Downtown Augusta to get new microenterprise center
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - A big investment is coming to downtown Augusta. It is called a microenterprise center and those behind it hope it will help small businesses throughout the city.
The center will be funded by a $2.3 million investment and will soon join businesses on Broad Street.
Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Margaret Woodard has been working on the new project.
“There is a lot going on downtown, but this is a missing piece,” she said. “This is a program that is for everyone that wants to start a new business and needs the resources.”
Woodard says this new center will be a one-stop-shop for small business owners that need resources to help their business grow.
“It’s a center for everyone. You can get what you need at a reasonable cost, or you can get the advice you need. There are no barriers. We don’t want this to be difficult,” she said.
Plans are for this center to provide business owners with training on things like accounting, HR and other critical business needs.
Augusta Technical College, and its president Dr. Jermaine Whirl, has partnered with the DDA on this project.
“It’s something that has been needed for a number of years,” Dr. Whirl said
Dr. Whirl met with the DDA in late 2021 to start brainstorming for this project. He tells FOX54 he hopes to have a board room where small businesses can pitch.
Augusta Tech will also be moving classes in its entrepreneur program to the new facility.
“We want it to be accessible. Where companies can get access to things that they need. This is a tremendous project,” he said.
This project will be funded in part by $2.3 million in congressional spending secured by Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock.
“This is about strengthening small businesses and growing jobs in the Augusta area,” he said. “To encourage innovation, to give folks that want to start a small business, those who are trying to get their business off the ground the kind of technical assistance they need. Sometimes you have to create an ecosystem for growth.”
The new center will be located on Broad Street in downtown Augusta. We're told that officials are in talks to purchase a facility, but that an announcement is coming very soon.
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