Women’s Business Center

Edge Women's Business Center

The organization is host to one of the oldest running Women’s Business Centers in the state of Georgia and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. We specialize in meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs through the delivery of best-practices in micro-enterprise and small business training, financial education, entrepreneurial focused instruction and consultation, and essential entrepreneurial support services to aid micro-entrepreneurs with launching, sustaining, and growing a business.

How can we help?

Office Hours

Week Days 9:00am to 5:00pm
Every Tuesday until 8:00pm
Please call for details: (770) 694-6593

Consultation Services

Please contact us via email at info@theedgeconnection.com or at 770-694-6593

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Our Staff

Akilah Blount, Program Director

Akilah Blount, Program Director

Akilah recently joined Greater Wealth Works Inc. as the organization’s Edge Women’s Business Center Program Director. She hopes to help grow the organization and expand their program offering to the Cobb County Regional Community.

Akilah began her journey in community organizing as a senior student at Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA. In 2013, she founded the B.E.E. Club, an organization providing senior girls the opportunity to mentor freshmen girls throughout their first years of high school. Today, BEE Club Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that has provided over 300 teen girls with the tools and resources to become organizational leaders in their schools and communities.

After co-authoring a leadership grant application with the Athens Regional Library System (ARLS) that outlined trauma-informed practices, Akilah contracted with ARLS to establish BEE Club Inc. in the Clarke County School District as an after-school peer leadership program bridging the gap between teen girls and existing educational opportunities in Athens.

Following her contract with ARLS, Akilah worked as a Program Coordinator in  the Athens-Clarke County Government developing a workforce development program called Athens Community Corps to leverage community resources to increase residents’ exposure to lucrative careers, skillsets in specialized industries, access to resources for life planning and holistic support, and connections with mentors and other working professionals in the area.

Akilah has earned bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and Women’s Studies and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Georgia.

Akilah’s  education and career work collectively aim to increase individuals’ access to leadership and life skills education through evidence-based programs, strategic partnerships, and community organizing.

April Harris, WBC Program Manager

April Harris, Program Manager

April M. Harris is a communications professional, retail franchise entrepreneur and longtime advocate board member, and constituent of Greater Wealth Works (formerly EDGE Georgia). She owned and operated a Marble Slab Creamery in the Town Brookhaven Shopping Center in Atlanta, GA.

Prior to owning and operation her franchise business April worked for more than 15 years in broadcast journalism.  April joined CNN in 1992 as a video journalist and worked her way up the ladder to become the

Atlanta-based Producer for the Emmy Award-winning show Lou Dobbs Tonight.

April played an important role in coordinating coverage of several major breaking news stories, including the Atlanta Olympic Bombing, Hurricane Katrina, and the September 11th terrorist attacks.  She covered business news stories as a Unit Producer/Superdesk Coordinator for CNN’s business unit CNNfn and as a Field Producer for CNN Saturday Morning and CNN Sunday Morning.

April has received recognition from the National Academy of Arts & Sciences for Outstanding Extended Coverage of a Business Story on Lou Dobbs Tonight, episode “Exporting America”.

April recently joined Greater Wealth Works Inc. as the organization’s Edge Women’s Business Center Program Manager.

Jennifer Agnew, Program Coordinator

Jennifer Agnew, Program Coordinator

Jennifer recently joined Greater Wealth Works Inc. as the organization’s Edge Women’s Business Center Program Coordinator. She hopes to help grow the company and expand their social media presence.

A recent graduate of Kennesaw State University Jennifer Agnew is hoping to influence the world in a positive way. She has experience in social media management, marketing, and content creation. Before coming to the edge she worked as an executive assistant to a small production company where she created and edited videos showcasing various entrepreneurs around the world.

Jennifer’s passion is conservation. While at Kennesaw State she was selected to be part of CIFAL Atlanta’s United Nations Ambassador Program where she had the opportunity to gain extensive training on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Through the program she also created an initiative, Compostable KSU, which brought composting to the University.

Volunteering has always been an important part of Jennifer’s life, and while in college she served as the Vice President or her University’s Service Sorority, Omega Phi Alpha. There she participated in a number of service projects for the University and community. She also worked as a tutor for Kennesaw’s student athletes where she had the opportunity to work with people from a verity of different places and backgrounds.

Covid
Policy

To ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff, The EDGE continues to be proactive with our business practices by scheduling both virtual and in-person consultations. In addition, our training programs are being conducted virtually and in hybrid format. We look forward to continuing to serve and assist all our Georgia entrepreneurs and clients.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance to make the necessary arrangements. For the hearing impaired, please visit Georgia Relay at: georgiarelay.org or call 711.

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