Atlanta invests in business owners of color. Atlanta’s office of economic development, Invest Atlanta, is launching the Accelerate Southside Program, which is designed to assist businesses owned by people of color in Atlanta’s southside. The program includes a business training component aimed at supporting participants in overcoming barriers frequently faced by business owners of color, such as absence of accessible capital and risk of displacement. The second aspect of the program provides entrepreneurs with down-payment assistance for their business location. The current cohort includes 21 businesses that range in annual revenue from $40,000 to $5 million. Learn more.