Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the center open?
Application for membership is open now, but the center will not be fully operational until late in 2021. The building is still under renovation. While that work is underway, center staff will be evaluating applications and conducting interviews with applicants. When the building is ready for occupation, the center will begin scheduling programming and admitting members. If you would like to receive notifications on the center progress, please provide your email address here.
May I stop by the center and look around?
Since renovations are still ongoing, we are unable to accommodate individual visits to the center. However, those interested in seeing the center may register for a tour. Registration is available on the events calendar.
How can I be kept up to date on events and programs that I can attend at the center?
Please provide your email address here.
I’d like to get involved as a speaker, mentor, subject matter expert, sponsor, or donor. Who can I notify?
If you’re interested in being considered for a speaking opportunity, please complete the Center Engagement Form. For other inquiries, please email the Center Manager at GEC@GwinnettCounty.com.
Who can apply for membership?
Gwinnett County resident entrepreneurs in the process of starting a growth-oriented business, existing businesses looking to grow, or home-based businesses in need of support.
Is there a deadline to apply?
There is no deadline to apply. However, once the center is full, a waiting list will be established that will become the primary source of filling spaces vacated by members as they leave or graduate out of the program.
Who is considered ineligible?
Nonprofit organizations, businesses debarred or suspended from conducting business with county, state, or federal government, publicly traded companies, multilevel marketing, gambling establishments, pyramid investments, real estate investment trusts, adult entertainment, and retail or service businesses that require a high volume of customer walk-in traffic on a daily basis.
What information will I need to complete the application?
Clicking the “Apply” button on the website will take you to the application, where you will find a Membership Application Overview that outlines all information and documentation required to assist you with this process.
Is membership permanent?
No, neither membership nor occupancy is permanent. The estimated duration for the member’s time in the center will be determined and included in the member graduation plan.
What is a member graduation plan?
During a member’s application and onboarding period, the center staff will work with the member to develop a customized graduation plan suited to the member’s business. The plan will list a set of tasks, goals, milestones, and other activities that the member must adhere to in order to maintain membership and graduate from the center with a graduation certificate.
Will everyone be accepted for membership?
Memberships in the center are limited. However, even if you are not selected for membership, or if you are from outside the county, the center will still be offering support to all area small businesses in in the form of classes, workshops, business coaching, networking, mentoring, peer learning, connections to customers, capital, and market research.
What costs are involved?
Monthly membership rates vary depending on the membership level and year of membership. Please refer to the membership level matrix on the center website.
Are there reduced fees for those enduring financial hardship?
The center has an Opportunity Program that provides reduced rates. Please refer to the program criteria in the Member Handbook for eligibility guidelines.
What types of memberships are available?
Please see a full list of membership options and details here.