Business Counselor

Company: IRC

Location: Atlanta, GA

Job Function: Business Development


IRC Atlanta’s Economic Empowerment Department supports refugees and immigrants in securing entry-level employment, developing career pathways, learning basic financial management skills, and starting small businesses. The Business Counselor supports the Microenterprise Development Program (MED), which provides refugees currently in business or seeking to start businesses with opportunities for business training, one-on-one business technical assistance, and loans. The Business Counselor is primarily responsible for recruitment of program participants and direct service provision.


Major Responsibilities:

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

· Conduct outreach to and recruitment of program participants; screen and assess interested participants for program eligibility and participation

· Assist entrepreneurs to become ready for business financing through preparation of loan applications, business plans, and financial statements

· Underwrite and package loan applications, and present for review to the IRC’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the Center for Economic Opportunity

· Prepare mainstream business loan package applications and connect business owners to local, state, and federal small business supports

· Conduct individual case management and provide one-on-one business counseling and management to new and existing businesses in all areas of business start-up and expansion

· Proactively facilitate referrals to outside service providers as necessary to meet the diverse needs of program participants

· Link participants to in-house Financial Capabilities services and assist clients as they navigate credit builder loans, business loans, and other business funds

· Ensure that information required for program eligibility and reporting purposes is collected and that accurate records are maintained, including case files and client data entry across multiple data bases

· Ensure necessary steps are taken to obtain relevant data in a timely fashion; follow-up with all clients regularly and record all contacts with case notes

· Attend regularly scheduled meetings with other IRC staff and volunteers as part of the review, evaluation, and program maintenance process

· Assist in the planning and coordination of training activities and special events

· Other duties as assigned

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