The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today, along with the Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) recognized Georgia’s 2017 “Small Business Rock Stars.” GDEcD and GEDA hosted a luncheon where four Georgia companies were honored for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business.
“Georgia’s more than 650,000 small businesses have a huge impact in every community in our state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “These companies keep our economy thriving, and help Georgia maintain its status at the No. 1 state in the nation in which to do business. This is an incredible opportunity to put a spotlight on Georgia’s small businesses and highlight some of our fastest growing companies. It is an honor to congratulate this year’s winners for their hard work and dedication.”
This year’s Small Business Rock Stars winners include: Atlanta Movie Tours in Fulton County, Atlas Turf International in Troup County, Ecolink Inc. in DeKalb County and Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomas County.
Since 2012, Atlanta Movie Tours has been providing a whole new way to see the city for visitors and locals alike. Their Tour Guides are experienced actors who have worked on set, giving you fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about productions like Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Hunger Games franchise and The Walking Dead.
“With almost 98 percent of Georgia companies employing fewer than 100 people, small business has a tremendous impact on Georgia’s economy,” said GDEcD Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Mary Ellen McClanahan. “The Rock Star recognition provides the perfect opportunity to showcase how important small businesses are to the state.”
These companies have shown increases in revenue, sales, exporting, product lines, jobs and economic impact. Additionally, the Small Business Rock Stars have shown dedication to their entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a unique approach to conducting business to take them to the next level.
135 nominations were submitted, reviewed and vetted by a panel of judges.
“Small business is the backbone of the American economy and is one of the common denominators of all communities and is where most jobs are created,” said GEDA President Kevin Shea. “GEDA is proud to support small businesses through our members and their organizations all over the State of Georgia. We are pleased to spotlight these small businesses at the GEDA Rock Star Awards luncheon along with GDEcD, and congratulate all the winners.”
Governor Nathan Deal declared March 13-17 as Georgia Small Business Week to celebrate the achievements made my small businesses throughout the state.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s small business efforts and outreach are directed by GDEcD Director of Entrepreneur & Small Business Mary Ellen McClanahan. To access more information about these programs and more visit www.georgia.org/rockstars and www.georgia.org/smallbusinessweek.