OUR VILLAGE UNITED / WHO WE ARE

ABOUT

THEORY OF CHANGE.

The work of Our Village United is grounded in a theory of change that focuses on building strong, resilient communities through the delivery of culturally-competent training and business solutions.  This training positions businesses to create more jobs and thrive within the Atlanta community.

During the past four years of building community within this unique entrepreneurship ecosystem, our team has observed that taking the time to cultivate community through strategic gatherings and positioning microbusinesses to share essential backend resources (e.g., master classes and accounting services) has helped address many of the obstacles that microbusinesses face in trying to grow and thrive in Atlanta.

When Black-owned, microbusinesses are afforded help in the business development arenas where they lack expertise these businesses move one step closer to becoming thriving job creation engines in the community capable of directly impacting economic inequality and wealth building.

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About ELEVATE:

ELEVATE is a 12-week incubator that is tailored to serve the most urgent needs identified by small businesses. The 12-week program provides resources, tools, mentorship, training, wellness support, and connects an ecosystem of entrepreneurs to thriving community partners who are dedicated to the growth of solopreneurs and microbusinesses. ELEVATE moves businesses from aspiration to application to the achievement of growing from sole operators to a thriving business with multiple employees.

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Mission:

We grow and support Black solopreneurs and microbusinesses by delivering targeted technical assistance and shared professional services that empower business owners to grow their operations and scale their businesses. Dedicated to serving the whole business, we not only focus on the health of the business, but also the health of the business owner by partnering with licensed wellness coaches and mental health practitioners to serve as mentors to small businesses. Our core belief is that by serving the whole business, the entire community prospers economically and holistically.

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unstuck

UnStuck provides an enriching opportunity for entrepreneurs/ small businesses to present his/her business challenges to a village of dynamic leaders and trendsetters in their respected fields, and as a village, we provide tools, field experiences, and resources to help them become “unstuck.”

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Meet
the team

Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon

Executive Director

Andre Whittington

Program Manager

Kris Smith

Small Business Champion

M. COLE

Small Business Champion

RANADA ROBINSON

Program Evaluator

MARTA COLLIER-YOUNGBLOOD

Grant Manager

DR. JOY BECKWITH

Wellness Champion