Small Business

We Deserve A Community Where Business Is Booming

People on the outside think that West End is like this because we don't work hard enough. But the truth is that so much black labor and wealth goes to ownership from outside the neighborhood.

We’ve flattened the district out trying to appease outside investors. Let’s lead with strength and make it easier for people to start small businesses, help people hire their neighbors at a living wage, and encourage businesses built on co-operative control so that we have owners who actually live here and care about the neighborhood.

In The First Year

  1. Explore micro loans or long term low interest loans for minorities that want to start a business, and give them first right of refusal over large corporations by banks to help develop the local economy.

  2. Lower the barriers to implement farmers markets for the community by the community.

  3. Explore youth employment opportunities by the City of Atlanta and pay them $15/hour

  4. Stimulate the local economy by examining the use of land trusts.

  5. Rent city property at an affordable rate to create accessible commercial space for locally owned businesses to foster thriving residential communities.

Subsequent years

  1. Create more jobs and access to opportunity in the district by promoting existing trade skill programs and exploring establishing a trade school to address the shortage in the trade skills area (welding, plumbing, beautician services, hairdressing, etc.
  2. Help residents establish licensed child care centers and licensed family child care homes by connecting them to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.