• Where creativity

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The Ritz Group

The premier networking group connecting Entrepreneurs and Investors, dedicated to growing new businesses, creating new jobs, and positioning Georgia as the leader in economic growth.



We provide a variety of unique opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs to meet each other. Whether through our monthly Networking Meetings or our virtual Capital Community, the Ritz Group has the tools to get you connected.

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Education and Assistance

We provide a diverse slate of helpful, dynamic, and educational programs to get entrepreneurs ready for the funding process, and to educate investors on how they can expand their portfolios by investing in Georgia businesses.

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for capital to take your business to the next level, or an angel investor on the hunt for the next great deal, the Ritz Group has all the tools you need to invest in Georgia’s future

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The Ritz Group by the Numbers

Ritz Group Members
Capital Community Members
Companies Funded Since 2013
Yearly Opportunities to Pitch


Whether you're an Entrepreneur, Investor, Service Provider, or simply a Fan of Entrepreneurship, The Ritz Group has the venues and offerings to get you plugged into the Georgia ecosystem.


Come to the Meetings

Want to see what the Ritz Group is all about? Sign up for our free mailing list and come to our Monthly Networking meetings. Starting at $15, our meetings are the best place to get a feel for what the Ritz Group can offer you.

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Become A Member

If you’re ready to get serious and plug into the Georgia entrepreneurial ecosystem, then become a member of the Ritz Group and start receiving benefits immediately. Membership start at just $149 $79 per year.

Service Providers

Get Educated

With access to some of the most brilliant business minds in the Southeast, the Ritz Group Equity U program has all the courses you need to grow your business, craft your pitch, and get yourself investor-ready.

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Set Up Your Booth

Functioning like a virtual trade show, The Capital Expo is the most unique way to keep track of your funding. Design your own booth, post your pitch materials and pitch video, and keep score with a dynamic thermometer.

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Buckhead Business Radio X
Jane Misra Business Services
Hire Humanity
Trevelino Keller


Groovy Studios
Red Tree Labs
Cromwell Parkes Photography
vLink Solutions



Want to Become a Sponsor?

Monthly Sponsorship

$250 per month

* Attendance at Networking Meeting for 3 people
* 1 Exhibitor Table
* Mention on all electronic communication during month

Bronze Sponsorship

$1000 per year

* Logo and Click-thru on all electronic communication, including website, email blasts, and Capital Community.
* Mention at all Ritz Group events.
* Attendance for up to 2 people at all events
* Reserved Exhibitor Table
* Customized Name Badges

Silver Sponsorship

$2500 per year

* Logo and Click-thru on all electronic communication, including website, email blasts, and Capital Community.
* Mention at all Ritz Group events.
* Attendance for up to 3 people at all events
* Exhibitor tables per year
* Choice of 1 primary sponsor- ship venue: Ritz Group Radio Show or Equity U
* Customized Name Badges

Gold Sponsorship

$5000 per year

* Logo and Click-thru on all electronic communication, including website, email blasts, and Capital Community.
* Mention at all Ritz Group events.
* Attendance for up to 4 people at all events
* 1 Exhibitor table per quarter
* Inclusion on Ritz Group Radio Show
* Customized Name Badges
* Click-thru on Capital Expo aisle of choice

Sponsor Options

Success Stories

What do these companies all have in common? They all got funded. And they're all members of the Ritz Group.


The Ritz Group has the most dynamic collection of business leaders in the city, and it would not be possible for us to do what we do without the incredible help of our Board Members, Ambassadors, Advisers, and Industry Group Leaders.

Governing Board

Larry White


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Larry White

Whit Blakely


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Whit Blakely

Jim Duffie

Karen Handel

Steve Gross

Advisory Board

Robert Horne


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Robert Horne

Bonnie White

Bob Rathbun

Michael Horton

Mike Lowry


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Special members approved by the Governing Board, Ambassadors actively promote the Ritz Group mission within their business community or sphere of influence. They serve as official “hosts” at monthly networking meetings to facilitate “match-making” for investors and members seeking capital.

A. Dwight Hawksworth

Tres Crow

Glenn Carver

Bonnie Daneker

Jane Misra

Jane Misra

Industry Group Leaders

Industry Group Leaders (IGLs) are tremendous business leaders who understand specific industry verticals and help advise Ritz Group entrepreneurs within their industry, as well as act as primary liaison for investors within that industry.

Barbara Guillory - Food & Beverage

Barbara Guillory - Food & Beverage

Bernadette Boas

Angie Sandritter - Telecom

What Our Members Say

  • As someone who was new to investor relations, the Ritz Group has been very instrumental in helping me understand the criteria needed to successfully secure financing from investors. As a result, I have had several investors interested in my business. I would certainly recommend anyone seeking financing from an investor to join the Ritz Group.

    Ah'Nay Satori, Founder of Herbal Enlightenment
  • The Ritz Group has been instrumental in helping us connect with Atlanta’s investment and entrepreneurial communities. Their events are top-notch, attracting seasoned investors and entrepreneurs who challenge and help us think about how to grow our business. We feel extremely lucky to have this invaluable resource in our backyard.

    Chris Coad, Founder of VINSnap


The Ritz Group has an exciting array of events for Entrepreneurs and Investors to meet, get connected, and grow businesses.

Monthly Networking

The Ritz Group meets at the City Club of Buckhead for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and some of the best networking in town.


Shark Attack

One of the best features of our monthly Networking Meetings is the Shark Attack presentation, which pits 3 entrepreneurs (bait) against 3 Georgia ICONs of the business world.

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Pitch Tank

Entrepreneurs present their 2 minute pitches and answer questions to try to land a spot in our Monthly Shark Attack event. Held on the two Wednesdays before Shark Attack.

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Equity U

Equity U is a series of twice monthly courses that teach entrepreneurs the basics of positioning their company, and securing private equity investment.

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Looking for Archives of Past Ritz Group Events?

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2015 Schedule


January – New Year New Ritz Group Month

1/08 – Shark Attack and Networking Event 
1/21 – Virtual Pitch Tank for February
1/28 – Virtual Pitch Tank for February

February – Member Appreciation Month

2/05 – Shark Attack and Networking Event –
2/18 – Virtual Pitch Tank for March
2/25 – Virtual Pitch Tank for March


3/12 – March Funding Maddness – Fund Me or Leave Me.
3/18 – Virtual Pitch Tank for April
3/25 – Virtual Pitch Tank for April


4/02 – There Is No Business Like Show Business
4/22 – Virtual Pitch Tank for May
4/29 – Virtual Pitch Tank for May


5/07 – Shark Attack and Start Ups In The City Focusing On Women Owned Businesses
5/20 – Virtual Pitch Tank for June
5/27 – Virtual Pitch Tank for June


6/04 – The 1st Annual Corporate Shark Attack – Sharks: TBA
6/17 – Virtual Pitch Tank for September
6/24 – Virtual Pitch Tank for September


9/03 – Shark Attack and Networking Event – Sharks: TBA
9/16 – Virtual Pitch Tank for October
9/23 – Virtual Pitch Tank for October


10/01 – Shark Attack and Networking Event – Sharks: TBA
10/21 – Virtual Pitch Tank for November
10/28 – Virtual Pitch Tank for November


11/5 – Shark Attack and Networking Event – Sharks: TBA
11/18 – Virtual Pitch Tank for January 2016
11/25 – Virtual Pitch Tank for January 2016


The Ritz Group Holiday Extravaganza to be Announced!



Check out the latest trends in entrepreneurship with this monthly podcast from Ritz Group Founder Larry White.


Ritz Group Founder Larry White breaks down monthly developments in the Georgia ecosystem with Web TV.


Click through the archives of past Ritz Group press materials.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

-- Milton Berle --


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As the Premier electronic funding incubator in Georgia, The Ritz Group has a variety of virtual communities that get you connected.

Capital Community

The Capital Community is the perfect virtual venue for Entrepreneurs and Investors to connect. A private social media platform tailored to Regulation D 506b, the Capital Community is like a Facebook/LinkedIn for private equity investing.

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Capital Expo

The Capital Expo is the most unique IGE crowdfunding platform in Georgia. Functioning like a virtual trade show, you design your own booth, and post your pitch materials and pitch video in order to raise the funds you need to take your business to the next level.

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Blue Chips

Blue Chips is an invitation-only funding incubator for the best of the Ritz Group. Blue Chips members have access to a variety of unique and proprietary tools that get them in front of the right investors and get the deal closed.

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