Georgia Small Business Owner Highlight

Just six months after Suhyoon Wood concocted her very first batch of kombucha, she decided it was time to turn her passion project into her very own small business. When her signature recipe—a blend incorporating organic green tea and honey—gained popularity among her friends and community members, she launched Beejou Craft Kombucha: Columbus, Ga.’s first and only craft and brewery kombucha taproom. 

Georgia Events

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 | 2:00pm ET

The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) serves as the leading voice of Black business, representing Black Chambers of Commerce and business organizations across the globe, fighting for equitable access to capital and resources for Black entrepreneurs.

Roundtable | National
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 | 8:00am ET

A special call to business owners, leaders and community members to join us for an impactful day at the Georgia State Capitol in partnership with Georgia State Representative Kim Schofield (District 63)! Join the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Project, Inc.

Roundtable | Atlanta, GA
Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 6:00pm ET

Join Small Business Majority and Coolest Nerd Ever for a free event to discover the power of data-driven marketing strategies and learn how to leverage analytics to drive growth for your small business.

Workshop | Atlanta, GA
Friday, March 8, 2024 | 12:00pm ET

Looking to take your business to the next level with secure funding? Join the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and Small Business Majority for a free webinar focused on funding options for small businesses.

Presentation | GA

Georgia Policy

Browse our latest state-based regulatory comments and legislative testimony in this area below, or click the button to view all records.
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Small Business Majority has created a comprehensive state policy agenda to ensure entrepreneurship is at the center of a thriving and inclusive economy in Georgia. The state’s 1.2 million small businesses comprise 99.6% of all businesses in the state, and they employ 1.7 million residents—nearly half of all Georgia employees.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

On January 24, Small Business Majority's Georgia Director and National Women's Entrepreneurship Director, Rachel Shanklin, testified before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in support of the Lowering Prescription Drug Costs for Patients Act. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

On January 10, Small Business Majority's Georgia Director and National Women's Entrepreneurship Director, Rachel Shanklin, testified before the Georgia General Assembly at a hearing on Medicaid Expansion. She shared comments on the benefits of expanding healthcare coverage and its impacts to the small business ecosystem.

Friday, April 21, 2023

On April 21, Small Business Majority's Georgia Director Rachel Shanklin testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means field hearing on the State of the American Economy: The South.

Georgia Research

Published:
Wed, 01/25/2023

While small businesses employ nearly half (46.4%) of the private workforce in the United States, many are struggling to hire and retain a ready workforce. One viable solution to their persistent workforce challenges is the passing of Clean Slate policies, which seal and expunge certain criminal records and allow justice-impacted individuals to seek employment opportunities and entrepreneurship. Individual state analyses of small business responses in Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas found widespread support for Clean Slate policies at the state and federal level.

Published:
Wed, 01/11/2023

A new poll of Georgia small business owners reveals strong support for criminal justice reforms at the state and federal level. Georgia small businesses believe that Clean Slate policies can help employers fill gaps in their workforce and remove barriers to employment or entrepreneurship opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Published:
Tue, 03/02/2021
Small business owner wearing mask

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained Georgia’s economy and public health system, while small businesses across the state continue to face significant financial setbacks that are hampering their recovery. A new survey sheds light on the state of small business in Georgia, as well as their views on policy solutions that can boost their businesses and provide important support to their employees.  

Georgia Resources

In Georgia, 1.2 million small businesses employ nearly half of the state’s workforce. Many of these small employers want to offer robust benefits like paid and family leave because it helps them compete with bigger businesses for talent. But this benefit carries a high cost that they simply can’t afford on their own while maintaining their bottom lines.