Economic Power

People across the globe continue to see the United States as the land of opportunity—a country where with hard work and determination dreams are attainable. Since its founding, the prosperity of our country has relied upon individuals taking a risk and leaving what they know to be home, to lend their talents and ingenuity to strengthen our country’s position as a global economic leader.

Numerous studies show that immigrants are a net positive to economic impact, nationally and locally. More than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants, or a child of immigrants, and these companies employ more than 10 million people worldwide. Georgia is home to many successful companies with immigrant roots, including The Home Depot and United Parcel Service which together employ almost 730.000 people and bring in $125 billion in revenue each year. By unlocking the potential and leveraging the talents of our foreign-born population, Atlanta will continue to be the economic driver for the Southeast.

By implementing programs to train, recruit and connect foreign-born workers to fill critical jobs, expanding opportunities for adult English language learners and developing resources and support for foreign-born business owners and entrepreneurs – not only will our workforce be more diverse in skill and talent, but the American Dream will be attainable to all new arrivals committed to the prosperity of our city.

Upwardly Global’s mission is to eliminate barriers to professional workplace entry for foreign-educated immigrants and refugees in the U.S. For further information visit:


Watch Eloisa Klementich: Take Risks. Govern like an entrepreneur. | TEDxPeachtree

As a City we know that immigrants are 46% more likely than native-born Atlantans to start their own businesses and it is our mission to support the growth and development of all who own or want to open their business in the City.

In partnership with City of Atlanta departments and Invest Atlanta, our office is constantly developing ways to support entrepreneurship.

We have compiled the following links to assist current and future Atlanta business owners:


If you want to open your business in the City of Atlanta learn what you need to get a business license HERE.






If you want to obtain a certification for a minority owned enterprise, find the requirements HERE.





helpbusinessIf you are small business owner and want to learn more about Atlanta’s low-interest small business loan programs click HERE.





If you are a developer looking to grow and expand in the City of Atlanta, learn more about Atlanta’s incentives for businesses click HERE.



We are a work in progress. Check back with us for more updates soon. 

For mortgage assistance and conditions in English from Invest Atlanta, an economic development agency, click link
Atlanta Affordable Homeownership Program

For mortgage assistance and conditions in Spanish from Invest Atlanta, an economic development agency, click link – Invest Atlanta Homebuyer Incentive.

Nurse (1)

The State of Georgia recently passed a bill that allows nurses who were educated outside of the United States to apply to become either a Licensed Practical Nurse or a Registered Nurse.

To apply:

  1. You must have a command of the English Language
  2. You must have a received a nursing education in a program outside of the United States
  3. You must register their foreign nursing program at and request that the CGFNS international evaluate the constituent’s credentials.
    1. You must submit a CES professional report (including non-nursing education) to the Georgia Board of Nursing.
  4. The application for foreign educational programs is not online. Please call the Georgia Board of Nursing for the application of either License Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse from a nursing education program outside of the United States [which contains specific details for the application]. Phone number is 478-207-2440.
  5. You must pay an application fee of $40.00 to the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Please remember that:

  1. There is a difference between License Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse. There are different applications for both. There are different requirements for education.
  2. There is a possibility that your education may not be approved.
    1. To find out whether your education will be approved you must register at
  3. You will have to take the TOEFL and NCLEX
    1. There may be fees for these exams as well.





Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms



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