“Small business success equals DeKalb County success,” said DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May, urging owners and representatives of small businesses across the county to participate in this year’s county-sponsored small business summit.
“Small business is crucial to the future of DeKalb County,” said May, adding that approximately 90 percent of the businesses registered in the county would be classified as small businesses.
May added, “We want to do everything we can to support small businesses, providing them with resources they need to grow and succeed. The annual Small Business Summit is one way of doing that. Those attending the summit will find a wealth of ideas and resources.”
The keynote speaker at the fourth annual DeKalb County Small Business Summit will be Cassius Butts, regional director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Region IV Southeast. Butts was appointed to the position in 2011 by President Barack Obama.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency that helps develop small businesses by providing access to start-up and expansion capital, counseling, training, surety bonding, business and home disaster mitigation loans and government contracting opportunities. Region IV, which includes Georgia and seven other Southeastern states, is consistently among the top three most active regions in the nation for SBA guaranteed lending programs.
“I’ve met with Director Butts several times and he definitely understands and supports what we’re trying to do here in DeKalb County. I believe business executives here will benefit from hearing what he has to say,” May said.
This year’s theme is Innovative Strategies for Growth, an important area to explore, according to May. “Like the rest of the country, DeKalb County is experiencing economic recovery, but it’s a slow recovery. We need creative, innovative approaches to boost that recovery.”
The 2013 DeKalb County Small Business Summit is a part of the county’s ongoing effort to promote the growth and development of small businesses in DeKalb County by providing information to help businesses gain access to capital, identify public and private resources and network with other companies.
Small business owners attending the summit will hear from professionals on a variety of topics, including visual strategy tools for business growth, marketing and branding strategies, exporting in global markets, and how to access startup capital, according to an announcement from the county.
In addition to the U.S. Small Business Administration, participants in the summit are:
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Atlanta Microfund, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb County Government, DeKalb Enterprise Business Corporation, DeKalb Microenterprise Institute, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute– Minority Business Development Agency Business Center, Green Chamber of the South – Greenhouse Accelerator, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Invest Atlanta, Kendrick Law Practice LLC, Passkey Strategies, UGA Small Business Development Center, DeKalb County and Urban League of Greater Atlanta.
The event will be will be Aug. 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, 495 North Indian Creek Dr., Clarkston. The summit is open to the public and registration is required. The registration fee for the summit is $25. For more information and to register, visit dekalbsummit2013.eventbrite.com or call (404) 687-2730. The event is being held in partnership with the Development Authority of DeKalb County and the DeKalb Office of Economic Development.
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