Governor Nathan Deal recently proclaimed the third week in February (February 16-20, 2015) as Georgia Small Business Week! This week is organized by the Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Economic Developers Association. Workshops and luncheons will be provided throughout Georgia for small business owners so they can learn more about growing their business. Workshops include start-ups, vision casting, customized business courses, introduction to QuickBooks, and how to write a business plan. There are also networking opportunities for women-owned, minority-owned, and youth-owned small businesses. Workshops and networking opportunities will continue into March.
Charlie Moseley, Executive Director of the Henry County Development Authority, believes small businesses matter in Henry County. He says, “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy. The owners and employees of these companies not only provide services, but they engage in acts of volunteerism and leadership all across our community. Henry County is a better place to live because of them, and they deserve our thanks and recognition this week for all their important contributions.”
Did you know that Georgia is ranked No. 1 in the US for Best State for Business? According to the GA Department of Labor, 280,189 business establishments represented GA employment in the second quarter of 2014 and of those, 99.8% are categorized as small businesses. Georgia ranks No. 2 in the southeast for Over-The-Year job creation and No. 5 in the US.
“Small businesses typically account for most jobs in a community and I don’t believe that Henry County is any different”, says David Gill, President and CEO of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. He continues, “Small businesses are where the entrepreneurs of a community have the opportunity to start, grow and expand their businesses as much as their energy, capital and progress will allow. While not everyone can be affiliated with a major corporation or large employer, anyone can start a home-based business and with hard work and dedication, can take a successful concept, even with limited capital, to the level of a significant business for the community.”
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