A group of DeKalb County small business owners received a lesson on exporting and how it can help their companies grow.
Decide DeKalb Development Authority held a networking event March 16, during Georgia Small Business Week, to bring together business leaders from the county and various industry partners of the county.
“We wanted to provide some resources for you to help your business grow and we also wanted to recognize and celebrate you for Georgia Small Business Week,” Rolanda Daniel Thomas of Decide DeKalb told the business owners.
The event featured a presentation on exporting by Jen Yun, manager of global business development at the Atlanta Metro Chamber.
Yun said her job is to help small business owners recognize exporting resources in metro Atlanta and help them get money to export their services to foreign countries.
“Why should you export? Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States,” Yun said. “I am not saying that you should not sell to California, or Arkansas, or Mississippi or Oregon; that’s great. The U.S. is the number one destination for exports around the world, so everyone wants to sell to here. But if you do not export you are ignoring 95 percent of consumers.”
Darius Morse, director of administration and marketing for Northlake Mall, said Yun’s presentation was informative.
“A lot of information that small businesses need to know about for growth development was made known, especially if they want to take their business from a small business to a nice medium-size business.” Morse said. “Jen presented a lot of great details and information about growth and connecting with certain resources, especially here in DeKalb, to help further businesses along the way.”
Northlake Mall has several small businesses that rent space in the mall. Morse said he will share what he learned to those business owners.
“I work with a lot of international tenants who aren’t doing import/export of their materials that they utilize in their store,” he said. “I definitely will take this information back to them.”
Decide DeKalb also celebrated Georgia Small Business Week by highlighting five companies—Gimmie Games in Decatur, Ecolink in Tucker, Coaxum’s Seafood Spot in Atlanta, CREM in Tucker and Prep Atlanta in north DeKalb—for their contributions to economic growth within DeKalb.
“These businesses are representative of diverse industries that call DeKalb home—game design to eco-friendly cleaning products to meal kit delivery service production and more these five businesses each have a unique story to tell,” Decide DeKalb representatives said.
Decide DeKalb along with DeKalb government also celebrated small businesses through social media channels.
“Small Business Week is an important period of time each year allowing us to renew our commitment to developing and nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit that is paramount to small business success. Decide DeKalb is pleased to recognize these five outstanding companies for their hard work, business growth and community impact,” Decide DeKalb’s President Ray Gilley said. “As an economic development organization, we have upped our commitment to providing important resources to small businesses such as access to funding, education and mentors who collaboratively work to develop tomorrow’s success story.”
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