Who's Who of Top Executives

Lonnie Abdul Saboor, MBA

Title: 1) Director of Small Business Development; 2) President and Owner
Company: 1) Invest Atlanta; 2) Global Expansion Team
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Lonnie Abdul Saboor, MBA, director of small business development at Invest Atlanta and president/owner at Global Expansion Team, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in small business development.

With over 50 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Saboor has excelled as president of the Global Expansion Team since 2023 and director of small business development at Invest Atlanta since 1979. He began his career as an admissions counselor at Ottawa University from 1970 to 1971. He worked as a southern regional business manager at the Nation of Islam from 1975 to 1977. Before embarking on his professional path, he pursued an education at Ottawa University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration in 1970. He concluded his academic efforts at Clark Atlanta University, graduating with a Master of Business Administration in 1977.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Mr. Saboor has participated in numerous endeavors outside of his professional circles. He found success with his written work “Getting Paid: Common Sense Business Tactics” in 1996. He was a member of Toastmasters International since 2002. Additionally, he served in the United States Army. In light of his impressive undertakings, he has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He was featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and recognized as the State Championship Winner by Toastmasters International in 2005.

Mr. Saboor attributes much of his success to his faith, his community, and his great relationships with his family and friends. His most notable achievement was being involved in reopening Underground Atlanta in 1989. Later, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the mayor of Atlanta asked his company to set up a loan program to aid small businesses. Upon establishing the Business Continuity Loan Fund, the city gave them grant money of $1.5 million which propelled Invest Atlanta to become an economic leader in the country. 

In the immediate future, Mr. Saboor intends to retire from Invest Atlanta at the end of this year. He will continue working at his company on a part-time basis and would like to be able to share his knowledge with others which is where his own company comes into play. He hopes to contract more speaking engagements, accumulate clients as a consultant, and continue helping other organizations in Atlanta. He is also looking into doing some vacationing. 

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