• 26 May 2022 6:38 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you to everyone who attended and Atomic Entertainment for Hosting!

    Meeting Minutes with Links

  • 14 May 2022 1:47 PM | Anonymous

    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!

  • 14 May 2022 1:44 PM | Anonymous

    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! 

  • 19 Apr 2022 8:48 AM | Anonymous


    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".

  • 10 Mar 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    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

    • Committees open     


    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. 



    President: Sam Mugavro: Smugs Fitness

    Vice President: OPEN

    Secretary: Matthew MacLeod: Foundation Physical Therapy ATL 

    Treasurer: Josh Bennett: Bennett’s Accounting Services


    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



    Committee: OPEN

    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

    Committee: OPEN

    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.

  • 02 Mar 2022 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    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!



    Navigating the City of Atlanta Business License Process

    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.

    Questions: resurgence@investatlanta.com!

    Mayor Andre Dickens Lifts Certain Emergency COVID-19 Restrictions


    Connect Atlanta: Enabling The People Of Atlanta To Help Keep Our City Safe

    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.

  • 02 Mar 2022 9:44 AM | Anonymous




    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.




    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. 



    SPRING FLING Special Discount for KBOA Members

  • 31 Jan 2022 3:09 PM | Anonymous
  • 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. 

Kirkwood Business Owners Association (KBOA) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. Atlanta, Georgia 30317

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