As part of Georgia’s state recognition of National Small Business Week 2021, Governor Brian P. Kemp today announced a new position in state government to support and empower the community of small businesses in Georgia. According to data from the Georgian Ministry of Labor, companies with less than 500 employees represent 99.8% of companies in Georgia and, on the recommendation of the First Georgian Commission of Governor Kemp, the Georgian Ministry of Economic Development (GDEcD) appointed a director of small businesses. Awareness building to build on the current portfolio of the Department’s services and provide greater direct engagement with this community. Former GDEcD Creative Industry Partnerships Director Allen Fox will assume this role.
“Georgia’s diverse range of small businesses are the backbone of our state’s economy and the driving force behind Georgia’s record economic momentum,” Governor Kemp said. “As we remain focused on protecting lives and livelihoods, it is essential that small businesses are aware of the state resources available to help them start, grow their operations and create well-paying jobs. for Georgians who work hard. As a governor and small business owner for over 35 years, I look forward to what this new position within the Department of Economic Development can do to strengthen Georgia’s reputation as the premier state for business and the best place to live, work and raise a family. “
Director Fox will host meetings and events around the state, including coordinating regional roundtables and meetings with small business advocacy groups and other relevant stakeholders. This will help Georgia continue to create a positive vision and cultivate support for entrepreneurs.
Eighty percent of GDEcD’s work concerns small businesses. Together, 1.6 million Georgians are employed by these companies in industries such as manufacturing, retail, arts, hospitality, film production, etc.
“Each division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development reaches out to small businesses in the state, offering resources, advice and assistance to help them succeed and grow,” said Pat Wilson, commissioner of the Department of Economic Development from Georgia. “We appreciate the support from Governor Kemp who will allow us to ensure that every small Georgian business knows the opportunities and resources available to them. “
For more information, please visit the GDEcD website, which includes information for small businesses across all industries and divisions at www.georgia.org.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, locating new markets for Georgian products, attract tourists to Georgia, and promote the state as a destination for the arts and venue for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing resources from the State for economic development. Visit www.georgia.org for more information.