You have an idea and the passion and willingness to work hard – but to truly build a thriving business you need more. Ronnie S. Rose, owner of Self Healers Yoga in Atlanta, knows that too well. The story of Self Healers Yoga is a testament to the power of passion and the invaluable support that initiatives like ATLinBusiness can provide to budding entrepreneurs.

For Rose, the journey toward creating Self Healers Yoga was deeply personal. In the face of anxieties and stress brought on by the challenges of 2020, she found comfort in the practice of yoga. Recognizing the transformative power it held, she dreamed of a space where others could tap into their inner selves and create peace. 

“People often turn to yoga at their breaking point. I teach how to use the resources you have inside you to help figure out how to manage. Yoga can really help with that,” Rose passionately explains.

However, the path from a passionate idea to a thriving business has its challenges. Rose, like many entrepreneurs, recognized the need for structure, guidance, and expertise. This is where ATLinBusiness, an initiative by Invest Atlanta, stepped in to bridge the gap.

ATLinBusiness offers invaluable, no cost services to small businesses in the City of Atlanta. One of the program’s standout features is its ability to pair a business with a consultant who possesses the precise skills to support that business’ needs. For Rose, this meant finding a consultant who could provide the necessary support in website development, marketing, and business planning.

“I was matched with a consultant that had the skills I didn’t. I have the passion for my business but needed structure and a way for people to find out about me. Before I worked with ATLinBusiness, I was doing everything on a whim. I didn’t even have pricing,” Rose shares.

Rose says the help she received from ATLinBusiness really got her started and this is just the beginning. For now, Self Healers Yoga provides personal one on one or small group sessions, but her hope is to open a brick and mortar Self Healers Retreat and Wellness Center. 

ATLinBusiness is playing a pivotal role in nurturing these aspirations, one small business at a time. If you are a small business in the City of Atlanta and interested in learning more about ATLinBusiness, visit the website and begin the process of being partnered with a consultant at no-cost to you. 
Learn more about Self Healers Yoga here.

Jeannette Flores-Katz and her husband, Ken Katz, had a determined attitude of “failure is not an option” when they came up with the idea for Buenos Dias Cafe and Pupuseria in 2011. However, they recognized the need for financial support to kickstart their idea, which led them to seek help from Invest Atlanta. 

Fast forward to 2020, the restaurant faced challenges, particularly due to the restrictions on indoor dining brought about by the pandemic. To ensure the survival of Buenos Dias Cafe, the couple turned to Invest Atlanta once again, this time through the ATLinBusiness program. They were specifically looking for marketing help.

“We needed to figure out a new way to do business due to the changing landscape,” Katz explains.

Recognizing a need for a stronger online presence to drive traffic to their website and build online delivery services, the restaurant owners were connected with a consultant through ATLinBuinsess. This consultant played a big role in educating them about website development, keywords and search engine optimization (SEO). Their goal was to make sure the restaurant would appear in search results when people looked for Latin food in Atlanta. The collaboration between an ATLinBusiness consultant and Flores-Katz spanned approximately 10 weeks, ultimately enabling them to transition to running their business 100% online.

ATLinBusiness offers no-cost services to small businesses in Atlanta. A key feature of the program is pairing the business with a consultant who has expertise in the area the business requires assistance. Katz says the help was so valuable and encourages other Atlanta businesses entrepreneurs to use these services. He goes on to say that, while it is no-cost to the business, you have to be able to put in the work and actively participate. 

“It’s not just a case of submitting your issue and letting someone else solve it. It is a collaborative effort. Really a partnership with the consultant,” Katz says. He says it was worth the work because, for Buenos Dias Cafe, it meant staying afloat during a tough economic time. 
If you are a small business in the City of Atlanta and interested in learning more about ATLinBusiness, you can visit the website and begin the process of being partnered with a consultant at no-cost to you.

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