Atlanta Business League Business Training & Education program: Business Enrichment Seminar Series (BESS)
The Education Committee of the ABL works to insure that the League provides its membership with educational experiences, training and consultations that will allow the members to enjoy significant opportunities for personal as well as individual business growth. It is the committee's aim to keep our membership informed, while at the same time providing significant and varied activities that will help the League's membership to be more successful business persons that can not only experience increased profits for their businesses but serve to stimulate additional employment opportunities for Atlantans.
The Education committee designs training and enrichment activities that will impart valuable information and skill sets that if applied will insure increased success for the League's membership. The committee's programs uses a variety of formats all designed to insure that every contact that a member has with the ABL meets or exceeds the members' "value for value" expectations. This includes membership meetings, mini-seminars, workshops, and visits to the ABL website as well as at other ABL sponsored activities.
I. ABL membership meetings
A. Business tips – The Education Committee envisions continuing the business tips that have become a part of the regular agendas for ABL meetings. The committee works to insure relevance and the quality of the information provided.
B. Speakers - As a part of the committee's tactical program it insures that every speaker at ABL meetings at a minimum provides the attendees with some personal insights into what they have learned that has allowed them to become successful in their chosen professions. Ideally we encourage the speakers to share some words of wisdom ('kernels') that they believe can be helpful to small business persons. The exceptions to this shall be in those instances when a person selected for their expertise and knowledge of an "informational" topic for the membership. This is the case regardless of the profession the speaker comes from.
II. Mini-seminars - The Committee presents a series of educational programs for the League's membership. There are nine (9) such mini-seminars annually.
III. Workshops - The committee presents two half-day intensive workshops annually. These workshops are held in partnership with partnering organizations.
IV. Free Consulting - The Committee conducts an event where members can come and speak one on one with experts in various areas of business such as advertising, bookkeeping, legal, sales, etc. This event is open on a first come first serve basis using the volunteer assistance of various experts in these areas for one hour at no cost. These workshops are held in partnership with partnering organizations.
The project is underwritten jointly by the Atlanta Business League and the following sources.
- AGL Resources
- AirTran Airways
- Bank of America
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Atlanta Marriott Marquis
- Citizens Trust Bank
- The Coca-Cola Company
- Georgia Power
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- Publix Supermarkets
The BESS is coordinated by the Atlanta Business League (ABL), a 501(c)(6) organization that implements programs and initiatives that lead to the development of business relationships resulting in millions of dollars of revenue generated and hundreds of new business start-ups. The organization also serves as an information clearinghouse and referral source for minority owned business.