Start:Me Accelerator


Start:ME Clarkston

Start:ME is a free, intensive 14-week business accelerator for small businesses (businesses with 1-4 employees) that provides the business training, mentorship support and loan fund capital needed to develop their businesses.  The program is delivered by Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in partnership with Friends of Refugees, Clarkston Community Center, and Partnership for Community Action.

 Since 2013, Start:ME Clarkston has helped 50+ small business owners — mechanics, artists / makers, bakers, caterers, tutors, and more — start or grow their business. The program is recruiting for its 2017 program and is now accepting applications from promising small business owners who live or operate businesses in Clarkston or neighboring areas.  Applications are due on November 14th, 2016.

 To learn about the program, please attend an upcoming information session in the Clarkston Community:

 Wednesday, October 5th (6PM to 8PM) at Refuge Coffee – 4170 E. Ponce de Leon Ave NE

    • Saturday, October 22nd (11AM to 1PM) at Clarkston Community Center – 3701 College Ave

    • Thursday, November 3rd (6PM to 8PM) at First Baptist – 3199 Church Street

    •  More program details can also be found online at
    •  In addition to small business owners—we are recruiting mentors!  Have you established a successful business before or have strong finance and accounting, business planning, operations, marketing and/or business law experience? If so, please consider serving as a business mentor for Start:ME Clarkston. Learn more and sign up at
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Start:ME Program Coordinator Sushma Barakoti at [email protected] or call 570-290-0497.