The club is using entrepreneurship to revitalize College Park, which according to club founder and CEO Bob Johnson is “an inner city plagued by the stigma of drugs, abandoned buildings, high crime rates, low school grades and test scores, and where 75 percent of children come from homes without a father.”
“We want to transform College Park from hoodlum highway to a highway to prosperity,” Johnson said in a statement.
Calling Club E “an incubator office environment,” Johnson and friend Peter Burns III got the concept off the ground in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2006.
Club E partnered with the city of College Park to create a public-private entrepreneur development center in a historic building on Main Street.
The city of College Park hopes the venture will help revitalize its historic downtown area, said Johnson, and he hopes it will help revitalize its residents.
“We’re all about developing human capital,” he said.
Club services and programs include Club E Café — the only coffee shop on Main Street in College Park —and one where Club E members manage and operate the café’ while simultaneously learning business basics and working to build their own businesses through the training and support they receive from other members.
The Club E Copy Center is a full-service copy center and the hub of the club’s youth program for elementary through high school students.
Additionally, the club has a working space where entrepreneurs can have access to meeting and office space equipped with computers, telephones and a virtual telephone receptionist at competitive monthly rates.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Moore said in a statement he is “passionate about helping people develop their skills and connect with the right opportunities to derive a high value from their experiences.”
A banker, ambassador for the Ritz Group and board member of the Atlanta Micro and College Park Entrepreneur Fund, Moore said important items in his daily activities are to identify the operational efforts and connections of those involved in the club and “turn up the volume” on results, growth and success.
Also involved in the club are Jo Ann Allen of One Talent Inc., a faith-based nonprofit youth development program, and Carolyn McKenzie, president and CEO of Stockbridge-based BusinessSmarts LLC, a business consulting agency.
“I’m thrilled and honored to have been given the opportunity to provide consulting services to Club E and I am deeply touched that Bob and his management team are demonstrating such an unselfish gesture by helping revitalize inner city neighborhoods through services and training,” McKenzie said in a statement.
Club E has 480 members and seeks to increase that number by 300 during the kickoff.
Membership levels range from $10 to $400 a month depending on services.
New entrepreneur levels include the Casual Membership at $10, Step Up Membership at $25 and Start Up at $50.
Information: (678) 515-1720 or www.clubeatlanta.com