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Georgia defines a small business as one which is independently owned and operated and must have either fewer than 300 employees or less than $30 million in gross receipts per year. We are a portion of America’s 27 million small businesses, we represent 99 percent of U.S. employers and account for three quarters of all new jobs created.

We are the smallest of businesses but stand to make the biggest impact. We are the backbone of not only this town and this state, but we are the backbone of America.

Small Biz Athens is designed to be the ultimate hub for small businesses, with useful links, guides, information, and all of the latest business news. We hope to be a continued resource for the small business community and help entrepreneurs start & grow businesses in the Athens, Georgia area.

Premier Athens Resources

Four Athens

Created to unearth local startups, build community, and stimulate growth for local businesses Four Athens works to help start ups succeed. Four Athens provides mentors, practical information, networking opportunities, as well as help searching for investors.

Georgia Department of Labor

The Georgia Department of Labor provides a wide range of services to job seekers and employers. These include administration of Georgia’s unemployment insurance, employment service, provision of workforce information to the public and private sectors, and oversight of child labor issues. Their mission is to work with public and private partners in building a workforce system that contributes to Georgia’s economic prosperity.

Georgia Small Business
Development Center

The mission is “To enhance the economic well-being of Georgians by providing a wide range of educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.” The Georgia Small Business Development Center pursues this mission through consulting, education and research services for small business owners.