What constitutes a small business in Georgia? You are independently owned and operated and have fewer than 300 employees, or you bring in less than $30 million in yearly gross receipts. Just like any company, small businesses are extremely diverse in their structure and design. Follow the links below for helpful resources for business owners of all types and learn about Georgia’s diversity in entrepreneurship.
Diversity in Entrepreneurship
One of Georgia’s most prized economic assets has been its diversity in entrepreneurship. While GDEcD does not administer programs or incentives for specific minority owned businesses, we do connect these businesses and entrepreneurs with certification programs and other external resources to help them grow and thrive.
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Georgia Small Business ROCK STARS
Every year, Georgia honors the most outstanding, innovative and impactful small businesses across the state. Learn more about Georgia's Small Business ROCK STARS awards.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I incorporate my business?
Corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships in Georgia are formed by filing with the Corporations Division of the Secretary of State. Some foreign (out-of-state) entities which do business in Georgia also must file with the Corporations Division.
How do I get a small business loan?
While there aren’t typically any state grants available for small business startups, there are many lending opportunities including your local banks. Below is Georgia’s list of traditional and alternative funding as well as federal loans and grants.
How do I get a small business grant?
The U.S. government offers several financial aid opportunities for small business owners.
How do I get started in a business?
Get an overview of starting your own business from the Start-Up Basics pdf (listed below) from the Small Business Development Center program at the University of Georgia.
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