Albany Community Together, Inc.

Albany Community Together, Inc. ACT!’s mission is building wealth and creating economic opportunities in Georgia by providing affordable access to capital and business development services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.
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We wrapped up week 8 last night of Meet Me Here, Make Magic Happen. What a great journey it has been with the businesses...
04/30/2021

We wrapped up week 8 last night of Meet Me Here, Make Magic Happen. What a great journey it has been with the businesses that participated. With the growth and progression of these businesses, we have wonderful things in store.

We wrapped up week 8 last night of Meet Me Here, Make Magic Happen. What a great journey it has been with the businesses that participated. With the growth and progression of these businesses, we have wonderful things in store.

Week 7 went down in history! The last stop on our destiny to a developed business is week 8, 4/29/2021. If you missed re...
04/23/2021

Week 7 went down in history! The last stop on our destiny to a developed business is week 8, 4/29/2021. If you missed registering, the program will be offered again in the near future. Stay Tuned!!

Week 7 went down in history! The last stop on our destiny to a developed business is week 8, 4/29/2021. If you missed registering, the program will be offered again in the near future. Stay Tuned!!

Week six was lit with information on strategic planning and having the right people in place. Next week we will cover ma...
04/16/2021

Week six was lit with information on strategic planning and having the right people in place. Next week we will cover marketing communications. To join us go to our website; www.albanycommunitytogether.com and register under events. If you have already registered you can go to the Google classroom day of class. #GrowWithGoogle

Week six was lit with information on strategic planning and having the right people in place. Next week we will cover marketing communications. To join us go to our website; www.albanycommunitytogether.com and register under events. If you have already registered you can go to the Google classroom day of class. #GrowWithGoogle

We are going into week five tomorrow for Meet Me Here. We will cover business operations. If you have already registered...
04/07/2021

We are going into week five tomorrow for Meet Me Here. We will cover business operations. If you have already registered, we will see you at 6:00 pm tomorrow!

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We are going into week five tomorrow for Meet Me Here. We will cover business operations. If you have already registered, we will see you at 6:00 pm tomorrow!

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We are half way through the Meet Me Here program!! Last night we discussed creditworthiness from a financing perspective...
04/02/2021

We are half way through the Meet Me Here program!! Last night we discussed creditworthiness from a financing perspective. Those who attended got a chance to see how they can stand a good chance for approval.

We are half way through the Meet Me Here program!! Last night we discussed creditworthiness from a financing perspective. Those who attended got a chance to see how they can stand a good chance for approval.

Last Thursday went well. This week we will look more at the 4 C's of financing. Class time will be from 6:00-7:30 pm. If...
03/29/2021

Last Thursday went well. This week we will look more at the 4 C's of financing. Class time will be from 6:00-7:30 pm. If you haven't registered you will want to be on the look out for this week's link.

Last Thursday went well. This week we will look more at the 4 C's of financing. Class time will be from 6:00-7:30 pm. If you haven't registered you will want to be on the look out for this week's link.

We had a good turn out for week Two of  "Meet Me Here" Let's double those numbers this week by registering below. Dr. Jo...
03/21/2021

We had a good turn out for week Two of "Meet Me Here" Let's double those numbers this week by registering below. Dr. Johnson will be going over credit and how to build it. You don't want to miss!
https://community.grow.google/s/event/a0r1E00000BRetp/workshop-20210325

We had a good turn out for week Two of "Meet Me Here" Let's double those numbers this week by registering below. Dr. Johnson will be going over credit and how to build it. You don't want to miss!
https://community.grow.google/s/event/a0r1E00000BRetp/workshop-20210325

This week's module is about credit. You don't want to miss week three!If you haven't registered, you may do so below. Th...
03/21/2021

This week's module is about credit. You don't want to miss week three!
If you haven't registered, you may do so below. Those who have registered must accept the invite to join the class. See you soon!
https://community.grow.google/s/event/a0r1E00000BRetp/workshop-20210325

This week's module is about credit. You don't want to miss week three!
If you haven't registered, you may do so below. Those who have registered must accept the invite to join the class. See you soon!
https://community.grow.google/s/event/a0r1E00000BRetp/workshop-20210325

Yesterday's first workshop was a success. You can still join the cohort next week, March 18th, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 pm. L...
03/12/2021

Yesterday's first workshop was a success. You can still join the cohort next week, March 18th, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Link to register will be posted soon...#MeetMeHere #ACT,INC #GrowWithGoogle

Yesterday's first workshop was a success. You can still join the cohort next week, March 18th, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Link to register will be posted soon...#MeetMeHere #ACT,INC #GrowWithGoogle

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03/11/2021
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You can now register for the first virtual module in Meet Me Here, A Capacity Building Program. Click the link below or ...
03/05/2021

You can now register for the first virtual module in Meet Me Here, A Capacity Building Program. Click the link below or go to our website under "News" and "Events" for registration. Class is on March 11th, 2021 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. See you there...https://community.grow.google/s/event/a0r1E00000Cxa2N/workshop-20210311

You can now register for the first virtual module in Meet Me Here, A Capacity Building Program. Click the link below or go to our website under "News" and "Events" for registration. Class is on March 11th, 2021 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. See you there...https://community.grow.google/s/event/a0r1E00000Cxa2N/workshop-20210311

Register now for next week's premier class  in the Meet Me Here program. Free workshop, must register on website. #GrowW...
03/04/2021

Register now for next week's premier class in the Meet Me Here program. Free workshop, must register on website. #GrowWithGoogle

Register now for next week's premier class in the Meet Me Here program. Free workshop, must register on website. #GrowWithGoogle

#GrowWithGoogle We’re proud to celebrate and support our local businesses. Join us for a free #GrowWithGoogle virtual wo...
03/02/2021

#GrowWithGoogle We’re proud to celebrate and support our local businesses. Join us for a free #GrowWithGoogle virtual workshop on March 11th, 2021 from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Registration details to soon follow.

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02/24/2021
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Winter blues slowing down your productivity? Join us at the Be More Productive With Google Workspace partner digital eve...
02/16/2021

Winter blues slowing down your productivity? Join us at the Be More Productive With Google Workspace partner digital event, on 2/17 at 12pm EST, to learn how to organize emails, use voice-to-text typing in Docs, create Calendar work blocks to manage your time, & more! http://goo.gle/GrowOnAirFeb17
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Winter blues slowing down your productivity? Join us at the Be More Productive With Google Workspace partner digital event, on 2/17 at 12pm EST, to learn how to organize emails, use voice-to-text typing in Docs, create Calendar work blocks to manage your time, & more! http://goo.gle/GrowOnAirFeb17
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01/26/2021

In September 2020, The Sapelo Foundation awarded Albany Community Together, Inc. (ACT!) with its first Program Related Investment (PRI), in the form of a loan for $100,000, at 0% interest, for a duration of three years.

One goal of this first-ever PRI for The Sapelo Foundation was to support ACT! and its extraordinary work, vision, leadership, expertise, and partnership with entrepreneurs in greater Albany. Another goal was to complement its grantmaking work in Albany with a PRI.

Join GSIC and The Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA) for a conversation with Nicole Bagley and Philip Carey, Trustees from The Sapelo Foundation, and Thelma Johnson, CEO of ACT!, about this decision to make an impact investment and how ACT! has been able to leverage it to attract additional funding. This discussion will be moderated by Christine Reeves Strigaro, Executive Director of The Sapelo Foundation. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-with-the-sapelo-foundation-and-albany-community-together-tickets-134429421017

To read more about The Sapelo Foundation's decision to make a PRI, read their blog post for GSIC here: https://gasocialimpact.com/sapelo-foundation-act-pri/

01/26/2021

TOMORROW: Join GSIC and The Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA) for a conversation with Nicole Bagley and Philip Carey, Trustees from The Sapelo Foundation, and Thelma Johnson, CEO of ACT!, about The Sapelo Foundation's decision to make an impact investment and how ACT! has been able to leverage it to attract additional funding.

This discussion will be moderated by Christine Reeves Strigaro, Executive Director of The Sapelo Foundation. Sign up here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-with-the-sapelo-foundation-and-albany-community-together-tickets-134429421017?ref=estw

Albany Community Together, Inc. ACT! would like to thank the Sapelo Foundation for investing in its mission driven work....
01/04/2021
Thelma Adams Johnson on LinkedIn: #inclusionmatters #equityandinclusion #blackbusinessesmatter

Albany Community Together, Inc. ACT! would like to thank the Sapelo Foundation for investing in its mission driven work. This is the first Program related investment (PRI) for ACT! and the first PRI made by the Sapelo Foundation.

ACT! is honored to be given this opportunity by the Sapelo Foundation. The funds will be used to advance the work of creating access and inclusion for minority-owned businesses.

#inclusionmatters #equityandinclusion #blackbusinessesmatter #entrepreneruship #financialjustice

Albany Community Together, Inc. ACT! would like to thank the Sapelo Foundation for investing in its mission driven work. This is the first Program related...

Albany Community Together, Inc. receives $1 Million from Grow With Google Small Business Loan Fund and $150,000 in Grant...
01/04/2021

Albany Community Together, Inc. receives $1 Million from Grow With Google Small Business Loan Fund and $150,000 in Grant Funds from Grow with Google. These funds will target minority and women-owned small businesses, and other underserved local businesses, that are facing unprecedented challenges as they navigate COVID-19. The Grow with Google Small Business Fund will help these businesses—especially those in distressed communities—survive this unprecedented crisis.
In need of assistance, contact ACT!, Saving our small business community.

Albany Community Together, Inc. Receives $1 Million from Wells Fargo #WellsFargoSubject: Albany Community Together (ACT!...
01/01/2021

Albany Community Together, Inc. Receives $1 Million from Wells Fargo #WellsFargo

Subject: Albany Community Together (ACT!) receives $1 million to help southwest Georgia businesses stay open

As we enter the holiday season that is so critical for many small businesses, new relief is on the way – Albany Community Together (ACT!) is among the first to receive funds from Wells Fargo’s new Open for Business Fund, bringing more than $1 million to southwest Georgia to help small businesses stay open and save jobs. ACT! will primarily use the funds for lending capital, loan loss reserves and subsidies for loans between $25,000 to $50,000. The funds will help about 30 small businesses create or retain at least 45 jobs.

Wells Fargo launched the Open for Business Fund this summer as an approximately $400 million small business recovery effort across the U.S. to help entrepreneurs recover and rebuild. The initiative focuses on increasing access to capital, technical expertise and long-term resiliency programs and will continue into 2021.

“Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund is another avenue of support and enlists the expertise of organizations like ACT! to urgently help Georgia small businesses recover and preserve the jobs they provide in the community,” said Jeretha Peters, Wells Fargo Advisors branch manager and ACT! board member. “We can all play a role in brightening the holiday season for small business owners by offering resources, shopping local and shining a light on how much small businesses contribute to the heart of our community.”

ACT! President and CEO Thelma Johnson said the $1 million award will allow the organization to be creative in its support of our small businesses “as we assist them in recovering, rebuilding and relaunching.

“ACT! understands the needs of our geographic footprint, and with the funding from Wells Fargo, we intend to make an impact to help sustain those small businesses hardest hit,” Johnson said. “In addition, we will continue to provide business development services, capital and connections while in the midst of a global pandemic and help businesses stabilize post-pandemic.”

Albany Mayor Bo Dorough said local citizens are grateful to Wells Fargo for selecting ACT! as one of the first recipients of its Open for Business Fund.

“The generous grant of $1 million will provide loans for operating capital and other business needs to approximately 30 small and disadvantaged businesses, which have been disproportionately impacted by the economic lockdown and stagnation resulting from COVID-19,” the mayor said. “These funds will assist those businesses in continuing operations, retaining employees and repositioning for recovery.”

In addition to these new grants, Wells Fargo has donated more than $300,000 this year in support of small business recovery and relief in the midst of the pandemic.

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For more information or interviews, contact ACT! President and CEO Thelma Johnson at 229-343-0182 or [email protected]

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01/01/2021

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If your News Year's resolution is to grow, start, or expand your business, give ACT! Albany Community Together, Inc. a c...
01/01/2021
Albany Community Together Inc. – ACT! proudly partners with the Department of Housing & Urban Development to support business within the surrounding areas.

If your News Year's resolution is to grow, start, or expand your business, give ACT! Albany Community Together, Inc. a call. We are here to help you with access to capital, coaching, and connections. Your small business resource. (229) 420-4600. www.albanycommunitytogether.inc

ACT! proudly partners with the Department of Housing & Urban Development to support business within the surrounding areas.

12/11/2020

Albany Community Together (ACT!) is among the first to receive funds from Wells Fargo’s new Open for Business Fund, bringing more than $1 million to southwest Georgia to help small businesses stay open and save jobs. ACT! will primarily use the funds for lending capital, loan loss reserves and subsidies for loans between $25,000 to $50,000. The funds will help about 30 small businesses create or retain at least 45 jobs.

Wells Fargo’s Open for Business Fund is another avenue of support and enlists the expertise of organizations like ACT! to urgently help Georgia small businesses recover and preserve the jobs they provide in the community,” said Jeretha Peters, Wells Fargo Advisors branch manager and ACT! board member. “We can all play a role in brightening the holiday season for small business owners by offering resources, shopping local and shining a light on how much small businesses contribute to the heart of our community.”

“ACT! understands the needs of our geographic footprint, and with the funding from Wells Fargo, we intend to make an impact to help sustain those small businesses hardest hit,” Thelma Johnson said. “In addition, we will continue to provide business development services, capital and connections while in the midst of a global pandemic and help businesses stabilize post-pandemic.”

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230 S. Jackson St, Ste 333
Albany, GA
31701

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(229) 420-4600

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ACT! is a public-private economic action partnership established in 1997 and a Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) through the U. S. Department of Treasury whose mission is building wealth and creating economic opportunities by providing access to affordable capital and business support services.

ACT! provides financial assistance to small businesses that are not able to access traditional sources of capital. We work in partnership with banks to meet the credit needs of small business owners. Our programs serve to close the financial gap, to make the business owner “whole” financially. We help our banking partners meet their customers’ financial needs by providing “gap funding”. We help support the three prongs that leads to small business success, capital, coaching, and connections.

Since 2000, ACT! has helped small businesses access over $26 Million in capital through direct and private leveraging. ACT! is your small business resource partner. For more information contact us at (229) 420-4600.

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