINING THE COMMITTEE? Email kirkwoodwinestroll@gmail.com

    Membership: Chairs: Sam Mugavero: Smugs Fitness 

    • 96 members 35 lapsed

    • New Members: Turner Monumental AME

    • Thank you to our renewing members!!!

    • Coffee Networking @ Taproom: January 4, 2022 @ 9:30am. 

      • KBOA Board of Directors Info Session


    Filming Liaison: Dan Kolodziej (KNO) + Tim “Tiny” Jackson, DJ Tiny + Keith Forrester Poppa Corns Gourmet Popcorn : film@historickirkwood.org 

    • $5000 year to date donations. 

    • See Guidelines Here- Also added at historickirkwood.org + kirkwoodbiz.com 

    • #FILMKirkwood emails and social posts are going out in advance of the first filming date. 

    • FILMING: NOV 17-20 UPDATES from https://www.kirkwoodbiz.com/Blog/12122167. CURRENT UPDATED OVERVIEW: https://www.kirkwoodbiz.com/Blog/12130889

      • The northbound lane (east curb) of Norwood Avenue NE in between Emery Pl and Delano drive will also be closed the 17th-20th with the southbound lane (west curb) remaining open to motorists and pedestrians.

      • A full street closure of Norwood Avenue NE in between Emery Pl and Delano will be in effect from 4pm Friday, the 19th until 4am Saturday the 20th. Motorists will not be able to get through except for homeowners during this time.

      • APD officers will be on site directing traffic

    • If you see a production filming other than times noted, please contact Contact Dan at (219) 314-6244 or film@historickirkwood.org.

    12:00PM: Adjourn 

    Election Year Statement

    Kirkwood Business Owners’ Association does not endorse any candidate running for office in the City of Atlanta. KBOA does not allow campaigning of any kind during meetings or events. Candidates may join the organization and attend any meetings to hear business related concerns and learn about the community. Any statement made by board members is personal and not affiliated with the organization. We encourage business owners to get educated and speak up for what matters for your business. GREAT RESOURCE: https://voteatl.org/learn
  • 16 Nov 2021 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    There have been updates to the film production coming to Kirkwood this week, November 17th-20th that requires lane and street closures, and overnight filming on Friday the 19th into Saturday the 20th.

    The eastbound lane (south curb) of Robson PL NE will still be closed the 17th-20th from 7am-7pm with the westbound lane (north curb) remaining open to motorists and pedestrians.

    Robson CT NE will also remain a full street closure from 11am on Friday the 19th, until 11am on Saturday the 20th.

    **UPDATES**

    The northbound lane (east curb) of Norwood Avenue NE in between Emery Pl and Delano drive will also be closed the 17th-20th with the southbound lane (west curb) remaining open to motorists and pedestrians.


    A full street closure of Norwood Avenue NE in between Emery Pl and Delano will be in effect from 4pm Friday, the 19th until 4am Saturday the 20th. Motorists will not be able to get through except for homeowners during this time.


    APD officers will be on site directing traffic.

    I have included updated TCP maps of the closures, and the notification letter. The first TCP illustrates the lane closure on Norwood Ave. The second TCP map illustrates the street closure of Norwood Ave.

    I apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. Contact info for the location team is listed on the notification letter, but also feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

  • 16 Nov 2021 8:28 AM | Anonymous

    The City of Atlanta is currently considering a second round of TSPLOST funding for $300M as well as a second infrastructure bond of $400M to support necessary infrastructure investments. Thanks to Little 5 Points CID Board member and District 2 City Councilmember Amir Farokhi, the full $3M Euclid Avenue improvement is currently on the draft TSPLOST list, but we need your help to make sure it makes the final cut!

    At this point the list is simply in draft form, and given that the City of Atlanta has more than $3B in infrastructure funding needs over the next 20 years, that list may change before it's formally voted upon by City.  

    We need L5P supporters to participate in the City's upcoming community information meetings over the next 2 weeks to speak up about the need for our Euclid Avenue improvements. The meeting for the NE quadrant of the city will be Thursday, November 18 from noon to 1 pm and again from 6 to 7 pm.

    Please use this City of Atlanta Zoom link to call in during the meetings and show your support for Little 5 Points and our infrastructure needs. We will continue to keep you posted on the approval process as these lists move through the City. As of now, the TSPLOST and Infrastructure Bond papers will be submitted to appropriate Council committees the week of November 29, 2021.

  • 12 Nov 2021 12:24 PM | Anonymous

    A film production is coming to Kirkwood November 17th-20th that will require a lane, and street closure, and overnight filming on Friday the 19th.

    The south lane of Robson PL NE will be closed the 17th-20th from 7am-7pm with the north lane remaining open to motorists and pedestrians.

    Robson CT NE will be a full street closure from 11am on Friday the 19th, until 11am on Saturday the 20th.

    APD officers will be on site directing traffic.

    I have included a TCP map of the closure, and the notification letter.



    Also, the Locations team from the production is hosting a community coffee and pastries event for any Kirkwood residents concerned and/or fatigued about filming in the neighborhood, and to simply put a face behind the production and answer any questions.

    They have rented the Kirkyard Public House patio, and will be serving coffee from Taproom, and pastries from Evergreen Butcher and Baker this Saturday, November 13th from 10am to 12pm. All Kirkwood residents are welcome!


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