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Urban Hope Works With Atlanta Small Businesses

ATLANTA - For anyone interested in starting a new business or growing an existing company, the Urban Hope Community Development Corporation – Entrepreneur Training Center (UH-ETC) Business Planning and Development Process should be on your 2011 calendar. A free community information session and reception was attended by political officials, bankers, government and corporate procurement leaders, entrepreneurs and future business owners on Thursday, January 20, 2011 at the Sanford Realty Plaza in Decatur, GA. An overview of the U.S. Department of Commerce award winning 12-week business planning & development training program along with testimonials from EDN Alumni who are operating extremely successful businesses such as franchises, federal contractors, corporate suppliers, law offices, non-profits, faith-based organizations, medical and consulting across many other industries were among the many highlights of the evening. This unmatched business education assists small-businesses in preparing and implementing detailed business plans while offering access to industry experts, funding sources, federal and corporate supplier contracting opportunities for small, minority and women owned businesses through the EDN-Global network. Ultimately, students obtain the knowledge required to successfully implement a comprehensive plan with sustainable business and infrastructure model.

“This comprehensive program covers all aspects of launching and operating a sustainable business enterprise,” stated Alena Edmondson, President, Urban Hope Community Development Corporation. “Our ultimate goal is to foster community development by nurturing the development and growth of new and existing small businesses, promote entrepreneurial talent and create jobs, which in turn revitalizes local communities and bridges the gap for the next generation of entrepreneur leadership.”

The Entrepreneurial training & development process is just one of Urban Hope’s community development and revitalization initiatives that directly aligns with the vision of DeKalb County’s Economic Development Board, led by Stan Watson, Commissioner, Super District 7, DeKalb County, GA. Commissioner Watson addressed the group and stated that small business owners are critical to future job creation which results in growth in DeKalb County, the state of GA and the nation. Other members of his transition team were in attendance as Jerome Edmondson was announced Chairman of his Super District 7 DeKalb County Economic Development Transition Team. Commissioner Watson also announced that Jerome Edmondson would Co-Chair his International Global Trade and Import/Export initiative in DeKalb County. “From high school students in our Youth Entrepreneur Protégé Program (YEPP) to the unemployed and existing executives unsure about their futures, people are turning to entrepreneurship for self-sufficiency,” said Jerome Edmondson, CEO, EDN Global. “Our history includes 18 years of personal entrepreneur success and a proven track record of graduating over 7,000 entrepreneurial students over the past 13 years.”

EDN Global has repositioned itself as a for-profit entity focused on capacity building, bonding and sustainability training processes for corporations and federal agencies that are regulated to provide contracting opportunities to qualified small, minority, veteran and women owned suppliers. EDN Global’s focus is on small business and job creation growth. Edmondson reminded attendees of the momentum gained in 2010 with the Obama Administration’s SBA Small Business Job’s Act which reminded policy makers that entrepreneurship is a means to spurring the growth of the economy and creating jobs. “I feel it is reasonable to expect that America's commitment to entrepreneurship will grow in 2011 and beyond,” said Edmondson. “EDN Global provides supplier development, vendor qualification workshops and global business training sessions in GA, MI, NC, LA, FL, South Africa and the Bahamas. I am confident that working in collaborative partnerships is key to positively impacting the 9.8 million unemployed in the United States, a substantial decrease from the 14.5 million which was a result of new entrepreneurial policy and funding initiates.”

The next business planning and development training sessions will begin March 8, 2011 and registration is available online at Urban Hopes corporate award winning financial literacy workshop for business owners is also available. It will explore financial goal setting, creating a financial portfolio, money management and more which is critical for Urban Community business continuity. Each participant will complete a comprehensive personal financial plan to maximize their credit score capacity. Follow up to the course includes 1 hour of free financial consultation. Registration will remain open until March 5, 2011. You are encouraged to register TODAY! The last course sold out in 3 weeks of announcement with over 83 new and existing businesses attending. All sessions will be held at the Urban Hope Entrepreneur Training Center.

During the information session, many guest speakers shared professional insights and personal journeys to entrepreneurial success. Actors and Entrepreneurs Tommy Ford from the Martin Show and Palmer Williams of Tyler Perry’s, House of Payne were among those addressing the crowd to discuss the EDN Entertainment Initiative to be launched in DeKalb County. SunTrust Bank’s Assistant V.P., Courtney Walker and its First V.P. of Community Development, Lynette Bell presented their partnership with UH-ETC and Ralph Cleveland, Executive V.P., Engineering and Operations, AGL Resources and EDN Global’s Capital for Enterprise Development (CED) capitalization partner, closed with an informative talk on becoming a high growth business institution with an inspiring footnote: “We can no longer afford to have whole communities that are not fully engaged in the economic system if the system is going to continue to grow.”

One of the many benefits of this training is the local, national and global network of alumni conducting business with each other, generating billions annually and who return as subject matter experts to teach in both the class and in the many workshops offered by Urban Hope and EDN Global. O.J. Flowers of Hungry Howie’s Pizza Franchise who went from being unemployed by the mortgage crisis to employing over 50 employees and a 5 year growth plan of 25 stores employing over 1,500. “The Entrepreneur Development Network's training equipped me with the necessary tools to take my vision and transform it into a written, comprehensive business plan,” stated Flowers. “The training was critical to launching and maintaining a top pizza franchise.”

Many other entrepreneurs had high praise for the training. James McGriff, President, Peniel Solutions attempted two prior ventures and contributes his ultimate success to the training. “I did not understand nor could I communicate the Language of Business prior to my Urban Hope and EDN-Global training,” stated McGriff. “The course equipped me and my wife Veronise to become an 8(a) certified Federal Contractor. I am a multi-millionaire because of this planning and business sustainability process.” “I resigned my position as a corporate supply-chain executive with the Home Depot organization to open a Cartridge World franchise with my husband Dennis under the guidance of the Urban Hope entrepreneur course,” stated Mykel Fraser, President. “Dennis and I just completed our EDN-Global capacity building plan and will be expanding from our Stone Crest location to franchises in the metro-Atlanta market.”

Other Information:
About Urban Hope Community Development Corporation:
Urban Hope Community Development Corporation’s Entrepreneur Development Network is a global business development and leadership-training initiative providing quality business planning and development processes to small and minority owned businesses. Urban Hope EDN’s successful models include interactive instructor led entrepreneurial training which guides in planning, writing and launching their business visions. UH EDN focuses on providing superior business education and access to resources through networking, thus delivering self-sufficiency for individuals and the families they support. Urban Hope is also a HUD certified housing counseling agency.

About EDN Global:
Crucial to the success of the holistic program is the delivery of a defined Enterprise Development Process. EDN Global, with the project management support from supply chain and procurement SME in the public and private sector, has implemented comprehensive and ongoing training, resource exposure, and support enrichment for entrepreneurs over the past 18 years. The enterprise development process includes: Strategic Planning, Education and Training, Leadership Training, Technical Communications and Public Relations, along with Business Planning and Development. To encourage the growth of entrepreneurship social networks, EDN Global hosts Business Resource Summits and partner with a number of organizations that aid in the success of each graduating entrepreneur while serving as a networking resource for Alumni businesses. 




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