Urban League of Greater Atlanta to present awards funded by Cobb County at ceremony Feb. 15, 2024

ATLANTA, GA, UNITED STATES, February 15, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Urban League of Greater Atlanta and the Cobb County Government will host a Business Grants Awards ceremony on Thursday, February 15, to present the 10 winners of an application and pitch contest that rated the business practices and effectiveness of competing entrepreneurs. The one-hour ceremony will begin promptly at 2 p.m. at Marvelous Creative Studios, a Black-owned business at 2787 Veterans Memorial Highway Southwest in Austell, Georgia.

Each winner will be awarded an equal share of a $200k Cobb County grant the League established to reward businesses for operational excellence, resilience and to support their continued growth. The grant money is part of a $2,022,284.00 award to the League from the Cobb County Government last spring to launch programs to promote entrepreneurship, workforce development, and housing stability in the county, particularly among historically marginalized populations.

“We are so pleased to work with Cobb County to advance opportunities for small businesses that historically have been unfairly underfunded by traditional lenders,” said Nancy Flake Johnson, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta. “Additionally, many small enterprises in our region were disproportionately harmed during the COVID pandemic.

“The businesses that won our Cobb County contest have shown themselves to be role models for overcoming odds and operating with high levels of service, business acumen, ethics and creativity.”

The winners represent a variety of enterprises, including a marketing company, restaurants, hair salon and beauty products sales, trucking company, photography, and more. The application and business pitch process allowed entrepreneurs to present their businesses to a select group of local community partners who judged and identified their top selections via virtual voting.

This event is free with a business-casual dress code.

For more information, contact Kimberly Irvin-Lee, Sr. Director – The Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at the Urban League by phone at 404.759.3492 or email at klee@ulgatl.org. To learn more about the League and its programs, visit www.ulgatl.org

About the Urban League of Greater Atlanta
Then the Atlanta Urban League and now Urban League of Greater Atlanta (ULGA or The League) was founded in 1920 as an affiliate of the National Urban League to support African-American families migrating from the rural communities of Georgia in unprecedented numbers to the vibrant industrialized City of Atlanta when Atlanta was segregated. The League provides a much-needed connection to workforce training, education advocation, including college preparation, homeownership and wealth creation, entrepreneurship and small business growth, civic engagement, and economic development.

The National Urban League, founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, spearheads the nonprofit, nonpartisan, national community-based movement that has grown to 98 affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ulgatl.org for more information about the Urban League of Greater Atlanta.

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